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Modes in music, explained by Leonard Bernstain

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And now listen to this Nancy Willson program on “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.

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12 June 2020 at 8:46 pm

Posted in Jazz, Music, Video

Making police reform work

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UPDATE:  See also this excellent article in the NY Times. You can read the start of the article in this post.

From David Pell’s excellent newsletter:

“What’s happening in this city, which for many years has been deemed among the dangerous in America? Thomson, who took the helm of the Camden police force in 2008, says the biggest factor may have been the change in structure of the department itself.” CityLab on a smallish city with a big lesson. What Happened to Crime in Camden?

+ CNN: “The city, home to a population about 17% of Minneapolis’ size, dissolved its police department in 2012 and replaced it with an entirely new one after corruption rendered the existing agency unfixable. Before its police reforms, Camden was routinely named one of the most violent cities in the US. Now, seven years after the old department was booted (though around 100 officers were rehired [I’m curious about the number not rehired — and what became of them – LG (I bet they just joined other police department — cf. pedophile priests and pastors.], the city’s crime has dropped by close to half. Officers host outdoor parties for residents and knock on doors to introduce themselves. It’s a radically different Camden than it was even a decade ago.” Here’s how they did it.

+ From the chief who turned it around: “I don’t see a democratic society wherein you could completely eliminate a police force. I do think that there are some serious conversations that can happen with regards to defunding police. There are greater public safety returns on investment with programs other than putting money towards enforcement.”

+ An excellent overview from The Marshall Project: Support For Defunding The Police Department Is Growing. Here’s Why It’s Not A Silver Bullet. “Past attempts to cut police spending or alter police policies offer cautionary tales of how some efforts backfire, and entrenched aggressive tactics and racially discriminatory attitudes remain.”

Written by LeisureGuy

12 June 2020 at 4:11 pm

How to make small talk even if it scares you

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Matthew Randall, Associate dean, Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success at Lebanon Valley College, writes in Quartz:

Most job seekers understand that writing resumes and cover letters, answering interview questions, and networking are skills worth developing. As the leader of a college career center, I think it’s time to add making good small talk to the list.

As students, and the rest of us, spend more time focused on the instant gratification of our devices, the long game of small talk is becoming something of a lost art.

But it is still important. Today’s careers continue to evolve or disappear at an accelerated pace. The ability to converse effectively—especially in informal situations—is now a crucial competitive advantage.

Like most skills, mastering small talk takes work. Here are a handful of starting principles to guide you.

There’s a person attached to every opportunity

In a job interview it’s clear that in order to get the job, you need to impress the interviewer. But the same is also true of every opportunity, you might just not know it yet. By making small talk, you can learn what opportunities that people whom you meet might give you access to, and you can gain that access by building trust through—you guessed it—small talk. That doesn’t mean you should treat the conversation like a transaction. The goal is not to get something from the person; it’s to make a positive impression that could eventually lead to an opportunity.

Be curious

To make good, effective small talk, you need to be generally curious. With strangers, it may take 60 to 90 seconds of questioning to find a common interest to discuss. It helps to have a topic handy that you’re interested in discussing yourself. For example, because my wife and I have three kids, I typically ask someone roughly my age if they have kids. A favorite sport or sports team tends to be a favored topic, as are hobbies, pets, and food.

It’s about more than spoken words

In approaching someone, it’s important to scan for nonverbal cues. If the person to whom you’re speaking doesn’t turn toward you with his or her entire body, he or she is not looking for a conversation right now, and you should politely break things off and move on. If you’re already talking to someone and they start breaking eye contact or begin looking over your shoulder frequently, it’s time to end the conversation. Being tactful in how long you speak with someone indicates a level of emotional intelligence that people appreciate in general. It also demonstrates a level of soft skills that employers find valuable in new hires.

Don’t go in empty-handed

Just as you would arm yourself with information going into a job interview, when you’ve got an opportunity for small talk coming up—a young professionals mixer, a career fair, a party of any kind—do a little research into whom you can expect to meet at the event. Before a career fair, for example, . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

12 June 2020 at 3:57 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Turbulent flow v. Laminar flow

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When he pointed out how the domain of laminar slow is so small compared to that of turbulent flow, I recalled one of my math professors saying that dividing functions into linear and nonlinear functions was like dividing the universe into bananas and non-bananas.

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12 June 2020 at 10:08 am

Posted in Video

Chicago Cops Hung Out Inside U.S. Rep’s Office as Protest Raged. They Made Popcorn, Drank Coffee, Napped.

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Chicago has a police problem, and it’s by no means the only city that does. Pilar Lelendez reports for The Daily Beast:

The incident, which Rush and Lightfoot said was captured on CCTV, showed the officers—and at least three supervisors—with feet up on desks. One officer “was asleep on my couch” while another “was on his cellphone,” Rush said.

“They were in a mode of relaxation and did not care about what was happening. They did not care. They absolutely did not care,” Rush added.

Rush’s office is located in a strip mall that had been looted for several hours that night. While Lightfoot clarified that the officers were responding to a call that the campaign office had been broken into and burglarized, Rush said that when he finally got around to viewing the CCTV—he was horrified to see it filled with cops.

The shocking news comes amid scrutiny of Chicago cops, who have been accused of using excessive force during protests and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the FBI are reviewing allegations that one Chicago officer pulled a woman from a car by her hair before placing a knee on her neck—a move similar to how Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Lightfoot, at times visibly angry and tearful during the Thursday press conference, said the officers “demonstrated a total disregard for their colleagues [and] for the badge” and should be held accountable. She said she and her team were “enraged” when they learned of the incident. None of the 13 officers has been identified, and she urged them to come forward before investigators find them.

Calling it a “personal embarrassment,” Lightfoot offered an apology on behalf of the city, saying the officers had “abandoned” their obligations to keep the city safe. She said she would push for the state to pass a law requiring police officers to be licensed.

“We should all be disgusted, and we should all feel hurt and betrayed in this moment, of all moments,” Lightfoot said, adding that the officers were inside Rush’s office, located in a shopping plaza that had been looted for about “four to five hours.”

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown also . . .

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The problem, of course, is that nothing will happen. Police kill civilians with impunity (cf. many many instances), so this is a piffle and the police union will see that the cops are protected. Police departments must be replaced with new organizational structures. The old structure will not be fixed by going after individual cops.

I put this in the category Law Enforcement. It should be in Law “Enforcement.”

Written by LeisureGuy

12 June 2020 at 9:01 am

Posted in Law Enforcement

Limes today

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The fragrance contrast between soap and aftershave shows why the soap is called “Dark” Limes: the fragrance really is darker — not so bright — as the fragrance of the aftershave.

That’s my Edwin Jagger synthetic, and it did a very nice job. It’s very like the Mühle Gen. 2 synthetic that I have, slightly coarser than a Plissoft brush — closer to badger.

The lather was excellent — the Meißner Tremonia soaps are quite good — and the Charcoal head (an EJ clone) on the Wolfman handle did a very nice job indeed. Three passes to soft, smooth, supple skin, to which I applied a good splash of the Geo. F. Trumper West Indian Extract of Limes aftershave.

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12 June 2020 at 8:45 am

Posted in Shaving

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