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Of course you realize that won't understand any of the protest signs at
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3 days ago
How to Become a ‘Superager’ - The New York Times
Of course, the big question is: How do you become a superager? Which activities, if any, will increase your chances of remaining mentally sharp into old age? We’re still studying this question, but our best answer at the moment is: work hard at something. Many labs have observed that these critical brain regions increase in activity when people perform difficult tasks, whether the effort is physical or mental. You can therefore help keep these regions thick and healthy through vigorous exercise and bouts of strenuous mental effort. My father-in-law, for example, swims every day and plays tournament bridge.

The road to superaging is difficult, though, because these brain regions have another intriguing property: When they increase in activity, you tend to feel pretty bad — tired, stymied, frustrated. Think about the last time you grappled with a math problem or pushed yourself to your physical limits. Hard work makes you feel bad in the moment. The Marine Corps has a motto that embodies this principle: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” That is, the discomfort of exertion means you’re building muscle and discipline. Superagers are like Marines: They excel at pushing past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort. Studies suggest that the result is a more youthful brain that helps maintain a sharper memory and a greater ability to pay attention.

This means that pleasant puzzles like Sudoku are not enough to provide the benefits of superaging. Neither are the popular diversions of various “brain game” websites. You must expend enough effort that you feel some “yuck.” Do it till it hurts, and then a bit more.

In the United States, we are obsessed with happiness. But as people get older, research shows, they cultivate happiness by avoiding unpleasant situations. This is sometimes a good idea, as when you avoid a rude neighbor. But if people consistently sidestep the discomfort of mental effort or physical exertion, this restraint can be detrimental to the brain. All brain tissue gets thinner from disuse. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
aging  psychology  brain  mind  neurology  neuroscience  science  life  success 
7 days ago
Technology | Academics | Policy - The Language Divide
In the wake of the 2016 election, the political divide in America has widened into a chasm. Deep divisions are in some sense nothing new. Conflicts surrounding the Vietnam War, McCarthyism, and civil rights were bitterly fought and often seemed intractable. Yet many have suggested that there is something qualitatively different about the degree of mutual incomprehension that divides left and right today.
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It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to American politics that Democrats and Republicans use language differently. Democrats talk about “estate taxes,” “undocumented workers,” and “tax breaks for the wealthy,” while Republicans refer to “death taxes,” “illegal aliens,” and “tax reform.” The 2010 Affordable Care Act was “comprehensive health reform” to Democrats and a “Washington takeover of health care” to Republicans. Within hours of the 2016 killing of 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Democrats were calling the event a “mass shooting”—linking it to the broader problem of gun violence—while Republicans were calling it an act of “radical Islamic terrorism”—linking it to concerns about national security and immigration.
language  word  words  english  politics  congress  usa  machinelearning  ai  code  software  programming 
7 days ago
The Olympics Can’t Exist in This World
Only a handful of cities can afford the two-week-long, über-expensive bonanza. Unless something changes, angry citizens who don't want to pay for a bunch of useless stadiums are going to force the IOC to decide on a semi-permanent set of hosts.
olympics  inspiration  activism  sport  sports 
7 days ago
The Alt-Right’s Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama - BuzzFeed News
While the alt-right movement may be new, its current drama is as old as the internet itself.
politics  internet  racism  rightwing 
7 days ago
Arkansas Plans to Execute Seven People This Month, Continuing Long Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing
A fascinating summary of the clusterfuck that is the history of capital punishment's technology in the USA:
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15 days ago
Twitter
"Every knowledge worker wants to program..."
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25 days ago
Twitter
A fellow Chicagoan is speaking at
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26 days ago
whelm - definition and meaning
Yes, "whelm" (as in "underwhelm" or "overwhelm") is a word:
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5 weeks ago
When life throws you lemons: A New York startup shakes up the insurance business | The Economist
IT IS not typhoons or earthquakes that insurers should fear most, but geeks alert to their businesses’ inefficiencies. Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, tech entrepreneurs with no insurance background, spotted that the industry is huge (worth $4.6trn in global premium income a year, reckons Swiss Re, a reinsurer), distrusted, antiquated and hopelessly unreformed.
money  business  inspiration  startup  startups  idea  ideas  todo 
5 weeks ago
University Bans Words Spelled With "Man" Like "Sportsmanship" And "Manpower" - All That Is Interesting
Below are all the terms that Cardiff Metropolitan University is banning and the alternatives they suggest instead:

“Best man for the job” – Best person for the job
“Businessman/woman” – Businessperson, manager, executive
“Chairman/woman” – Chair, chairperson, convenor, head
“Charwoman, cleaning lady” – Cleaner
“Craftsman/woman” – Craftsperson, craft worker
“Delivery man” – Delivery clerk, courier
“Dear Sirs” – Dear Sir/Madam (or Madam/Sir)
“Fireman” – Fire-fighter
“Forefathers” – Ancestors, forebears
“Foreman/woman” – Supervisor, head juror
“Gentleman’s agreement” – Unwritten agreement, agreement based on trust
“Girls” (for adults) – Women
“Headmaster/mistress” – Head teacher
“Housewife” – Shopper, consumer, homemaker (depends on context)
“Layman” – Lay person
“Man” or “mankind” – Humanity, humankind, human race, people
“Man” (verb) eg man the desk – Operate, staff, work at
“Man in the street”, “common man” – Average/ordinary/typical citizen/person – but is there such a person?
“Man-hour” – Work-hour, labor time
“Man-made” – Artificial, manufactured, synthetic
“Manpower” – Human resources, labor force, staff, personnel, workers, workforce
“Miss/Mrs” – Ms unless a specific preference has been stated – though its common not to use titles at all these days
“Policeman/woman” – Police Officer
“Right-hand man” – Chief assistant
“Salesman/girl/woman” – Sales assistant/agent/clerk/representative/staff/worker
“Spokesman/woman” – Spokesperson, representative
“Sportsmanship” – Fairness, good humor, sense of fair play
“Steward/ess” – Airline staff, flight attendant, cabin crew
“Tax man” – Tax officer/inspector
“Waitress” – Waiter, server
“Woman doctor” (or feminine forms of nouns eg actress, poetess) – Doctor (actor, poet etc)
“Working man”, “working mother/wife” – Wage-earner/taxpayer/worker
“Workman” – Worker/operative/trades person
“Workmanlike” – Efficient/proficient/skillful/thorough
feminism  word  words  language  english 
5 weeks ago
Auschwitz death camp: Poland puts database of prison guards online - BBC News
The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by the country's Institute of National Remembrance (INR).

It has been hailed as the most comprehensive list to date.

About 9,000 names - nearly all German - are on the Auschwitz garrison list, some with photographs attached.

The INR hopes the list will prove that Auschwitz was not a Polish-run camp. More than a million people died there.
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6 weeks ago
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Will you look at this? The situation with the Bridges of Madison County is really bad. Someone should write a boo…
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6 weeks ago
Congress May Lack Technical Expertise to Properly Investigate Russian Hacking
I've been a code pro for 17 years & an amateur policy wonk for 15 years, so I feel the acute lack of "techspertise"
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7 weeks ago
Clojure/west 2017
Has Regular Registration to Clojure West already closed? I don't see a ticketing option on this page:
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7 weeks ago
The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute: A Corporate Halfway House for former FCC chairs (the last 4 non-acting FCC chairs joined Aspen)
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8 weeks ago
Brat burmistrza Emanuela współpracownikiem telewizji Fox | Dziennik Związkowy
The brother of the mayor of Chicago will be a medical contributor to Fox News.
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8 weeks ago
MonkeyLearn
Machine learning for text analytics
sentiment  nlp  twitter  code  software  ai  machinelearning  programming  text 
8 weeks ago
Tom Wolfe’s Reflections on Language - 3:AM Magazine
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"My mom said her cousin's veterinarian believes that this is the cat that ate the rat that ate the Minnesota salad bar cheese ball appetizer"
words  word  syntax  racism  race  philosophy  linguistics  language  knowledge  funny 
8 weeks ago
Yiannopoulos, Trump and toxic masculinity | The Skeptical OB
The right dropped Yiannopoulos because his views on pederasty threatened _their_ masculinity.
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8 weeks ago
Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.
I think this ranks as one of the most important articles you'll read this year, or ever:
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8 weeks ago
Kenwood’s jazz band seeks funds for Kennedy Center performance – hpherald.com
Kenwood Academy High School jazz band will perform at the Kennedy Center in DC and is looking for donations.
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10 weeks ago
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842 steps, 41 stories, 14 minutes.
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12 weeks ago
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): Nose in a book
I consider it a point of pride that I thought of my son Zachary when I saw this cartoon:
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12 weeks ago
Donald Trump Is President. This Is What We Do Next.
Your sage advice for today, and every day, "Donald Trump is President [vomit in mouth]. This Is What We Do Next.":
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january 2017
Bizarre Paintings Of Mecha Robots And Werewolves Attacking East European Peasants Of The Early 20th Century
The Polish artist Jakub Rozalski, who goes by the sobriquet “Mr. Werewolf,” has produced an amusing series of steampunk-ish canvases in which serene and idyllic rustic landscapes of what seem to be Eastern Europe (Rozalski’s very back yard, you might say) in the early decades of the 20th century feature the prominent and inexplicable existence of completely fictitious giant mecha robots.
steampunk  painting  art  robots  aweseome  europe  poland 
january 2017
Carl Edwards expected to retire immediately from NASCAR
Bummer. Carl Edwards is my favorite NASCAR driver. Sad to see him go.
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january 2017
SZCZ.org: A candidate for the Unifying Theme of Activism
This marks the first time I used a picture of Voltron in a blog post:
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december 2016
Untitled (http://www.chicagomediaaction.org/audiofiles/wzrd_2016-10-23.mp3)
Enjoy the radio magic of my badly botched 2016 election predictions on , dated October 23, 2016 -
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december 2016
Find the Right Words - Words To Use
Welcome to Words to Use, a new kind of word reference that can help you write about anything! Unlike a thesaurus, which groups words by their meaning, we group subject-related words by parts of speech.
word  words  semantic  semantics  reference  english  language  write  writing 
december 2016
Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Tool for Democracy After All
But the recent panicked focus on fixing the “fake news” problem itself seems inadequate, reliant on the belief that merely by ensuring that hoaxes and lies are unable to circulate on social networks, we can return to civil public discourse. That misinformation plagues our politics is a symptom of a larger, more existential problem: The tech industry has disrupted the public sphere and has shown neither the interest nor the ability to reconstruct it. No matter what Facebook might believe, there is no turnkey algorithmic solution that will ensure a perfect civic network. It will always be possible for people who take advantage of networks’ “dumb” nature — their inability to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate traffic — to flood them with junk.

