(Is "logo" the right word? Should I say "sigil" or "symbol" or "shield"?)
The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art
When growing their penises for the season, ducks bend to social pressure
The Hobbit Was Almost Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Growing Up Neanderthal
The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan
Millions of new genes in human microbiome
Present-Day Devices as Props
These jellyfish don’t have brains, but still somehow seem to sleep
The mysterious group that’s picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time
Getting emotional after failure helps you improve next time, study finds (Who'da thunkit?)
Gene editing of human embryos in UK reveals new fertility clue
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
Women Are Spending Years In Prison Because Wyoming Won’t Let Them Into Its All-Male Boot Camp
Views among college students regarding the First Amendment: Results from a new survey
How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution
Thousands gather to protest arrests over Catalonian vote
Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum
Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It)
Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships
Washington Just Sued a Giant Private Prison Company for Paying Immigrant Workers $1 Per Day
These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War
In Battle Over Tax Cuts, It’s Republicans vs. Economists
174 Television Stations Are Being Forced To Air Trump Propaganda Disguised As News
Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting
'Repeal and Go Fuck Yourself' Is in Full Effect
How a federal agent got away with terrorizing his Brazilian ex-girlfriend — even as she repeatedly begged the US government to stop him.
Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For
Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far (Wow. And yet, so not surprising....)
Too late, China and America see North Korea the same way
Of course, today's cat waxing was scrolling through the Gdoc of prompts for the Trick or Treat exchange, saving off anything that I thought might be fun to write, and then reorganizing my old archives of saved prompts in hopes of being able to find things more easily. I don't know that I ever actually will write any of those, but it's hard to say. I also need to figure out a better way of organizing prompts within fandoms.
The Gdoc for Trick or Treat stripped out the links to letters, and only a few of the requests had had the links added back (I think each person has to ask for it to be done themselves and to provide the url), so there were a lot of things that, based on fandom and characters, might have been things I could write but that weren't enough to give me a different starting place than I'd have just writing something for myself.
I suppose that I should be glad of that as a way of limiting how many prompts I saved off. The full Gdoc was somewhere between 700 and 800 pages. My Gdoc of saved Trick or Treat prompts was only 31 pages. Well, 24 pages once I changed the line spacing, but the line spacing copied over from the original.
I slept middling badly last night. I didn't take anything to help me sleep, so I didn't sleep as soundly and kept half waking from the pain my elbow or unhappiness with my dreams (it's very frustrating to have a dream where I know I'm in a story and know how it will all come out and keep having my efforts to change things simply not work at all).
I get the impression that this technology has to a large extent been sidelined by cheap android tablets etc., but if possible I'd like something a bit faster than the Nook and easier to organize - you can't organize books into "shelves" from the computer with Nooks - and Calibre compatible.
For my first time vending I made the booth cost and a bit more. So, okay for helping out the league since they were down vendors. Not enough made to really cover the amount of work I put in, but I can try and sell the items that I did not sell here in other places. I just have some painting to do
Funny thing...Dad made as much as I made by playing the lottery in the adjoining bar.
The chicken was sold before I could get out of my booth and purchase it. Oh well...not meant to be.
The vendors seemed happy with the one day show, but the gate was down 40 people. I am not sure if we covered the cost of the show... I should know in a week once the chair person does all the counts.
I thought of a few ways to improve a raffle we do, but no one was really interested. It makes me sad that no one wants better. The same old same old is why we can't grow.
I will toddle on and try to grow my clay art/craft as I can.
Welp, it's for a pre-k student, I'm not redoing it. He'll neither notice nor care.
Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows
These hermit crabs shack up inside living coral instead of mere shells
The Split Pants That Are China’s Alternative to Diapers
Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations
A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing
Hot chicken was the Prince family legacy — then Nashville transformed it into an icon, and now everybody wants a piece
Ultra-light aluminum: Chemists report breakthrough in material design
'Family Matters' House Will Be Demolished, Replaced With Condos
How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever
Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?
By ganging up, HIV antibodies may defeat the virus
Conversions From Islam in Europe and Beyond
Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days
Earthquakes are even harder to predict than we thought
Mexico City’s People Power
Broad swath of US deemed environmentally suitable for mosquitoes that transmit disease
Why Wages Aren’t Growing
Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters
4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality
The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police
Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking
Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote
Puerto Rico Puts Its Prisons Near Flood Zones. After Hurricane Maria, thousands of families await news. (Seriously, look at that map!)
Failing dam creates new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico's power system is "basically destroyed", the US Virgin Islands are under a 24 hour curfew
Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?
Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation
The Economic Costs of Domestic Violence
Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'
For Decades, Nazis Have Been Germany's Shame. But Is That About To Change?
Southeast Asia's Rohingya Refugee Crisis Reaches a Terrible Peak (Photos)
A Saudi Arabian textbook has been withdrawn because it contains Yoda.
Life as a trans man in early 20th Century America.
The pleasures of learning Latin later in life.
I'm not sure that I agree with this article that considers Aung San Suu Kyi's shrugged response to ethnic cleansing as something unremarkable. For a Nobel peace prize winner? It is remarkable. It is outrageous.
Rhode Island is paying Dreamers' DACA renewal fees.
A quiet energy revolution of microgrids in Japan.
If you leave your kids alone for a few minutes, predatory strangers aren't the problem. Do-gooders are.
If you are with someone who was shot (or if you have been shot) use a car to get to the hospital; it can be faster than waiting for an ambulance.
Cowgirls of color compete in white male rodeos.
I knew that Senators didn't necessarily read every bill, but you'd think they'd read the ones they sponsor -- so why did NPR have to explain the contents of the Graham-Cassidy anti-healthcare bill to Cassidy? And if you need a quick reference to what it contains, here's a chart.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is worried about whether we all can recover from these monster storms.
