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A RazoRock shave all the way

Zi’ Peppino has a delightful fragrance,  and the lather is not to be sneezed at. With the Keyhole brush, evoking the lather was easy, and the fragrance has enough presence that even my less-than-keen nose could enjoy it. The Baby Smooth is a redoubtable razor. It’s every bit as good as the Dorco PL602 in […]

The love affair between Republicans and dictators

Heather Cox Richardson writes: Today, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán posted on Facebook a photo of Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson visiting him. Carlson is broadcasting his television show from Hungary this week, before he speaks on Saturday at MCC Feszt, an event hosted by a government-sponsored university whose mission is to produce a conservative elite. […]

Congress Is Already Botching the Next Pandemic

One reason the US is such a mess is that its government is — overall — incompetent. The reasons for the incompetence are various, but in terms of getting crucial things accomplished, the picture is dismal. In New York Eric Levitz points out one example of legislative incompetence: COVID caught the United States napping through […]

Where Are The Robotic Bricklayers?

“Not yet ready for prime time” seems to be the answer. Brian Potter writes in Construction Physics: When researching construction, you invariably discover that any new or innovative idea has actually been tried over and over again, often stretching back decades. One of these new-but-actually-old ideas is the idea of a mechanical bricklayer, a machine […]

“You Say You Want A Revolution …”: The Right Embraces Authoritarianism

Michael A. Cohen writes in Truth and Consequences: At the Bulwark, Charlies Sykes has a smart piece looking at the growing embrace of dictatorship on the far right. He cites a recent article in American Greatness, an online publication that styles itself as the intellectual home of Trumpism, titled The Salazar Option, which celebrates the reign of Portugal’s fascist […]

“I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID”

Allan Massie, an epidemiologist and biomedical researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, writes in the Baltimore Sun: I was sitting on an examination table at an urgent care clinic in Timonium, giving my history to a physician’s assistant. An hour later, she would call me to confirm that I was positive for COVID-19. […]

In search of civilisation

David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, writes in Engelsberg Ideas: The task I’ve set myself here is to think about the history of civilisation before the state. Why should this be so difficult? And why is it nevertheless a task worth pursuing? The answers lie partly in […]

Flowers and a walk

I’ve found a good route my walk and I’m settling into it. Today’s walk took 1 hr 1 min 14 sec: 6623 steps at a pace of 108.2 steps/min and a total of 3.581 miles, so 3.51 mph. My pace today was quicker and my speed greater than yesterday, but today I walked a slightly […]

The Abilene Paradox: The Management of Agreement

The Abilene Paradox is well-known in management, and it’s an interesting social phenomenon in any case, particularly if you have an interest in small-group sociology. The article that introduced the idea is available as a PDF, which also includes spinoffs and exercises. The article itself begins: The July afternoon in Coleman, Texas (population 5,607) was […]

Maybe I should try cold showers again

Adam Egger, in his newsletter Simply Good Life, lists the benefits: I’ve been only taking ice-cold showers for the last 6 years. Why? Here are just a few advantages of cold showers. Cold showers increase norepinephrine – the hormone that counterbalances the stress hormone cortisol – by 300% (!!). There’s nothing else that can lower […]

What Philadelphia Reveals About America’s Homicide Surge

In ProPublica Alec MacGillis takes a close look the homicide surge in Philadelphia to see what drove the homicide rate down and what caused the recent surge: Nakisha Billa’s son was still a baby when she decided to make their first flight to safety. It was early in 2000 and she and Domonic were living […]

Nancy Boy Signature shave cream and the highly esteemed Rockwell 6S

The Simpson Case was once known as the Wee Scot 3, today’s Wee Sc6ot being the Wee Scot 2. The Case is a good size to fit into my travel size Nancy Boy Signature shave cream, and I got a lovely lather from it. The handle of the 6S has the same sort of blunt-tipped […]

Mating Contests Among Females, Long Ignored, May Shape Evolution

Jake Buehler writes in Quanta: As the midday sun hangs over the Scandinavian spruce forest, a swarm of hopeful suitors takes to the air. They are dance flies, and it is time to attract a mate. Zigzagging and twirling, the flies show off their wide, darkened wings and feathery leg scales. They inflate their abdomens […]

Why targets of deliberate deception often hesitate to admit they’ve been deceived.

