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“An activist court is a court that makes a decision you don’t like” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy … Week ending 5.22.2010

May 16-22, 2010

5.22.2010 … Congratulations to Gray Lindsey, Sprayberry HS 2010 … next stop GCSU … then watch your film credits! …. Carroll Teague is home!!!

random, colleges: If we all lied, I wonder where we would be?

As my colleague Katie Zezima and I report in an article in today’s Times, Mr. Wheeler, 23, duped the Harvard admissions office with fake, straight-A transcripts from M.I.T. (he’d actually been suspended from Bowdoin College) and Phillips Andover (he was a graduate of a public high school in Delaware), according to prosecutors.

Mr. Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including larceny (he received nearly $50,000 in scholarships and prizes from Harvard) and identity fraud.

With Harvard officials refusing to comment on the case — they have cited the ongoing criminal inquiry and federal safeguards on student privacy — readers of The Choice are left to ponder a central question: how could someone tell such brazen lies to the admissions office of one of the nation’s most prestigious colleges, and get away with it?

via College Admissions Advice – The Choice Blog – NYTimes.com.

Bollywood, movies: Maybe I will go … I enjoy Bollywood style movies.

One of the many things they find odd about the original or “Bollywood” version (a shorter, more “international” version opens next week): It’s mostly in English.

“It’s Bollywood’s first and probably last trilingual movie,” said Nandini Ramnath, Mumbai-based film editor for Time Out in India. “It’s a lot in English and Spanish. There’s very little Hindi.”

via ‘Kites’ Reviews: Caught Between Hollywood and Bollywood? – Speakeasy – WSJ.

immigration, icons, followup: This child does not want to be the “icon” for illegal immigration.  But can you blame her for wanting a visit to the White House out of it?

The girl said she was happy to meet Mrs. Obama and Mexico first lady Margarita Zavala at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School and hoped to return the visit.

“I hope I get to go to the White House,” she said.

Asked if she was worried about her mother’s situation, the girl smiled and shook her head.

A Department of Homeland Security official said federal immigration authorities are not pursuing the family.

via Little Girl Who Questioned Michelle Obama Wants White House Visit.

entertainment, economy: Don’t you think that our obsession should change given the state of the economy? Summer Entertainment Preview 2010 – TIME.

favorites, cities, urban planning, Jane Jacobs: My husband’s grandfather was a city planner and one of my most memorable conversations was about city planning and Jane Jacobs.  I always enjoy articles about her and the topic. And who knows what the acronym NIMBY stands for?  Read on …

Do I hear the sound of orthodoxy shattering?

For today’s planners the “public process” is a key principle. Listen to the community. The people are the experts. Bottom-up planning.

It’s a legacy of revered urban thinker, writer and activist Jane Jacobs, who rallied her Greenwich Village neighbors to defeat urban “renewal” and a planned lower Manhattan expressway, among other things.

Let me say up front that I think Jane Jacobs was a brilliant observer of city neighborhoods, and I think expressways and other large concrete projects usually do more harm than good inside cities. But as I have watched planning play out in this not-very-Manhattan-esque Sun Belt city, I’ve had to squelch the part of my brain that kept noticing that too often, “what the community wanted” was simply not to change.

At a conference last month in Cambridge, Mass., he began ripping “the absolute orgy of public process – it is so out of control.” He predicted NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) opposition to windmills and power lines would stymie needed green energy projects. “There’s something radically wrong with the public process,” he said.

Duany, a co-founder of New Urbanism, has helped change the discourse on city planning, often by zigging when everyone else was zagging.

He expounded on his observations in the Atlantic magazine – noting that he makes his living doing bottom-up planning (with public design charrettes): “If you unfilter what people want – they don’t want poor people, they don’t want income diversity, and they don’t want shops anywhere near them and they don’t want rapid transit and they don’t want streets that connect and they don’t want anybody bicycling past their yards and they don’t want density. So you can’t just do unfiltered bottom-up planning.”

Jane Jacobs’ activism was revered not just because it was activism, but because she understood her city and knew what to agitate for. Without that kind of understanding, won’t the “public process” continue to be mostly an exercise in frustration?

via Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses and NIMBYs – CharlotteObserver.com.

London Olympics 2012, icons, mascots, followup:

The Best Olympics Have the Ugliest Mascots – London 2012 Is Going to Be Awesome

BY ALISSA WALKERWed May 19, 2010

via The Best Olympics Have the Ugliest Mascots – London 2012 Is Going to Be Awesome | Fast Company.

World Cup 2010: I need a little help here … 32 Teams: One Dream – ESPN Soccernet.

Supreme Court, Kagan nomination:

Newly released documents of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s not-so-distant past reveal a determined, often blunt-speaking woman with an occasionally silly side.

via Papers reveal Kagan’s lighter side – CNN.com.

business, next generation, creativity: hopefully my children will have what it takes!

According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value (NYSE: IBM – News), CEOs identify “creativity” as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.

via what-chief-executives-really-want: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance.

science, beyond me, Davidson: I put this one in for Dan, all the Trobichs and my many Davidson friends.

We have lived with scientific “monism” since Newton.

Monism is the view, shared by virtually all scientists, that the world is made of one kind of “stuff,” the Actual world of matter and energy and with some question marks, space and time and information.

There are very good grounds to accept monism. And it has an ancient history. No less an ancient philosopher, Empedocles said, “What is real in the universe is what is actual.”

via 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

random, World Cup 2010: Pretty much doesn’t matter what Goldman does right now …

Bet you won’t find that in Goldman Sachs’ 75-page guide to the 2010 World Cup; it’s part betting guide, part show-off–and begs the statement: “So, this is what you’re doing while the rest of the world is stumbling out of recession?” Another statement also up for begging: “Red card for whoever it was behind the guide’s cover design (see above).”

via Goldman Sachs Crafts a 75-Page World Cup Odds Guide for, Y’know, Funsies | Fast Company.

literature, advertising, random: I found this very interesting …

At the first annual Moby Awards, Indie publisher Dennis Johnson bequeathed gold spray painted gray whales to each of the five book trailer category winners. Moby Dick, the venerable sperm whale, was Johnson’s inspiration for the blog MobyLives, which sponsored the event. Unfortunately for Johnson, Toys”R”Us was completely sold out of rubber sperm whales, so gray whales would have to do.

“This is an idea that got out of hand,” Johnson said in his opening comments to the audience Thursday night, a group of 100 or so book trailer enthusiasts at The Griffin in New York City. Book trailers, a moderately new web-based method for publishers and authors to advertise their novels and titles, are best described exactly as they sound – a movie-like trailer for a piece of literary work.

via Moby Awards: Judging a Book By Its Trailer – Speakeasy – WSJ.

