New Christmas Albums
The New York Times has released a list.
I looked in vain for Iron Butterfly.
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
The New York Times has released a list.
The household of Cultural Offering has returned to normalcy. Be sure to read the whole thing but here's an excerpt:
Matthew Lang has the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII.
Now we know how Nicholas Bate writes a book every three weeks.
A classic scene from "Barcelona."
The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
From 1956: The "Beat the Clock" game show with host Bud Collyer.
Today a rare sun of spring. And horse carts clanging to the quays down Tara Street and the shoeless white faced kids screaming.
A US Forest Service article on safe marshmallow-toasting did not neglect to nag us: It suggested fruit rather than chocolate in s’mores. The droll Orange County Register wondered, “Why not replace the marshmallow with a Brussels sprout?”
The challenge of education is not to prepare a person for success, but to prepare him for failure.
If you are having difficulty feeling grateful, Political Calculations has two videos: one of a hipster Thanksgiving and one of a highly dysfunctional family Thanksgiving.
The Beatles: "In My Life."
A very well done video from Whole Foods Market on how to carve a turkey.
Some of my family members are scattered this year: one to New Jersey and two to Kansas and that's not counting the multitude outside of my immediate family who, for the first time in a long time, are out in Washington, Colorado, California, and other parts of Arizona.
No more turkey, but I'd like another serving of that bread he ate.
I organized my paperwork and have been reading on the sofa in the living room while the dog sleeps on a rug. An owl can be heard in the distance; probably the huge one I've seen during late night walks. I just finished Out of Africa which I enjoyed, partly because it was so different from the film. I've also delved into Diana West's The Death of the Grown-Up and tomorrow will focus on The Professional by Subroto Bagchi.
Covered at Here & Now: The American Heritage Dictionaries add some new words. An excerpt from the story:
From 2007: The Pioneer Woman shows how to roast a Thanksgiving turkey.
The planning fallacy is only one of the manifestations of a pervasive optimistic bias. Most of us view the world as more benign than it really is, our own attributes as more favorable than they truly are, and the goals we adopt as more achievable than they are likely to be.We also tend to exaggerate our ability to forecast the future, which fosters optimistic overconfidence. In terms of its consequences for decisions, the optimistic bias may well be the most significant of the cognitive biases. Because optimistic bias can be both a blessing and a risk, you should be both happy and wary if you are temperamentally optimistic.
The Upper West Side of Manhattan, just above Columbus Circle, was until quite recently a relatively poor neighborhood, and some of the veteran firemen at Engine 40, Ladder 35, located at Sixty-sixth Street and Amsterdam Avenue, like to recall how Amsterdam was once the dividing line between an Irish neighborhood to the east and a black neighborhood, just to the west. The black neighborhood used to be known as San Juan Hill, some say in honor of the black soldiers who moved there after the Spanish-American War, or perhaps because of the frequent, bloody street fights that occurred between the Irish and black kids early in the century, or finally because some of the city's earliest Puerto Rican settlers lived there. But after World War II, as the city became ever more affluent, as every piece of real estate in Manhattan became more and more valuable, the neighborhood began to change. The tenements that had housed the poor, where bookies haunted the hallways and homing pigeons were sometimes still kept on the roofs, and the cheap single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels, in which rooms rented for five dollars a night, began to disappear, to be replaced by solidly middle-class apartment buildings. The process accelerated in 1959 with the groundbreaking for Lincoln Center, a vast new cultural complex that would house the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Julliard School.
I've got good news and bad. The bad news is that we're lost. The good news is that we're making great time.
FutureLawyer looks at a SmartWatch which is a SuperWatch.
From The New York Times profile of David Krone, aide to Senator Harry Reid:
We must always say what we see, but above all and more difficult, we must always see what we see.
Cultural Offering has a photo which says it all.
Marion Barry has passed away.
Back by popular demand: Torvill and Dean, Bolero, 1984 Olympics.
David Kanigan has the story of Luna, a dog in Mexico. Be sure to watch both parts.
If you're in any contest at all where you can win or lose, try to win.
Which competitor resembles your dog?
I wrote this post several years ago and it is now an Execupundit tradition:
Let us not, then, be ashamed of teaching the people. Those jealous ones who would guard their knowledge from the world have only themselves to blame if their exclusiveness and their barbarous terminology have led the world to seek in books, in lectures, and in adult education, the instruction which they themselves have failed to give. Let them be grateful that their halting efforts are aided by amateurs who love life enough to let it humanize their teaching. Perhaps each kind of teacher can be of aid to the other: the cautious scholar to check our enthusiasm with accuracy, and the enthusiast to pour warmth and blood into the fruits of scholarship.
Tom O'Bedlam reads the Robert Frost poem.
Audrey Hepburn wins the Oscar for "Roman Holiday."
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
"Justified" is simply one of the best shows on television.
Part of this afternoon was spent facilitating the discussions of a client team working on a communications and coordination manual. We've been gathering and clarifying a variety of procedures and this was "final draft day." The team has representatives from two departments with multiple disciplines and very different cultures. The manual will improve customer service and prevent items from dropping between the cracks of some very complicated procedures.
About Last Night - Terry Teachout's blog - has some extraordinary videos.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed him as a civil rights icon. President Obama sent an aide to read a message commending Mr. Sharpton’s “dedication to the righteous cause of perfecting our union.” Major corporations sponsored the lavish affair.