Windy is a fascinating way to look at how the weather is affecting you.
Today will be devoted to a bit of gardening in the front yard as was a portion of last weekend. Mostly maintenance work rather than any major additions.
And there's my last couple of weeks. Work, I just can't talk about, not that there's anything bad there. I'm still loving my job, no worries there, I'm finding that there's things that I must do that are a bit outside of my comfort zone but I'm getting them done because it's what's right and it's what has to be done.
And then there's happy 5778 for those who recognize the number system...
a Hellenic polytheist
another sort of polytheist
not a polytheist
I would like to see Hellenion Youtube videos on the subject of...
I'm hoping for answers from people in all three categories. The idea is to see what people want in terms of informational (etc) videos from Hellenion, and then work on those videos first.
I had cause to pull this off the shelf the other day in order to write a Tides of Time article. I'm sure Perfect Timing wasn't the first Dr Who charity fanfiction anthology but it was the first of a new wave that started during the "wilderness years" when the line between fan and professional Dr Who fiction was particularly blurred. Perfect Timing 2, obviously, was its follow up and charity fanfiction anthologies, as far as I can tell, have continued to be published on a regular basis ever since.
After games were done, my partner showed me Who Framed Roger Rabbit? out of the "You haven't seen that yet?" queue. And we watched more of The Orville, and I tested out my stand mixer by making some cookies.
Friday, in honor of the equinox, I baked a sweet cardamom loaf. Then we did a shopping run, and my partner made dinner.
These past two days have involved a lot of small gas-powered motors around. Partner has summoned a yard maintenance company to take care of some of the tree, bush, weed, and tenacious invasive morning glory things that the ex neglected in the interminable six months leading up to departure. It's been loud, but is so much better looking now. Though there are still some more things left for today, like the stack of lichen-covered branches in the driveway.
One thing that is a pain is that the highway department decided to remove a bridge the weekend and there are highway detours.
Good news is that the flea market lady has nothing that anyone else has... and has electrical supplies that most of the vendors want...so yay. She has a giant chicken cookie jar ...or maybe it was a touring...that I just WANT to paint. Do I need giant ceramic chicken?
Someone has a small Santa with roses. I may pick up a couple to give as presents. Yellow Roses were my Mom's favorite... so I will paint the Santa with that...and while my relatives won't get it, I will. It hurts that no one remembers Ma... but she did walk away from people so I can't expect anything. Yeah...last night was a rough night in dream land.
Planning plans... and planning to be on point today...
In general, neither organizations nor individual people do the thing that their supposed role says they should do. Rather they tend to do the things that align with their incentives (which may sometimes be economic, but even more often they are social and psychological). If you want to really change things, you have to change people’s incentives.
But I feel like I’ve had to gradually piece this together from a variety of places, over a long time; I’ve never read anything that would have laid down the whole picture. I remember that Freakonomics had a few chapters about how incentives cause unexpected behavior, but that was mostly about economic incentives, which are just a small part of the whole picture. And it didn’t really focus on the “nothing in the world works the way you’d naively expect” thing; as I recall, it was presented more as a curiosity.
On the other hand, Robin Hanson has had a lot of stuff about “X is not about Y“, but that has mostly been framed in terms of prestige and signaling, which is the kind of stuff that’s certainly an important part of the whole picture (the psychological kind of incentives), but again just a part of the picture. (However, his upcoming book goes into a lot more detail on why and how the publicly-stated motives for human or organizational behavior aren’t actually the true motives.)
And then in social/evolutionary/moral psychology there’s a bunch of stuff about social-psychological incentives, of how we’re motivated to denounce outgroups and form bonds with our ingroups; and how it can be socially costly to have accurate beliefs about outgroups and defend them to your ingroup, whereas it would be much more rewarding to just spread inaccuracies or outright lies about how terrible the outgroups are, and thus increase your own social standing. And how even well-meaning ideologies will by default get hijacked by these kinds of dynamics and become something quite different from what they claimed to be.
But again, that’s just one piece of the whole story. And you can find more isolated pieces of the whole story scattered around in a variety of articles and books, also stuff like the iron law of oligarchy, rational irrationality, public choice theory, etc etc. But no grand synthesis.
There’s also a relevant strand of this in the psychology of motivation/procrastination/habit-formation, on why people keep putting off various things that they claim they want to do, but then don’t. And how small things can reshape people’s behavior, like if somebody ends up as a much more healthy eater just because they don’t happen to have a fast food restaurant conveniently near their route home from work. Which isn’t necessarily so much about incentives themselves, but an important building block in understanding why our behavior tends to be so strongly shaped by things that are entirely separate from consciously-set goals.
Additionally, the things that do drive human behavior are often things like maintaining a self-concept, seeking feelings of connection, autonomy and competence, maintaining status, enforcing various moral intuitions, etc., things that only loosely align one’s behavior with one’s stated goals. Often people may not even realize what exactly it is that they are trying to achieve with their behavior.
“Experiental pica” is a misdirected craving for something that doesn’t actually fulfill the need behind the craving. The term originally comes from a condition where people with a mineral deficiency start eating things like ice, which don’t actually help with the deficiency. Recently I’ve been shifting towards the perspective that, to a first approximation, roughly everything that people do is pica for some deeper desire, with that deeper desire being something like social connection, feeling safe and accepted, or having a feeling of autonomy or competence. That is, most of the things that people will give as reasons for why they are doing something will actually miss the mark, and also that many people are engaging in things that are actually relatively inefficient ways of achieving their true desires, such as pursuing career success when the real goal is social connection. (This doesn’t mean that the underlying desire would never be fulfilled, just that it gets fulfilled less often than it would if people were aware of their true desires.)