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Sandra Oh won’t give up the chase in Killing Eve’s season finale

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, May 27. All times are Eastern. 

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Source: The A.V. Club | 27 May 2018 | 1:00 am

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Tell us about your pop culture weekend: May 25-27

Our weekly thought-starter asks you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for AVQ&A questions, big or small, you can email them to us here.

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Source: The A.V. Club | 27 May 2018 | 1:00 am

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Agnes Callard on why there is progress in philosophy

Here is her take, here is one excerpt:

Instead of gauging progress by asking what “we” philosophers agree about, one should ask whether someone who wants to do philosophy is in a better position to do so today than she would’ve been 10 or 100 or 1000 years ago?  The answer is: certainly.

And:

But if philosophical thinking is getting better and better—more precise, truthful, articulate, deep—why should we still read Aristotle or Maimonides?   The reason we need to do the history of philosophy is precisely that philosophy has made massive amounts of progress in Tyler’s sense of the word: it has filtered into, shaped and organized commonsense, ordinary thought.  Indeed, it constitutes much of that thought.

And:

So you are pretty much constantly thinking thoughts that, in one way or another, you inherited from philosophers. You don’t see it, because philosophical exports are the kinds of thing that, once you internalize them, just seem like the way things are. So the reason to read Aristotle isn’t (just) that he’s a great philosopher, but that he’s colonized large parts of your mind.

Finally:

It is not the point of philosophy to end philosophy, to ‘solve’ the deep questions so that people can stop thinking about them.  It is the point of people to think about these questions, and the job of philosophers to rub their faces in that fact.  Of all of philosophy’s achievements, perhaps the greatest one is just sticking around in the face of the fact that, from day one, anyone who has plumbed the depths of our ambitions has either joined us or … tried to silence, stop or kill us.  This is an “old debate” indeed.

There is much more at the link.  And here is my original post on the topic.  Here is my earlier Conversation with Agnes Callard.

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Source: Marginal REVOLUTION | 27 May 2018 | 12:50 am

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Seeing *Solo* in Addis Ababa

The movie was more or less watchable, in the modest sense of that term.

The subtitles were in Arabic, and the very nice theater was about 1/5 full.  And yes it was in 3-D.  No one seemed to react to the film at all.

The cinematic references were to Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Snowpiercer, various James Bond movies, Enter the Dragon, and of course the other Star Wars installments, though never in interesting ways.

One of the characters did not understand subgame perfection.

At one point in the movie they happen across a bunch of people who are dressed like they could be in rural Ethiopia.

Woody Harrelson at times looked like Peter Sellers.

The leader of the rebel alliance was the best character.

By the end of the film, I didn’t seem to mind the whole thing, though I can’t explain why not.

My opinion of George Lucas continues to rise.

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Source: Marginal REVOLUTION | 27 May 2018 | 12:01 am

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Gurkha NCO wins VC in Burma jungle battle
27th May 1943: Gurkha NCO wins VC in Burma jungle battleHavildar Gaje Ghale dominated the fight by his outstanding example of dauntless courage and superb leadership. Hurling hand grenades, covered in own blood from his own neglected wounds, he led assault after assault encouraging his platoon by shouting the Gurkha's battle-cry. Spurred on by the irresistible will of their leader to win, the platoon stormed and carried the hill by a magnificent all out effort and inflicted very heavy casualties on the Japanese.

Source: World War II Today | 27 May 2018 | 12:00 am

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Following rejection, Phil Schiller says Apple is working with Valve to bring Steam Link to iOS

Earlier this week, Valve said that Apple had rejected its Steam Link application for iOS, despite initially approving it earlier this month. Now, in an email sent to a handful of frustrated Steam users, Apple senior VP Phil Schiller is addressing the situation…

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Source: 9to5Mac | 26 May 2018 | 4:03 pm

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Netgear informs Arlo users of potential security threat, suggests changing passwords

In a post on its community forums this weekend, Netgear is advising Arlo users to change their account passwords. While the company doesn’t believe its own systems have been impacted, it says attackers appear to be using credentials obtained from a third-party to access accounts…

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Source: 9to5Mac | 26 May 2018 | 2:47 pm

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Benbecula – a remote outpost of RAF Coastal Command
26th May 1943: Benbecula - a remote outpost of RAF Coastal Command The presence of aircraft in an otherwise remote location, previously linked to the mainland by boat only, meant that No 220 Squadron flew its share of mercy missions from Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. This patient with acute appendicitis was airlifted to hospital on the mainland in one of the Squadron's Fortresses, the open waist window serving as a convenient entrance to the aircraft, May 1943.

Source: World War II Today | 26 May 2018 | 12:00 am

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How to Enjoy Ballet and Opera

I love opera and ballet, but I didn't always. I remember very excitedly going to my first ballet in San Francisco and leaving with no idea what I just saw and having thought that maybe there was a better way I could have spent my time and money.

Opera wasn't much better. A lot of the music I listen to is classical, but whenever I was listening to a big playlist of Mozart music, I'd skip through the opera songs.

Now opera and ballet are my two of my favorite types of performances to go to. I prefer them to rap concerts, movies, and just about anything else. My favorite place to see these types of performances is Budapest, and I'll often adjust my travel schedule around them.

While ballet and opera are obviously fairly different, the key to enjoying both of them is the same.

I learned this during that same first ballet that I wasn't so into. It was the Little Mermaid and I went with a ballerina friend of mine. She loved it and laughed when I said that I had no idea what was happening.

"You're supposed to read the story in advance so that you know what's going on."

Oh. I was so focused on trying to figure out the plot that I got frustrated and didn't appreciate the ballet. I didn't really want to go to another ballet, but I did anyway, having read the synopsis first, and I really enjoyed it.

The same is true of operas. You have to read the synopsis first. Unlike other forms of entertainment, where the plot is the primary draw, it's mostly a formality for operas and ballets. You go to see the emotion conveyed through dance or singing, to enjoy the music of the full orchestra, and to see people do incredibly difficult things.

I got so into ballet that I ended up taking classes myself. I got to the fourth level of classes, which sounds impressive until you realize that the fourth level is still called beginner ballet. Ballet is an incredibly difficult pursuit, and one of the few that require absolute grace. So you end up doing very difficult physical tasks, getting all of them at least a little bit wrong, and have to pass it off like it's easy and fluid.

Taking those classes helped me appreciate ballet even more. They make it look so easy that you don't realize how difficult even the most basic things that they do are.

Find a good ballet or opera performance to go check out. Read the synopsis before so that you know what's going on. Sometimes I'll read them a few times just to really ingrain the story. As there's no spoken words, it's sometimes hard to know who is who unless you've read the synopsis on Wikipedia.

When you go, just focus on enjoying the music, the costumes, the set, and the difficult tasks that the performers are making look easy. Even if you don't love the art of ballet or opera in the beginning, there's a lot there to take in and consider.

I now go to a dozen or so operas and ballets combined each year, and my enjoyment of them varies by a lot. I've also found that it's impossible to predict which ones I'll really like and which ones will just be okay. I walked out of the ballet of Spartacus, which I thought would be really cool, but I loved The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, which I thought would be mediocre.