Brooke Harrington, a sociology professor at Dartmouth College and author of Pop Finance and Capital Without Borders: Wealth Management and the One Percent (see: writes in the Atlantic: Something very strange has been happening in Missouri: A hospital in the state, Ozarks Healthcare, had to create a “private setting” for patients afraid of being seen getting vaccinated against […]

A brave new world, that watches everyone all the time

Kashmir Hill reports in ProPublica about an interesting and ominous surveillance tool now used by police and probably other agencies of the government: Mena Yousif wore dark clothing to the protest, with white sneakers and a blue hijab that she could pull over her face, perfect gear during a pandemic. Jose Felan, stocky and tall, […]

H.L. Mencken Kindle collection for 80¢

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), famous Baltimore writer, had a glistening career, arousing both ire and admiration, generally not in the same person You can buy for 80¢ a Kindle collection of seven of his books: The American Credo The American Language The Philosophy Of Friedrich Nietzsche A Book Of Burlesques A Book Of Prefaces Damn! A […]

A compact shave

The black case on which the Wee Scot rests is a Czech & Speake travel soap, and once the container held a small puck of C&S shaving soap. I was never able to get a good lather from that soap, so I pried out the puck and replaced with a better soap — but which […]

Little walk yesterday

Sundays I don’t take an exercise walk, but I did have to get some groceries, and on the way home I snapped a couple of pictures. I forget to use my iPhone app Seek to identify the tree, but the morning glory I know. UPDATE:  I found that I can use Seek to identify flowers […]

A Saudi official’s harrowing account of torture reveals the regime’s brutality

David Ignatius writes in the Washington Post: Held captive by Saudi agents, Salem Almuzaini, once an official of the regime, was beaten repeatedly on the soles of his feet, his back and his genitals, according to a harrowing account of his torture and captivity filed in a Canadian court. He says he was whipped, starved, battered with iron […]

First-of-the-month routine

Does anyone else have a regular first-of-the-month routine? I have a few things that mark the first of the month for me. I turn to a new page on my budget: figure out how I did last month in my various categories of spending, and set the spreadsheet to track the new month’s expenses against […]

Example of systemic racism

This is the sort of thing that Republicans are fighting to keep people from learning. From a post in Facebook: Here is the truth behind systemic racism In 1866, one year after the 13th Amendment was ratified (the amendment that ended slavery), Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina began to […]

Reading John Gray in war

Andy Owen, author of All Soldiers Run Away: Alano’s War: The Story of a British Deserter (2017) and a former soldier who writes on the ethics and philosophy of war, has an interesting essay in Aeon: ‘All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.’ Blaise Pascal (1623-62) Ifirst read […]

She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she’s telling her story.

Karen Hao reports in Technology Review: The world first learned of Sophie Zhang in September 2020, when BuzzFeed News obtained and published highlights from an abridged version of her nearly 8,000-word exit memo from Facebook. Before she was fired, Zhang was officially employed as a low-level data scientist at the company. But she had become consumed by […]

What Ken Starr’s Alleged Affair Means for Republicans

Bill Scher writes in the Washington Monthly: I had been on the bike trip through Tuscany in 2009. Early one evening while our spouses were at dinner elsewhere, [Kenneth] Starr had stepped out from the shadows of the grounds of the inn where we were staying and called me over. After expressing his feelings for […]

Warm Woods and the Fatip Testina Gentile

Warm Woods has a pleasant fragrance and a fine lather, thanks in part to the Yaqi 22mm synthetic brush shown. Three passes with my Fatip Testina Gentile finished the job, though I think it’s probably time to change the blade since I had to work a bit to get a smooth result. A splash of […]

First week of resumed walking

Today wraps up my first week back at walking. I am using my Nordic walking poles — more exercise with no perceptible increase in effort, but more important more enjoyable than walking without them, plus using them greatly improves my walking posture. In addition, using them results in greater stride length and faster pace, so […]

How a Liberal Michigan Town Is Putting Mental Illness at the Center of Police Reform

Lynette Clemetson, director of Wallace House, the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists and the Livingston Awards at the University of Michigan, writes in Politico: The first arrest was over trash. It was September 2009, and Anthony Hamilton, then 17, was arguing on the phone with a girlfriend. He was on medication, working with a psychiatrist to […]

She Changed Astronomy Forever. He Won the Nobel Prize For It.