-and- Several years ago I found this site and have actually found some good books on it … VidLit™ – A Brief Excerpt from Julie and Julia by Julie Powell from Hachette Book Group.

The President, West Point, wars, kith/kin: I pay more attention now that my nephew will be attending West Point.

Nearly the entire graduating class of 2010 will become Army second lieutenants, with most expecting to serve eventually in Iraq or Afghanistan, a fact that that Obama said “humbled” him.

“I assure you you will go with the full support of a proud and grateful nation,” he said.

Obama commended the cadets for serving the country and for setting a standard of service and sacrifice “as great as any in U.S. history” at a time “when too many of our institutions have acted irresponsibly.”

He said defending the U.S. isn’t the sole responsibility of the military and that “the rest of us must do our part.” He said that includes encouraging innovation at home to help restore U.S. economic vitality and strengthening existing international alliances and building new ones.

Obama said promoting basic human rights around the world and working with those who share U.S. interests also are important.

via Obama’s West Point Speech: Tells Graduates ‘There Will Be Difficult Days Ahead’.

internet, blogging: I actually like quite a few of these bloggers.

40 bloggers who really count

Meet the online writers, stars and commentators that everybody’s talking about

via 40 bloggers who really count – Times Online.

cars: John really likes this one.  Not for me …

The new Aston Martin Rapide is a lovely car, to be sure, and driving one around town creates precisely the same effect on the populace as would a young Paul McCartney striding through Waterloo Station in 1964. Never mind the panties. Investment bankers throw their tighty-whiteys at this car.

via 2010 Aston Martin Rapide: A Gorgeous, Impractical Beast | Rumble Seat by Dan Neil – WSJ.com.

icons:  I think “icon” may be he most overused word today.  So I will post every article for a while where I see it …

Hospitals are complicated spaces that must be navigated by people of all different ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation tapped students to create symbols that would help explain new health care services ranging from nutrition counseling to MRI-PET scans.

via Paging All Designers: 15 Icons for Healthier Hospital Signs | Slideshows.

5.21.2010. Happy 18th, Gray … Happy 40th, Marthame … Happy 30th, Pac-Man! … Ok, Bones did not end like I wanted …

events: Happy 18th, Gray5.21.2010 … Happy 40th, Marthame … Happy 30th, Pac-Man! …

random, events, google art, memory lane, Davidson, dating myself: Anybody else’s dating life with their spouse begin with playing games of Pac-Man in the 900 Room?  And that is definitely a double entendre on “dating myself”!

Google said it had commissioned the doodle, its first ever interactive illustration, to mark the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man’s release. Google said the launch of Pac-Man marked “a significant moment in popular culture”, and said that web users had 48 hours to “re-live the nostalgia” of the 1980s by playing the game on the Google site.

via Pac-Man 30th anniversary marked by Google Doodle – Telegraph.

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Pac Man turns 30 and gets on Google’s home page, too

Quick, go hit google. You can play Pac-Man, for free, with your arrow keys. You can also play on your mobile phone.

Today is the 30th anniversary of one of the most simple — and addictive — video games of all time. Google says the Pac-Man demo, which is fully functional, will stay up for 48 hours.

If you tap the insert coin button twice, you can play Ms. Pac-Man at the same time by using the W-A-S-D keys for directional control.

Google says the game includes all 256 levels.

Have fun.

via Games N Gadgets.

events, followup: There was quite a lot of coverage about this year’s Meck-Dec Day … and a new statue to boot!

“If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.”

– Wendell Berry, Kentucky farmer, poet and writer

via Finding Charlotte’s soul in tales of early rebellion – CharlotteObserver.com.

(For more on Wendell Berry, see Wendell Berry – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. … I thank my former walking buddy for education me about Mr. Berry)

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YouTube – Sculpture of Captain Jack, Spirit of Mecklenburg, unveiled.

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NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts will be in Charlotte Thursday to unveil a statute of “Captain James Jack.” He is said to have travelled to Philadelphia on horseback in 1775 to bring word to the Founding Fathers that Mecklenburg County had already declared its independence from Britain. The Founding Fathers reportedly admired Mecklenburg County’s gumption, but thought the declaration was a tad premature.

WFAE’s Julie Rose spoke with Cokie Roberts about the upcoming event:

via WFAE 90.7 FM – WFAE.com: local news features.

-and- The spirit of ‘Meck Dec’ still lives on – CharlotteObserver.com.

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Cap’n James Jack meets Tweet-world

Today’s big civic event, the unveiling of the statue of Colonial-era Capt. James Jack, as covered with Twitter.

via The Naked City: Cap’n James Jack meets Tweet-world.

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“These are men who entrusted Capt. Jack with a piece of paper that could have sent them all to the gallows as he rode from Charlotte to Philadelphia to carry our message of freedom and independence,” Charles Jonas, the society’s president and a founder, told the cheering crowd. “ … They were willing to risk everything – their lives, their families, everything they’d come to enjoy – because freedom was worth it.”

via Statue of Capt. Jack unveiled to big crowd – CharlotteObserver.com.

Jane Austen:

“The significance of Jane Austen is so personal and so universal, so intimately connected with our sense of ourselves and of our whole society, that it is impossible to imagine a time when she or her works could have delighted us long enough.”—Author Claire Harman

via Claire Harman, JANE’S FAME: How Jane Austen Conquered the World | Seeing the World Through Books.

Apple iPad: I have both … like the iPad, but would not give up my macbook pro, yet.

One analyst’s forecast shows that iPads are flying off retail shelves almost twice as fast as Macs at a nearly 2-to-1 ratio.

The data collected by Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets estimates that Apple sells in excess of 200,000 iPads each week in the U.S., as opposed to the estimated 110,000 Macs it sells each week.

via iPads Are Outselling Macs, Analyst Says.

movies, economy, parenting: Personally, I think this is kinda dirty of the theaters to go up for a kid’s movie … parental guilt will prevent many from refusing to pay!

For the first time, a major Hollywood film will hit the symbolically important $20 threshold at the box office, as movie-theater owners test the public’s ability to absorb ever higher ticket prices.

The AMC theater is in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan will charge $20 for an adult ticket to IMAX showings of animated 3-D family film, “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth “Shrek” installment from DreamWorks Animation.

via N.Y. Movie Theater to Charge $20 a Ticket for New ‘Shrek” Movie – WSJ.com.

music: like Cheryl’s list … Brooklyn Arden: Video Sunday: Great Literary Love Songs.

disasters, followupGulf oil spill stays off shorelines, but enters Florida-bound current | al.com.

random, history, libraries, followup: Of course, George would so the right thing.