My favorite ballets are The Fountain of Bakhchisarai and The Nutcracker, and my absolute favorite opera was Rigoletto. If you see any of those coming around, check them out. It's fun to enjoy a less-common form of entertainment, and you get the added bonus of being able to get your friends into it.

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Photo is from the Sylvia ballet in Budapest. Solid but not my favorite ever.

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Source: Tynan | Life Outside the Box | 25 May 2018 | 4:53 pm

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The whole world is The Onion now

(A version of this story is an excerpt from this week’s Noticing newsletter. You can read more about Noticing here.)

In a rare interview, Italian author Elena Ferrante observes that between corruption, poverty, violence, fear, and the deterioration of democracy, “today it seems to me that the whole world is Naples and that Naples has the merit of having always presented itself without a mask.” The world of Ferrante’s novels is the world in which we’ve all been living; the rest of us are just catching up to what Neapolitans have known all along.

It seems you could make a similar case for The Onion in the time of Trump: the world was already absurd and buffoonish, and now it’s taken off its mask. It does make telling jokes a touch more tricky. Editor-in-chief Chad Nackers explains the site’s approach, admitting that the writers’ job would probably be easier if Hillary Clinton had been elected.

What strikes me is how much he attributes to the site’s changes over the years isn’t to the administration, but to the atmosphere, which has changed since the days of Bill Clinton (and not just because of who’s been elected since).

When I started, there weren’t really too many humor sites. There definitely weren’t any humor news sites. A lot of times, nobody else was going to get their comment out as fast as we were going to get it out, by virtue of us having a website. Now it almost seems like on Twitter there are people who are professional comedians who are online all day. A story breaks and they’re making jokes about it.

Andy Baio recently posted a link that shows you your Twitter timeline as it would have looked ten years ago if you followed all the same people that you do today. For me, at least, it’s amazing how different the tone is — even in the middle of an historic election, in the early stages of an enormous economic meltdown, there’s a lot less politics, a lot less sniping, and a lot more diaristic writing. It’s not necessarily better; it’s just very different. And all of those things were happening then — it’s just that Twitter wasn’t understood as the venue where every stance was to be articulated, every statement was to be critiqued, and every line was to be drawn. There were fewer people around, it was a lot more homogenous, and far fewer people were paying attention.

I wonder often how future historians will think about this time (you know, with the usual grisly caveat that people survive to do history in the future): how much of today’s ugliness, violence, and corruption they will think of as an aberration of one man, or one family, one political party, one social media network, one television network, etc.

Or will they see it as an interlocking, self-contradictory system, all of which had a history, and all of whose parts shaped and enabled what happened — hopefully, good and bad things. I mean, even the people who’ve argued that the coup has already happened can’t agree on whether it began with the election, with Congress, or some time long before.

Maybe the future historians will be better at disentangling these things than we are. Or maybe we’re just all hopelessly tangled.

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Source: kottke.org | 25 May 2018 | 2:00 pm

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In defense of boredom

Monica Heisey was recently stuck on an airplane without much to do. Luckily, she made an essay out of it. “Being Bored Is Fun and Good, Sorry” is (surprisingly?) crackling with energy and insight.

In 2018, it is easy and common to be tired, depressed, burnt out, dulled, vibrating with mundane panic, desperate for the sweet release of death, etc. But to be peacefully understimulated with no relief in sight is almost impossible. The average person’s life is full of little tasks to complete, group chats to respond “haha, yeah” to, emails to circle back on, and people you went to high school with to determinedly ignore on the bus. The entire world is one giant beeping alert to things we should do or can do or will do in the future, things we are doing at that moment but could be doing faster. It’s more or less impossible to be bored. Bored means there are not thousands of to-do’s to accomplish. Bored means it doesn’t matter that there’s not. Bored means you are free. In a time of endless, empty stimuli, it is a thrill to be understimulated.

That said, I feel like there’s something of a bait-and-switch here. There’s boredom, which for me is defined by the frustration at having nothing appealing to do, and then there’s a lack of busyness or stimulation, which offers the possibility of a zen-like moment that transcends that frustration. We might call them both boredom, but they’re really not the same thing. But this is splitting hairs. The point is, opportunities for boredom can also be opportunities to be something better than busy, if you approach them the right way.

Source: kottke.org | 25 May 2018 | 1:30 pm

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Lawyer for CNN explains why its standards guide is closely held
Lawyer for CNN explains why its standards guide is closely held
CNN wants its viewers to know that it has lofty standards. But just what are those standards? In a defamation case brought by a Florida doctor, CNN’s lawyers have been fighting to reveal as little of the company’s internal journalistic guidance as possible, as previously reported in this space. Why, you might ask? That question […]

Source: Erik Wemple | 24 May 2018 | 6:41 pm

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Honestly I might be better mistranslated.
Furiously Happy continues to find an audience in China and that means that I get tagged in a lot of weird things that possible don’t translate well.  Mostly they’re reviews but when I use google translate it’s wonderfully entertaining: Makes … Continue reading

Source: The Bloggess | 24 May 2018 | 5:55 pm

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Fox News: Sean Hannity still wears ‘FBI’ hats ‘regularly’
Fox News: Sean Hannity still wears ‘FBI’ hats ‘regularly’
When it comes to Fox News host Sean Hannity’s attacks on the FBI, there is so much from which to choose: About a year ago, Hannity asked of the FBI brass, “How stupid do they think we are?” In late January, Hannity declared, “You have powerful Obama administration officials in the FBI, in the DOJ, […]

Source: Erik Wemple | 24 May 2018 | 3:11 pm

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Even crazier than normal.
I’ve been a bit off-center (more so than usual) for the past few days and I’m not sure if it’s because of the moon or the world or my brain chemicals but I do know that even people I know … Continue reading

Source: The Bloggess | 22 May 2018 | 5:03 pm

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The Moon May Be Made of Green Cheese
As a child I was confident that the moon wasn't made of green cheese, because, even at an early age, I could see that the moon was not green. I considered myself quite precocious in this, and imagined that my parents were proud of me.But now that I am of man's estate, I discover that green cheese isn't green either. It's merely new, unripened, unmatured cheese. Green cheese is only green in the sense that a raw recruit is said to be green. This the original sense of green cheese recorded from the C14th century onwards.Of course, if a cheese is physically green, you can call it "green cheese". Nobody is going to stop you. I have neither the time nor the weaponry.And anyhow, the OED records that sense too. This quotation is from 1673:They [the Dutch] have four or five sorts of Cheese... Green Cheese, said to be so coloured with the juice of Sheep's Dung.But the original green cheese was usually white. Moreover, cheeses, traditionally, were usually round. This makes it a near certainty that the moon is made of green cheese; and that that's why you have a new moon every month, to keep it green. That's science.So I was wrong as a boy, those were, as Cleopatra put it:My salad days,When I was green in judgement, cold in bloodCheese, of course, goes with wine and sherry, which for some reason reminds me that my new and beautiful book A Short History of Drunkenness How, Why, Where, and When Humankind has gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present is out in America, and should be bought at once by all American readers.
The Inky Fool reached a melancholy 67%, but there was nothing more at the shop.