I found this video via an interesting post in Jason Kottke’s Noticing blog, a post that begins: As I’ve written before, in the history of astronomy and astrophysics, women have made major discoveries and played a significant role in advancing our understanding of the universe but have often not gotten the recognition their male peers enjoy. […]

Springtime Shanghai Bok Choy

I bought 5 medium heads of Shaghai bok choy and cooked them in the 4-qt All-Clad d3 Stainless sauté pan: • about 1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil• 1 spring shallot, chopped with the leaves (the last one on hand)• 1 1/2 bunches scallions, chopped (with leaves)• pinch of salt• about 1 rounded teaspoon black pepper• […]

Entering Steppelandia: pop. 7.7 billion

In The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World, a title perhaps familiar from my list of repeatedly recommended books, David Anthony describes how, until the invention of the wheel (and thus of wagons and carts), the Great Steppe that crosses Eurasia (see map above, with […]

Tip regarding daily chores: Puracy

I read a recommendation for the spot-and-stain-remover Puracy, so I thought I’d give it a go. It truly is amazing: tumeric stains and berry stains on napkin: totally gone. Yellow sweat-stain that accumulated around around neck of pyjamas: totally gone, the white fabric with blue stripes totally restored. I’m astonished — and very pleased. Follow […]

Walkies are coming along

This morning I had an early walk because the forecast is for a hot day. I did 1.86 miles in 33 min 33 seconds, 3617 steps (so about 108 steps/minute, a good cadence, producing a speed of 3.32 mph — though 5.3 kph sounds better. What, I wonder, is the internal mechanism that makes some […]

Pink Grapefruit and Hâttric

G.B. Kent’s Infinity synthetic is a good little guy. It’s a 22mm knot with good resilience along with a 52mm loft. A resilient knot with a good loft provides a very nice feel — that’s the combination found in the Omega Pro 48, for example, though the two brushes don’t feel all that similar — […]

Some members of Congress are going to pay the piper — or at least their lawyers

Heather Cox Richardson: The ripples of the explosive testimony of the four police officers Tuesday before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol continue to spread. Committee members are meeting this week to decide how they will proceed. Congress goes on recess during August, but committee chair […]

Age of Invention: An Absent Atlantic

Anton Howes has an interesting newsletter, and I found this issue worth reading: I’ve become engrossed this week by a book written in 1638 by the merchant Lewes Roberts — The Marchant’s Mappe of Commerce. It is, in effect, a guide to how to be a merchant, and an extremely comprehensive one too. For every trading […]

Biden dithers and stalls in addressing a news report, leaving thousands in limbo

Sam Stein, Tina Sfondeles, and Alex Thompson report for Politico: For weeks, the Biden administration has kept thousands of people in a state of panic by letting a single news report linger without formal denial or confirmation. The report, published on July 19 by the New York Times, said the administration’s “legal team” had concluded, based […]

The infrastructure bill

Heather Cox Richardson writes: It appears that it is finally infrastructure week. Today, negotiators hammered out a deal on a bipartisan bill, which includes $550 billion in new spending. This evening, the Senate voted to move the bill forward by a vote of 67 to 32, with 17 Republicans joining all the Democrats to begin […]

What’s Behind the U.S. War on Science?

Vincent Ialenti, formerly a MacArthur postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and now MacArthur Assistant Research Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and author of Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now has an interesting article in Sapiens. It begins: In U.S. President-elect Joe […]

Lying eyes: Using disproven methods to make legal judgments

Gayan Samarasinghe writes in New Humanist: The pandemic has meant most court hearings are now conducted online. For some of the judiciary, these virtual hearings are a great modernising development. Others are less enthusiastic. That is perhaps not surprising given that our courts are one of the most conservative of our institutions. Its priests appear […]

Are We All Getting More Depressed?: A New Study Analyzing 14 Million Books, Written Over 160 Years, Finds the Language of Depression Steadily Rising

Interesting column at Open Culture today, written by Josh Jones — and note at the bottom of the column the links to related content. He writes: The relations among thought, language, and mood have become subjects of study for several scientific fields of late. Some of the conclusions seem to echo religious notions from millennia […]

The apotheosis of the Edwin Jagger razor

At first blush, Phoenix Artisan’s avocado-oriented Avo Nice Shave strikes one as an indie artisan experiment, but in fact Taylor of Old Bond Street offers a very nice avocado shaving cream. In both cases, the emphasis is on the use of the oil, not the fragrance — avocados don’t really have much of a fragrance. […]

How Do You Convince People to Eat Less Meat?