The library conducted an inventory of books mentioned in the ledger and confirmed the book checked out by Washington was still missing.

But the missing book was kept secret for years until it became public recently in an article in The New York Daily News, the library said in a statement.

“A few days after learning of the situation, staff at Washington’s home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace Vattel’s “Law of Nations” with another copy of the same edition,” the library said in a statement.

via George Washington’s library book returned 221 years late – Yahoo! News.

random, art:  I like the term “kinetic art”.

“Some people think it’s trash on wheels,” says Theresa Segreti of the American Visionary Art Museum, the group that organizes the race. “But it’s art.”

via Kinetic Sculptures Slog Through Mud Pits, Navigate Baltimore Harbor to Win Race – WSJ.com.

csr, followup: Mentioned this yesterday … What would you pay, more or less?

The country’s latest experiment in pay-what-you-want eating started last weekend when a cafe run by Panera Bread, one of the fastest-growing chain restaurants in the country, began refusing payments from customers in this affluent St. Louis suburb and politely asked them instead to “take what you need, leave your fair share” in wood-and-plexiglass lockboxes.

via Another Restaurant Tries Pay-What-You-Want – NYTimes.com.

food – Southern: this one id for Mark Fortenberry!

From potlucks to lunch pails, pimento cheese is the stuff of everyday Southern life. Doesn’t matter whether their first taste came from the local grocer or Grandma’s kitchen, most Southerners are attached to their ’menta cheese memories, and Sarah O’Kelley, co-owner and co-chef of the Glass Onion in Charleston, South Carolina, is no exception. “When I was growing up, my father fed me pimento cheese on white bread,” she says. “Even as a child, I can remember being fascinated by the spiciness of it.”

via Spread the Love.

events, Atlanta:

On May 23rd from 1-6PM, we are turning this dream into a reality by organizing the first-ever Atlanta Streets Alive. This event will take a valuable public space – our city’s streets – and open them up for people to play, walk, bike, breathe, and make their own.

The event will close to vehicular traffic a mile of Edgewood Avenue west of Boulevard to Woodruff Park, while opening that section of Edgewood to recreational use.

via Atlanta Streets Alive! official press release – Atlanta Streets Alive!.

quotes: I am not sure I understand this one!  I cannot find the original tweet … but definitely doesn’t bode well.

Quoting @jimbradysp today: “The Washington Post merged its print and digital operations in the same way Germany merged with Poland in 1939”

via (6) Twitter / Home.

Apple iPad:

My forecast is that investors will make up the difference more quickly than the competition. The P will be racing to keep up with the E in the P/E ratio. The most amazing thing about Apple is that its growth is still accelerating. The next 18 months of earnings look primed to propel Apple to become the largest market cap stock in the world.

via Why Apple Will Accelerate — Seeking Alpha.

events, immigration, icons: I don’t think that little girls wants to become an icon.

A little girl became the face of the nation’s immigration debate on Wednesday, when she told First Lady Michelle Obama about her mother’s fear.

“My mom … she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers,” the second-grader said after being called on by the first lady, who was visiting a suburban Maryland school with Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala.

And when Michele Obama replied by describing the need to make sure “that people can be here with the right kind of papers,” the girl simply responded quietly: “But my mom doesn’t have any.” (Watch the video below.)

The girl’s guilelessness and innocence, in contrast to the inchoate rage of the anti-immigrant movement — and even to the first lady’s suddenly hollow-sounding talking points — could well turn her into an icon as immigration makes its way to the front of the national agenda.

via Little Girl Who Challenged First Lady Is Right: Obama Is Deporting More Immigrants Than Ever.

tv, favorites: … Ok … Bones did not end  like I wanted … As Ann suggested, maybe I should watch Grey’s Annatomy!

5.20.2010 … Meck-Dec Day, Eliza Doolittle Day, and ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad’ day! That’s a lot …

events, Charlotte: Happy Meck-Dec Day!

A dramatic manifestation of defiance of Royal authority by the Scots-Irish of Mecklenburg County  happened  in May 1775.  Indeed, this series of incidents has become a matter of enduring controversy, at least in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  It is a fascinating story.  Allegedly, a group of leading citizens of Mecklenburg County drafted and signed the so-called Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775, and were therefore the first colonists to break their legal ties to Great Britain — fourteen months before the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and approved Thomas Jefferson’s more famous Declaration of Independence that we celebrate every Fourth of July.

via New Page 9.

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The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is allegedly the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. It was supposedly signed on May 20, 1775, at Charlotte, North Carolina, by a committee of citizens of Mecklenburg County, who declared independence from Great Britain after hearing of the battle of Lexington. If the story is true, the Mecklenburg Declaration preceded the United States Declaration of Independence by more than a year. The authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration has been disputed since it was first published in 1819, forty-four years after it was reputedly written. There is no conclusive evidence to confirm the original document’s existence, and no reference to it has been found in extant newspapers from 1775.

via Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

random, movies, quotes, events:

One evening the king will say, ‘Oh, Liza, old thing – I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May, I proclaim Liza Doolittle Day.

via Speak Up And Celebrate ‘Eliza Doolittle Day’ : NPR.

random, events, political cartoons:

… some brainiac cartoonists around the world have decided to declare May 20 to be ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad’ day.

As proud millenial Muslims, we should think about how our Prophet Muhammad would respond to such silly faux controversies.

We should all be reminded of a well-known Islamic parable which tells the story of the Prophet Mohammed and his daily interactions with an uruly female neighbor who used to curse him violently and then proceed to dump garbage onto him every day from her perchtop window each time he would ever walk by her house.

One day, the Prophet noticed that the woman was not present to throw garbage outside of her window. In true prophetic kindness, he actually went out of his way to inquire about her well-being and then proceeded to visit this unfriendly neighbor at her bedside inside of her own home when he had found out that she had fallen sick.

This genteel act of prophetic kindness toward unfriendly (and overtly hostile) neighbors is the Muslim ‘Ubuntu’ standard that we should all use within our collective lives — not threats of violence aimed at the silliness of some sophmoric cartoons aimed at inciting a provocative response around the world.

As people get in a huffy over a bunch of stupid cartoons, every Muslim around the world should take a very deep breath and simlpy ask themselves one basic question:

“What Would Muhammad Do?”

When it comes to a bunch of silly and sophmoric cartoons, the answer would be two very simple words: Absolutely nothing.

via Patheos/On Faith: What would Muhammad do? – On Faith at washingtonpost.com.

design, icons, Olympics: I have been thinking about icons a lot lately …. 2012 London Olympics missed its chance … I especially like Dr. Miller’s commentary  … English symbols « Hopelens Blog (see excerpt below).  When I saw the picture I immediately thought of the Vicar of Dibley episode where everything is inappropriate … see below.

When the official logo of the 2012 London Olympics was released three years ago, the odd puzzle-piece design was the object of so much scorn that organizers were desperate to avoid similar criticism when they unveiled the mascots for the Games on Wednesday. With the introduction of Wenlock and Mandeville (above), London 2012 organizers realized their goal. The criticism of the mascots won’t be similar to the complaints about the logo. No, they’ll be much, much worse.

via London unveils creepy-looking mascots for 2012 Olympics – Fourth-Place Medal – Olympics  – Yahoo! Sports.

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Here’s the best thing about England: language. The English really know how to speak it and write it. (Surprise, right?) Just compare the precise, hilarious, eloquent, speech-making in the House of Commons with the meandering,  squishy, halting, ponderous verbiage our politicians spout. Well, Wenlock and Mandeville, named after two English villages with vague connection with the Olympics, the 2012 mascots, have precipitated some pretty neat verbal criticisms. Listen:

Stephen Bayley, the prominent design critic, said: “What is it about these Games which seems to drive the organisers into the embrace of this kind of patronising, cretinous infantilism? Why can’t we have something that makes us sing with pride, instead of these appalling computerised Smurfs for the iPhone generation? …. (They are) a puerile mess, an artistic flop and a commercial scandal.

Bam! Is there any doubt about what he thinks? I love it. When is the last time you heard “cretinous” trip so smoothly and accurately off the tongue? “Patronising infantilism” is, when you stop and think about it, exactly what saturates so much of our everyday. I think, yes, it is even “cretinous.”

(By the way: why the fascination with the cyclops look?)

via English symbols « Hopelens Blog.

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EPISODE 4: Tonight is the night that two become one! Yes folks, it’s the wedding of the year and it’s the tasteful affair we all knew it would be. Alice is convinced by Gerry that “lots of hearts with a different Dr Who in each one” really is not a good idea for a wedding dress and settles for a giant pink heart with I LOVE HUGO embroidered inside on a very poufy fluffy gown (to quote from Four Weddings and a Funeral, “she looks like a meringue”). And of course no bridal ensemble would be complete without a headpiece that lights up. Further touches of elegance are added with the Teletubby bridesmaids, catering by Burger King (you can never have too many gherkins at a wedding), and theinclusion of the song Wild Thing as the recessional hymn. While this is happening, Gerry meets and flips over David’s brother, dyes her hair platinum blonde, and tries to decide if she should stay in Dibley or do mission work in the inner city.

via Episode Guide.

catastrophes, prayers: sometimes all we can do is pray …

A prayer written by the Rev. Albert Kennington as a responsive reading for a congregation. It may be equally useful as a family devotion, a devotion for a Bible study or prayer group, or simply as a personal devotion.

via Atmore News » Blog Archive » A litany for the Gulf of Mexico in a time of crisis.

education: Have you read a state sanctioned social studies textbook?  You should; you would be amazed.

Board member Don McLeroy, who leads the most conservative bloc on the board, said that “responsibility for the common good” does not belong in the standards because it is “a liberal notion” that edges toward communist philosophy.

via Social Studies Revisited – WSJ.com.

tv, gLee, quotes: My favorite was “I have a box of playbills hidden away in my basement, Will – like porn.” — Bryan …  Top 5 quotes from ‘Glee’s’ ‘Dream On’ episode with Neil Patrick Harris | jacksonville.com.  But others had different opinions ….

Best line of the night goes to Sue, who has a sizzling chat with Bryan Ryan: “I’ve got a secret room upstairs … like Letterman.”

via ‘Glee’ Season 1, Episode 19: ‘Dream On,’ With Guest Star Neil Patrick Harris – Speakeasy – WSJ.

culture, happiness:

Researchers found very different patterns in changing measurements of well-being (such as enjoyment, stress, worry and sadness) as people got older. Those 50 and above experienced greater daily happiness and spent less time than younger adults feeling stressed and worried. Only one emotion – sadness.- tended to increase.

via If You’re Stressed, There’s Hope: Wait Until You Hit 50 – Tech Talk – CBS News.

movies, Jane Austen: I was describing the Bollywood version of P&P, Bride and Prejudice, to friends yesterday and sent them a clip of my favorite scene … You have to like Jane and Bollywood to enjoy this …YouTube – No life without wife.

Apple iPhone:

But whether the iPhone has the best technology doesn’t seem to be the question most people ask.

Instead, many people crave the aura of cool that iPhones seem to convey.

via iPhone may not be state of art, but fans are still hooked on it – CharlotteObserver.com</

economy, education: A college grads’ chances of landing a job are greatly if they have an internship.  Anybody know of a good experience with a good outcome?

Ryan Scaife couldn’t find an internship that fused his major in business administration with his passion for graphic design. So he created his own.

via How to Create Your Own Summer Internship – WSJ.com.

bees/beekeeping: Shout out to my beekeeping friends …

Plentiful honey wasn’t the motivation. Ms. Reeves says she added bees to her garden after seeing news reports on disappearing colonies. “I’m not a tree hugger or anything,” she says. “We have a vegetable garden, and it all seemed to go together.”

via A Backyard Battleground to Save the Honeybee – WSJ.com.

random, end of an era:

One of the reasons hightops are going out of vogue, players and injury experts say, is that there’s some research that suggests they aren’t very good at protecting your feet. NBA players missed 64% more games last season because of foot-related injuries than they did twenty years ago, according to NBA statistician Harvey Pollack.

via NBA Playoffs 2010: Will Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash Kill Hightop Sneakers? – WSJ.com.

economy, Flash Crash:

The May 6 plunge was an extreme event. It needs to be understood and its lessons applied. But the market regained its footing and functioned. For the overwhelming number of investors, it appears to have done no lasting harm. Most people didn’t even know it was happening until it was over and stock prices had recovered. Those who jumped into the fray and traded, using computers or otherwise, may well have deserved the outcomes they got

via Flash Crash: No Harm For Normal Investors – WSJ.com.

random: way too much information … I just buy four or five red umbrellas at Target or Wal-Mart when I see them for under $10.  I don’t think I would ever pay $100.

An umbrella is surprisingly complicated: It contains more than 150 parts. And each one can break. The small, foldable umbrellas that most consumers prefer are even flimsier, since they contain more components. Manufacturers say they have had a tough time innovating because most people aren’t willing to pay much for an umbrella. The average price people spend is only $6, says research firm NPD Group.

via How to Make a Better Umbrella – WSJ.com.

csr: Interesting example of csr …

Panera Bread Co. is asking customers at a new restaurant to pay what they want.

The national bakery and restaurant chain launched a new nonprofit store here this week that has the same menu as its other 1,400 locations. But the prices are a little different – there aren’t any. Customers are told to donate what they want for a meal, whether it’s the full suggested price, a penny or $100.

via Non-Profit Panera Restaurant: Pay What You Want At Pilot Location.

literature: I noted the other day that GWTW won a Pulitzer … did anyone ever read it in a literature class?  Almost every other novel on this list is routinely read in high school literature classes.

Literature is full of prolific authors — where would we be without Jane Austen and Charles Dickens? But maybe more fascinating are those authors that are remembered for only one book, even if they had written a library’s worth of other works

via The 12 Greatest Literary One-Hit Wonders (PHOTOS, POLL).

Kagan nomination, Supreme Court: Interesting compilation of facts … Elena Kagan Bio: 10 Little-Known Facts, From Socialism to Spitzer.

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White House officials were so eager to squash any speculation that Elena Kagan was gay that they have ended up in a pre-feminist fugue, going with sad unmarried rather than fun single, spinning that she’s a spinster.

You’d think that they could come up with a more inspiring narrative than old maid for a woman who may become the youngest Supreme Court justice on the bench.

via Op-Ed Columnist – All the Single Ladies – NYTimes.com.

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And while she discussed the case in somewhat academic terms (acknowledging that politics is an inevitable, indeed necessary, part of judicial review), her views very much resemble those offered by critics of the decision. The majority of the court, the traditional critique goes, let politics lead its interpretation of whether the Florida Supreme Court’s method for recounting ballots violated the 14th Amendment. The normal constraints of judicial review had been cast aside.

via Kagan: In Bush v. Gore, Court Was Affected By Politics And Policy.

… which reminds me of last week’s post which is just  a bit cynical:

“An activist court is a court that makes a decision you don’t like,” he said.

via Justice Kennedy: Senators Focus on Short-Term – CBS News.

technology, education: I remember an old NYT article about PowerPoint.  This is not it … still searching … but this is an interesting series of NYT articles about the use of PowerPoint in education and business and  good follow-up to yesterday’s post about PowerPoint and the Army.

… recently … Is PowerPoint in the Classroom ‘Evil’? – The Learning Network Blog – NYTimes.com.

… from 2003 …

Of course, given that the weapons still haven’t been found, maybe Tufte is onto something. Perhaps PowerPoint is uniquely suited to our modern age of obfuscation — where manipulating facts is as important as presenting them clearly. If you have nothing to say, maybe you need just the right tool to help you not say it.

PowerPoint Makes You Dumb – NYTimes.com.

… from 2001 …

Ms. Tessier also encourages her pupils to write accounts of their lives and present them in front of the class.

“It is sensational for oral language development,” she said. “They’ll say, `Hi, my name is Julie, and I like to eat pizza.’ And there is their picture on the screen behind them, like on a TV monitor. They are the stars of PowerPoint.”

According to figures from Microsoft , the real star of the classroom may be PowerPoint itself: 69 percent of teachers who use Microsoft software use PowerPoint in their classrooms, an application second in popularity only to the workhorse of word processing, Microsoft Word.

The software is not only a teaching aid, used by instructors as a substitute for a chalkboard. It has become a tool for students to use as well. Suddenly magic markers and construction paper seem so Old Economy.

Some critics contend that PowerPoint’s emphasis on bullets and animated graphics is anathema to the kind of critical thinking students should be learning in class.

“Beware of PowerPointlessness,” said Jamie McKenzie, the publisher of From Now On, an online journal about educational technology

via PowerPoint Invades the Classroom – NYTimes.com.

5.19.2010 … hurry up and wait …

secrets: In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens… I share with you my favorite salt and pepper shaker set … before (pepper in the top) and after (salt in the bottom) … made of real Mt. St. Helens volcanic ash … and I collect them … very kitschy of me!

music, secrets: I can’t sing … but every once in a while I will try … this song was on my mind the other day … I tried to sing it to Molly … I got the look … so once again, I love the internet … just search the lyrics … et, voila! Disco versionor traditional?

education:

For the sake of science and math, for the sake of international competitiveness, and even more for the sake of defending the worth and dignity of the individual, the reinvigoration of the humanities and the restoration of liberal education as education for freedom must become a priority.

via Berkowitz: Why Liberal Education Matters – WSJ.com.

travel, random, history: I would visit a medieval fortress  on a road trip  through the Ozarks …

In the heart of the United States, between Springfield, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, a dazzling historic vision is rising in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. The creation is the brainchild of Michel Guyot who launched a similar and very successful project in Burgundy, France, ten years ago.

A team of architectural experts, working together with historians of the Middle Ages and dedicated artisans, is raising a genuine, full-sized, fortified castle, with 24-foot high towers, a drawbridge, and 6-foot wide stone walls surrounding an expansive inner courtyard, using the materials, techniques, and rules of the 13th century.

Ground was broken in June, 2009 and the Ozark Medieval Fortress will be open to the public in May, 2010.

via Ozark Medieval Fortress | Press Release.

parenting, children, health: I wish I could still make it better …

A loving mother who kisses her child’s boo-boos may be providing more health benefits than she knows.

New research indicates that early childhood experiences can have a lasting effect on health by influencing a person’s risk for chronic inflammation, the immune reaction that is the body’s first line of defense against disease.

“We already know inflammation is a big determinant of disease, and now we’re asking, what are the determinants of inflammation,” said study researcher Steven Cole, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

via Warm Mothering May Protect Against Disease – Yahoo! News.

Kagan nomination, Supreme Court:

What stands out most notably about the questionnaire, perhaps, is just how pristine Kagan’s career path was. The information is the type of triumphant resume that comes from a star pupil, academic and legal mind that seems eminently qualified for the post of the highest court — there is remarkably little in the way of curious tics, hobbies or areas of employment. The proof will be in the pudding. There are a host of speeches and articles that Kagan included as attachments. But for the time being, the most interesting characteristic of the file is just how cautious it is.

via Kagan Questionnaire Reveals Vetting Process, Net Worth, Sports Writing Past.

