Archive for June 8th, 2010


6.8.2010 … planning for the weekend … busy …

education: loved this!

Studying the humanities improves your ability to read and write. No matter what you do in life, you will have a huge advantage if you can read a paragraph and discern its meaning (a rarer talent than you might suppose). You will have enormous power if you are the person in the office who can write a clear and concise memo.

Studying the humanities will give you a familiarity with the language of emotion. In an information economy, many people have the ability to produce a technical innovation: a new MP3 player. Very few people have the ability to create a great brand: the iPod. Branding involves the location and arousal of affection, and you can’t do it unless you are conversant in the language of romance.

Studying the humanities will give you a wealth of analogies. People think by comparison — Iraq is either like Vietnam or Bosnia; your boss is like Narcissus or Solon. People who have a wealth of analogies in their minds can think more precisely than those with few analogies. If you go through college without reading Thucydides, Herodotus and Gibbon, you’ll have been cheated out of a great repertoire of comparisons.

via Op-Ed Columnist – History for Dollars –

technology, culture, health: I certainly think I am overloaded …

In the first article of a Times series, “Your Brain on Computers,” Matt Richtel profiles a family, the Campbells, who are tethered to e-mail, BlackBerrys, iPads and other electronic devices. The constant use of digital media seems to be taking a toll on their lives and their ability to focus.

New research is showing that such immersion can cause multitaskers to have more fractured thinking and trouble shutting out irrelevant information, and that even when they are offline, those problems persist. A lot of Americans feel stress from juggling too much incoming information, but have to be online for work.

via First Steps to Digital Detox – Room for Debate Blog –

Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor, feel good story:

Sotomayor honored a commitment to speak at Hostos Community College, delayed after she was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Times reports. Her mother is a 1973 nursing graduate of the bilingual college. Voice of America had a short article on Sotomayor’s speech.

“All of you who have come from a foreign land in this audience, all of you who are the first college graduates in your families, all of you who have struggled so hard to get where you are, you are living proof, like my brother and I, that we can make it,” Sotomayor told the graduates.

Earlier in the day, Sotomayor returned to the Bronx housing project where she spent part of her childhood for a ceremony to rename the development in her honor, the Associated Press reports. She told how she was inspired to pursue public service by a visit to the project by Robert Kennedy in 1958.

via Sotomayor Honors Pre-Supreme Court Commitment to Speak at Community College – ABA Journal.

education, college:   I don’t remember having summer reading requirements for college.

The study, titled “Beach Books” (.pdf), looked at 290 colleges and found that the most popular reading topics include immigration and racism, environmental issues, the Islamic world and genocide. Out of all the colleges, a mere 6 suggested their students read classic books.

via Are Colleges’ Summer Reading Lists TOO Left-Leaning? Report Says Yes.

Apple iPad:

“The question is, what is the iPad’s role in a group, public setting?”

Significant, it seems. Though smartphones and laptops are typically one-on-one devices, Apple’s 2-month-old baby — which already has sold 2 million units priced at $499 to $829 — has everyone from developers to end users gaga over what they say is a coming cultural shift in the way groups will interact with a high-tech device.

via Does iPad have the magic to bring people together? –

sports, World Cup 2010, culture:  Why are soccer fans so violent?

Thousands of soccer fans stampeded outside a stadium in a Johannesburg suburb before an exhibition game between Nigeria and North Korea, leaving 15 people injured, including one police officer who was seriously hurt.

via Soccer Fans Stampede Outside South African Stadium –

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