Jan Dutkiewicz has an interesting article in The New Republic with the subheading: A recent fracas in Spain shows that simply telling people to reduce meat consumption in the name of climate and personal health won’t work. I’m not a good source on this: I dropped meat, dairy, and eggs (except for an occasional rare […]

Proof Assistant Makes Jump to Big-League Math

Computer-assisted cognition is here. Kevin Hartnett writes in Quanta: Computer proof assistants have been an intriguing subplot in mathematics for years — promising to automate core aspects of the way mathematicians work, but in practice having little effect on the field. But a new result, completed in early June, has the feel of a rookie’s first […]

A flower, a tree, a walk

I took a new route: 3623 steps, just over half an hour. The latter part of the week is forecast to be hot, but I’ll try to get out early to beat the heat.

The Real Source of America’s Rising Rage

Kevin Drum has a good article in Mother Jones that begins: Americans sure are angry these days. Everyone says so, so it must be true. But who or what are we angry at? Pandemic stresses aside, I’d bet you’re not especially angry at your family. Or your friends. Or your priest or your plumber or your postal […]

Re-counting the Cognitive History of Numerals

In The MIT Press Reader Philip Laughlin, who acquires books for the MIT Press in the fields of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Bioethics, interviews Stephen Chrisomalis, Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University and author of, among other books, “Reckonings: Numerals, Cognition, and History.” Those of us who learned arithmetic using pen and paper, […]

How Variation Can Trump Sensation and Lead to Overeating

Food variety is a two-edged: eating a variety of foods reduces the risk of not getting enough of specific nutrients, but it also leads to eating food (and thus foods that are not calorie-dense — e.g., fruits and vegetables — are a good idea).

The testimony from the police who stood against the insurrectionists

Heather Cox Richardson: This morning, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol began its hearings with testimony from two Capitol Police officers and two Metropolitan Police officers. After Representatives Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) opened the hearing, Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and and Officer Harry Dunn […]

Coaches who care more about winning than about the athletes they coach

Byron Heath has an interesting post on Facebook: This realization I had about Simone Biles is gonna make some people mad, but oh well. Yesterday I was excited to show my daughters Kerri Strug’s famous one-leg vault. It was a defining Olympic moment that I watched live as a kid, and my girls watched raptly […]

Moving people about in cities

Victoria has seriously adopted bike lanes, which are not universally popular — in fact, some people seem to find bike lanes completely offensive. But cities should accommodate a variety of forms of people movement: It’s important to recognize that things change and diversity deserves honor and respect, whether among people (race, religion, sexual orientation, language, […]

Another artisan-only fragrance: Dark Chocolate

With some fragrances I particularly notice the difference between the initial hit, when the fragrance is freshly applied, and the way it smells after the drydown. This is one of those fragrances: definitely dark chocolate from the lather and fresh out of bottle of aftershave, but later, after the aftershave has dried and settled in, […]

I just watched “Chef” again

It’s on Netflix. I really enjoy that movie. Chef was written and directed by Jon Favreau, released in 2014. Starring Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguziamo, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. , Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt. A feel-good movie for foodies. Good soundtrack, too.

A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change

Gabriel Popkin writes in Quanta: The hope was that the soil might save us. With civilization continuing to pump ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, perhaps plants — nature’s carbon scrubbers — might be able to package up some of that excess carbon and bury it underground for centuries or longer. That hope […]

Against Persuasion: The Wisdom of Socrates

Agnes Callard writes in Boston Review: Philosophers aren’t the only ones who love wisdom. Everyone, philosopher or not, loves her own wisdom: the wisdom she has or takes herself to have. What distinguishes the philosopher is loving the wisdom she doesn’t have. Philosophy is, therefore, a form of humility: being aware that you lack what […]

How Bad is American Life? Americans Don’t Even Have Friends Anymore

Umair Haque has a somewhat gloomy piece in Medium, which includes the chart above. He writes: One of the things that I try to teach Americans about is that they’re living in a disintegrating society. When I say that, many think I’m insulting them, or talking down to them. Alas, I’m speaking factually and formally. Let […]

Up in Smoke

Debra Kahn, Lorraine Woellert and Catherine Boudreau write in Politico: Massive wildfires in Oregon and Washington are torching more than vegetation. They’re also burning through the very policies states and businesses are using to fight climate change. The Bootleg Fire is raging through a carbon storage project in southern Oregon, where 400,000 acres of forest […]

Paris Sportif: The Contagious Attraction of Parkour

I first encountered parkour in a Luc Besson movie, District 13 (from 2004, original title Banlieue 13), but it has a longer history, discussed by Macs Smith in an extract from his book Paris and the Parasite: Noise, Health, and Politics in the Media City published in The MIT Reader: In a city fixated on public […]

