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Terrific Live Performance: Lydian Collective - Cartoon Hero [19 Apr 2014|11:40]
lgf

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43299_Terrific_Live_Performance-_Lydian_Collective_-_Cartoon_Hero#rss-sm

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From the Laszlo EP: Turning Tide: http://www.candyrat.com

Performed by the Lydian Collective: https://www.facebook.com/LydianCollective

Featuring:
Aaron 'Laszlo' Wheeler - Keyboards, MPC, Kalimba (Composer)
Todd Baker - Guitar (Audio / Visual Production)
Ida Hollis - Bass Guitar
Sophie Alloway - Drums

The Lydian Collective are a group of London-based musicians that perform live versions of the diverse instrumental ...
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Saying 'thank you' in public, three times [19 Apr 2014|13:29]
seth_godin

http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/62096594/0/sethsblog~Saying-thank-you-in-public-three-times.html

Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare:

One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business

and the other is for marketers of all kinds.

I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far...

But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with.

Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and honestly and got this blog up and running quickly. I've had this blog hosted by them for a decade or so, and despite the cool kids telling me I have to move it, I like the fact that the software does just what they say and that they're kind and a delight to work with.

And finally, did you know that you can subscribe to this blog, for free, by email and RSS? The email is handled daily and flawlessly by Feedblitz. It does what it's supposed to, and Phil is kind and a pleasure to work with.

Sometimes, the biggest, flashiest, most annoying services aren't the best way to build something that works. I'm grateful to these organizations and those like them that show up regularly and make things work. Thanks.

       
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Link About It: This Week's Picks : Lego Simpsons, Earth's new twin planet, a 13-year-old eagle huntr [19 Apr 2014|06:19]
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Vein$ Fingerprints aren't the most secure password—as any decent crime film shows, you leave them everywhere. Vein geometry, however, has been shown to be just as unique as fingerprints—even differing in twins—and could be a safer alternative. Palm-vein scanners have already been...
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They're your words, choose them [19 Apr 2014|05:41]
seth_godin

http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/62079120/0/sethsblog~Theyre-your-words-choose-them.html

You've seen the signs:

ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS.

NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.

BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY.

Guess what? There's no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public.

To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there's an ATM next door.

Careful! We'd like to watch your stuff for you, but we're busy making coffee.

Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there's a public bathroom in the library down the street.

In fact, you might find that when you speak clearly and with respect, you not only communicate more effectively, but people are less likely to blame you when something goes wrong.

       
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"Must Be The End Times" - Sat, 19 Apr 2014 [19 Apr 2014|00:00]
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http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4975

Must Be The End Times
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Snowden's Op-Ed: Desperately Spinning to Repair the Damage [18 Apr 2014|11:53]
lgf

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43296_Snowdens_Op-Ed-_Desperately_Spinning_to_Repair_the_Damage#rss-sm

Let's face it -- if Edward Snowden's appearance at Vladimir Putin's propaganda puppet show yesterday was supposed to improve his image in the US by showing him "questioning" Putin about mass surveillance, it was a miserable failure. Even many of Snowden's stongest defenders were appalled at that display.

So it should ...
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This Is Bad: Heartbleed Attack Targets VPN Service [18 Apr 2014|16:00]
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43298_This_Is_Bad-_Heartbleed_Attack_Targets_VPN_Service#rss-sm

Image via snoopsmaus

Most of the coverage of the Heartbleed bug has focused on the security problems for websites, but there's another avenue of attack now being exploited by hackers: the Virtual Private Network (VPN) systems used by many large and small businesses.

Security firm Mandiant reports that it is has ...
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News Post: Hearthstone [18 Apr 2014|22:49]
pennyarcaderss

http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2014/04/18/hearthstone

Gabe: I’ve been playing a few hours of Hearthstone every day of my vacation. During the day while the kids are playing in the sand or after they go to bed while I’m out on the porch. The soothing sound of the ocean waves is the only thing that has kept me from snapping the iPad in half and tossing it into the water. That might make it sound like I don’t like the game and that’s not true. I actually really like it a lot. I should hate it. I should have stopped playing it days ago and I should delete it from the iPad but I haven’t done that. I haven’t done that…
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Craig Dorety: Division : Light animation sculptures inspired by ocular migraines that examine our vi [18 Apr 2014|13:36]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/UivzvsYWfTc/craig-dorety-division.php

Craig Dorety: Division
Opening on Saturday, 19 April 2014 at Oakland's Johansson Projects is an exhibition of hypnotic sculpture animations that will have your eyes watering—after you realize you haven't blinked in a...
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100% Beef [18 Apr 2014|15:00]
snopes_dot_com

http://www.snopes.com/business/market/allbeef.asp

Does McDonald's buy their meat from a company called '100% Beef,' which allows them to legally but deceptively claim they use 100% beef in their hamburgers?
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Milan Design Week 2014: The Quietly Colorful Home: Nacreous and matte takes on the pastel color pale [18 Apr 2014|12:28]
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Milan Design Week 2014: The Quietly Colorful Home
From fashion to photography to furniture, recent years have seen a shift in the creative world's overarching palette from highly saturated primary colors to a soft range of light corals, sea foams, baby blues, pale yellows and pinks. Some tones lean toward a more shimmery, nacreous vibe that melds well...
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Twitter Timeline: Greenwald Associate Trevor Timm vs. His 9/11 Truther Fans [18 Apr 2014|12:49]
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43297_Twitter_Timeline-_Greenwald_Associate_Trevor_Timm_vs._His_9-11_Truther_Fans#rss-sm

This is telling. Greenwald associate Trevor Timm compares people who think Edward Snowden works with Russia to 9/11 Truthers, and is immediately swarmed with outraged comments from his fans who are 9/11 Truthers.

