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“Tillie Walden’s Are You Listening? (First Second), a magical and emotional story of the friendship and grief shared by two young women, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for the Best New Graphic Novel, during an online version of the annual awards ceremony that was streamed the evening of July 24.”
Walden, Takei, Telgemeier, Tamaki Win 2020 Eisner Awards, by Calvin Reed, PW, 27 July 2020

“During a 30-minute Zoom press conference on July 22, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle urged the four major publishers suing over the organization’s book scanning efforts to consider settling the dispute in the boardroom rather than the courtroom.”
Internet Archive to Publishers: Drop ‘Needless’ Copyright Lawsuit and Work with Us, by Andrew Albanese, PW, 23 July 2020

“Sheryl Sandberg has called it one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. But when Reed Hastings and I (along with some colleagues) wrote a PowerPoint deck explaining how we shaped the culture and motivated performance at Netflix, where Hastings is CEO and I was chief talent officer from 1998 to 2012, we had no idea it would go viral. We realized that some of the talent management ideas we’d pioneered, such as the concept that workers should be allowed to take whatever vacation time they feel is appropriate, had been seen as a little crazy (at least until other companies started adopting them). But we were surprised that an unadorned set of 127 slides—no music, no animation—would become so influential.” ~snip~ “So I sat down with Laura and explained the situation—and said that in light of her spectacular service, we would give her a spectacular severance package. I’d braced myself for tears or histrionics, but Laura reacted well: She was sad to be leaving but recognized that the generous severance would let her regroup, retrain, and find a new career path. This incident helped us create the other vital element of our talent management philosophy: If we wanted only “A” players on our team, we had to be willing to let go of people whose skills no longer fit, no matter how valuable their contributions had once been. Out of fairness to such people—and, frankly, to help us overcome our discomfort with discharging them—we learned to offer rich severance packages.”
How Netflix Reinvented HR, by Patty McCord, HBR, Jan-Feb 2014 issue

…the concept that workers should be allowed to take whatever vacation time they feel is appropriate… That right there would would tell any organization how their employees are doing better than any survey or counseling I can think of. Treating people like responsible adults; what a concept!

However, they get an F- on loyalty. If they really cared, they fund her small business for 5 years (Netflix could definitely afford it). AND the CPA likely had to hire someone just like the woman they laid-off to do the actual work because CPAs don’t get their hands dirty; they’re vision people. F– Netflix, really.

“In her mind, Wertz is counting down the days until schools reopen. But there’s a nagging worry at the back of her head — what if they don’t open at all? ‘The thought of [my kids] not going back in the fall is devastating,’ Wertz said when we spoke in early July. ‘It raises this question of — if one of us has to stay home with the children, whose job is more important? I think it was something that we did have conversations about before, but COVID-19 has made it much worse.'”
How The Pandemic Could Force A Generation Of Mothers Out Of The Workforce, by Neil Paine and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, 538, 27 July 2020

Huh. Isn’t not getting anything done more on her than her kids? Her children must sleep sometimes, and she had paid help. Honestly, why do people have kids? Aren’t your kids THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR LIFE? I know, I know: I decided not to have kids, so I don’t easily get to have an opinion on these things. And, yes, it is Society’s fault, but almost everything is Society’s fault.

“Looking at the building rage over Patrick Rothfuss’s failure to deliver the third book in his Kingkiller Chronicle series, The Doors of Stone, it’s all beginning to feel a bit Wilkes-ish. As BookRiot recounts, fans are so upset at being kept waiting for the novel since the second instalment was published in 2011, some are now discouraging people from reading the series at all, vowing to pirate the book when it finally comes out to avoid giving Rothfuss any money, and writing messages such as ‘fantasy authors are demons who are put on this earth to crush your soul and suck the life out of you while you wait endless years for the next instalment’.”
First George RR Martin, now Patrick Rothfuss: the curse of sequel-hungry fans, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 29 July 2020

Isn’t this why God gave us fanfic and the internet?

“This shifting dynamic is best understood as a movement started by women eager to engage in philanthropy that has the potential to benefit women. According to the Boston Consulting Group, private wealth held by women grew from $34 trillion to $51 trillion between 2010 and 2016 — an increase of 50 percent in just six years. It’s a trend likely to continue, as a significant amount of the private wealth projected to change hands over the next few decades is likely to be transferred to women.”
Women and the changing face of philanthropy, by Shira Ruderman, PhilanTopic, 29 July 2020

“Enlist the help of someone not involved in the preparation of the application and proposal to review the proposal,” advises a USDA resource. This proofreader can focus solely on micro issues – word choice, sentence structure, and typographical errors.”
Tips for Proofreading Your Next Grant Application, by, 14 July 2020

I think this article could have been 3 articles:
Editorial readers
Copy editors

But that might just be me nitpicking.