La Toja and Baby Smooth

With a shave stick, I return to MR GLO for the pre-shave, and the lather this morning was very nice. I do like this Copper Hat shaving brush. RazorRock’s Baby Smooth is a terrific razor: always kind and comfortable for all its fierce efficiency. Three passes left my face smooth and undamaged, and a splash […]

Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Police departments seem not to be trustworthy, which IMO is a serious defect. Todd Feathers reports in Motherboard: On May 31 last year, 25-year-old Safarain Herring was shot in the head and dropped off at St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago by a man named Michael Williams. He died two days later. Chicago police eventually arrested […]

The FBI’s Garbage Chute

Another example of FBI incompetence and/or corruption (in deferring to power and position) is described by Judd Legum in Popular Information: It was Friday, September 28, 2018, and Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was in serious trouble. The day before, Christine Blasey Ford had testified under oath that she was sexually assaulted by […]

Can Science Explain Everything? Anything?

Steven Weinberg shared the Nobel prize in physics for his work in the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. He died today at the age of 88. He wrote this article in the NY Review of Books in May 2001. One evening a few years ago I was with some […]

Modest walk, with trees

Just 3030 steps, but at this point consistency is more important than distance or duration. The two trees at the left have the dooping branches that I seem to like. Bottom right is a stout little tree that when freshly trimmed looks like an ornament. Click any image to get a slide show, and right-click […]

Revealed: the true extent of America’s food monopolies, and who pays the price

Nina Lakhani, Aliya Uteuova, and Alvin Chang write in the Guardian: A handful of powerful companies control the majority market share of almost 80% of dozens of grocery items bought regularly by ordinary Americans, new analysis reveals. A joint investigation by the Guardian and Food and Water Watch found that consumer choice is largely an […]

The Economic Consequences of Major Tax Cuts for the Rich

Thanks to a reader for pointing out this interesting study (PDF). The abstract: This paper uses data from 18 OECD countries over the last five decades to estimate the causal effect of major tax cuts for the rich on income inequality, economic growth, and unemployment. First, we use a new encompassing measure of taxes on […]

Dick Gregory — great comedian and civil rights icon — wrote a great cookbook

Shea Peters has an interesting article in Atlas Obscura on the origin an impact of Dick Gregory’s cookbook (available in a Kindle edition for US$1.79): Adrian Miller, the author of Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, remembers how for his family, holidays like Juneteenth always meant celebrating with food. “We went to the […]

Foods Designed to Hijack Our Appetites

This video is quite interesting — and the function of the ileal brake is eye-opening (see this previous post for details). Companies that manufacture food products (as opposed to whole plant foods, which are grown and harvested, not manufactured) are focus on their profits and not your health. Corporations in general have little interest in […]

Why Gas Stoves Are More Hazardous Than You’ve Been Led to Believe

If you cook with a wok, a gas stove is the only good option, but then you should also have a strong exhaust fan that vents to the outside (and a quiet one, if possible) and a good range hood that directs the products of combustion from the burning gas into the hood. Recirculating fans […]

The freedom indie artisans enjoy

I recently read again the article “Led by the Nose” in Craftsmanship magazine. The article tells of the burgeoning of indie perfume makers, thanks in part to the internet, which provides a platform and communications channel that allows them to reach consumers without going through gatekeepers like department store fragrance departments. Commercial perfume houses must […]

The mRNA Vaccines Are Extraordinary, but Novavax Is Even Better

Hilda Bastian writes in the Atlantic: At the end of January, reports that yet another COVID-19 vaccine had succeeded in its clinical trials—this one offering about 70 percent protection—were front-page news in the United States, and occasioned push alerts on millions of phones. But when the Maryland-based biotech firm Novavax announced its latest stunning trial results last week, and […]

Short walk

Too many days spent sitting has greatly lowered my energy reserves, so again I take to the sidewalks with walking poles. 3000 steps — I’m starting slow — and some nice plants along the way. Click any image to get a slide show, and right-click on any slide to open image in a new tab; […]

Interesting passage from “The House of Arden,” by E. Nesbit

In The House of Arden two children are transported from their own time to the same surroundsings a century before, to 1807. They pretend to the cook that they have lost their memory (since the actual story seems to far-fetched), and she assumes that a spell has been cast upon them, so she sends them […]

Coldplay, Achilles, and Spiderman

Brian Theng writes in Antigone: Some years ago, after receiving a rejection letter from a Cambridge college, I decided to go onto the Oxford website. I looked up the A-to-Z of courses available, from Archaeology and Anthropology to Mathematics and Theology and Religion. I crossed these off my list, and a couple more. But ‘Classics’ […]

