Random Notes

Undergoing a public redesign. Please excuse the state of undress.

Life, right in front of you, right now…

To spend time with a child is to dwell under the terms of an uneasy truce between the possibility of the present and the inevitability of the future. Our deepest hope for the children we love is that they will enjoy the liberties of an open-ended destiny, that their desires will be given the free play they deserve, that the circumstances of their birth and upbringing will be felt as opportunities rather than encumbrances; our greatest fear is that they will feel thwarted by forces beyond their control. At the same time, we can’t help poring over their faces and gestures for any signals of eventuality — the trace hints and betrayals of what will emerge in time as their character, their plot, their fate. And what we project forward for the children in our midst can rarely be disentangled from what we project backward for ourselves.

Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?
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Family

Ways of Seeing , Episode 1.

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Art,Photography

Columnist.

Stylish columns
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Ideas

W.K.W.H.M.W.T.D.

Facebook is too big to govern responsibly. There will always be more work to do because Facebook’s design will always produce more hate than anyone could monitor. How do you reform that? You can’t.

Facebook Can’t Be Reformed
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The second waves of the 1968-69 influenza pandemic.

The 1968-69 influenza pandemic (sometimes called the Hong Kong flu) had a noticeable second wave which was pretty deadly

Bloomberg: What a Century of Disease Outbreaks Can Teach Us About Covid-19

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Science,World

Black livery for the Silver Arrows.

Mercedes will use the new black livery from the first grand prix of the delayed 2020 season
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Motoring

30 years later.

Liverpool's 19th top-flight title and our first since 1989-90
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Football

Dave Brubeck — Golden Brown.

This is a video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet playing some other song. but edited to make it look like they’re performing a cover of The Stranglers’ Golden Brown as a tribute to the recently-departed Dave Greenfield. But that sax was played by one guy who edited the video, too.

That’s confusing, but whatever… the music and the editing is so good.

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Random Music Video

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation.

I’ve been waiting a really, really long time for this.

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Film

Dragging the future into the present…

[…] what the virus has done is accelerate existing trends. Heavy industry has been reckoning with stagnant spending on capital equipment for years; the oil industry has long been pummelled by falling demand for carbon-based fuel; and falling interest rates have been squeezing banks on and off since the great financial crisis (positive trends have gained momentum, too, from online retail to cloud computing).

Prospering in the pandemic: the corporate losers
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Business + Economy

Keen, for a Pinterest replacement.

Keen is Google’s AI-powered alternative to Pinterest. (I wonder how long it will last before it gets killed by Google.)

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Software

One only made such a film right before dying.

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Film,Photography

A reality check.

“1997 was a dark year for my father”
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Finance

“Strong cars make strong friends.”

Who the hell is Myrtle Tower and what's her hair got to do with her car?
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Motoring

This is all true.

It's OK
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Ideas

Revolution.

“Revolution”, a wall mural by John Pugh in Ottawa, Illinois
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Art

Bloomberg Green.

The First Issue of Bloomberg Green
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Design,Nature

On Facebook groups, a weapon of mass disinformation…

If you were to join the Alternative Health Science News group, for example, Facebook would then recommend, based on your interests, that you join a group called Sheep No More, which uses Pepe the Frog, a white supremacist symbol, in its header, as well as Q-Anon Patriots, a forum for believers in the crackpot QAnon conspiracy theory. As protests in response to the death of George Floyd spread across the country, members of these groups claimed that Floyd and the police involved were “crisis actors” following a script.

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America
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