Interesting debate at Facts & Other Stubborn Things

If one has an interest in economics and philosophy this is an interesting series of exchanges between Daniel Kuehn and David Friedman. Unlike many such exchanges I’ve read, (in much the same spirit as one compelled to keep viewing a train wreck) this has not devolved into something less. Instead, it’s actually become something more, and is exploring an idea. I’m going to have to think about some stuff a bit, but…worth the read if you’re, like me, still looking to distract yourself from other pressing issues.


Nice, distracting debate.

Some rather unfortunate events have me trying to figure some things out, lately. I thought this clip was interesting, and best of all, it has John Cleese whom I greatly admire. Sometimes it’s pleasant to revisit debates in the past to see how things have turned out and focus the mind on something else.

Great short film! “Ryan, Web Exclusive”

Now and again some of my artistic FB friends come along with a link that I just sit and think, “This is really good!” I couldn’t ever have found this one on my own because I wouldn’t have searched for this person, but a friend of mine did. As a result? I can now think of this movie and say I spent a good 13 minutes watching it. It was worth the time. I really loved how this film visually depicts the ravages of something upon a person, in this case addiction.



Ira Glass Advice on Storytelling

I know my writing has a LONG ways to go before even *I* like it, and this is a great bit from someone who knows what he’s doing. Well worth the view! Especially the idea that there’s a time lag between knowing what you like and being able to create what you like. I never thought of it that way before, but I will never think of it differently, in the future. That insight alone is worth the viewing.

OMNI magazine at Internet Archive!

I loved OMNI as a kid! I wasn’t usually able to get a hold of an issue but…I always browsed through it at the magazine rack. Someone posted that the Internet Archive had the complete run of OMNI magazine and yeah! It’s true 🙂

Moondoggle and another link

The Apollo Program is the one thing that I would rather see more than any other historical event. But quite a few people didn’t want to see it at all. Somehow, after the myth making, we forget that Aldrin, Collins and the late Neil Armstrong actually had eggs thrown at them when they toured the country after landing on the moon. College students who upset at the expenditure of money took the time to show the astronauts how they felt about the program. And I remember my dad telling me that, within one week of the landing, coworkers had become convinced that it had all been staged. The story he heard was that it was in the Mojave desert. He laughed because he’d grown up in that part of the country and was *pretty sure* it hadn’t been staged in the Mojave. 😉

Nevertheless, some things quickly attain an historical patina of necessity that wasn’t seen at the time. I love The Atlantic even more for doing an article like this. It combines two favorite subjects, the Apollo Program and human beings almost pathological inability to remember things all that accurately. It’s like a perfect Reese’s Peanut Butter cup of journalism for me!

I know, it’s somewhat odd that I would enjoy this article as much as I do, as it’s not something that promotes the lunar landing. But there’s an ongoing fascination for me with pretty much anything associated with that event. And if it’s something that just doesn’t get much attention? Even better! Heck, here’s a link to the ladies who sewed the original space suits together. Too cool!

NASA Making Data Beautiful

I found this by accident. It is about a very memorable video depicting the world’s ocean currents. (It’s in the video, but I’ll share it below anyway.) Most interestingly, to me, Lauren Hockenson interviews Dr. Horace Mitchell. He explains some of how Scientific Visualization Studio made that video. h/t Dr. Data


Deputy Elton Simmons

I don’t live in California so I wouldn’t normally post something specific to that area. But I had to in this case. I saw this accidentally on the LA Times website. The quick take is that one of traffic cops hasn’t had a single complaint in 20 years. Since 1992, Deputy Simmons has been doing his job, writing tickets, dealing with the public in a highly challenging situation, and has had no complaints from the people he’s stopped.

Why has he been so successful handing people stuff they REALLY don’t want? Consider the following:

The motor cop described recently pulling over a particularly frazzled young man for speeding. “He was shaking like a leaf,” Simmons recalled.

He gave the youth some time alone, meanwhile scanning his driver’s license looking for small talk fodder. When Simmons returned to the car window, he changed the subject: “Your license says you’re 280,” he told the driver, referring to his weight. “You’re not 280.”

Almost immediately, the man about to be hit with a ticket was proudly telling how he’d lost 100 pounds through a strict regimen of swimming and healthy eating.

“All of a sudden the shaking is gone,” Simmons said at the station the next day.

Taking time to consider how to put someone at ease rather than escalating the situation? That’s a rare trait and one much to be desired. Even if this is only just a PR release, it’s still impressive when a police officer has people in court answering that they didn’t want to challenge the citation because, “The cop had been so courteous, the man said, that he didn’t want to cause him any trouble.” That says it all. Fun article and worth the read. 🙂

Jennifer B. McDonald’s “Why’s this so good” at Nieman Story Board

This is a great example of an analysis that, quite honestly, I think does almost as good a job as the subject it reviews. It’s a shorter piece, but I wish it were longer. I don’t have much spare time, so I’m picky about what I am willing to read. I’m going to keep my eye out for more things McDonald writes. And I’m also VERY glad that I stumbled upon Nieman Lab. Good schtuff!

I knew I was Going to Succeed! Creating a Successful Blog

I knew I was Going to Succeed! Creating a Successful Blog.

I think she’s right. I know that she’s definitely got more experience being successful at this than I do! So if you’re stumbling upon this site, I really recommend Lesley’s post as she lays out how to do something I don’t know how to achieve.

Best quote?

The more unrealistic I was with my dreams, goals, and imagination, the more I was able to achieve.”


There’s more than a little truth in that, I think. Hence the sharing of it.

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