Houding — "Houding" is a term from the art theory of the Dutch Golden Age which has no equivalent in English. But like a lot of foreign art terms, figuring out what it means can give us an insight into the thought process of artists from previous traditions. Art guru James Gurney with an interesting reflection on art process, which like many of his reflections has useful analogs to writing process.
Hysterical vintage holiday ad — Oh yeah.
Apple gets thrown in the briar patch, and The Blame Game — Alternative views of the whole Apple Maps/Google Maps fiasco. I don't buy this line of reasoning, if nothing else for the amount of damage Apple took to their consumer image, but it's an interesting set of perspective. (Via
AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming — Yay? "Believing" in climate change is like "believing" in gravity or evolution or tomatoes. It's real, whatever your ideology or faith or reason does or does not tell you. The universe truly does not care about your private reality. Still, this seems to be an improvement in our political and social process.
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States — If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing. If terrorists were detonating bombs in port after port, you can be sure Congress would be working to upgrade the nation’s security measures. If a plague was ripping through communities, public-health officials would be working feverishly to contain it. Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not.
The Newtown killings — Roger Ebert talks about the media and violence.
Rice — Tobias Buckell makes a very considered point about gun violence and exceptionalism.
What Does, and Doesn't, Kill People — Andrew Wheeler with some worthwhile thoughts on the recent massacres.
A World Of Maximum Guns — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the social and moral costs of tooling up even further.
Okay. Teachers and general school staff should NOT be carrying guns. Here’s why. — A teacher and gun enthusiast speaks up on one of the more idiotic pro-gun memes. In detail. (Disclaimer for them what needs it, the writer is a personal friend.)
'Gun Safety,' Not 'Gun Control' — James Fallows at The Atlantic with some thoughts on social costs.
How to Speak about the Unspeakable — An interesting roundup of positions on gun issues.
A roundup of responses to Friday’s tragedy — Slacktivist Fred Clark with a wide-ranging set of links. (Including one back to me.)
Alabama police kill 2 suspects after separate shooting incidents; 3 others found dead — Clearly what we need is more guns, especially in schools and hospital. There can be no other logical answer.
?otD: Every day does the paper boy bring more?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (on the chemo pump)
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks