“This is the sense of the desert hills, that there is room enough and time enough.”
~ Mary Hunter Austin
Halloween candy spotted in a store.
“So what? – it’s September 28th! ‘Tis the season!“, you say.
The photo was taken on July 31st. (I kid you not.)
On second thought, maybe it was just very late candy from last year…
“I think some of the funniest and most artistic people I know are the ones who had a hard time at school. They often have humility and artistry. So, as much as I feel bad for kids who have to go through a rough childhood, I believe that if they can turn it around, it’s going to make them better people later on.”
~ Drew Barrymore
“The crucial test of ethical values is whether they apply to strangers, and those afar, not just in our midst.”
~ Bernard Crick, Essays on Citizenship, 2000
In 2014 Apple announced that it would stop supporting its professional photo management software ‘Aperture‘. Since then, I’ve been in the slow (and painful) process of migrating my photos to Adobe’s Lightroom. As such, today, I finally got around to importing a batch of old photos from October 2005 and came across this picture.
In 2005, I’d taken this photo of my, then new iPod (3rd Gen, I believe) and all of the CDs I’d ripped to it. It was a marvel.
Completing the circle of obsolescence, today, Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPod. And like the loss of Aperture, I find this regrettable since I’m partial to creating highly tailored, custom playlists as opposed to streaming mixes formulated by some unknown DJ or cold calculation.
Dear iPod, your click-wheel may be lost, but it’s not forgotten. Play on!
“Broken by it, I, too, may be; bow to it I never will. The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”
~ George Orwell
Shopping at a local Sears Outlet, my eye was caught by a comfy looking pillow.
Looking closer, I see that the manufacturer was kind enough to provide an illustrated guide on how to use the pillow.
Looking closer yet, I noticed the girl with the E.T. Arms.
(PS. * Yes: I know, the pillow is supposed to be just that fluffy…Still, it’s disturbing.)
“Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.”
~ Frank Herbert
I spotted this on a Facebook “wall” and found it nauseating. It made me angry. The post is exploitative and cynical on such a scale that it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t purposefully, carefully, engineered to be as misanthropic as possible.
I did a little searching to see if I could uncover the story behind this particular image. – So many posts like this are old and / or have aren’t even remotely accurate (in terms of what is actually depicted or their source).
I didn’t happen across the backstory (it appears to be a new meme). But I did come across this excellent article.
The essay makes several points:
When it comes to posts like this, one share does NOT equal one prayer. One like does NOT mean you think the baby with a physical disability or difference is “still cute.” One comment does NOT mean the sick child or abused puppy “will be saved.”
Here’s what you’re actually doing when you type Amen or share the photo on your wall:
- You’re exploiting what is most likely a stolen image of a child whose family has no idea it is being used.
- You’re making the owners of the page that posted it or the twisted people who stole the photo and created the post a whole lot of money.
Don’t get me wrong: I think there is value in sharing articles and raising awareness on issues. But the vast majority of these memes are bogus (and/or painfully out of date.) Even if this case of Bella with brain cancer is real, sharing it isn’t akin to raising awareness of a cause that gets little attention. “News flash: Cancer = Bad”.
And in what alternate world is a child with a brain tumor not receiving prayers? (The efficacy of prayer aside.) “Sorry kid. You know how it is. A brain tumor is a sign that god has marked you for damnation. I just can’t be seen praying for you. It wouldn’t go over well with the big guy.” Come on people! Do you really think a kid with cancer had to mock-up a graphic for facebook to get somebody to pray for them?! YOU ARE BEING PLAYED FOR FREE ADVERTISEMENT!
I’m confident that those who click, “Like” or share are people of goodwill, but besides the dubious source and quality of these memes, there is something of a cynical escape clause in every click.
It’s easy to hit the little thumb icon and feel good about oneself, but if you want to help a cause, REALLY help – consider a donation of your time and your money. – Don’t “Like” don’t share – you’re just chumming the waters for the cynical sharks of fake news and lining the pockets of the unscrupulous.
Care to help somebody suffering from cancer? Want to share something? Start here.
“Besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…”
~ Jonathan Swift
“A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection.”
~ Crystal Eastman
For lovers of Pittsburgh and / or lovers of adventure sports, I highly recommend giving a recent Fitness Lab Pittsburgh podcast a listen. And hats off to the ECP president Ron Edwards on a great interview that really provides perspective to those who might not have the experience but want to learn more about mountaineering and climbing.
Ron Edwards has a long history with the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh (ECP); he has served as the club’s President since 2015. He is also an instructor in the ECP’s Mountaineering School, Rock Climbing School, and Backpacking School.
The fact that signs like this are deemed necessary is exactly why I avoid public swimming pools.
Do you think someone chose the term, ‘vomitus’ because it sounded more, classical, more Roman perhaps than just straight, ‘vomit’?
Be sure that it’s fecal contamination and not just plain-old feces that might be just laying around the pool.
How about urine? Is blood okay for swimming? I guess only scoopable body excrement is worth a special sign shout-out.
Come to think of it, doesn’t this sign apply just about everywhere?