Source: Inky Fool | 22 May 2018 | 11:02 am

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5 Places to Look for a Web Hosting Service Online

These days every business needs a web hosting service. This is because we are no longer in the ancient days when customers used to buy stuff from brick and mortar stores. People from all over the world are shopping virtually on the internet. And this is where web hosting services come in. Without being hosted, your business is as good as dead because your website will not be accessed by existing and potential customers.

There are many web hosting service providers on the internet. However, majority of them don’t deliver what they promise. They are actually very annoying due to the fact that they never respond to your concerns on time plus they don’t allow you to shift your website. Some even have hidden charges. Below is a list of companies that provide reliable web hosting service online.

  1. SiteGround

SiteGround needs no introduction. It’s a hosting service that has already made a name for itself. You just need to have a look on MangoMatter and you will see it’s at the top of the review ranking. They actually charge a very low rate that’s calculated in GBP (Great Britain Pounds) considering that their servers are based in the UK. However, they are still able to guarantee fast performance regardless where your website is based because they have a global network of servers. The good thing about this service provider is that they offer a money back guarantee after the lapse of one month in case they don’t give the quality of service that they promise. This gives you peace of mind because you can always get your money and find another hosting service.

  1. GreenGeeks

Just like its name suggests, GreenGeeks is a web hosting company that adheres to environment friendly practices. The service provider has been around since 2008. They offer excellent services without charging a lot of money. When you partner with them, you are entitled to a free domain name and transfer. Their platform has a free website builder tool that lets you design your online store the way you want. Moreover, they give you unlimited storage space. Your website remains available throughout because they offer an uptime of 99 percent. And that’s not all. Their technical support team is always available 24/7. You can therefore be sure that they will resolve your problems right away.

  1. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is your one stop shop for all your web hosting needs. Whether you want shared hosting, independent hosting or VPS hosting, they got your back. With A2, you get more for less. Despite charging a pocket friendly rate, they guarantee an unlimited storage and bandwidth. These provisions ensure that your website loads much faster and you are able to add plugins without any difficulty.

  1. TSOhost

If you are on a budget, TSOhost is your best bet. They offer top of the range hosting services at a considerable cost. They run a daily back up service and allow you to transfer your websites up to three times without asking for a dime. Besides that, they allow you to add more than 25 apps into your website at the click of a button. You don’t have to buy a domain name because they will give you one for absolutely free.

  1. WPengine

WPengine charges a premium rate for premium services. They are unique because they offer managed reliable managed word press hosting. They have various packages that are tailored to the needs of different customers. They actually offer the highest bandwidth and disk space. The good thing is that they allow you to put their services to the test for 2 months after which you can request for payback if you are not satisfied. There support staff can be reached via the phone 24/7.

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Source: Bloguin.com Blogs | 18 May 2018 | 3:42 pm

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5 Tips to gambling on your favorite video games

If you want more excitement while earning extra income on the side, then you should highly consider gambling on your favorite videos games. Although it may sound complicated to people who are not familiar with betting on sports matches and other competitions, gambling on esports is actually very simple. It is also more thrilling and entertaining to watch compared to conventional sports. Betting on esports is just starting to make waves as it is expected to draw over 600 million followers, amounting to a revenue of almost $1.5 billion by 2020.

Rivalry is one of the best esports gambling websites for beginners. It is the perfect betting platform for Defense of the Ancients (DotA) 2 enthusiasts and it features the biggest names in the competition. Unlike those shady gambling businesses, Rivalry is duly registered and regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Your money and personal information are 100% safe in this platform. Deposit and withdrawal requests are simple and fast, and you can also get bonuses and exciting prizes from time to time. Rivalry’s support is available via live chat if ever you’ll need some assistance in the future. Visit rivalry.gg now to know more.

Once you have finally decided to try your luck in esports betting, it is now time for you to learn its basics. Also, you might want to keep note of these five tips to gambling on your favorite video games.

Get familiar with the teams and players.

Doing your own research is critical in esports betting. If you have time, check out the recorded videos of the teams and the players, and observe how their playing styles. Take note of their weaknesses and strengths and use these as an advantage when picking a team to win the match.

Know all the characters and other aspects of the game.

Being knowledgeable about the different characters, skills, maps, and other aspects of the game can help you choose the best team where you should put your bet on. Knowing which characters compliment or counters the other can greatly improve your prediction skills.

Watch out for last-minute changes.

Just like in other types of competition, roster changes also happen in esports. Teams usually make last-minute switches and replacements if they identify weak points in their strategy. Adding an elite player do not always make a team stronger especially if he or she does not fit with other members’ playing style. Be aware of the late changes and revise your initial plans accordingly.

Formulate your own odds.

One way to improve your betting skills is to create your own odds based on your observations and compare them with the actual ones. Determining these discrepancies provide the best opportunities for experienced gamblers.

Only risk what you are willing to lose.

Perhaps this is the most important rule that you should remember in any gamble that you’ll take. Always calculate your risks and don’t let your emotions get the best of you if ever you get a losing streak. Start small and build your winnings gradually.

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Source: Bloguin.com Blogs | 18 May 2018 | 9:14 am

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Making Friends with Awesome People

I often get asked how I make friends with so many great people. This is sort of a funny question because I think most people actually don't know just how great my friend group is, since they only know a few people who are well known. So in a way, it's an even better question than they realize. On the other hand, maybe I should be offended that they think those people wouldn't want to be friends with me naturally!

Joking aside, I believe very strongly that having a good friend circle is one of the most important things you can do, and that it's very smart to proactively think about how to be the best friend possible and build the best friend group possible.

If you're interested in going deep on this topic, you should read my book Superhuman Social Skills, which covers it extensively.

A fundamental idea which I don't believe is really talked or thought about is that most people don't understand what it's like to be someone who is sought after. The priorities and values of a person like that are very different from a person who is actively trying to increase their number of friends.

Most "aspirational" friendships desires are directed towards people who are well known. They have to have their guards up, because most people are looking to get something from them, disguised as friendship. Maybe it's something tangible like money, or maybe it's just prestige through friendship.

The other big factor is that most of these people already have a big social circle of people they know and trust. Any time they spend with you will take away from those people. That's why I like bumping into random people who recognize me when I'm out traveling, but will never agree to meet people when they cold email me.

When attempting to make friends with someone like this, you have to provide as much value as possible and be as unneedy as possible. For example, if I meet someone who I believe is more sought after than I am (or than they perceive me to be), I will basically try to make sure they have a great time hanging out with me and will not impose upon them at all. I'll even do things like try to end the hangout first when I feel the energy dying, to signal that I'm not the type of person that's going to take up too much of their time. I won't ask them any advice that's in any way related to their work. If I can offer them any advice one anything they need, I'll do it.

Whether or not this is fair is totally irrelevant. If you're seeking someone out, it's your responsibility to make it worth their time. Once you become friends that responsibility shifts.

It's also very useful to be a connector. This is how I made several great friends in San Francisco. I would tell someone new about some of my existing friends and invite them to something that we were all doing. Meeting five potentially cool people is a lot more interesting than meeting just one.

You should also hang out in places where people you'd like to meet are likely to be. It's a lot easier to get a few minutes of time from someone who's already in front of you and not busy than it is to get them to change their plans to meet you.