Trevor Timm vs 9/11 Truth
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Snowden's Op-Ed: Desperately Spinning to Try to Repair the Damage [18 Apr 2014|11:53]
lgf

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43296_Snowdens_Op-Ed-_Desperately_Spinning_to_Try_to_Repair_the_Damage#rss-sm

Let's face it -- if Edward Snowden's appearance at Vladimir Putin's propaganda puppet show yesterday was supposed to improve his image in the US by showing him "questioning" Putin about mass surveillance, it was a miserable failure. Even many of Snowden's stongest defenders were appalled at that display.

So it should ...
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The Country of Summer Insects: A nostalgic animated film by Chinese artist Tang Bohua, on the capita [18 Apr 2014|10:24]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/YiN7FjsZERQ/the-country-of-summer-insects.php

The Country of Summer Insects
Tang Bohua (TBH) was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province—the Chinese capital of fireworks—a city scattered with Buddhist temples where the locals would ask for protection from the hazards of their risky craft. During his childhood, temples were TBH's playground. He was immersed in...
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1800 Milenio: The limited edition Cognac-finished tequila [18 Apr 2014|11:25]
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1800 Milenio
First produced in limited quantities back in 2000, 1800 Tequila's Milenio is now returning to shelves in a second edition of their wildly successful super-premium tequila. Fine Blue Weber Agave undergoes an extensive extra-aging process before...
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The New York Pizza Project: Native New Yorkers pound the pavement in search of authentic slices, sto [18 Apr 2014|08:48]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/DODr5ocyo5o/the-new-york-pizza-project.php

The New York Pizza Project
Once synonymous with New York, family-run pizza shops are an endangered species these days as more and more owners are force to shutter their stores to make room for the city’s ubiquitous (and stomach-turning) dollar-a-slice chains. In an effort to preserve and...
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Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography: An exhibition featuring the wide range of depth a [18 Apr 2014|07:48]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/0vuaAjRvfgI/darkness-light-contemporary-scandinavian-photography.php

Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography
by Laura Feinstein Nordic countries aren’t known for their mild climates. Whether it’s the near-mythic winter darkness of the Scandinavian “polar night," or the periods of 24-hour light that characterize the Midnight Sun, this is a region of stark contrasts. "Darkness & Light:...
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The Snowden Presidency [18 Apr 2014|01:00]
dilbert_blog

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/the_snowden_presidency/

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/1077/

I'm doubling down on my prediction that Edward Snowden will someday return to the United States, run for president on a third-party platform, and win in a landslide.

This assumes two things, both of which seem likely to me:

1. Snowden someday gets a presidential pardon or he decides to come back and endure a public trial that he wins because 12 jurors of his peers won't convict the guy who went after the government on their behalf.

2. The government of the U.S. continues its downward spiral of credibility.

I wasn't sure Snowden was smart enough to pull off a presidential win until I read his response to the criticism of his recent appearance on Russian TV in which he asked Putin a question about Russian surveillance. Some pundits thought he was being a puppet for Putin, and I'd have to assume Putin was hoping he would be just that.

Today Snowden slipped a shiv into Putin with this open letter. You think Snowden is sitting on a bean bag chair, but no, those are his gonads.

What really caught my attention was his writing style. If your eyes are the mirror of your soul, I think your writing style is the mirror of your mind. Maybe it's the writer-nerd in me, but I feel I can tell a lot by how people form thoughts on paper. It's quite possible that someone helped him with the writing, or at least the editing, but it reads like the work of a single author. So I'm going to say he wrote it and perhaps someone gave it an edit polish. And if he wrote it, he's the real deal.

I assume if he comes back to the U.S. he will be the victim of some interesting smear compaigns. But I think he'll survive them. Depending on the sources of the smears, it could make him stronger.

Does anyone agree with my prediction? (I'd be surprised if you do.)

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FEIT Shoes: The handmade leather shoes from Sydney have landed stateside at Dover Street Market and [18 Apr 2014|06:30]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/d_Fni1Q55Ys/feit-shoes-assembly-new-york.php

FEIT Shoes
Founded by the Price brothers, FEIT has been admired for some time—not only for their minimal design aesthetic, but also their dedication to "fighting" the retail system and swimming against the current. This battle includes having...
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All the same [18 Apr 2014|05:00]
seth_godin

http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/62022035/0/sethsblog~All-the-same.html

It's forty degrees out and there's a guy standing in front of the office building, shivering, indulging in his nicotine addiction. I can't possibly empathize with what he's thinking or feeling.

As I walk down the street, I pass an elderly woman in an electric wheelchair. Again, I have no idea what it is to be her.

And there, whipping around the corner in a fancy car, is an industrialist I recognize, someone with more employees, power and money than most of us would know what to do with.

It's easy to lump people together into categories, easier still to say, "I know how you feel." But we don't, we can't, and given the choice, people will choose to be the people they wish to be.

Mass markets were a shorthand forced on marketers who had too little time or information or leverage to treat different people differently. They are the result of the mass merchant, the mass media and mass production. But humans aren't a homogeneous mass, we are individuals, as individual as we dare to be.

Marketing and governance and teaching and coaching and writing are built on a foundation of 'everyone', but in fact, we'd rather be someone.

Treat different people differently. Anything else is a compromise.

       
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Comic: The Dungeon Mistress, Part Five [18 Apr 2014|07:01]
pennyarcaderss

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/04/18

New Comic: The Dungeon Mistress, Part Five
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News Post: The Dungeon Mistress, Part Five [18 Apr 2014|07:01]
pennyarcaderss

http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2014/04/18/the-dungeon-mistress-part-five

Tycho: The Night Of A Thousand Hours: Wayrest Chapel (In the adventure proper, there’s a werewolf or two.  In another of my awesome, helpful notes, there is a single two-word line that says Cur’s Wort which is a plant Nature checks reveal to be considered protection against the creatures.  But this dude is a bad-ass, and one of the ways you can tell is that he doesn’t care.) “The church itself is lit within by a combination of torches, red candles, and glowing orbs of unknown manufacture.  Lights pours out the windows, a bringing to mind a lantern, or a…
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Amazing Catch [18 Apr 2014|15:00]
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http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/ballgirl.asp

Video shows a ball girl making an amazing catch at a minor league baseball game.
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Fargo [18 Apr 2014|15:00]
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http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/fargo.asp

Was the kidnapping and murder plot of the film 'Fargo' based on a true story?
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"Return of Criminy" - Fri, 18 Apr 2014 [18 Apr 2014|00:00]
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http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4974

Return of Criminy
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Is Employee Job Tenure Really Shortening? (Yes, It Is) [17 Apr 2014|19:41]
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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ItsLikeBensBlog/~3/ZNUHNIjrZgM/is-employee-job-tenure-really-shortening-yes-it-is.html

http://casnocha.com/?p=4950

Catherine Rampell, writing in the Washington Post, says churn in companies is down:

The share of people getting laid off each month — as well as, more disturbingly, the shares getting hired and quitting their jobs — is near record lows. That’s according to Labor Department data released this weekand calculations from John Haltiwanger, an economist at the University of Maryland. Haltiwanger estimates that private-sector layoffs, hires and resignations are 21 percent to 26 percent below their rates two decades ago.

But is it true? It seems counterintuitive. The new Five Thirty Eight helpfully digs into the tenure data:

The median “tenure” of a worker — how long the typical worker has been with the same employer — rose by 14 percent between 1983 and 2006, to four years from 3.5. When the recession hit, the trend accelerated, with median tenure hitting 4.4 years in 2010 and 4.6 years in 2012. As counterintuitive narratives go, it would be hard to beat, “Job security continues to rise.” …

But when you look closer, it becomes clear that this counterintuitive narrative is counterintuitive for a reason. The Labor Department’s data on tenure look only at people who are employed. That means that if a large number of recent hires lose their jobs at once — as tends to happen when a recession hits — median tenure will rise, even though people aren’t staying in their jobs for longer.

The prerecession trend of increased tenure turns out to be equally misleading in a different way. There are two major forces at work. The first is age: Older workers are more likely to have been in their jobs for longer, so the gradual aging of the U.S. population has pushed up workers’ average tenure. The second is the entrance of women into the workforce and, particularly, into career-track jobs. In 1983, the average woman had been with her employer a year less than the average man; 30 years later, their average tenures are nearly equal. If we set aside those factors and focus just on men in their prime working years, there was a decline in tenure in the years before the recession. This is one case where conventional wisdom holds up.

Of course, the correct, conventional wisdom of shortening employee tenure is even more apparent when you’re looking at high skilled workers in dynamic industries.

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Tom Brosseau [17 Apr 2014|17:49]
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43295_NPR_Tiny_Desk_Concert-_Tom_Brosseau#rss-sm

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Some straight-up white people folk music, with a dry North Dakota edge to it, from Tom Brosseau, a true original.

Tom Brosseau possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today. Many people who hear him sing, without knowing his name or face, assume the voice belongs to ...
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Nice Guy [17 Apr 2014|20:55]
waiterrant

http://waiterrant.net/?p=3407

It’s a cold December night and I’m taking my co-worker Tamisha home. She missed her bus and I don’t want her waiting at a bus stop freezing and alone. What can I say? I’m a nice guy.

“You sure you know the way?” I say, guiding my car through the streets of Newark.

“Sorry,” Tamisha says. I always take the bus and don’t drive. My sense of direction is rusty.”

To my the right glass sheathed apartment buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe tower over us, their windows winking like a binary code of light and dark squares. Ahead of us the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart sits on a hill bathed in light. Despite the weather plenty of people are on the streets.

“”There’s my cousin,” my passenger says. “Little jerk. He should be home.”

“How old is he?” I say, looking at a group of kids clustered under a streetlamp.

“Twelve.”

Something tells me these kids aren’t coming back from the malt shop. But Tamisha is black, I’m white and voicing my opinion would probably be awkward. Instead, Tamisha speaks for me.

“Already up to no good that one,” she says, “Damn shame.”

“Anyplace for kids to go in this town at night?”

“Now?” she says incredulously. “What do you think?” My silence withdraws the question.

“Make a left here,” Tamisha says. “ Steve, this town is crazy. One day some gangbangers had a gun battle in front of my house and bullets went into my baby’s room.”

“Jesus!” I say. “That’s insane!”

“We moved the next day,” she says. “But our new neighborhood isn’t much better.”

A large speed bump appears out of nowhere and I hit the brakes. “Like those?” Tamisha says. “City put them in to slow down carjackers escaping to the highway.”

I’m actually very aware of carjackers. My eyes are constantly checking the rearview mirror and I give the cars ahead of me plenty of room. Rule number one, don’t get boxed in.

“Ever since that white guy got shot in Short Hills people are suddenly interested in carjackers,” Tamisha says. “Happens here all the time.”

“The murder rate is going up I understand.”

“You have no idea. I’m Brick City born and bred but my husband and I want out of here.”

“Looking for a place?”

“We are but we can’t afford a car and take buses to work. So it has to be somewhere close to the hospital.” That will limit her options.

“Where do you live?” Tamisha asks me. I tell her.

“What a beautiful town,” she says. “Lovely houses, safe, good schools. You’re lucky.” For no reason at all I feel guilty.

“Lots of good people in this city,” Tamisha says. “But the bad ones run it. Sucks.”

After ten minutes of driving around I pull up to Tamisha’s apartment. She lives on the second floor of a house. Despite the temperature being in the lows teens, several young men are sitting on her porch.

“You see that shit?” Tamisha says, pointing to them. “They don’t even live here. That’s what I have to put up with.”

“I’ll wait until you get inside,” I say.

“Let me call Ralph.”

Tamisha gets a hold of her husband and a minute later the front door opens. “ Now I can go in,” she says. “Thanks for the lift.”

“See you tomorrow,” I say.

“Be careful going home.”

Tamisha walks past the men on her porch and go inside without saying a word. Then I notice all the guys on the porch are looking at me. Makes sense. I’m a stranger in their neighborhood. If the tables were turned I’d wonder what the hell they were doing in my town. Fair? Of course not.

Ten minutes later I park in front of the cigar shop. “Hey, Steve,” Rich, the proprietor, says. “Enjoying the weather?”

“I just dropped a co-worker off in Newark. It’s even colder there.”

Rich’s eyes narrow. “Where in Newark?” I tell him.

“Promise me you’ll never do that again.”

“Why?”

“Are you fucking stupid? You know how many people get shot in that area? You have a baby on the way, don’t be an asshole.”

“I’ve been driving around Newark for years. I know the score.”

The proprietor flicks an ash of his cigar. “Steve, you are too nice. That’s your greatest weakness. If you got blown away your co-worker would be on T.V. saying, “He was such a nice man!” but you’d be dead. Fucking dead. What good would you be to your wife then?”

“I dated a girl in Harlem for years,” I say. “Nothing ever happened to me there.”

“Newark is not Harlem.”

I spend an hour at the shop and then go home. With no traffic it’s fifteen minutes from my house to Tamisha’s but we might as well be on different planets. As I look at my pregnant wife sleeping Rich’s words ring in my ears. “You’re too nice.”

People have told me the same thing before. While it’s true suburbanites have overblown fears about the “inner city” Newark isn’t a playground. I know a guy whose cousin was carjacked at gunpoint on McCarter Highway. But my personality has gotten me into some interesting situations over the years and most people told me I was crazy afterwards. I guess I have one of those “where angels fear to tread” things going on.

I shrug to myself. Was I irresponsible taking Tamisha home? I have a kid to think about. Should I be a little more cautious? Do I have to change how I’m wired? If I’m honest, I like that part of myself. But will I pay a price for it one day? Thinking about poverty, race, inequality and my own shortcomings, I turn on the boob tube to shut off my buzzing brain.

Thinking about it will only take me to a place I’d rather not go.

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Interview: Jonathan Caouette: A 10th anniversary screening of his acclaimed film "Tarnation" and a n [17 Apr 2014|13:32]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/w8NLB4zpK50/interview-jonathan-caouette.php

Interview: Jonathan Caouette
On 8 October 2004, "Tarnation"—a film with a $218.32 budget—was released to American audiences. The documentary was unlike anything anyone had seen before. It was 88 minutes of emotional, kinetic storytelling culled from 20 years worth of...
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SPLC: Users of 'Stormfront' Web Forum Responsible for Many Deadly Hate Crimes, Mass Killings [17 Apr 2014|13:11]
lgf

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43294_SPLC-_Users_of_Stormfront_Web_Forum_Responsible_for_Many_Deadly_Hate_Crimes_Mass_Killings#rss-sm

Nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by active users of the leading racist website, Stormfront, according to a report released today by the SPLC's Intelligence Project.

Registered Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since ...
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Wimbleys No-Show Socks: Boldly patterned socks that promise to stay put, just in time for summer [17 Apr 2014|12:15]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/issw-xhYZhY/wimbleys-no-show-socks.php

Wimbleys No-Show Socks
Whether you're sporting loafers or a worn-out pair of Chuck Taylors, in the heat of the summer, there are one too many sacrifices that come with the appealing sockless look—blisters, sweat and stink, just to name a few. While no-show socks have been...
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Clapton Craft Beer: A new beer and growler refill shop in East London that stocks international favo [17 Apr 2014|12:47]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/fhIOWTJO_6w/clapton-craft-beer.php

Clapton Craft Beer
by Cajsa Lykke Carlson East London’s craft beer scene continues to evolve; constantly bringing new, interesting concepts to an area that’s already home to a number of microbreweries. The latest addition is Clapton Craft, a beer...
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East Van Roasters: Bean-to-bar (and cup) chocolates and coffees with a social mission in Vancouver's [17 Apr 2014|11:23]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/6CmBe8lVU4Y/east-van-roasters-coffee-chocolate.php

East Van Roasters
Just a short walk from Vancouver, BC's historic Gastown neighborhood lies East Van Roasters. Situated in the city's Downtown Eastside neighborhood, the airy facility fills the surrounding blocks with a nutty, toasted scent. The recently...
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Jews Ordered to Register in Ukraine [17 Apr 2014|15:00]
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http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/ukraine.asp

Have Jews in eastern Ukraine been ordered to register with the government or else face loss of citizenship and deportation?
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Easter Lore and Superstitions [17 Apr 2014|15:00]
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http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/easterlore.asp

A compendium of superstitions and lore associated with Easter.
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Putin Trots Out Edward Snowden for Pathetic Propaganda Op [17 Apr 2014|10:52]
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43293_Putin_Trots_Out_Edward_Snowden_for_Pathetic_Propaganda_Op#rss-sm

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Meanwhile, today in Russia Vladimir Putin hauled Edward Snowden out of whatever dingy state apartment he's been living in, for a high profile propaganda show that was utterly laughable.

Snowden, who has been given temporary asylum in Russia, connected via video link and asked Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store or ...
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Interview: Aaron De La Cruz: The San Francisco-based artist on his new Ace Hotel mural and embracing [17 Apr 2014|09:37]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/4Q21fojwfrI/interview-aaron-de-la-cruz-palm-springs-ace-hotel.php

Interview: Aaron De La Cruz
by Eva Glettner Prolific artist Aaron De La Cruz was initially inspired to paint because he idolized his older brother. His now-signature style—which bounces from design, graffiti to illustration—is highly stylized and technical, blending influences from Mayan...
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Comic [1392] "remanence" [17 Apr 2014|11:02]
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http://megatokyo.com/strip/1392

Chapter 11: "Remanence" comic 1392
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Him: The Website: Bjorn Johansson's new interactive project, inspired by Spike Jonze's "Her" [17 Apr 2014|08:31]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/scSVT-Smaow/him-the-website.php

Him: The Website
We were first introduced to digital creative Bjorn Johansson’s work a few years back when we profiled one of his projects, Big-Ass Message, which allowed users the ability to create full-screen,...
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Fare Warning [17 Apr 2014|15:00]
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http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/ptsd.asp

Has congress has introduced a bill requiring military veterans to inform their neighbors about their combat service?
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Self Service [17 Apr 2014|15:00]
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http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/selfies.asp

Has the American Psychiatric Association classified the taking of 'selfies' as a mental disorder?
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Charged: Shih Chieh Huang: A discussion with the 2014 TED Fellow and sculptor on his work that blend [17 Apr 2014|07:31]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/fJKxnswtmko/charged-shih-chieh-huang.php

Charged: Shih Chieh Huang
Since Marcel Duchamp and his bicycle wheel (and urinal), countless artists have included daily objects into their work. There may only be one, though, who uses them to create bioluminescent "living" organisms. Taiwanese-American artist ...
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Things I Can't Do [17 Apr 2014|01:00]
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http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/things_i_cant_do/

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/1076/

I'm starting to get alarmed about my ever-shrinking attention span. When you combine my gnat-like attention span with the creeping complexity of life and my infinite to-do list it renders simple tasks impossible.

For example, every now and then I have to write an old-timey check. The entire process takes less than a minute, but I can't concentrate long enough to fill in the date and amount without my mind wandering and my hand doing automatic writing on whatever topic is passing through. About one-third of my checks these days look like this:

Date: 4/17/14

Amount: 170.25

Written amount: one-hundred Game of Thrones who is texting me?

I have about seven unrelated thoughts before I finish the check-writing process and every one of them is more engaging than what I'm supposed to be doing. I literally can't focus long enough to finish a one-minute process. It is simply too boring when compared to the stimulation of life.

Recently I decided to learn drumming by using video lessons on the Internet. I fire up the video, grab my sticks and wait to be shown something useful. Instead, the drum instructor starts talking about. . . his feeling about drumming... what he used to find challenging but doesn't anymore...Game of Thrones, who is texting me? I literally can't last long enough to get to the part where he hits something. I bail out, promising myself I'll have better focus another time.

I have about a dozen computer-related problems that I'm capable of solving if I could focus on them. But they aren't quite important enough compared to the rest of my priorities and I don't have enough attention span anyway. Some solutions are as simple as Googling how to stop expired software from begging for a renewal. Some involve Norton Internet Security working on one browser and not another, and so on. All are easily fixable with a tiny bit of focus. But I don't have a tiny bit of focus. So my computer operates like the economy of Greece.

For years I have referred to my smartphone as a time machine. When I'm in a long line for something, for example, I fast-forward to the future by checking email, Facebook, Internet news sites and whatnot. Suddenly I'm at the front of the line and I'm not aware of the passage of time. This method also worked at red lights back in the days when texting and driving still seemed like a good idea.

As a result of all the baseline stimulation in my life, I can't stand as much as a few seconds of boredom. For example, I have a technical glitch with my TV setup that causes the screen to blank when the signal changes from a commercial to a show. I know the solution, but it would take up to five minutes to implement it. So it won't happen. And every time the black screen occurs, my first thought - no kidding - is to wonder what-the-hell I'm going to do with myself for three seconds. It seems like mental torture. And keep in mind that I'm always working on my computer or drawing while the TV is on. It's still not enough.

All of this makes me curious how kids can get through homework in the year 2014. I assume technology has shortened their attention spans too, and kids don't have much to start with. I can't imagine I would be able to finish high school in this day and age.

Are there any studies that show the impact of smartphones on school performance? I'm getting close to the opinion that kids shouldn't have access to full-service smartphones during the school year. But I'd need some hard data to confirm that opinion. Does it exist?

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Scott Adams

Co-founder of CalendarTree.com

Author of the best graduation gift ever.

 


 

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Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film: A personal portrait of the celebrated musician as he toured a [17 Apr 2014|06:30]
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http://feeds.coolhunting.com/~r/ch/~3/S1OWIFKE1G0/apocalypse-a-bill-callahan-tour-film.php

Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film
Each track Bill Callahan crafted during his (thus far) 24-year career posses unfathomable depths of beauty and thought. There's an ever-intimate progression within the singer/songwriter's lyrics—moving, melodic and masterful—which all the while keeps his message...
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The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers [17 Apr 2014|05:13]
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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/61936815/0/sethsblog~The-bottomless-pit-of-pleasing-strangers.html

You will never, ever run out of strangers.

And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases.

Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you.

Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun.

But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey.

For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not for you."

       
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The Greatest Casualty [17 Apr 2014|06:01]
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http://waiterrant.net/?p=3389

It’s 10:00 PM and I’m sitting in the day room of the psych unit writing my patient notes. Because the hospital’s somewhat antediluvian, I have to scribble them out by hand. Unfortunately a Medicare auditor recently complained she couldn’t read my chicken scratch so my boss advised me improve my penmanship. Abandoning the cursive scrawl of my youth, I slowly print words like disorganized, delusional, and confabulating with the care of a medieval monk transcribing an illuminated manuscript. Well, you can almost read it.

After half an hour of writing the arthritis in wrist suddenly flares up. As I massage it I look around the unit. Half the patients are watching television and the other half are zonked out in their rooms. We have a fairly mixed group of patients this evening – schizophrenics, depressives, two really far out bi-polars, a demented old woman and someone the docs haven’t figured out yet. Most of our clients are “frequent flyers” which means I see them over and over again.

“Can I talk to you?” a voice behind me says.

I turn around. It’s Gustavo, a paranoid schizophrenic we admitted three days ago. “Sure Gustavo,” I say. “What’s up?”

“They’re watching me you know. I’m worried all the time.”

“Who is watching you?”

“Them,” he says pointing to the ceiling. “There’s cameras everywhere.”

Gustavo is absolutely right. With the exception of the patients’ rooms and the showers, the entire unit is blanketed with CCTV cameras. We’ve made no effort to hide them.

“The cameras are there for your safety and mine,” I say.

Occasionally a patient tries tearing the unit apart. If there isn’t time to reach a panic button or call for help, the theory is the security guys will see the fracas on their screens and come running. But the reality is the cameras are there to watch me. Assaults, neglect and sexual abuse perpetuated by staff are not unknown in the mental health world.

“But my phone’s tapped,” Gustavo says. “The government is watching me through the television. They got drones, man. Robots! They watch me from the sky.”

When I started working psych twenty-four years ago everything Gustavo’s saying would be patently ridiculous. Now it’s not. Governments monitor our emails, listen to our phone calls, use drones to look for terrorists and have the ability to watch us surreptitiously though our computer’s camera. The police scan our license plates with high speed readers, track us down through our cell phones and use Google Earth when planning a raid on a crackhouse. It’s not paranoid to think Big Brother is watching you when he is watching you.

This has ramifications for dealing with the clinically paranoid. You can’t say, “It’s all in your head, now take your meds.” Mentally ill does not mean stupid. My patients read the papers. They see how privacy is being eroded in our hyper connected world. Paranoia is a “thought process heavily influenced by fear and anxiety, often to the point of irrationality and delusion.” Well, how many of your “sane” friends spin conspiracy theories about how the government is using the Internet to watch our every move? How many times have you heard a parent worry about their kid doing something stupid online that will be digitally archived forever and scare off potential mates or employers? Twenty years ago such thoughts were for the tin-foil hat crowd. Now we’re all thinking them. We’ve entered the era of Paranoia 2.0. So instead of bullshitting my patients, I’m straight with them.

“Yes, Gustavo,” I say. “We live in a world where a lot of what we do can be recorded and analyzed. The police use drones and the CIA can tap people’s phones. You’re totally right and there’s a lot of debate about it. But let me ask you, why do you think they’re after you personally?”

“I don’t know.”

“You up to something? Planning to overthrow the government?”

“No man, I’m straight up American. I tried to join the Army.”

If you’re not doing anything illegal I doubt they’re looking at you.”

“But they’re everywhere.”

“I worry about that stuff too,” I say. “But when worrying about it screws up your life, when you start yelling at people and don’t trust anybody, not even your own mother, then something’s wrong.”

“But my Mom called the cops on me!” Gustavo says. “She’s in on it!”

“She’s looking out for you, man,” I say. “She doesn’t want you to get hurt. Listen, when you take your meds do you have paranoid thoughts?”

“Not as much.”

“You keep taking those meds and you’ll be outta here in no time,” I say. “Just relax. You’re safe with us. Okay?”

Gustavo shuffles off, not looking convinced. He’s only been here a few days and the drugs we’re giving him haven’t fully kicked in yet. But I fear the increasing omniscience of modern technology is just exacerbating the suspiciousness Gustavo’s illness inflicts on him.

I’ve written previously about how uneasy our brave new world makes me. Just the other day a college kid told me how she submits her term papers through a system called Turnitin, a computer system designed to sniff out plagiarism. But when she told me how her school’s “Office of Academic Integrity” occasionally suspended innocent students tripped up by the system’s unfeeling algorithms, I thought of Orwell’s Winston Smith toiling away at the Ministry of Truth. I also watched this kid happily use free services like Twitter and Facebook on her phone, blissfully unaware that nothing’s free and the data stream she’s producing is being sold for profit.

My shift finished, I go home to find the baby sleeping in her crib and Annie passed out with her iPad glowing softly in her lap. Feeling uneasy I pour a finger of Scotch into a tumbler and flop down on the living room couch. As I feel the liquor burn a path down my throat I turn on the television, but the jabbering talking heads disgust me and I switch it off. Thumbing on my smartphone, I check my email. My mother has sent me some disturbing news. A mentally ill homeless guy stabbed a man to death in my old hometown.

The daughter of the man who was killed was a friend of my sister-in-law. Scanning the news reports I read a sad and familiar story. The homeless man’s territory was a strip mall. He slept in a restaurant and washed his clothes at the neighboring Laundromat. Clean and presentable he never caused any trouble. Then the restaurant closed and he was forced to live in a boarding home in a bad part of town. He deteriorated after that. Probably went off his meds. Now a man is dead, one month before his was to meet his first grandchild.

I think of Gustavo. Most mentally ill people don’t commit acts of violence, but when they’re off their meds and actively hallucinating bad things can happen. I know this because patients have sent me to the ER more times than I care to remember. Untreated, Gustavo could end up preyed upon or commit violence himself. And when he’s discharged he’ll probably end up in a boarding home just like that assailant.

The reason so many of my patients are frequent flyers is that they don’t have a decent place to live. Families are often unable to cope with them so discharged patients go to boarding homes, halfway houses and shelters. Some of these programs are good, but many of them are run by lazy incompetents more interested in profiting from government contracts than providing care and supervision. Assaults and abuse are common. Patients have their medications stolen and sold on the streets.

Deinstitutionalization, the closing of mental hospitals nationwide and moving the patients into the “community” has been a disaster. In 1955 the U.S. had 300 hospital beds for every 100,000 people. Now the national average is around 15, with some states barely having 5. As a result the penal system has become the largest provider of psychiatric services in the country and deadly encounters between the police and mentally ill are daily news. When I was on my honeymoon in San Diego I was stunned by the legions of homeless psych cases wandering the streets. They all didn’t need to be locked up but a large number of them required constant care. We need to be building mental hospitals not closing them.

But let’s face it, as a nation we’ve thrown these people away. They’re shadows – modern versions of untouchables. Who care what happens to them? If you watch television commercials you’ll see where our priorities now lie. We’re constantly enticed by young and shiny people to enthusiastically embrace the promise of the Digital Age, Have you ever seen that commercial for American Express? A well dressed hipster in a coffee shop buys an expensive bauble online and gets a fraud alert on her phone. After confirming her purchase was legit, she leans back in her chair with a smug blissed out look on her face while the announcer proclaims, “This is what membership is. This is what membership does.” Hey, I don’t like people ripping me off either, but Amex is using the same systems that allow governments and corporations to hoover up every byte of information about us they can find. Don’t believe me? Apply for life insurance. The underwriters know all about you. We’re in danger of becoming just ones and zeros. Data. A commodity. A product observed, dissected and quantified with inhuman precision. The problem is that commodities are used up and thrown away. Just like the mentally ill. Just like Gustavo.

Technology has given us many gifts but it has now enabled Orwell’s dark vision to threaten us in ways even he couldn’t have imagined. The interconnectedness of human beings is being replaced with a pale digital imitation – to the detriment of empathy and compassion and to the advantage of those who exploit us. We are being forced into digital cocoons that foster self-interest and consumption. People like Gustavo have no chance in this world. If we’re not careful we’ll create a new breed of people like him.

I finish my drink. Maybe I’ve been working around paranoid people too long. but dealing with the mentally ill has made me feel their pain in my gut. A veteran co-worker always tells the new recruits, “Imagine what it’s like to be them. No one likes them. No one wants to sit with them, take them to dinner or let them into their homes. They’re passed on the streets like they’re nothing everyday.” The answer is to take care of them, to protect the least among us. That’s what membership in the human race means. That’s what membership does. But we’re not doing it. Worrying about the world my daughter will inherit I realize why I feel uneasy.

The greatest casualty of 1984 was human love.

