Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Secret to Living Longer


The World Economic Forum has a secret to living longer that is both easy and enjoyable.

Viewpoint Diversity

Jacques Berlinerblau on why there are so few Republicans in the humanities. An excerpt:

This imbalance is insanely pronounced in the humanities. It is really, really hard to find a Republican art historian, or a pro-life women’s studies scholar, or an English professor in favor of open carry policies for guns on campus, or a French cinema expert who touts free market values. At an elite school—the type of joint that sits high and lofty atop the U.S. News & World Report rankings—you’re far more likely to encounter a Maoist vegan. Probably a few Maoist vegans.

Music Break

From Fiddler on the Roof: "If I Were a Rich Man."

Lenin in Seattle

GeekWire on the Lenin statue in Seattle.

Amid the Rules


Amid the rules and the rush, don't forget context.

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

Don't confuse a database with a sphere of influence.

- Mike Myatt

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quick Look

The trailer for "The Merchant of Venice."

Pass the Molasses


It can be counter-intuitive but when advice is needed quickly often the best counsel is to slow down. 

There are many ways to deal with workplace crises. An effective tool can be administrative molasses.

As former Secretary of State George Shultz put it: "Don't just do something. Stand there."

The Great Compromise

Cultural Offering has a thought-provoking analysis by the great Civil War historian Shelby Foote; a view with clear relevance to our times.

It is hard to imagine Shelby Foote being allowed to speak, much less teach, on today's university campuses.

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.

- Bill Gates

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quick Look

The trailer for "The Player."

The Plan of Repeated Steps


You don't need a life plan. You don't need motivation, self-confidence, peer support or even luck. All you need is the willingness to take the next most obvious step - then repeat the process again and again, regardless of how you feel. Try it. Happiness comes from seeing the results of your efforts. You don't need it before you start.

- Adrian Savage

Irrelevance



If we take Option A, then the barrier has great relevance. 

If we take Option B, it has some relevance. 

If Option C is our approach, then the barrier will have no relevance whatsoever and, for our purposes, will cease to be a barrier.

It is surprising how often, given those options, people continue to choose Option A. They may do so because they may perceive greater glory if the barrier is overcome.or perhaps they have simply planned more for Option A. Option C may seem more risky because it is new and may be "too easy."

In short, don't assume that Option C will be quickly accepted but always look for ways in which barriers and weaknesses, whether organizational or personal, can be made irrelevant.

Brilliant Post


The brilliant post that was supposed to be here disappeared when further review indicated that it wasn't quite as brilliant as expected.

Quick Look

The trailer for "The Social Network."

Elio Update

Remember the Elio, the inexpensive three-wheeled car that sparked excitement?

It has yet to make an appearance on the streets of America but hope is not yet lost.

Mystery Solved

Noted blogger Steve Layman's daily exercise routine has been caught on camera.

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

We are simultaneously gods and worms.

- Abraham Maslow

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Find Something Beautiful Today


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quick Look

The trailer for "Cinema Paradiso."

Something From Out There


What do you need? 

Ask that of many individuals and groups and the answer will be, in so many words, "We need something from someone else. We need something from (name an external source)."

It's a very convenient solution. No strong effort on our part. An external solution will do the heavy lifting. They explain, "The problem, you see, is out there somewhere. We even have it marked on a mental map. It is not within ourselves but out there."

No, it isn't.

First Paragraph

Patrons of P. T. Barnum's American Museum in April 1863 were in for a treat. For twenty-five cents, they could gaze upon eleven Plains Indian chiefs just arrived in New York City from a visit to the "Great Father" Abraham Lincoln. These were not the "random beggars or drunken red men from Eastern reservations" that Barnum normally presented to the public, The New York Times assured readers. They were Cheyennes, Arapahos, Kiowas, and Comanches - "roamers of the remotest valleys of the Rocky Mountains." Barnum promised three dramatic performances daily, but the engagement was strictly limited. "Come now, or you're too late," trumpeted the great showman. "They are longing for their green fields and wild forest homes, and must be seen now or not at all."

- From The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

She had been brought up to make herself useful. And always it suited her.

- David McCullough describing Harriet Beecher Stowe

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quick Look

The trailer for "Hoosiers."

Nerd Garb

Fresh from zapping us with that horrific music video of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," FutureLawyer now turns his hand to nerd garb.

Serious Star Trek nerd garb which is, of course, the ultimate level of nerdom.

Don't wear this stuff to job interviews.


The New Minority on Campus


The Atlantic looks at the declining enrollment of men on college campuses.

Quick Look

The trailer for "A Night at the Opera."

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

I never trust a man who doesn't have enemies.

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Celebrate Westerns

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Quick Look

The trailer for "Argo."

Art Break: Macke



Art Contrarian looks at the work of August Macke.

Mind Purge

In order to purge your mind from the previous post's music video, let's go with something that is more upscale: the trailer for "Plan 9 from Outer Space."

Eclipse Day Music



FutureLawyer has the song and the singer.

Update: Knowing the song, I initially posted the link without watching the video. In doing so, I missed an especially unworldly experience. Without doubt, that is the worst music video I have ever seen. Sort of a combo of bad dancing, horror films, and bad taste. What in the hell were they thinking?

By the way, August 21 is the big day.

Where the Hell is Matt?

Reprise from 2012: See it again. You will smile.

Quick Look

The trailer for "His Girl Friday."

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

The spectacle we find in true religions has as its purpose enchantment, not entertainment. The distinction is critical. By endowing things with magic, enchantment is the means through which we may gain access to sacredness. Entertainment is the means through which we distance ourselves from it.

- Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death