For example, I emailed Leo Babauta before moving to San Francisco and he never replied to me. We ran into each other at Samovar in San Francisco when I got there, and we chatted a bit. A few weeks later we were both there again and we had tea together. Now we're great friends.

When we were in Taiwan recently a guy emailed him and offered to make him amazing tea in a special park, so he agreed. Much better than when naïve old me tried to email him to get him to help me with something!

I don't think fame is a great reason to get to know someone, but more well-known people tend to have their ideas and values shared publicly, so sometimes it does make sense to try to meet them. Just make sure that you're making it a big positive for them and that you aren't trying to get anything from them.

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Photo is my awesome friend Nick Gray, who owns Museum Hack.

Heading to the island for the first real trip of the season. Can't wait to get my hands dirty. First project is to get a little solar panel setup for my cabin, and then continue the neverending task of putting shingles up.

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Source: Tynan | Life Outside the Box | 17 May 2018 | 10:38 am

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Broken Glass

May 15, 2018

I ALWAYS ASK for a window seat. Maybe I should rethink this, judging from recent events?

On April 17th, a passenger on a Southwest Airlines 737 was killed after being partially ejected through a blown-out cabin window. Two weeks later, the window on another Southwest 737 cracked during flight, causing the crew to make a precautionary landing in Cleveland. And now, just yesterday, one of the cockpit windscreens on an Airbus A319 operated by China’s Sichuan Airlines separated during flight, sucking the first officer part-way through the breach.

That first incident resulted from an uncontained engine failure. Parts from the left engine cowling struck the fuselage. The other two appear to be spontaneous failures from a cause yet unknown: fatigue, improper installation or repair, or who knows what. The investigations are ongoing. In the second case, the window cracked but did not fail. The jet remained pressurized and nobody was hurt. The Sichuan Airlines pilot suffered only minor injuries.

So, you’re thinking, three window-related emergencies in two weeks, doesn’t that have to mean something?

The answer is no, not really. These incidents are what they are, in and of themselves, and don’t have much to do with one other. It’s coincidence. And, when you have fifty thousand or so commercial flights taking off and landing every day of the week, weird things are sometimes going to happen. The fatality aboard Southwest flight 1380 was certainly tragic, and the other two incidents could have been a lot worse, but we should consider ourselves fortunate to be talking about broken windows and not the types of catastrophes we used to see five, ten, or a dozen times every year, with hundreds of people killed at a time.

Statistically, flying is safer than ever. Yet the ubiquity of today’s media, spread across multiple platforms, means that even small mishaps have a way of becoming huge stories.

One small caveat is that if any airline needs to pay extra close attention to wear and tear on its aircraft and their components, it’s probably Southwest. The carrier’s 737s fly primarily short haul routes, and on average they perform more takeoffs and landings — or “cycles” as they’re called in the business — than the 737s at most other airlines. High-cycle planes endure more stress. Southwest realizes this, of course. Its maintenance programs are structured accordingly, and what happened in April may have nothing to do with the number of cycles on those planes.

 

Wisdom of the Window

The interior frames around cabin windows will sometimes come loose. I once had the entire frame fall from the sidewall onto my lap. If this happens, don’t panic. Those frames are purely superficial. Calmly summon a flight attendant and show him or her the problem. The frame will be written up and repaired at the next airport.

One reason an airplane’s cabin windows are small, and round, is to better withstand and disperse the forces of pressurization. (The portholes of Concorde, you may have noticed, were quite tiny. Cruising at 60,000 feet, well above most civil transports, they were subject to an unusually high inside-outside pressure differential.) Additionally their size and shape are best to assimilate the bending and flexing of a fuselage in flight. For the same reasons, the windows are normally installed along the flattest portion of a fuselage. This is why they’re sometimes aligned in a less-than-optimum viewing position.

Cockpit windscreens, meanwhile, are astonishingly strong. I once saw a video demonstration of one being repeatedly struck full-force with a sledgehammer, barely budging with each blow. The glass is multi-paned, bank-teller thick, and bolstered by high-strength frames, resilient against the forces of pressurization, hail, and the occasional bird strike. For added guard against the latter, they’re heated to increase flexibility.

That hardly matters, of course, if they’re installed wrong. What happened the other day aboard Sichuan Airlines was, in fact, the second such incident that I’m aware of. In 1990, the captain of a British Airways BAC One-Eleven was nearly killed when a portion of the cockpit glass gave way.

Passengers are asked to raise their window shades for takeoff and landing. This makes it easier for the flight attendants to assess any exterior hazards — fire, debris, etc. — that might interfere with an emergency evacuation. It also helps you remain oriented if there’s a sudden impact, rolling, or tumbling. (Dimming the cabin lights is part of the same strategy.) This rule isn’t always enforced, and more and more I see passengers slamming down their shades the moment they take their seats, and leaving them like that for the entire flight. Something about this really bothers me — not the safety aspects so much as the person’s complete lack of curiosity about what’s going on outside. There’s something downright hostile about it.

When I’m at work, my office, so to speak, always comes with a view. Even when riding as a passenger, however, I prefer a window to an aisle. At least to me, there’s something instinctively comforting about sitting at the window — a desire for orientation. Which way am I going? Has the sun risen or set yet? For we lovers of air travel, of course, there’s a romantic aspect to it as well. What I observe through the glass extends beyond the planeride to the journey in whole — no less a sensory moment, potentially, than what I might experience sightseeing later on. Flying to Istanbul, I remember the sight of the ship-clogged Bosporus from 10,000 feet as vividly as standing before the city’s famous mosques or the Hagia Sofia. My first airplane ride — an American Airlines 727 — was a hop from Boston to Washington in the spring of 1974. What I remember most clearly, even more than the double servings of sandwiches and cheesecake, was the view: Manhattan from 30,000 feet; the snaky brown marshlands of Chesapeake Bay; the landmarks of D.C. as we banked along the Potomac.

To recycle one of my favorite air travel tidbits: Look closely at the exterior of an Air India jet and you’ll notice how each cabin window is meticulously outlined with the little Taj Mahalian arch. This is one of those instances where aviation transcends mere transportation and pays its respects to the greater realms of history, culture, tradition — whatever you might call it.

The old Caravelle, a French-built jetliner of the 1960s, had triangular windows; still rounded at the corners, but distinctly three-sided. The Douglas DC-8 was another exception. Not only were its windows squared-off, but uniquely oversized, with almost twice the glass of your standard Boeing or Airbus. I recall flying a DC-8 to Jamaica in 1982, and marveling at the TV-sized view of towering gray storm clouds.

On a typical wide body jet, only maybe a third of all passengers will be lucky enough, if indeed that’s the operative word, to be stationed at a window. In a nine-abreast block, only two of the seats come with a view. If flying has lost the ability to touch our hearts and minds, perhaps that’s why: there’s nothing to see anymore. Boeing, for its part, seems to have rediscovered the fact that some of us relish looking outside. The windows on the 787, you might notice, are about thirty percent bigger than usual.

For those of you stuck in the middle, the next best thing, maybe, is a camera…

Author’s photo.