Apple iPad:

The Illinois Institute of Technology announcedtoday that it would be providing all incoming, first-year undergraduate students with iPads as part of an initiative to “integrate new technologies into the classroom and foster educational innovation among faculty and students.”

The university, which has close to 3,000 undergraduate students, says that educational applications for iPad, such as eBooks, Blackboard Mobile Learn, and iTunes University, will enhance students’ educational experience. The initiative will also be used IIT students and faculty will also develop new applications that will increase classroom interactivity and collaboration.

Universities seem to have a love-hate relationship with the iPad. Some see it as a threat to college bookstores, and the device has had some connectivity and security issues at certain colleges.

via Illinois Institute Of Technology To Provide iPads To All Undergraduate Students.

facebook, kids: How do you teach kids judgement?

Johnson did what most folks who need a good rant do nowadays. When she got home, she went on Facebook. “Thanks for eating at Brixx,” she wrote, “you cheap piece of —- camper.”

And like a growing number of workers, she found out the hard way that what you say on social networks can be used against you, particularly if you’re in a position of public trust or public service.

The managers at Brixx called her in a day or two later, she says. They showed her a copy of her Facebook comments and told her she was being fired for violating company policy against speaking disparagingly about customers. A Brixx official said she also violated a second policy against casting the restaurant in a negative light on social networks.

via Facebook post costs waitress her job – CharlotteObserver.com.

random, fashion: 14!

IT IS hard to watch Tavi Gevinson address an audience without mixed emotions. The 14-year-old author of the StyleRookie blog is impressively self-assured: chatty, wittier than the average teenager and with things to say about fashion that are no more idiotic than what emanates from far more seasoned gurus of the industry. But seeing her clad head-to-toe in designer gear, talking affectionately about corporate art by Prada and about her inclination to shop at Bergdorf Goodman, a super-high-end retailer, because she likes its tweets, it is hard not to fear that some Dr Frankenstein of fashion has created a little monster.

Some reports suggest that Anna Wintour, the legendary and feared editor-in-chief of Vogue, was not best pleased when Miss Gevinson was given a better seat than her at a recent Paris couture show.

Savvy as she is, Miss Gevinson is still a child. Her mother ensured that Tavi was nowhere to be seen when the following speaker at L2, Cindy Gallop, a marketing guru, entered the stage to give a no-holds-barred talk on hardcore adult entertainment called “Make Love Not Porn.”

via Business.view: Out of the mouths of babes | The Economist.

technology: PowerPoint was supposed to change everything!

“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.

via Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War – PowerPoint – NYTimes.com.

random, food: haute stoner food … akin to munchies … just never thought about … I think I will look at restaurant food differently now!

Today, a small but influential band of cooks says both their chin-dripping, carbohydrate-heavy food and the accessible, feel-good mood in their dining rooms are influenced by the kind of herb that can get people arrested.

Call it haute stoner cuisine.

Like other chefs who have been around long enough to see a few trends come and go, Mr. Siegel thinks stoner food is really another version of comfort food. After particularly high-flying cultural periods or national tragedies, people retreat to dishes that are soothing and familiar, he said.

Or it could be that after an era of intensely designed or pretentious food, a retreat to simplicity follows, said Ken Friedman, the man behind the Spotted Pig and a self-described “well-known stoner.”

via Chefs Using Marijuana Create a New Kitchen Culture – NYTimes.com.

city life: I first heard of pop-up stores a few years ago … Charlotte just isn’t quite big enough …

Rock stars are popping up all over New York. A week after the Brooklyn-based band the National opened a temporary retail store on East 3rd Street to promote its new album, Akron, Ohio, duo the Black Keys have followed suit with an outpost in the Housing Works Bookstore Café on Crosby Street.

via The Black Keys Release ‘Brothers,’ Ask ‘What’s a Pop-Up Store?’ – Speakeasy – WSJ.

5.18.2010 … 30th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens … to visit now still has a profound effect.

acts of god, nature, travel: One of my most memorable days was the day in August 2003 that  I went from one museum/memorial  to the next on the road into Mt. St. Helens while John and Jack summited Mt.. Rainier.  I was by myself, and I could read every exhibit, think about it and just look out at the landscape.  I remember being fascinated thatLewis and Clark had seen the volcano as they paddled the Columbia.  It was fascinating and powerful.

This “video essay” is very good … Video Essay: Mt. St. Helens 30 years later.

quotes:

“Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.”

–Virginia Woolf

via The Happiness Project.

literature, children, education: Some of my favorites are on here …

Increasing numbers of children are starting school without having been read to. But which are the books to get them – and keep them – hooked? Lucy Mangan introduces our guide to the best. So whether it’s to fight the White Witch or snuggle up with the Moomins, make yourself comfy …

via The best children’s books ever | Books | The Guardian.

random:

* Crazy fact! It turns out that Amazon keeps track every time someone highlights a passage from a book on a Kindle! Yes, if you’ve highlighted a sentence on your Kindle, Amazon knows. I find this slightly unsettling, but also very fun, because it turns out that The Happiness Project is #12 in the Most highlighted books of all time. It also shows what passages are most often highlighted, which was fascinating to me — for my own book, and for other books as well.

via The Happiness Project.

culture: Atlanta was not a “big” city during my childhood, but still I can relate to this article.

We’re familiar with talk about how Vietnam permanently shaped the baby boomers. But if you grew up in or near an American city in the 1970s, you grew up with crime (and divorce), and this disorder was bound to leave a permanent mark. It was bound to shape the people, now in their 40s and early-50s, reaching the pinnacles of power.

It has clearly influenced parenting. The people who grew up afraid to go in parks at night now supervise their own children with fanatical attention, even though crime rates have plummeted. It’s as if they’re responding to the sense of menace they felt while young, not the actual conditions of today.

The crime wave made it hard to accept the story line that the poor were always spiritually pure, noble and oppressed.

The crime wave eroded the sense of solidarity that existed after World War II. The rich isolated themselves. The middle classes moved to the suburbs.

Yet eventually crime was reduced, and the neighborhoods were restored. It’s easy to be nostalgic for the supposedly more authentic New York of days gone by — for Jane Jacobs’s busy Greenwich Village block. But, as Benjamin Schwarz of The Atlantic recently observed, that golden image of New York really only applied to small parts of the city and only during a transition moment when the manufacturing economy of the mid-20th century briefly overlapped with the information economy of the late-20th century.

As Podhoretz rightly notes, if you grew up in a big city in the ’70s, then life is better for you now in about every respect. Today, most liberals and conservatives have more sophisticated views on how to build and preserve civic order than people did then, and there is more of it.

