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Amit Patel
THE USES OF DIFFICULTY | More Intelligent Life - http://moreintelligentlife.com/content...
THE USES OF DIFFICULTY | More Intelligent Life
"The brain likes a challenge—and putting a few obstacles in its way may well boost its creativity." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"when classroom material is made harder to absorb, pupils retain more of it over the long term, and understand it on a deeper level" - Amit Patel
I may be doing everything wrong with the tutorials I'm writing :( - Amit Patel
harper
Beautiful day (and maybe last of this series) - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Beautiful day (and maybe last of this series)
Amit Patel
Stevens Creek right after today's storm
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This is just above the reservoir, along Stevens Canyon road. - Amit Patel
very sighty - Joseph Appiah
Maitani
Human obedience: The myth of blind conformity - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Human obedience: The myth of blind conformity
"ScienceDaily (Nov. 20, 2012) — In the 1960s and 1970s, classic social psychological studies were conducted that provided evidence that even normal, decent people can engage in acts of extreme cruelty when instructed to do so by others. However, in an essay published November 20 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Professors Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher revisit these studies' conclusions and explain how awful acts involve not just obedience, but enthusiasm too -- challenging the long-held belief that human beings are 'programmed' for conformity." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"his belief can be traced back to two landmark empirical research programs conducted by Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo in the 1960s and early 1970s. Milgram's 'Obedience to Authority' research is widely believed to show that people blindly conform to the instructions of an authority figure, and Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) is commonly understood to show that people will take on abusive roles uncritically." - Maitani
""Decent people participate in horrific acts not because they become passive, mindless functionaries who do not know what they are doing, but rather because they come to believe -- typically under the influence of those in authority -- that what they are doing is right," Professor Haslam explained. Professor Reicher, of the University of St Andrews, added that it is not that they were blind to the evil they were perpetrating, but rather that they knew what they were doing, and believed it to be right." - Maitani
This will come in very handy in my plans for world domination… - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Let's All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isn't Full of It | TIME.com - http://swampland.time.com/2012...
"It's really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama's opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It's even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn't cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"This isn't just cognitive dissonance. It's irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don't want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. I'm old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because I'm more than three weeks old." - Andrew C (✔)
" I realize that the GOP's up-is-downism puts news reporters in an awkward position. It would seem tendentious to point out Republican hypocrisy on deficits and Medicare and stimulus every time it comes up, because these days it comes up almost every time a Republican leader opens his mouth. But we're not supposed to be stenographers. As long as the media let an entire political party invent a new reality every day, it will keep on doing it. Every day." - Andrew C (✔)
Jessie
hanzismatter.blogspot.com - http://hanzismatter.blogspot.tw/2012...
hanzismatter.blogspot.com
"Hi Tian, My brother recently got a tattoo that he believe translates to "fast and furious." Is this the case at all? Thank you!" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Yes, it does say "fast" and "foolish". " - Jessie
Is that the xun that also means "sucks"? I can never remember what it looks like in simplified, but that would make this tat even moar awesome. - Jessie
Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Ten Numbers the Rich Would Like Fudged | Common Dreams - http://www.commondreams.org/view...
Ten Numbers the Rich Would Like Fudged | Common Dreams
"1. Only THREE PERCENT of the very rich are entrepreneurs. According to both Marketwatch and economist Edward Wolff, over 90 percent of the assets owned by millionaires are held in a combination of low-risk investments (bonds and cash), personal business accounts, the stock market, and real estate. Only 3.6 percent of taxpayers in the top .1% were classified as entrepreneurs based on 2004 tax returns. A 2009 Kauffman Foundation study found that the great majority of entrepreneurs come from middle-class backgrounds, with less than 1 percent of all entrepreneurs coming from very rich or very poor backgrounds." - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Bookmarklet
"2. Only FOUR OUT OF 150 countries have more wealth inequality than us. In a world listing compiled by a reputable research team (which nevertheless prompted double-checking), the U.S. has greater wealth inequality than every measured country in the world except for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Denmark, and Switzerland." [Really surprised to see Denmark in that list of exceptions, given their image as socialized, even relative to Sweden and Norway.] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
"9. Young adults have lost TWO-THIRDS OF THEIR NET WORTH since 1984. 21- to 35-year-olds: Your median net worth has dropped 68% since 1984. It's now less than $4,000. That $4,000 has to pay for student loans that average $27,200. Or, if you're still in school, for $12,700 in credit card debt. With an unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds of almost 50%, two out of every five recent... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
"10. The American public paid about FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS to bail out the banks. That's about the same amount of money made by America's richest 10% in one year. But we all paid for the bailout. And because of it, we lost the opportunity for jobs, mortgage relief, and educational funding. Bonus for the super-rich: A QUADRILLION DOLLARS in securities trading nets ZERO sales tax revenue... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I'm not really interested in engaging in a class war against the wealthy. I just don't want to hear repeatedly how they are THE job creators, and how they just need a bit more wealth before they can start paying their share of taxes. Oh, and cut the crap about how you did it all with skill and insight. Much of that wealth was gained by fortunate circumstance, being in the right place at... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
The entire history of liberalism is essentially class warfare, though. - Victor Ganata
I suppose that's true, but that reductive statement defaults to the notion that one class can't improve it's 'stead' except at the expense of other classes, aka the zero-sum game mindset. I don't buy it, and I think history bears that out. It requires a bit of enlightenment, of course, and by that I don't mean the 'enlightenment of wealth' that the wealthy tend to presume for and about themselves. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I wonder how they calculated the numbers for #2. It looks odd. - Eivind
Agreed, Eivind. Seems 'suspicious.' I know that Copenhagen has it's "Gold Coast" (as my liberal Danish friends used to call it) but I always assumed that there was less of distortion toward that top than in most developed countries. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Zero sum mentality: you're better off if you hurt the other guy. We need more of this mentality: you're better off if you help the other guy. - Amit Patel
I'm not referencing the zero-sum mentality per se, just that there have always been two sides—the haves and the have-nots—whose short-term interests have long been at odds. I'm not saying that this is necessarily a permanent state, and, yes, cooperation does seem to be an evolutionary adaptive strategy that has allowed the human species to thrive, but I also think it's perilous to... more... - Victor Ganata
harper
nata2 on 40 Engineers Worked 14-Hour Days, 7 Days A Week To Get Obama Reelected. "Orca was not even in the same category as Narwhal. It was like touting the iPad as a Facebook killer." - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"we are not redditors" - harper
Victor Ganata
According to Republicans, it's officially a landslide!
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And here I was afraid Obama wouldn't get a mandate! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Victor Ganata
I'd rather deal with honest extermists than deluded centrists. Ugh.
What does "even more centrist" even mean?!? - Victor Ganata
Denuded centrists are another matter. #NotThatAnybodyAsked - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
"even more centrist" == "right wing, but I won't feel bad for voting for them". - Andrew C (✔)
I was thinking more "Republican, or former Republican, but can no longer stand the crazy". But, seriously, what does an ideologue centrist even believe in? (that's significantly different from the major planks of the Democratic party?) - Victor Ganata
They believe in /being centrist/. Or did you mean actual policy? - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Ideological Centrism: Moderation in all things? ["Pass me another beer... we're no way NEAR getting half-way through that case!"] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Andrew C (✔)
Obama Romney Sandy Reactions - Sandy: Evidence That Romney Is the Wrong President - Esquire - http://www.esquire.com/blogs...
"But, honestly, it's time to get real about things. Honestly, it's time for someone to "politicize" this storm for what it is. Based on what the various candidates actually have told the people whose votes they are soliciting, over the past 48 hours, it has been far better for the nation that Barack Obama and Joseph Biden are running the executive branch than it would have been had those jobs been held by Willard Romney and Paul Ryan." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
" Both of the latter are on record -- and on audiotape, and on video, and all over the Intertoobz, and, for all I know, bellowing from the fillings in your teeth -- as recommending that the federal government's responsibility for things like disaster relief be either handed back to the states, or privatized entirely. They have made this argument in public. They have made this argument... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"But, now, after these two days, it ought not to be beyond the pale to "politicize" the simple fact that, even though the Republican half of it was an embarrassing clown show, this election has come down to a battle between two visions of the the functions of the national government and, through that, a battle over whether the political commonwealth exists at all. It is not politicizing... more... - Andrew C (✔)
like those hippies have been saying for some 45 years now, there's inevitable consequences with this society...l Did you see the mea culpa on NYT dot earth blog, journo reflects on bias, contacts, reputation... - daveeza
Victor Ganata
"Nixon is a shifty-eyed goddamn liar, and people know it. He’s one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides." — Harry S. Truman
Andrew C (✔)
We must stop protecting the rich from market forces | Ha-Joon Chang | Comment is free | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
We must stop protecting the rich from market forces | Ha-Joon Chang | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Gore Vidal, the recently demised American writer, once famously quipped that the US economic system is "free enterprise for the poor and socialism for the rich". Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis in 2008, not only has the US lived up to Vidal's caricature but the whole of the rich capitalist world has become more "American". The poor are increasingly exposed to market forces, with tougher conditions on the diminishing state protection they get, while the rich have unprecedented levels of protection from the state, with virtually no strings attached." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The poor are told that their states are bankrupt because their previous governments splashed out on welfare payments for them. They - especially if they happen to be from the "lazy" eurozone periphery countries - are lectured that they have to pay for the "good times" they had with "other people's money" by working harder at lower wages and by accepting lower levels of welfare... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Tudor Bosman
The iPad mini announcement made me want a Nexus 7.