Source: AskThePilot.com | 15 May 2018 | 12:47 pm

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Some Concealed Pigs
The wart is below the eye.
The pig is a curious creature. We all think we know what it is: that dear old, rather intelligent thing, rootling around in the mud and stuffed with lovely bacon.And then one considers the guinea pig, which contains no bacon at all.Then one thinks further and you realise that there's the hedge-hog. And the groundhog and the warthog and the road hog and that none of them, except maybe the last, contains bacon. And of course a wart-hog is just that. It's a hog with what appear to be warts. But a guinea pig doesn't look like a pig at all. Nor does a hedgehog. A hedgehog looks a bit like a porcupine.And then, if you mull of the word porcupine enough:PorcupinePorkupinePorkpineYou suddenly realise that a porcupine is merely a pork with spines, from the Old French porc-espin. It's enough to make a strictly kosher chap run screaming for the ocean, where of course there are no pigs at all. Unless a sea-pig existed. And there may be sea-lions and sea-horses but, surely there is no pigfish. Not even in Old French. That would be a porc peis - from the Latin pisces. Or porpais as it was by the twelfth century.And then you realise your true porpoise in life.The only possible way to relax is to visit the provinces and read poetry. So you quietly retreat to Swindon with a copy of Swinburne. And you know that don means hill and that burn means stream, but don't whatever you do think any further.Incidentally, the Dutch don't say pearls before swine, they say roses before swine*, which I somehow think is prettier.None of this has anything much to do with my new book A Short History of Drunkenness, which has just been released in America. But, if you're American and interested in history, or drunkenness, or if you're simply short, you should immediately buy a copy. You can do so by the simple expedient of following this link.
The Inky Fool found he'd been talking at crossed porpoises
*Or that's what I read, but see the comments.

Source: Inky Fool | 14 May 2018 | 11:51 am

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The 'Our Towns' Saga, on CBS Sunday Morning

On Tuesday of this coming week, May 8, the book that my wife, Deb, and I have been working on for many years will officially be published.

It’s called Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, and it’s the five-years-removed result of a post I put on the site back in 2013, asking readers for suggestions of smaller cities that were coping with dislocations of some sort—economic, political, demographic, environmental.

In the next few weeks, Deb and I will be on the road, at events in various parts of the country. You can see an interactive, updated list here. The first public event will be on Tuesday night, May 8, at the Brooklyn Public Library, in a discussion with James Bennet—known to the world now as editorial page editor of The New York Times, and known to us both as a long-time friend and as the person who made this project possible, during his time as editor-in-chief here at The Atlantic. (More info on the event here.) After that we’ll be in Washington D.C.; Greenville, South Carolina; Knoxville; Seattle; San Francisco, Palo Alto; Los Angeles; Kansas City; Louisville; Boston; and beyond.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be reporting news related to our American reinvention theme (as previewed in this article in the current issue). As we did during our years on the road, I’ll be reporting here on reader reaction, updates, pentimenti, press reactions pro and con, and other news on the theme that really engages us: how these promising local-level innovations across the United States can gain momentum, attention, coherence, and influence.  

For now, and to start out, here’s a segment from reporter Lee Cowan, producer Mark Hudspeth, and their colleagues at CBS Sunday Morning that aired this morning, which I thought did a superb job of distilling and conveying impressions like those Deb and I have gathered over the years. It features people we encountered in Duluth, Minnesota, and Greenville, South Carolina. (Brief pre-roll ad comes with this embedded video; full link here.) It features our friends at Bent Paddle brewing, at the Epicurean and Loll manufacturing companies, at Cirrus Aircraft, and others in Duluth, and Mayor Knox White and others throughout the city of Greenville.

Thanks in the short run to the CBS team, and more generally to the thousands of people around the country who have helped us learn about the ongoing realities of the modern United States.

Source: James Fallows | The Atlantic | 6 May 2018 | 12:08 pm

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A Trip to Bhutan

All text and photos by Patrick Smith.

April 30, 2018

“Bhutan? Never heard of it.” This I heard over and over again during the weeks leading up to the trip. So, presuming you need an introduction, Bhutan is a small Himalayan kingdom nestled between Tibet and India. “It’s near Nepal,” is how I explained it most of the time. This is true, though it doesn’t actually border that country, a small sliver of India rising up to separate the two.

Our route to Bhutan, encompassing just over 29 hours of flying, went like this: Boston-San Francisco-Dubai-Bangkok-Paro. It was Emirates to Bangkok, and then the little-known Drukair onward to Bhutan. (If you’re traveling to this part of the world, Bangkok, Southeast Asia’s megahub, is the best jumping off point.)

Boston to Bangkok:

You’ll notice some backtracking in that itinerary on the front end, between Boston and San Francisco. This was done for no other reason than to maximize the flight time with Emirates. I had a bucket full of miles to cash in, and the Emirates flight from SFO to Dubai was the longest flight from the U.S. with upgrade seats available. If flying six hours in the wrong direction, with an overnight stay at the SFO Marriott, sounds insane, you’ve probably never flown first class on the Emirates A380: the onboard showers, the fully enclosed suites with your own private closet, the two onboard bars, the caviar and Dom Perignon. And so on.

I’m not claiming that Emirates competes on a level playing field with other carriers. We’ll save that controversy for later. In the meantime, if like me your favorite guilty pleasure in life is sampling the world’s luxury airline cabins, the experience is tough to beat.

An unusually quiet moment in the aft lounge.

Bangkok to Paro:

We airline geeks have lists; airlines that we hope to someday fly on. Drukair, the government-run carrier of Bhutan, was on my list for years, so it was especially exciting to finally be walking up the airstairs and onto a Drukair A319 at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The carrier also goes by the name Royal Bhutan Airlines, but the local name has more character. The “Druk” (dragon) prefix is a popular trade name in Bhutan, and you’ll see it on banks, hotels, restaurants — and the national airline.

Drukair’s network, centered at Paro airport in the western part of Bhutan, extends to Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai. For years the company was operating the four-engine British Aerospace 146, but has since upgraded to the more modern Airbus A319. The Airbus has good high-altitude, short-runway performance, which is important when your hub airport sits at 7,300 feet with a stubby, 6,400-foot runway. It’s pretty unusual when an airport’s elevation exceeds the length of its longest runway!

I’d splurged for business class, which on Drukair is a four-abreast, four-row cabin. The seats are the old-fashioned, semi-recliner types; a bit blandly upholstered and perhaps not cleaned as often as they should be. I was appalled when I lifted the center armrest console and discovered a verifiable dune of peanut crumbs and dust. That aside, the experience was perfectly pleasant. The food was tasty and the cabin crew attentive. The menus, stitched with a Bhutanese cloth design, were simple but very pretty.

This was a one-stop flight, with a half-hour layover in Gauhati (Guwahati), India. This was the first time in my life that I boarded an international flight headed to a city that, prior to showing up at the airport, I had never heard of before. I’m very good at geography, which made it all the more mystifying. I stared up at the check-in monitor for a few seconds — Gauhati? — wondering vaguely where I was and where I might be going. I’d later discover that Gauhati has a population of almost a million people. I guess that’s India for you.

Drukair business class menu.

Drukair business class breakfast, fruit course.