The Upper West Side is still integrated. And despite all expectations, it’s actually more religious now. For example, there are now 4,000 children attending yeshivas, Jewish schools and Jewish nursery schools in the neighborhood.

The children of the ’70s grew up with both unprecedented freedom and disorder, and have learned, in mostly good ways, from both.

via Op-Ed Columnist – Children of the ’70s – NYTimes.com.

economy, history: History often repeats itself …

After two decades of rule-changing and technological advancements, those comments seem haunting, especially as investigators of May 6’s “flash crash” stumble upon echoes of the Black Monday meltdown.

via Parallel Plunges: ‘Flash Crash’ and Black Monday – WSJ.com.

5.17.2010 … for all the saints …

events: I loved the music at Mr. Neff’s Service of Death and Resurrection… For All the Saints … Great is Thy Faithfulness … Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise …

environment, perspective: This really puts the BP oil spill in perspective …How the Gulf oil spill relates to Charlotte | CLT Blog.

movies, games, technology: I am wiling to play …

Is it the studio’s latest blockbuster in the making? Not even close. The undertaking is a nine-week “episodic online game” created by Sony marketers to stir audience interest in “Salt,” a forthcoming Angelina Jolie thriller.

The game, titled Day X Exists, is a series of Web episodes and companion challenges that reveal an important plot line. Sony will unveil a new installment each week starting Monday on dayxexists.com. “It’s a supersophisticated game, but done in a way that a casual player can understand,” said Marc Weinstock, Sony’s marketing president.

via An Online Game to Entice the Movie Audience – NYTimes.com.

Jane Austen: Title doesn’t get me … and seems this story line has already been done …Sex and The Austen Girl PAGE | Babelgum.

travel: looks like a good travel guide and there is an app … I like apps!

Hidden London takes a look at a variety of the capital’s minor districts and localities, some in the outer boroughs and some tucked away in lesser-known corners of the city centre – focusing mainly on the ways in which they’ve developed and highlighting any special points of interest. The site also features specially recommended places, a selection of London books, links to other useful websites and the occasional opinion (or opinionated) column.

via Hidden London | London’s lesser-known localities.

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_____, museum, children: One of my all time favorite museums in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry … I like to see that museums are still doing great stuff… and that not everything is on the internet.

If you’re hankering to see a tornado up close, head to San Francisco. Tsunamis? Chicago’s your town. Or, in Philadelphia, see your heart from the inside out.

via Hot exhibits make science accessible, and lots of fun – USATODAY.com.

Davidson, random: There is always an eccentric!

If you’ve spent significant time on the Davidson College campus the past four years, chances are you’ve at least heard of “the Name Tag Guy.”

Or, less likely, Stephen Pierce.

They are one. Both were among 427 seniors who graduated during the college’s 173rd commencement Sunday – Pierce pinning to his gown the same paper name tag he was given on his first day of freshman orientation in 2006.

The tag was a little stained and tattered. Understandable. He’s worn it – protected by at least eight plastic holders – to every class and Davidson College function since he set foot on campus.

via Why just earn a degree when you can leave behind a legend? – CharlotteObserver.com.

education:

More than 70 percent of the members of the high school graduating class of 2009 were enrolled in college last October. That is the highest portion on record, which goes back to 1959, according to a new Labor Department report.

via College Enrollment Rate at Record High – Economix Blog – NYTimes.com.

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A small group of economists and education experts argue that college is overrated. They say that many students who go to college today should not be doing so.

To put it another way, if you were an 18-year-old trying to decide whether to go college in the fall, would you be willing to bet your future on the idea that the charts above are simply reflecting a big coincidence?

via The Value of College – Economix Blog – NYTimes.com.

random: don’t drunk dial …

D.C. Douglas may have lost his gig as a voice over announcer on Geico commercials, but he’s found another use for his time and talent … making a tongue-in-cheek PSA warning people, “don’t drunk dial FreedomWorks.”

via D.C. Douglas, Former Geico Voice Actor, Fires Back At FreedomWorks (VIDEO).

politics, random: I just laughed … so do you think this guy will win?

Feeling American this morning? Watch this campaign ad from Alabama’s Dale Peterson before you answer.

Feeling American this morning? Watch this campaign ad from Alabama’s Dale Peterson before you answer.

via Dale Peterson and the Best Campaign Ad Ever – TIME NewsFeed.

people: I will always be grateful to JK Rowling for giving pleasure in reading to my children. JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure | Video on TED.com.

Weather: As I rode across NC from Brevard to Charlotte late yesterday, I drove in heavy, heavy rain and hail … this song played in my mind …

Supreme Court, Kagan nomination: there is a lot today …

… good blog …What Kagan Will Bring to the Court – Room for Debate Blog – NYTimes.com.

… not sure who cares about Laura Bush’s opinion on this one …

The former first lady she’s “really glad” there would be three women among the nine justices if Kagan won confirmation. Kagan would join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Laura Bush tells “Fox News Sunday” that women should be represented “in all parts of American political and civic life.” She says it really makes a difference.

via Laura Bush: Kagan Nomination Is ‘Great’.

… interesting comment …

But for those below Olympus, she is a mystery. She has never been a judge, so she has no paper trail of rulings. Given her talents, she has written relatively little, and that little has been cautious and analytical rather than bold and prescriptive. “I don’t know anyone who has had a conversation with her in which she expressed a personal conviction on a question of constitutional law in the past decade,” says Tom Goldstein, a legal blogger who nonetheless supports her.

via The Supreme Court: Cracking the Kagan code | The Economist.

… OK, laugh ….

Elena is anything but a history-making, barrier-breaking, proud, strong, happy gay woman. She’s a garden-variety, sad, scary, single, childless career woman who can’t get a man because she’s too smart, works too much and refuses to settle.

via Op-Ed Columnist – Supremely Girly Girl – NYTimes.com.

just like: I check this blog out periodically … and find it interesting …13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

new: What Is a Philosopher? – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com.

5.16.2010 … condolences to the Neff/Tindall family … Mr. Neff was a great dad to many!

RIP: One of my all time favorite dads!  We will miss you, Mr. Neff!

He was an avid golfer, sports enthusiast, dog lover, devoted Georgia Bulldog fan — but, most importantly, a loving family man. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He had an astounding intellect, keen interest in many things, and a wonderful sense of humor — yet he was incredibly humble.

Paul Neff Jr. Obituary: View Paul Neff’s Obituary by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

travel:  I want to go to all ten!