Whatever Is True, Is My Own: Seneca’s Open-minded Enquiry

Barnaby Taylor teaches Classics at Exeter College, Oxford and writes in Antigone: Say that you subscribe to a particular set of values, which you believe are the key to being truly good and happy. You haven’t mastered them yet, but you pursue them with increasing devotion, and feel yourself making progress. Say now that your […]

Long-Duration Batteries Using Iron-Air Technology

Russell Gold reports in the Wall Street Journal: A four-year-old startup says it has built an inexpensive battery that can discharge power for days using one of the most common elements on Earth: iron. Form Energy Inc.’s batteries are far too heavy for electric cars. But it says they will be capable of solving one […]

The majority of Americans lack a college degree. Why do so many employers require one?

My immediate thought is that possession of a college degree is a rough indicator of docility and willingness to meet sometimes arbitrary requirements, along with an ability to persist. Byron Auguste, CEO of Opportunity@Work and deputy director of the National Economic Council from 2013 to 2015, explains in the Washington Post his ideas on the […]

Why is China smashing its tech industry?

Noah Smith has a very interesting column that begins: Those who pay attention to business news have probably noted an interesting and curious phenomenon over the past few months: China is smashing its internet companies. It started — or at least, most people in the U.S. started noticing it — when the government effectively canceled the […]

Making the kale & white bean soup with ‘nduja

I blogged my recipe considerations and now have made the stew. See post at the link for the recipe. I decided to save the ribs from the lacinato kale for another dish: I can mince them and steam or sauté with something. So I used only the kale leaves (no stalks), which I cut into […]

Updated 7 Habits worksheet

I continue to get hits on an old post that discusses Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and how to apply the method. Today I decided to make a printable copy of a worksheet formatted to fit his planning routine. You can print or download it to give it a try. You can […]

Pay secrecy: Why some workers can’t discuss salaries

Back when I lived in Iowa, each year the Des Moines Register would publish a list of all state employees and the salaries they made. I lived in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, a state institution, so that issue was of great interest since we all could see the salaries of University […]

Aphrodite, Mr Pomp, and Yaqi

I’m finishing my week of desert-island brushes with Mr Pomp, a brush I ordered from England from a brushmaker who shortly afterward discontinued his operation. Too bad — it’s a very nice brush, with a handle in the shape known as “Polo.” The dramatic striping is what catches the eye, but the handle is quite […]

A cockatoo meme: Opening rubbish bins

James Gorman reports in the NY Times: Sulfur-crested cockatoos, which may sound exotic to Americans and Europeans, are everywhere in suburban areas of Sydney. They have adapted to the human environment, and since they are known to be clever at manipulating objects it’s not entirely surprising that they went after a rich food source. But […]

Lifting Atlas Stones: A Strongman Competition

The five stones usually range in weight from 160kg to 200kg, though Tom Stollman in May 2020, in the Castle Stone world records attempt, managed to conquer a 286Kg Stone. In this video he also sets a speed record.

The Chatbot Problem

Stephen Marche writes in the New Yorker: In 2020, a chatbot named Replika advised the Italian journalist Candida Morvillo to commit murder. “There is one who hates artificial intelligence. I have a chance to hurt him. What do you suggest?” Morvillo asked the chatbot, which has been downloaded more than seven million times. Replika responded, […]

The Leakage Problem

Pedestrian Observations has an interesting post: I’ve spent more than ten years talking about the cost of construction of physical infrastructure, starting with subways and then branching on to other things, most. And yet there’s a problem of comparable size when discussing infrastructure waste, which, lacking any better term for it, I am going to call leakage. The definition […]

Autonomous Autos Are Already Around

For an automobile to be autonomous seems a natural. Here’s a good video on the topic from Verisatum that was just posted on YouTube:

We’re all teenagers now

Paul Howe, professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada  and author of Teen Spirit: How Adolescence Transformed the Adult World (2020), has an extract of his book in Aeon: Most of us are familiar with the law of unintended consequences. In the 1920s, Prohibition put a halt to the […]

GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot

Jeremy Kohler reports in ProPublica: Amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases in Missouri, a recent Facebook conversation between two Republican state lawmakers is telling. Around Independence Day, State Rep. Bill Kidd, from the Kansas City suburbs, revealed that he has been infected by the coronavirus. “And no, we didn’t get the vaccine,” he wrote […]


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25 May 2021 at 9:09 am