Sometimes it’s the little things. Like this lavatory display.

Not your typical airport topography.

During the descent into Paro they played traditional Bhutanese music over the PA. This was an evocative touch, adding a certain exotic-ness to the arrival, especially once the mountains came into view. The initial descent had been through a heavy overcast, occluding that view of Everest I’d been dying to catch, but suddenly the rainclouds gave way to an almost fairy tale panorama of jutting emerald peaks. The lower we got, the more exhilarating it got. The landing gear clunked down at what felt like 15,000 feet, and suddenly we were doing hairpin turns in sheer mountain valleys, with 17,000-foot summits on three sides.

Yeah, I’d read about the arrival into Paro and watched a couple of videos, but that doesn’t prepare you for the visceral thrill of it. Especially that last, very low-altitude turn toward the numbers of runway 33. The expressway visual at LaGuardia has nothing on the landing at Paro. This was the closest I’ve ever come to being truly white-knuckled on a commercial airplane.

Himalayan High. Arrival into Paro.

The expressway visual this ain’t.

Drukair has four A319s in its fleet.

Only two scheduled carriers operate into Paro — Drukair’s privately owned competitor, the unexcitedly (and confusingly) named Bhutan Airlines is the other — and only a few dozen pilots are qualified to fly there. Frankly, this is how it should be. I’d be quite uncomfortable flying into Paro with any crew that wasn’t intimately familiar with the local terrain and its complex arrival and departure patterns.

(So, to be clear, there’s Drukair, a.k.a Royal Bhutan Airlines, and the privately held Bhutan Airlines. If the names aren’t confusing enough, they both fly A319s, in similar paint schemes, on overlapping routes.)

Only two airlines have scheduled service to Paro. Bhutan Airlines is Drukair’s competitor.

Part airport at dusk. Nearby peaks approach 17,000 feet, and Mt. Everest is only a short hop away.

In addition to the dirty seat consoles, two more gripes against Drukair: First, the carrier’s business class lounge in Paro is located outside security and immigration. I imagine this is due to space constraints; the airport is very small. Just the same, nobody wants to relax in a lounge, then have to get their passport stamped and stand in a security line.

And speaking of lines, during check-in, the queue for business class was extraordinarily slow, to the point where virtually all of the economy passengers were able to check in ahead of us. When I attempted to use the economy line, which by that point was empty, I was rudely sent back to the business line and forced to wait another fifteen minutes. Several agents on the economy side now sat behind their podiums with nothing to do, yet refused to check us in.

Paro’s arrival and departure halls are crowded and noisy (departure in particular), but they’re charming in that way of certain small airports. The architecture is in the style of a traditional Bhutanese home, and the decor riffs heavily on the artwork and ornate craftsmanship seen in the country’s many temples, monasteries and dzongs (fortresses).

The terminal at Paro, with mural of the beloved royal family.

Arrivals hall, Bhutan style.

In country:

“Life is suffering.” That’s the first of the Four Pillars of Buddhism, which is somewhat ironic when you discover that Bhutan, in addition to being perhaps the most intensely Buddhist country on earth (prayer flags cover the Bhutan landscape from end to end, like a sort of heavenly confetti), is also one of the most content. This is the country that invented the Gross National Happiness index, and which frequently tops those “world’s happiest countries” lists.

And for a poor nation in an isolated area, little Bhutan seems to have its act together in ways that few developing nations ever do. As Lonely Planet puts it: “Bhutan is one of the few places on earth where compassion is favored over capitalism. Issues of sustainable development, education and health care, and environmental and cultural preservation…are at the forefront of policy making.” The people of Bhutan are happy and comparatively well educated; healthcare is decent and universal. The roads are in good condition, mobile phone service is everywhere, and 98 percent of citizens, even in remote locations, have clean drinking water — an astonishing statistic, as anyone who has traveled in the developing world will acknowledge.

Granted, these things are comparatively easy for a country with fewer than a million people. An honest, uncorrupt government and a Buddhism-based sense of civic responsibility doesn’t hurt.

The Bhutanese government is also acutely concerned about the effects of climate change. The swelling and potential bursting of glacial lakes, for one, threatens to destroy some of the country’s most historic sites. Doing its part, Bhutan currently the only carbon-negative country in the world. It has banned the of chemical fertilizers and no longer imports food that was grown with them. Thus almost all of the country’s produce is organic.

In nearly a week in the country, I never saw a person smoking. Turns out the import or public use of tobacco products is against the law. As are western-style commercial billboards and advertising. There are, for now, no global consumer chains anywhere in Bhutan. No Starbucks, no KFC, no Ikea.

And bring your Tums, or your Prilosec. Pretty much all Bhutanese food, even breakfast, is centered on the chili pepper.

It was all the more surprising, meanwhile, once in the country, after so many friends and acquaintances of mine seemed to have no idea what or where Bhutan was, to encounter so many Americans. Only India, which shares the country’s southern and western borders, sends more tourists. Americans accents were everywhere: in the temples, dzongs, hotels and restaurants. In an age when many Americans seem aggressively incurious, this was encouraging.

Short of turning this into a full-on travelogue, here are a few of the better pictures from the trip. Sightseeing highlights were the beautiful Punakha Valley, and, it hardly needs saying, the thousand-foot climb to the breathtaking Taktshang Goemba — the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Prayer wheels at the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang temple.

Taktshang Goemga: the Tiger’s Nest.

Pagodas at the Duchu La mountain pass.

Monks climbing the stairs at the Punakha Dzong.

Sunset over Punakha Valley

At the temple in Thimpu.

Prayer flags mark the countryside like a heavenly confetti.

At the Punakha Dzong.

 

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Source: AskThePilot.com | 30 Apr 2018 | 11:15 am

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It’s simple but so important to take your boots off once in...

It’s simple but so important to take your boots off once in awhile and just feel the Earth under your feet. Or see how long you can hold your hand in an ice cold stream. Makes ya feel connected and alive. Sort of in the way of how breathing is the centeredness of life.

It’s interesting how I was never taught things like that as a kid. How if you’re feeling off kilter to focus on your breath, the inhale and exhale, how that is the basis of life. The same seems true of a stream. When your hand is feeling numb from the cold of melted snow that came off the top of a mountain, that once was a snowflake that landed there months ago, that once was a drop of water in a lake…you can’t help but feel centered.

Anyhow, I’ve been laying low and enjoying it all recently, doing a bit of off the grid camping with my dear friend Josh and Maddie. There’s a lot of lovely forests out there, but old growth Idaho cedars are my favorite 🌲

Source: MADDIE THE COONHOUND | 30 Apr 2018 | 10:33 am

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'The Reinvention of America': Two Views from the Prairie

The new issue of The Atlantic has a long piece by me called “The Reinvention of America.” It’s different from, but tied to, the publication in two weeks of a book by my wife, Deb, and me called Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.

The main contention of the Atlantic piece is that at a time of genuinely serious problems for the country, from economic polarization to the opioid disaster, and of near-historic crisis in national-level government (“near” historic because this is still not 1861-1865), city-by-city across the country many Americans feel as if the direction of personal, economic, and public life is positive rather than negative.

