“The popular conception of Jerry Brown’s spirituality was formed in the 1970s, and was realized in the nickname, Moonbeam. It’s an unfair nickname, I think. It was also the wrong time to take the full measure of him. He was 38 years old, and he’s lived a whole political lifetime since then. His search for a belief system was taken too lightly and was conflated in this idea that California itself was not to be taken seriously. He kind of got mixed in this stew of hippies and the Summer of Love, none of which really applied to Jerry.”
Why Jerry Brown’s Biographer Thinks ‘Moonbeam’ Is Unfair, by Jill Cowan and Conor Dougherty, NYT, 12 May 2020
That’s Governor Moombeam to you, bud.
“I’m digging a hole to the center of the earth with a compostable spoon. It’s really time-consuming, but the days just fly by. I’m hoping to get to the perpetual rave down there that is shown in the documentary film ‘Matrix Reloaded.'”
Feeling Rage Sorta Safely with Dynasty Handbag, by Sophia Kercher, Los Angeleno, 8 May 2020
“New research has challenged this whole story. Eric Cline, a classicist at George Washington University and author of “1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed,” explained that there’s no evidence of invaders coming from the outside at Mycenae, so violence must have come from within. Given what’s known about these societies, he concludes that the city’s lower classes may have gotten fed up and burned it all down. Josephine Quinn, an archaeologist at University of Oxford, agrees. ‘The whole Bronze Age system produces a lot of discontent,’ she told me.”
The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall, by Annalee Newitz, NYT, 11 May 2020
“‘Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.’ This beautiful quote by John Crosby sums up some of the key benefits of peer mentoring. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this form of mentoring for employees; its definition, benefits, and the critical elements for a successful peer mentor program.”
The Power of Peer Mentoring in the Workplace (now and post COVID-19), by Neelie Verlinden, AIHR, 13 May 2020
Too many sharks attaching surfers in the news. Brrrrr.
Search for Answers After Deadly Shark Attack Near Santa Cruz, 11 May 2020 and Surfer escapes shark attack at Bells Beach, Australia – video 10 May 2020
“In case you missed it, scooter giant Lime has acquired Uber’s Jump bikes and scooters — and gotten Uber to foot the bill. The move could pave the way for a future where Lime is a reliable and vital fixture in our post COVID-19 transportation networks — or make the whole micromobility industry more fragile.”
Lime Just Became the Biggest Micromobility Company in the World, by Kea Wilson, Streets Blog, 11 May 2020
“Clearview AI – the web-scraping, faceprint-amassing biometrics company that’s being sued over collecting biometrics without informed consent – says it’s no longer going to sell access to its program to a) private entities or b) any entity whatsoever that’s located in Illinois. Clearview’s artificial intelligence (AI) program can identify someone by matching photos of unknown people to their online photos and the sites where they were posted. Clearview AI founder and CEO Hoan Ton-That has claimed that the results are 99.6% accurate.”
Clearview AI won’t sell vast faceprint collection to private companies, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos Blog, 11 May 2020
“In a statement, editor-in-chief Doug McGray says management has “no objection” to the move.”
Staffers at California Sunday and Pop-Up Magazines Are Unionizing, by Greg Dool, Folio Magazine, 12 May 2020
“At his Lincoln Heights high school in the late 1960s, Bobby Lee Verdugo was a popular football player and gentle jokester, with teasing eyes peeking out from under bushy brows. His playfulness got him in trouble, especially when he spoke Spanish. The teacher would march him to the front of the class to get paddled.”
The Legacy of Bobby Lee Verdugo, A Leader Of East LA Walkouts, by Josie Huang, LAist, 4 May 2020
“Skaters get creative with the shutdown of skateparks and the lack of designation of skateboards as an essential mode of transportation.”
Skaters Drop In to DIY Roots During Quarantine, by Cindy Whitehead, Los Angeleno, 12 May 2020
“Digital Science and Research Square have announced a partnership that will see Dimensions Badges display on all Research Square preprints. The US-based company will use Dimensions to provide early citation data on preprints and will provide four different types of data: total citations, most recent citations, the Field Citation Ratio (FCR), and Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). Dimensions is a research information platform designed to give researchers a broader view of the research process. The Dimensions Badge is a data visualisation tool that allows authors to demonstrate the impact of their preprint via detailed citation metrics directly from an author’s public preprint page. Readers can gain a better understanding of a preprint’s influence within a specific research field as well as across disciplines.”
Research Square partners with Dimensions on preprint citation data, by Research Information, 11 May 2020
“The 2020 electoral environment currently looks pretty good for Democrats. As of Sunday evening, Democrats lead Republicans by roughly 8 percentage points in FiveThirtyEight’s generic ballot tracker, just a point less than their lead on Election Day 2018.”
Democrats Lead The Race For Congress — But The National Environment Will Probably Change, by Geoffrey Skelley, 538, 11 May 2020
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Business today consists in persuading crowds.
But there are too many people that make so much money at the cost of lives of other humans and for no reason but to make the money.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Buying is a profound pleasure.
Simone de Beauvoir
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.