All of these announcements still make me want a Surface - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Nexus 7s for all! - Louis Gray
Andrew C (✔)
Economically Healthy 'Daily Planet' Now Most Unrealistic Part Of Superman Universe | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - http://www.theonion.com/article...
Economically Healthy 'Daily Planet' Now Most Unrealistic Part Of Superman Universe | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"longtime fans told reporters they simply could not accept a daily metropolitan newspaper still thriving in the media landscape of 2012." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Ayşe E.
…a civilized society compensates for the human propensity to screw up. That’s why we have single-payer firefighters and police officers. That’s why we require seat belts. When someone who has been speeding gets in a car accident, the 911 operator doesn’t sneer: “You were irresponsible, so figure out your own way to the hospital” — and hang up. To... - http://ayse.tumblr.com/post...
Steven Perez
Meet the future of data storage: the cassette tape - http://dvice.com/archive...
Hmm. - Mike Nencetti from iPhone
Paul Buchheit
"Every facet, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you."
Not sure where it came from. Possibly Jack Kornfield. Heard it quoted in a song. - Paul Buchheit
Is that your answer to my question about HGTV? - Clare Dibble
Before you can program your mind you need to deprogram it, and the best way to deprogram it is to get to the bottom of and master intellectual history -- the invented and artificial but influential ideological tape loops that control collective human behavior among all cultures, and about which most people are entirely unconscious. Fully conscious people create and control cultural and ideological systems and loops, they are not controlled by them. - Sean McBride
Too much work. Just tell me the answer. - sofarsoShawn
I googled it for Shawn. It's a quote from Jack Kornfield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...) and it's found in Evil Nine's Cakehole (http://www.youtube.com/watch...). - imabonehead
Thanks imabonehead :) I was being I guess, very lamely sarcastic to highlight that our minds "programming" or its deprogramming comes as a result of the world itself telling us how to. ~ In short, I'd like to thank this quote for telling me how to think, oh shit... kinda back where I started... ~ ~~> Russell's quote, with your 1st link, has much more explanatory relevance - sofarsoShawn
Many years ago I had a self hypnosis tape and "Every facet, every dept of your mind etc etc...." were the opening words. I can't remember the title of the tape and have been trying to find it. I remembered the opening lines and typed them in when they came up i thought I had finally found the CD i was looking for. can any-one here help me with this? - Sweetdreams Johnny
I never heard this quote but believe it is a great one! - Fred Bucheit
iam 35 and i just now got it - James O'brien
from the bible - James O'brien
i might be some one u might want to talk to - James O'brien
Larry Hosken
Andrew C (✔)
Should You Follow Your Passion? (Nope - You Should Grow It) « The Talent Code - http://thetalentcode.com/2012...
"The key fact to realize is that passions aren't fixed -- they're flexible and alive. They grow and change in connection with our abilities and accomplishments. For a useful insight into this, check out this piece by Cal Newport, a Georgetown professor and author of the new book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, who devastatingly debunks the Myth of FYP. His argument is based on two basic truths:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"To be clear: this is not to say you shouldn't do what you love. You absolutely should. But you should do so with the right expectations. As Newport points out: don't follow your passion. Let your passion follow you, by cultivating it through hard work." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
World's Least Fun Person Removing One-of-a-Kind Slide From Apartment He Just Bought -- Daily Intel - http://nymag.com/daily...
World's Least Fun Person Removing One-of-a-Kind Slide From Apartment He Just Bought -- Daily Intel
"Why buy the only apartments connected by a slide if you don't like the slide? Why not buy any other apartment? It's like acquiring the Mona Lisa and scrubbing off the paint so you can use it as a blank canvas. And don't even give us that "charity" garbage. Those kids don't need yet another slide -- what they need is an example that proves that if you work hard enough and/or are really good at poker, you could one day turn your home into a playground. They need that dream. Daniel Gieschen, you are a monster." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Random: I only just now realized that Obama is the first Democratic POTUS since JFK who wasn't from the South.
The fact that the two most famous POTUSes associated with California were Reagan and Nixon make me think we should never elect anyone from California ever again. - Victor Ganata
I'd think looking at the state government of California would be hint enough. - Not Me
LOL - Not Me
While I do think Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger did a lot of things to help ruin California, I primarily blame the legislature and the voters. I think the fact that there's such a low bar for voter-approved propositions to get passed combined with supermajority requirements for Assembly and Senate bills makes sure we have a lot of really crappy laws on the books. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/politic...