A flood of response has come in, which I’ll begin sampling from over the next few days. To start off, here are two related notes, from the Great Plains states. The first is from a man I also quoted last year, about locally based efforts at land conservation (at a time when national policy is headed in the opposite direction). He is William Whitney, of the Prairie Plains Resource Institute in Aurora, Nebraska. Aurora is a small town in south central Nebraska, about 20 miles east of the Grand Island. Deb and I were in Grand Island several times during our travels; we’ve not yet been to Aurora, but hope to go soon.

William Whitney writes:

I can attest to what you say in your article on localization in America.

It is happening in Aurora, Nebraska, my home town to which my wife and I returned 40 years ago. And across the Great Plains in various ways.

I think the so-called millennials have an energizing effect. Life is still hard for people, and improvising is a critical ingredient, but the rural Nebraska towns and small cities, such as Aurora (pop. 4,500) or Kearney (pop. 35,000), have life.

Regarding conservation, we recently attended a very good conference in Kearney related to ecotourism on the Plains. There is a refreshing view that there is something neat about the whole region, which many people are discovering for the first time in this culture. People outside are looking in with interest.

Read On »

Source: James Fallows | The Atlantic | 26 Apr 2018 | 2:25 pm

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Happy World Penguin Day! Pipsqueak Penguin is a pale ale brewed...

Happy World Penguin Day! Pipsqueak Penguin is a pale ale brewed by @trilliumbrewing and is part of their Small Bird Series. 🐧 🍻 • • • #Beerlabelsinmotion #blim #instabeer #brewstagram #craftbeer #beerlabel #beergeek #ilovebeer #beerporn #aftereffects #trillium #penguin #pipsqueakpenguin #paleale #smallbirdseries #worldpenguinday #worldpenguinday2018

Source: Beer Labels in Motion | 25 Apr 2018 | 4:07 pm

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Happy 4/20! Look what I found! This dank @lagunitasbeer only...

Happy 4/20! Look what I found! This dank @lagunitasbeer only shows up once a year to celebrate 4/20 and it really is the “Dankest and Hoppiest Beer” brewed by Lagunitas. Smoke ‘em if you got 'em and go find this beer before it’s gone forever! #repost but still good! • • • #Beerlabelsinmotion #blim #instabeer #brewstagram #craftbeer #beerlabel #beergeek #ilovebeer #beerporn #aftereffects #DIPA #lagunitas #California #craftnotcrap #IPA #lagunitasbeer #66impala #thewaldos #pointreyes #420 #420holidaze #waldosspecialale #cabeer

Source: Beer Labels in Motion | 20 Apr 2018 | 7:29 pm

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‘Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,...

‘Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear. What we need is here.’ . I have a deep love for Wendell Berry. In a brilliant book Jayber Crow he wrote: ‘I was a young man. I hardly knew what I knew, let alone what I was going to know.’

I turn 35 this year. When Instagram was still wet behind the ears I was 27. Wild how days go slow and years go fast.

But I’m feeling every bit of 35, in the best possible way. I’m looking less for those 4x4 roads, roads to test my sanity and truck. My finger tends to wander towards rivers and streams on the map these days.

So here’s a tiny slice of our life today. My best dog watching from a rock and I coming back for kisses every so often 😊

Source: MADDIE THE COONHOUND | 15 Apr 2018 | 10:42 am

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The Last Time
Sometimes we are not aware when something happens for the last time. Circumstances change without our intervention; we take leave of someone quite casually and we don’t know that we will never see them again;  decisions are made over which we have no power which have  sudden and deep consequences in  our lives. But a few times  only  there is a conscious choice to end something of major importance.  Last night when I was sitting with my sunset cocktail over- looking the mosque, I knew that this daily ritual was happening for the very last time. I was regaled with a blue cloudless sky and a clear  sunset and I hung on to the very last dying ember of light as it descended on the horizon to the right of the Great Mosque. Then I had dinner on the roof alone under a clear bejewelled Malian sky.
The night before was the final party: a ‘family affair’ for those that have served at the hotel: a lovely evening complete  with Diao, our faithful Fulani  milkman who arrived  with his son; our griots came and sang mine and Keita’s praises.
They  sang of those that have gone, of Beigna and Pudiogou and of Fatou, but also of Papa, Baba and Maman, and of course of the lovely Elisabet, my film-making cousin.  
We feasted on the goat that we bought in Madiama market a few days ago, and Papa was respendent in his white hatted chef outfit.
For days the contents of the hotel have been quietly leaving.  Mattress by mattress, air conditioner by air conditioner, the hotel has trickled away until it stood quite bare, and only Maman, Baba and Papa were left this morning, dividing the last spoils between themselves. There has been a change of state: this hotel which I created no longer exists.
December 12, 2006:“Tomorrow it will be just a week before Hotel Djenné Djenno is officially open. In two weeks time my Christmas guests will already be leaving. But today the site was still just as usual, full of workmen, and full of wheel barrows and mud. But the clearing up has begun. Something major is about to happen- a change of state.In just over a week I will no longer be building a hotel, it will actually exist, and I will be running a hotel. My reality is about to change. Today I looked at all the space of the hotel which is about to be born. I thought of all the unknown things which will happen in this space, and which are now resting here like embryos. It is all about to begin to unfold. I thought of all the people who will one day come here, and laugh, have fun and make love here, although today they don’t even know it. And yet, by some mysterious workings they will come here ...So Maestro, soon soon, let the play begin..”And it did, and the players were many. And last night they all finally left the stage, sweeping the floor with their feathered  hats as they took  their final bow...
 
 ( this is the last message from Djenne Djenno. There will be more about other places and other adventures, inshallah.   Should you wish to follow me there, please look in here now and then. You will be directed to another blog  soon.  Thank you to all you who have looked in over these 11 years and followed my life and adventures in Djenné. It has been, so far, the best years of my life.)

Source: djenne djenno | 4 Mar 2018 | 5:34 pm

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Tuesday Morning

Getting ready to get on big metal flying thing and go to isle of Manhattan. Smoke on your pipe and put that in.

But it's hard to think about that and to not think about, in alphabetical order: Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. My sympathies and shock are kinda bouncing back between the two of them, appalled that we don't do more to prevent what happened in the former and to help with what's happened to the latter. I sent money to Operation USA, which is about all I can think to do to aid Puerto Rico. I mean, it's not like I'm the head of a government who could care a lot more about those people down there.

About gun control? That's long seemed hopeless to me. I do have friends who own enough firearms to qualify as Gun Owners in anyone's eyes. Not a one of them believes people should be allowed to own the kind of gun you can take up to the 32nd floor of a hotel and use to kill 59 people, injure 527 others and leave countless others in shock. Any one of them could probably write a batch of laws that would cut down on massacres while still preserving the rights of responsible hunters and those who need a weapon for protection. But they're not driving this bus and I'm skeptical that those kinds of folks ever will, not even after the next "Greatest Massacre in U.S. History" or the one after that or the one after that or the one after that…

I do like what Seth Meyers said in the video I embedded last night. Maybe it's time to get politicians to at least self-identify where they stand. Get each one on the record answering questions like, "Would you be willing to support laws that would have prevented Stephen Paddock from obtaining the weapons he had in that hotel room?" And then we have to wait for the day when it would cause more candidates to lose elections if they said "No."

Gotta go pack. Posting will be sporadic here for the next week but it will include reports on the New York Comic-Con and various shows on or slightly off-Broadway.

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Source: News From ME | 3 Oct 2017 | 11:04 am

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Great Shakes!

I start most days with a chocolate protein shake made with Jay Robb Whey Protein.  It's the only chocolate thing I ingest since I (largely) gave up sugar about ten years ago.  Jay Robb products are free of sugar and also of artificial sweeteners, which neither I nor my body like.  They make 'em with Stevia and it's a pretty nice, protein-rich drink especially if you make yours with real cold water.  For a time, I also put in a splash of milk but I stopped doing that.

They have a couple of flavors but I like the chocolate way more than the others.  Recently though, I came across a product at the market that I'd never seen before — Jif Peanut Powder.  I tried adding a teaspoon of it to my Jay Robb chocolate shake and in addition to upping the protein count, I got a pretty good peanut butter flavor drink.

I was expecting something not unlike a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup — a mix of chocolate and peanut butter — but it doesn't work like that. No matter how little peanut powder I put in, the result tastes like peanut butter with almost no trace of chocolate. That is not a bad thing though. You might want to try Jay Robb Whey Protein, with or without the peanut powder.

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Source: News From ME | 3 Oct 2017 | 3:50 am

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Commuting to Timbuktu
For a continuation of my adventures please go to my new blog here.

Source: djenne djenno | 20 Jul 2017 | 7:23 am

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everythingthatgoespop: Breaking News: George and Amal Clooney...

everythingthatgoespop:

Breaking News:

George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins!❤👶🏻

2017 taketh away (civil liberties), but 2017 also giveth (celebrity twins).

(Just popping back in to say AAAAAAAAAAAMAL. And BEYONCE.) 

Source: Suri's Burn Book | 9 Feb 2017 | 4:02 pm

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After Nine Years and 2,810 Posts, a Dot Earth Farewell
After nine years and 2,810 posts, a blog seeking a sustainable path for humans on a finite planet comes to an end.

Source: Dot Earth | 5 Dec 2016 | 7:07 am

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Facing Standing Rock Campaign, Obama Administration Blocks Dakota Pipeline Path
Intensifying Indian protests prompted the Obama administration to block a pipeline's path in North Dakota.

Source: Dot Earth | 4 Dec 2016 | 6:38 pm

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Seriously, though. If I go away, who’s going to tell Blue Ivy...

Seriously, though. If I go away, who’s going to tell Blue Ivy that she DOESN’T NEED TO HANG OUT WITH APPLE MARTIN JUST TO BE NICE? Because come on. You are better than that.

Source: Suri's Burn Book | 24 May 2016 | 5:00 pm

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999 Posts + The Big Blog Re-Design
This marks the 999th time I have opened my blogger account and started typing into this blank, white box. Not every post made it live, but the official file number is 999. I cannot fathom how that's possible, but I have never been prouder.This project started as a place to share what I was experiencing as a confused post-grad in a big, expensive city (again, because my friend Matt made me do it). I didn't have an ulterior motive; I just needed somewhere to write. And then somehow it became the catalyst for almost every major change in my life from that point - truly. I can track everything from my first script and first literary manager to my move to Los Angeles and my husband to this blog. Today it continues to fuel my creativity and serve as a place that I always return to find my voice as a writer. I owe everything to this little space on the world wide web.And so I thought I'd give the blog a little 1,000th post congrats gift - a full and complete re-design.It's way past time to take 20/30-Nothings into the 21st century. New logo. New look. Far better functionality, readability, and shareability (this is a word?). I'll also be introducing new features and ways to connect. And, most importantly, there will be really cool colors involved.   I'll be off-line for a week or so until the transformation is complete, but after that it's right back to work. Until then, please enjoy some back-log reading of my personal blog superlatives.And really, truly, THANK YOU. I think that a writer without an audience is technically still a writer, but it's really so nice to have you.   

Source: 20-Nothings | 24 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am

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Meditation For Beginners, Who Are Terrible at Meditation
As I mentioned, I've just started one of Deepak Choprah and Oprah's 21-Day Meditation Challenges. As I failed to mention on purpose, this is the third time...Basically Oprak create this user-friendly, totally guided, 100% free content that is released daily for 21 days. Each installment runs for approximately 20 minutes and includes an intro by Oprah, a lesson by Deepak and timed meditation with really lovely music. There is even an app you can download in case opening the e-mail they send and clicking on a link is too cumbersome - as it apparently was for me, twice.Each 21-Day challenge has a different focus. The first one I tried to do was something about finding the calm in your life, the second I can't remember, and this one is about Manifesting True Success. Bottom line they're all about centering your mind, but the focus is a nice specific angle...so they can keep doing them, I assume, but that's fine. So why do I want to do this? Because it is my understanding that meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for use in calming the hell down, something I could use 20 minutes (or years...) of in my life. Also, I like the idea of starting every day with some thinking, and then some non-thinking. And finally, people who meditate endlessly boast the benefits, and they are almost always people that I like and respect.So how is it going? I'm not sure I know yet. I have found a comfortable place and way to sit, which took three days. I really like Oprah talking to me every morning. Deepak has had some great things to say - like today he said that our body is our greatest ally in life, and if we can be in touch with it and work in union with it, we'll be in far better shape emotionally and physically. I tend to treat my body more like this annoying, evil twin that I have to lug around all day/life, so that was a cool brain shift.But when it comes to the actual meditating, I'm horrible. You're supposed to keep your mind clear and focus on repeating the mantra over and over again, but my mind immediately races to another topic, and then it's minutes until I realize I've been through three more topics and haven't said the mantra silently in my head once. It's frustrating, which is the last thing you want when meditating. That said, it's my understanding based on a Google search that this is very common. Meditation takes year and years of practice, and I have given it 4, 15-minute sessions. This time, I'm hell-bent on getting to 21. I'll provide an update at half of 21 (sorry, don't have a calculator on the ready). Until then, any advice?

Source: 20-Nothings | 19 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm

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January 26 2015: The first reported US drone strike of the year...

January 26 2015: The first reported US drone strike of the year killed three people travelling in a vehicle in central-southern Yemen. This was the first attack since Houthi insurgents forced the country’s president Abdu Rabbu al Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and cabinet to resign. #drone #drones #yemen (at Hareeb, Shabwa-Mareb border)

Source: Dronestagram | 2 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am

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January 19 2015: CIA drones targeted a house in Shawal area of...

January 19 2015: CIA drones targeted a house in Shawal area of North Waziristan killing five, six or seven people. The identities of the dead was not immediately known however a senior Pakistani official said “non-Pakistani, foreign fighters” were among the dead and Taliban sources said the attack also killed local fighters associated with Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. This was the third of four strikes to reportedly target Bahadur himself, or men loyal to him. The Pakistani government condemned the strike as a breach of sovereignty – a reiteration of its official position on the drone attacks. #drone #drones #pakistan (at Shahi Khel, Shawal, North Waziristan)

Source: Dronestagram | 2 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am

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