An archive of the stuff I post to Twitter and Facebook (links only).
Kinda miss the old days when America’s biggest cultural exports were jazz music and the idea of a national parks system.
This is what Black Friday looks like in Brazil
‘At the very point when work seemed to be withering away, we all became obsessed with it. To be a good citizen, you need to be a productive citizen. There is only one problem, of course: there is less than ever that actually needs to be produced. As Graeber pointed out, the answer has come in the form of what he calls “bullshit jobs”. These are jobs in which people experience their work as “utterly meaningless, contributing nothing to the world”. In a YouGov poll conducted in 2015, 37% of respondents in the UK said their job made no meaningful contribution to the world. But people working in bullshit jobs need to do *something*. And that something is usually the production, distribution and consumption of bullshit.’
via Dick Jones
From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over
Despite the temperature—two degrees above freezing—a half dozen small insects dance above a branch at the woods’… https://t.co/n9qaK3PGUk
The holiday stillness is broken by the snarl of a chainsaw just over the ridge, the crack and crash. A glimpse of… https://t.co/juP6fJDhpi
My thought process exactly.
xkcd: Interstellar Asteroid
In case you’ve been wondering why some of us are so concerned about net neutrality. (In my case, it could very well spell the end of my web publishing, especially where videos are concerned.)
If you want to see what America would be like if it ditched net neutrality, just look at Portugal
Low and heavy clouds. A red-tailed hawk circling over the field flaps to gain altitude, ignored by a wind-buffeted… https://t.co/01YlOt5m8q
“No one is immune to being questioned; the most honored and knowledgeable rabbis of the Talmud are pushed to justify their positions, and those who want to limit the conversation are rebuked.”
I’m not Jewish, but I admire Judaism above all other faith traditions because of this right here: the room it makes for dissent. It’s right in the name Israel: “Wrestles with God”, and is exemplified by the structure of the Talmud — which is presumably the model for this ongoing series in the Forward.
We Asked 27 Rabbis: What Is The One Lesson Jews Today Need To Learn From The Talmud?