This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone
"Weirdly, there seems to be an expectation that presidential races should be closer, and that if one doesn't come down to the wire in an exciting photo finish, we've all missed out somehow." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The mere fact that Mitt Romney is even within striking distance of winning this election is an incredible testament to two things: [...] and b) the power of our propaganda machine, which has conditioned the entire population to accept the idea that the American population, ideologically speaking, is naturally split down the middle, whereas the real fault lines are a lot closer to the 99-1 ratio the Occupy movement has been talking about since last year." - Andrew C (✔)
"To me the biggest reason the split isn't bigger is the news media, which wants a close race mainly for selfish commercial reasons - it's better theater and sells more ads. Most people in the news business have been conditioned to believe that national elections should be close. This conditioning leads to all sorts of problems and journalistic mischief, like a tendency of pundits to... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Here's the Chip Apple Is Using to Stop You from Buying Cheap Cables - http://gizmodo.com/5945889...
Here's the Chip Apple Is Using to Stop You from Buying Cheap Cables
"If you bought yourself an iPhone 5, and are looking for a cheap, third-party lightning adapter to save a couple of bucks, you might want to hold off. There's an authenticator chip in the official adapters, and third-party adapters probably won't work without it." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
" If it's doing a "smart" function like pin assignment or something crazy like that, then it definitely is going to be mandatory. Apple has said it's a "smart" connector but it is horrifying that just a basic power charging/sync cord like this requires additional complexity." - on the other hand, I understand the connector is reversible (you don't have to figure out which side is up), so it does need smarts to do pin reassignment. - Andrew C (✔)
I don't like this practice. On the TouchPad, in order for it to charger, I have to use the cable and charger that came with the item. It's so dumb scrounging around to find that one cable, when we have 5 other miniUSB cables. I can't even charge it through the computers. Already, I can't use a non-Apple USB charger in my car for the iThings, - Anika
I admit, it's pretty evil even for Apple. - Piaw Na
Yeah, but a reversible connector would be pretty sweet... It's amazing how many USB cables never even try to indicate which side is up. - Andrew C (✔)
Eh? You can't use a non-Apple USB charger in the car? Why not? I use only retractable USB sync/charger cables in the car (along with a cigarette lighter adapter) and they work fine. - ronin
one of many reasons i avoid Apple hardware. - Big Joe Silence
I have 3 USB plugs for the car lighter and I can't charger either iPod with them. I get a message saying that since it's not a Apple compliant cable, it won't charge. And the iPod dock in the car doesn't charge the stupid thing either. Dumb. - Anika
At nearly $700 per share, Apple can't be wrong...? [ETA: I bet it hits $750 by Thanksgiving.] - Julian
Steven Perez
ronin
Mother shaves numbers on heads of identical quadruplets (VIDEO) | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News - http://news.yahoo.com/blogs...
Mother shaves numbers on heads of identical quadruplets (VIDEO) | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News
Hah, that's a pretty effective way of keeping track I guess. =) - ronin from Bookmarklet
Haha - Rodfather
Hahaha - Shevonne
Good there aren't 5 of them. 2 and 5 would be confusing :p - ؛ patrick
I wonder if it would be legal to tattoo your child in this situation? - Melly
If they were girls, just pierce their ears and make them wear different color ear rings, trying to match the color with first letter in their name. - April Russo
They could swap their earrings and confuse you. - Melly
one thing that has puzzled me... Why not use Chinese characters? - Johnny
And why not make them sit in numerical order? - Stephen Mack
Mark H
I just ran into the street and shouted that FriendFeed was back. There was much rejoicing. - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
I just ran into the street and shouted that FriendFeed was back. There was much rejoicing.
:) - Eivind
:)) - Maitani
:))) - AJ Batac
woohoo! - Ruchira S. Datta
Çok geniş bir coğrafyada aynı anda yaşanan böylesi bir sevinç varmola?... :-)) - Ali Yolcu
Did you not get any pics of the "gnashing of teeth" during the downtime? - Son of Groucho
:D - Jenny H.
Andrew C (✔)
Fujifilm sees which way wind is blowing, ends production of cinema film -- Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2012...
Fujifilm sees which way wind is blowing, ends production of cinema film -- Engadget
"Fujifilm is shuttering a large part of its cinema business by March 2013. While it'll continue to produce stills film (for the time being, at least) and archival material similar to Kodak's Asset Protection film, moves are under way to redirect its focus toward digital tools [...]" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Ayşe E.
Romney doesn’t have a plan, or even a vague outline of a plan, to cover people with preexisting conditions. To preempt a conservative freak-out, Romney’s campaign clarified to National Review that its actual position remains, “Governor Romney will ensure that discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous... - http://ayse.tumblr.com/post...
Larry Hosken
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