In the end, we found 10 great trips that, ideally, you’ve never heard of. Some are to places that, due to logistics or politics, may have been inaccessible before. Others involve unique ways to experience destinations you may already know—for example, by camping (rather than cruising) in the Galapagos, or biking north of the Arctic Circle.

via Ten Great Trips You’ve Probably Never Heard Of – WSJ.com.

crime, random, tv:

A former television chef and Food Network host is under arrest in an alleged murder-for-hire plot involving homeless people, Santa Monica police said.

via Cops: Chef Cooked Up Murder-for-Hire Plot – CBS News.

tv, gLee:

The Gleeks were out in force — some wearing homemade T-shirts, others thrusting pom-poms in the air — as the cast of TV’s hottest show launched a four-city national tour at Dodge Theatre Saturday, with a spirited romp through their signature song, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

via ‘Glee’ fans keep the faith as tour kicks off – USATODAY.com.

tv, new:

Two cops assigned to solving petty crimes get caught up in far larger conspiracies, becoming The Good Guys in their own bumbling way.

Fox’s new action comedy, premiering May 19 (8 ET/PT) before settling into its summer Monday slot June 7, offers a twist on the classic buddy-cop series. Mash up Starsky and Hutch,CHiPs or TJ Hooker with the winking humor of a Get Shorty or Pulp Fiction, and you have some idea of what creator Matt Nix (Burn Notice) is after.

“It’s a very tried-and-true formula, but it’s not on TV right now,” says star Bradley Whitford of the show’s retro concept. “There’s a lot of crime shows, they’re wonderful, but they’re totally irony-deficient.”

via Who says cop shows can’t be funny? Not Fox, thanks to ‘Good Guys’ – USATODAY.com.

literature, travel, random,twitter:

Emily Dickinson was born in this house, known as the Homestead, in December 1830 and died there on May 15, 1886. She spent much of her adult life inside it, in an upstairs corner bedroom, writing poems and letters all night at a table the size of a child’s school desk, sewing the poems into packets, locking the packets away for discovery after she’d gone.

At her most extreme, she was a terrorist:

Had I a mighty gun

I think I’d shoot the human race

My hero had appeared.

I love to think of kids, especially contrarian, odd-fit kids, coming across Dickinson’s Twitter-size poems for the first time, then learning about her life, a life that years ago, for at least one other kid, made being different not just O.K., but something to want to be.

And maybe those kids will decide to pay a call on her. The Homestead was a private residence in 1963 when I was there.

Two years later Amherst College bought it; now it’s a museum, with thousands of people visiting every year. In my mind, I visit too; a lot. Dickinson means as much to me now as she ever did, maybe more. I keep coming back to knock on that front door.

via My Hero, Emily Dickinson, Outlaw of Amherst – NYTimes.com.

Supreme court, culture, Kagan nomination: Interesting on many levels …

“I think we’re losing something fundamental with the Establishment,” he said. “The Establishment was really about people who became leaders because they were confident and highly competent in their areas.”

The Protestant downfall can be attributed many things: the deregulation of markets, globalization, the rise of technology, the primacy of education and skills over family connections.

Yet many also point to the shifting dynamics of the faith itself, with mainline Protestantism giving way to the more fire-and-brimstone brands of Evangelicals in recent decades. The Episcopal Church, usually seen as the church of the Establishment, has seen some of the mo

In the long downward spiral of what used to be known as America’s Protestant Establishment, there have been several momentous milestones: Harvard’s opening up its admissions policies after World War II. Corporate America’s rush in the 1980s to bring more diversity to the corner office. Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first African-American president.

History may reveal another milestone—Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. If she is confirmed, the nation’s nine most powerful judges will all be Catholic or Jewish, leaving the court without a Protestant member for the first time.

“I think we’re losing something fundamental with the Establishment,” he said. “The Establishment was really about people who became leaders because they were confident and highly competent in their areas.”

The Protestant downfall can be attributed many things: the deregulation of markets, globalization, the rise of technology, the primacy of education and skills over family connections.

Yet many also point to the shifting dynamics of the faith itself, with mainline Protestantism giving way to the more fire-and-brimstone brands of Evangelicals in recent decades. The Episcopal Church, usually seen as the church of the Establishment, has seen some of the mo…

In the long downward spiral of what used to be known as America’s Protestant Establishment, there have been several momentous milestones: Harvard’s opening up its admissions policies after World War II. Corporate America’s rush in the 1980s to bring more diversity to the corner office. Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first African-American president.

History may reveal another milestone—Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. If she is confirmed, the nation’s nine most powerful judges will all be Catholic or Jewish, leaving the court without a Protestant member for the first time.

via That Bright, Dying Star, the American WASP – WSJ.com.

Supreme Court, Kagan Nomination, Princeton Senior Thesis: The pundits are tearing up her senior thesis at Princeton.  I only remember ne other person’s being this heavily scrutinized … Michele Obama’s.  I wonder if I wrote anything controversial as a college student?

People will make of that what they will. But if Kagan ultimately is confirmed, she won’t be the first Supreme Court justice with a past immersed in the history of New York’s labor movement and socialist politics. As her thesis points out, that was a milieu in which the legendary Louis Brandeis was formed.

via Was Supreme Court Nominee Kagan a Youthful Socialist? – TIME.

Imagine you’re a right-wing think-tank opposition researcher tackling a Democratic president’s latest Supreme Court nominee. You’ve just been handed her college thesis. Its title: To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900–1933. Or, put another way: Bullseye! Right? Sound the alarms. Glenn Beck, report to the Danger Chamber (or whatever it’s called). But then—and this may not come as a shock to anyone familiar with the partisan blogosphere or cable news—maybe the total tonnage of TNT suggested by the readymade headline turns out to be something of a fizzle.

via What Kagan’s ‘Socialism’ Says About Her – Newsweek.com.

art, NYC: I have loved Romare Bearden’s work for a long time … maybe I need to go to NYC.

Not long before Romare Bearden’s first major museum retrospective opened at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971, he peered out from a friend’s window overlooking Lennox Avenue in Harlem and made a few small sketches. The friend was the writer and critic Albert Murray, and the sure-handed, vibrant drawings—made with an array of brightly colored felt-tip pens—became the basis for Bearden’s iconic collage “The Block,” a series of six panels depicting low-rise buildings and storefronts on a single block between 132nd and 133rd Streets. “The Block,” along with a clutch of preliminary sketches, is now on view for a limited time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

via Romare Bearden’s The Block, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art | Masterpiece by David Yezzi – WSJ.com.


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