Is it possible to encourage productive, meaningful speech online without regulating the speech itself? A stronger public sphere might emerge if the power of the few companies that determine the dissemination of news and ideas were greatly reduced. If Facebook’s effective monopoly on online distribution were broken, a new set of ways to report and share news could arise: a social network where the sources of articles were highlighted rather than the users sharing them. A platform that makes it easier to read a full story than to share one unread. A news feed that provides alternative sources and analysis beneath every shared article. We can’t believe that merely connecting people is enough to enable freedom. But if we abandon the air of inevitability that has surrounded the expansion of the internet and the politics we’ve too long presumed it enables, we may find that it still is a fantastic tool for democracy — in concert with a strong free press; transparent, independent institutions; and the old-fashioned democratic value of arguing with your neighbors to their faces, rather than with their Twitter accounts.
democracy  twitter  internet  news  fake  socialmedia  indymedia  inspiration  idea  ideas  todo  communications 
december 2016
Hooked for Life - The Huffington Post
Inside the NFL's relentless, existential, Big Tobacco-style pursuit of your children.
football  nfl  sport  sports  kids  children 
december 2016
If You Want to See How Donald Trump Will Destroy the Environment, Read This Legislative Roadmap
Given that CEI is playing a key role in the anticipated next cabinet, it's good to know what their plan is:
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december 2016
Carl Sagan's Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954) | Open Culture
Carl Sagan’s Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954)
todo  toread  reference  list  lists  book  books  science  philosophy  math  mathematics 
december 2016
GitHub - anantdgoel/HackPrincetonF16
In the current media landscape, control over distribution has become almost as important as the actual creation of content, and that has given Facebook a huge amount of power. The impact that Facebook newsfeed has in the formation of opinions in the real world is so huge that it potentially affected the 2016 election decisions, however these newsfeed were not completely accurate. Our solution? FiB because with 1.5 Billion Users, Every Single Tweak in an Algorithm Can Make a Change, and we don't stop at just one.
fake  news  code  software  programming  ai  api  github  media  information  fakenews 
december 2016
Untitled (http://hpherald.com/2016/12/14/quality-public-education-doesnt-require-genius/)
"...educate the whole student in order to develop Chicago’s local talent into the future leaders of the city"
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december 2016
SCIENCE — If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a...
"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." - Albert Einstein,
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december 2016
SZCZ.org: Answers to Questions about American Media and Politics
Latest blog post: "Answers to Questions about American Media and Politics" -
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december 2016
The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think
Level 3 = 5% of Adult Population

This is what this most-skilled group of people can do: “At this level, tasks typically require the use of both generic and more specific technology applications. Some navigation across pages and applications is required to solve the problem. The use of tools (e.g. a sort function) is required to make progress towards the solution. The task may involve multiple steps and operators. The goal of the problem may have to be defined by the respondent, and the criteria to be met may or may not be explicit. There are typically high monitoring demands. Unexpected outcomes and impasses are likely to occur. The task may require evaluating the relevance and reliability of information in order to discard distractors. Integration and inferential reasoning may be needed to a large extent.”

The meeting room task described above requires level-3 skills. Another example of level-3 task is “You want to know what percentage of the emails sent by John Smith last month were about sustainability.”
skills  demographics  design  computer  computers  tech  technology 
december 2016
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