Musings on the Miscellaneous

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Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …

United States

Shutdown watch: What Trump's DACA moves mean

<b>(CNN) —</b> Put Thursday in the proper perspective: President Donald Trump, who said definitively he would sign what Congress sends him, flatly rejected the lone (serious) bipartisan effort to reach a resolution on the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.<p>And he did it by:<p>A. …

Steny Hoyer

Puerto Rico Sketchbook: The Elders of the Island

In November, the artist and writer Molly Crabapple spent a week in Puerto Rico documenting grassroots efforts by communities to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Here are excerpts from her sketchbook.<p>Puerto Rico is an elderly island. A quarter of its population is over sixty-five.<p>This is due to the …

Caribbean

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

<i>We’re away until January 3, but we’re reposting some of our favorite pieces from 2017. Enjoy your holiday!</i><p>Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we …

Woody Allen

Protesters projected a sign on Twitter’s headquarters after Trump’s latest tweets about nuclear war: ‘Jack is complicit’

• <b>On Tuesday night in San Francisco, protesters projected a message directed at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Twitter's main building.</b>• <b><br>The message said "@jack is #complicit," a reference to Twitter refusing to ban President Donald Trump from the social media platform.</b>• <b><br>The group claiming responsibility</b> …

Social Media

How to trick your brain into keeping a New Year’s resolution

Apply the power of habit to your annual goals.<p>Breaking New Year’s resolutions is so time-honored a tradition that companies can actually stake their business model on it. Gyms like Planet Fitness depend on thousands joining up at the beginning of the year, only to fail on the follow-through. They …

Fitness

The most outrageous numbers of 2017

From longevity to bitcoin, plastic usage to refugees, the figures that dominate the news keep getting bigger and bigger<p>Number inflation was rampant in 2017, as the figures that dominated news stories just got bigger and bigger. Data stored, stuff bought, years lived, the great scoreboard of human …

Geography

The perfect storm: there’s a spike in users being told by Facebook they have malware today

Many years ago, I was locked out of Facebook for 69 hours. It was completely a Facebook database problem, but in those days, they just locked you out …

Pacific Standard Time

A Quick Look Back on Things Worth Remembering from 2017 | A Fresh Perspective

It is always worth remembering – and reminding each other: #InDarknessBeLight. After saying “goodbye and don’t let the door hit you in the behind” to …

Northeastern University

Are you close to quitting social media?

A friend asked today, for an article he is penning, whether we were close to quitting social media on his Facebook (I realize the irony). Here was my …

Marketing

I've Always Been Authentic On This Blog | I'm Just Sharing

On LinkedIn yesterday I wrote an article titled The Word For 2018 Is Authenticity. I wrote it and alluded to an article I read that gave me …

Digital Marketing

Developer creates a tool to expose bigoted, fake Twitter accounts; Twitter bans it

In theory, one of the positive things about social media should be the fact that a company has as much chance of succeeding as an individual. Another …

Social Media