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RIP Lou Reed

In media on October 30, 2013 at 3:15 am

For the gearheads, losers, rockers, poets, New Yorkers–RIP, Lou Reed.

 And, everyone who ever had a heart

They wouldn’t turn around and break it

And anyone who ever played a part

Oh wouldn’t turn around and hate it!

“Sweet Jane” (1970)




Touring for Pleasure, Traveling for Knowledge

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Literary Excursions -

The writer Chris Wallace reviews a pile of travel books to discern the difference between mere sightseeing and a transformational trip:

In other words, I was touring, to use Paul Bowles’s classic distinction, rather than traveling — seeking enjoyment rather than experience. I had failed to abide Camus’s dictum that the trip ought to be the highest form of asceticism. “There is no pleasure in traveling,” he wrote in his notebooks. “I look upon it more as an occasion for spiritual testing. If we understand by culture the exercise of our most intimate sense — that of eternity — then we travel for culture.” One imagines he is using the Bowlesian distinction here, meaning capital-T Traveling — to find communion with the universal and, ultimately, with the deepest, “most intimate sense” of oneself. Camus goes on to say: “Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way as distraction, in Pascal’s use of the word, takes us away from God. Travel, which is like a greater and a graver science, brings us back to ourselves.”

via Literary Excursions –


For Better Social Skills, a Little Chekhov

In career on October 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Why might Fortune 500 companies and others  prefer a area studies major to a finance-type? Literary fiction and the tools of reading and critical thinking:

The idea that what we read might influence our social and emotional skills is not new. Previous studies have correlated various types of reading with empathy and sensitivity. More recently, in a field called “theory of mind,” scientists have used emotional intelligence perception tests to study, for example, children with autism.

But psychologists and other experts said the new study was powerful because it suggested a direct effect — quantifiable by measuring how many right and wrong answers people got on the tests — from reading literature for only a few minutes.

“It’s a really important result,” said Nicholas Humphrey, an evolutionary psychologist who has written extensively about human intelligence, and who was not involved in the research. “That they would have subjects read for three to five minutes and that they would get these results is astonishing.”

via For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov –


Who You Know: Why LinkedIn Helps You Get Hired

In career on October 6, 2013 at 6:42 am

But by and large, financial firms in particular commonly hire people who have certain connections, whether through family or a business relationship. The thinking is that the new hire — and his or her last name — might “help open doors,” Mr. Driscoll said. But, like many people I interviewed on this topic, he did not see a legal issue with such hires. “I don’t think there is a quid pro quo,” such that the hiring of children is explicitly generating business from the parent. At best, he said, “It gets you in the room.”He added: “It’s like chicken soup. It can’t hurt.”Pick a big-name chief executive, and a quick LinkedIn search will often reveal a relative working for some other company that wants to do business with the parent’s company.

via Hiring the Well-Connected Isnt Always a Scandal –


Pignanelli & Webb: We Know How You Think – By What You Read

In media, politics on October 4, 2013 at 1:46 am

What media offerings in Utah tell about you–a little state of play:

The Salt Lake Tribune attracts progressive Mormons who believe reading Robert Kirby and Paul Rolly lets them “live on the edge” without confessing to the bishop that would be LaVarr. Non-Mormon readers still fantasize that the Trib is Utah’s “independent” paper, despite being owned by a national chain that slam-dunked with help from the Deseret News the previous owners who really were independent.

The Deseret News is read by Mormons most of them close to death who scrutinize the paper’s editorials for signs of First Presidency endorsement in LDS secret code phrases like, “Please signify it by the uplifted hand.” Non-Mormon readers hide their copies from their fellow wine-and-cheesers, but peruse it regularly to spy on what’s happening inside the “kingdom.”

via Pignanelli & Webb: We Know How You Think – By What You Read.

I do disagree a wee bit on this one.  (Nobody reads the Deseret News.)

‘Strings Attached’ Co-Author Offers Solutions for Education –

In career on October 4, 2013 at 1:45 am

Why tough teachers make a difference in the lives of their students, and some counterintuitive insights via Joanne Lipman:

  1. A little pain is good for you.
  2. Drill, baby, drill
  3. Failure is an option
  4. Strict is better than nice
  5. Creativity can be learned
  6. Grit trumps talent
  7. Praise makes you weak …
  8. …while stress makes you strong.

via ‘Strings Attached’ Co-Author Offers Solutions for Education –

The Ideal English Major – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In career on October 4, 2013 at 1:44 am

More from Edmundson on a major choice:

The English major: in love with language and in love with life—or at least hungry for as much life as he can hold. But there’s something else, too. The English major immerses himself in books and revels in language for a purpose. You might even call it a high purpose, if you’re disposed to such talk. (I sometimes am.)

The English major wants to use what he knows about language and what he’s learning from books as a way to confront the hardest of questions. He uses these things to try to figure out how to live. His life is an open-ended work in progress, and it’s never quite done, at least until he is. For to the English major, the questions of life are never closed. There’s always another book to read; there’s always another perspective to add. He might think that he knows what’s what as to love and marriage and the raising of children. But he’s never quite sure. He takes tips from the wise and the almost wise that he confronts in books and sometimes (if he’s lucky) in life. He measures them and sifts them and brings them to the court of his own experience. (There is a creative reading as well as a creative writing, Emerson said.)

via The Ideal English Major – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.


7 Data Viz Sites to Inspire Your Creative Eye

In tech on October 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Worth checking out for infographcs insights and designs:

via 7 Data Viz Sites to Inspire Your Creative Eye.