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How to make a good (or bad) presentation [16 Apr 2014|22:57]
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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/PresentationZen/~3/j-1SibQB81k/what-are-the-elements-of-a-great-presentation.html

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This semester I'm teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan. On the second day, I have students share with the class what they think are the elements of a good presentation and what they think are the kinds of things that make for a bad or ineffective presentation. Students may still be quite young, but they have sat through years of classes in school and lectures in college, sat through orientation meetings, and they have seen many kinds of presentations online such as TED talks over the years, so students actually do have quite a bit of experience with various kinds of presentations.

Elements_slide
I use a slide like this or just write something similiar on the whiteboard. "Think about the best and the worst presentations you have ever seen. What's the difference? What made the good ones good and the bad ones bad from your point of view? What are the elements of a good presentation, including visuals (if any), preparation, delivery, etc. What was happening during the presentations that you identified as 'bad'?"

Activity
For the activity I ask students to break up into groups of 4-5 to share their ideas—based on their experience—on what makes for a good presentation and what makes for a bad presentation. I give them about 20 minutes. One person in each group keeps notes using a t-chart with "Good" on one side and "Bad" on the other. Before this we discuss a bit on what we mean by "Good." A good or effective presentation, from the point of few of the audience, being one where the audience was engaged and learned something, but also was motivated, or inspired, etc. in addition to being informed. After students have discussed their ideas and they have a "good/bad" list, they then put that info on the walls around the room, edit as they like, and then finally share their ideas with the rest of the class.

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There is no right or wrong answer for the exercise I tell them. Tdhe point is to share their ideas based on their real-life experience and to get a conversation started, a discussion that will last the entire semester. The point of the exercise, besides being a good icebreaker, is to introduce many of the concepts we will be talking about for the next 15 weeks, but in this case the ideas are coming from them, not just from "a professor" at the front of the room. "You know this stuff all ready" I tell them, but there is a difference between knowing it and having the skills—and eventually the courage—to actually do it. The students identify many classic elements of a good presentation of talk. Below is a list of some of the more common elements identified by the students. This is a rough assembly of the items that students, numbering more than 100 in total came up with. Each element is quite commonsensical, perhaps, but common sense is not common practice. We'll spend the reset of the semester learning the principles, techniques, and practices of 21st-century presentation.

Elements of a "Good" & "Bad" presentation
Here is a list that a group of about one hundred young Japanese college students came up with this week.

 
"GOOD"
"BAD"
 

• Start with interesting hook
• Big Voice (good projection)
• Smile, friendly, natural
• Passion, excited by topic
• Conversational tone
• Points are clear
• Use of humor, emotion
• Use of great visuals
• Use of video/movie segments
• Simple design, delivery
• Has a clear main point
• Confident body language
• Use of interesting examples
• Uses personal stories
• Clear pronunciation
• Gets audience participation
• Speaker asks questions
• Q&A, discussion time
• Feels like a journey
• Lots of photos/visuals
• Good time management
• Clear conclusion
• Has surprises, unexpected bits
• Makes audience think
• Is entertaining, fun
• Has new or "rare" info
• Variety of content
• Statistics *with* context
• Explains why not just what
• Makes the abstract tangible
• Changes pace periodically
• Uses original content
• Shows "the big picture"
• Not just lists of info
• Presenter is "authentic"
• Presenter is having fun

• Rambling, boring, slow start
• Small, weak voice
• Reading a script
• Reading text on slides
• Lots of text on slide
• No eye contact
• Looks at paper all the time
• No gestures
• Seems not confident
• Looks bored/disinterested
• Too long/too short
• Too complicated, confusing
• No attempt to simplify
• Material only memorized
• Ugly, amateur design of visuals
• No clear point
• No examples
• No stories
• Faces away from audience
• Repeats a point too often
• No audience participation
• Monotone, monopacing
• Seems unprepared
• Talks too fast
• No body movement
• Data overly complicated
• Charts are irrelevant
• Charts impossible to see
• Using jargon
• Speaks down to audience
• "Showing off" by using jargon
• Presenter not motivated
• Talk contains nothing new
• Speaking sounds memorized
• No flow, just many "points"
• Does not inspire or motivate

Students_write
Students listing their ideas on the whiteboard. Then we have a class discussion on what they think are the most important elements and why. A chance to share the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly based on their own experience.

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In Which Failed Republican Joe Walsh Tweets About VP Biden Having a "Black Friend" [16 Apr 2014|20:06]
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43292_In_Which_Failed_Republican_Joe_Walsh_Tweets_About_VP_Biden_Having_a_Black_Friend#rss-sm

Although Biden is doing what every white guy on Instagram does: The "hey, look! I have a black friend" pic pic.twitter.com/f2FgA08HuJ

-- Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 17, 2014

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"The Drones Are Back" - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 [17 Apr 2014|00:00]
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http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4973

The Drones Are Back
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Louisiana Republicans Getting Set to Make the Bible the Official State Book [16 Apr 2014|17:47]
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43291_Louisiana_Republicans_Getting_Set_to_Make_the_Bible_the_Official_State_Book#rss-sm

Road sign via Shutterstock

Meanwhile in Louisiana, Republican lawmakers are getting set to make the official state book the Bible.

Which would, of course, be unquestionably unconstitutional, and would face legal challenges and be inevitably struck down, wasting who knows how much state money in the process. The party of fiscal responsibility!

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