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How to apologize properly
Apologizing is as simple as saying “I’m sorry”, right? Well, not quite.
society  apology 
6 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : "But you said it wouldn't pass the Senate."
from twitter
11 weeks ago
In praise of Flickr
Matt Haughey comes not to bury Flickr, but to praise it. Flickr represents one of the very best of things in the history of the internet. It was the first popular way to share photos in a social way instead of photos lingering in private accounts online and in the real world in shoeboxes under beds. It brought millions together and helped kick off first the digital SLR revolution, then it was eclipsed by the mobile photography revolution. Flickr—despite being a big corporate entity—embraced open licensing and took on the ambitious goal of being a mirror and gallery for oodles of museums around the globe. Those values that drove Flickr during its influential peak can be seen in its Explore page, which still knocks your socks off. Matt calls it “an entire year’s worth of epic shots from National Geographic, generated each day, automatically by algorithms.” Lots of wondrous shots from places I’ve never heard of. Lots of “how’d they even get that shot?!” photos of animals… Instagram has an explore tab but it’s popular music and tv stars and their dogs or it’s brand advertising-driven shots cooked up to sell something. There’s something so completely boring about Instagram’s explore page that makes me ignore it and go back to my friend feeds, whereas Flickr is the opposite: my friend feed is largely silent, but the best of the best page is truly awe-inspiring and at least one photo each day is going to take my breath away. It is bizarre to think now that Flickr was only active for about a year before it was acquired by Yahoo. For those of us who were on the site then, that year felt like everything. Jason’s first post that mentions Flickr is from March 2004. He wonders whether Flickr could be used as a universal login (much like Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts are today). Annotation quickly followed. Then calendar view. RSS feed splicing. Organizr. A public API. The interestingness algorithm. Prints. It was step-by-step, bit-by-bit, but every new feature was a milestone. It excited people, and got them thinking and working on what was next. Jason even has a remarkable post from August 2004 where he imagines an entire web-based operating system linking different services together: To put this another way, a distributed data storage system would take the place of a local storage system. And not just data storage, but data processing/filtering/formatting. Taking the weblog example to the extreme, you could use TypePad to write a weblog entry; Flickr
flickr  social  sharing 
april 2017
John Remmers’s review of East of Eden
5 of 5 stars to East of Eden by John Steinbeck
from twitter
march 2017
How to Wring All of the Meaning Out of an Old Saying — Basic Instructions
The Rollin Stones taught me a long time ago that you can’t always get what you want.
from twitter
march 2017
Whitman, Alabama | Song of Myself Video Project
The Whitman, Alabama project. People across the state recite verses from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. Amazing.
from twitter
march 2017
Twitter
RT : Mirrored to infinity, Cleopatra soon disappeared from our lives.
from twitter
march 2017
xkcd: Hacking
I limit my own hacking efforts to decoding rot13.
from twitter
march 2017
Twitter
Similar thing happened with Truman.
from twitter
march 2017
Daring Fireball: Profile in Courage
Latest from the Trump administration: cowardice, paranoia, anti-Semitism, racism.
from twitter
march 2017
Twitter
I suspect that is not dumb enough to run for president.
from twitter_favs
february 2017
Twitter
The more you tighten your grip, GOP, the more star systems will slip through your fingers...
letlizspeak  from twitter_favs
february 2017
Redirecting...
It's time for another alternate-universe TV series like "Fringe". Read my proposal here:
trump  from twitter
february 2017
Some Rags for Thanksgiving - YouTube
Me playing a few classic ragtime tunes. Recorded on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. via
from twitter
december 2016
A powerful memorial to racial terror lynchings
The Equal Justice Initiative is filling jars with soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims and to create a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Between the Civil War and World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials. EJI has documented more than 4000 racial terror lynchings in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950 — several hundred of these victims were lynched in Alabama. Lynching profoundly impacted race relations in this country and shaped the geographic, political, social, and economic conditions of African Americans in ways that are still evident today. Terror lynchings fueled the mass migration of millions of black people from the South into urban ghettos in the North and West in the first half of the 20th century. Lynching created a fearful environment in which racial subordination and segregation were maintained with limited resistance for decades. Most critically, lynching reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that has never been adequately addressed in America. Rob Holmes recently visited and took some photos of the jars…just row after row of them. “Stunning,” he said. Tags: crime   murder   racism   video
race  lynching  racism 
december 2016
Twitter
The view from my hotel room balcony. This Michigander loves December Florida getaways, especially when Michigan is…
from twitter
december 2016
How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost - The Atlantic
Life expectancy in Cuba is about the same as in the United States. Cuba spends $813 per person annually on health care compared to our $9,403. An interesting article on Cuba's health care system. What can we learn from it?
medicine  health  cuba 
november 2016
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