I’m also somewhat mind blown that uses and doesn’t even get it’s own domain. Our tax dollars are well spent at

“Well let me be clear this is not about working with the Trump administration. For decades now in major cities across the country, FBI, DEA, ATF, those agents have been in our districts and do work and work in concert with local law enforcement to help support a number of efforts, not the least of which is violence in our cities, and so the opportunity presented itself under the management of the U.S. attorney here, and I stress that because that’s unlike what we saw in Portland, where the Trump administration parachuted in these additional federal agents without consulting anybody locally and ignoring the local U.S. attorney. Very different circumstance here in Chicago. I’ve drawn a very hard line. We will not allow federal troops in our city. We will not tolerate unnamed agents taking people off the street, violating their rights, and holding them in custody. That’s not happening here in Chicago. So I’ve drawn a very, very bright line. I’ve made that very clear to every federal authority that I’ve spoken with and they understand that if they cross that line, we will not hesitate to use every tool at our disposal to stop troops and unwanted agents in our city. But obviously we have challenges regarding violence.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Interview Transcript on Federal Troops in Chicago, by, 26 July 2020

“It’s interesting. We’ve been talking to our health officers up and down the state for months now, but in particular in relationship to the presentation we’re making today on essential workers. Again, they’ve highlighted concerns around multi generational households, households where we’re seeing a lot of mixing. They’ve highlighted concerns around segments of our economy and importance of moving indoor activities, outdoors, which we have been doing. Again, we’ve been guided by this partnership up and down the state with health officials and federal partners across the country that have also been helpful, regional and those that are working directly with the administration in Washington, D.C. in terms of identifying hotspots, skilled nursing facilities, congregate settings, and the like. What we heard over and over again is even with essential workers, what happens often is the case, workers may carpool with a mask on, they may show up and keep a mask on because the employer is holding folks to that expectation appropriately, but some may go into the break room and everybody’s masks are off.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom July 24 Press Conference Transcript, by, 24 July 2020

“The construct – called the ‘strategic mindset’ – describes the tendency to question and refine your current approach in the face of setbacks and challenges. While others diligently follow the same convoluted path, people with the strategic mindset are constantly looking for a more efficient route forwards. ‘It helps them figure out how to direct their efforts more effectively,’ says Patricia Chen at the National University of Singapore. And Chen’s new research shows that it may just spell the difference between success or failure.”
The mindset you need to succeed at every goal, by David Robson, BBC Worklife, 22 July 2020

Metacognition: thinking about thinking.

“Metro CEO Phil Washington stressed that Metro is ‘totally committed to electrifying these bus lines… [with] total electrification by 2030.’ Washington also touted other upcoming upgrades to the G Line – grade separations and railroad-type gates – which are expected to improve bus speeds with a ’20 percent decrease in run-time.’ That project is currently expected to begin construction in 2021 and to open in 2024.”
Metro Kicks Off G Line Bus Electrification, by Joe Linton, StreetsBlog, 27 July 2020

Electric buses! Now, if it could be solar powered electric buses…!

“It’s not happening evenly in every part of the state. There’s certain parts of the state, certain regions in the state and certain sectors of our economy that are disproportionately impacted by the transmission of this virus. We’re here talking today about the central valley. Eight counties that have R effective rates. Dr. Galley will remind you what R effective is in a moment when he speaks. R effective rates north of 1%. we have eight counties where we’re seeing an increase of infection. We have positivity rates in the central valley on the low end of 10.7% in Fresno to Larry and Stanislaus on the higher end, 17.7% positivity rates. You get a sense of the challenge we have in eight counties making up the central valley, disproportionately being impacted currently by community spread and by spread happening disproportionately…”
California Governor Gavin Newsom July 27 Press Conference Transcript, by, 27 July 2020

As of 02 August 2020 there have been 4,669 deaths and 191,000 confirmed cases in LA County. Wear. Your. Mask!
LA County COVID-19 Data


Bedouin Hornbook, by Nathaniel MacKey


Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
T.S. Eliot

In all my lectures, I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
Simone de Beauvoir

In my beginning is my end.
T.S. Eliot

In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
Albert Camus

In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself – limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist.
Albert Camus

In order to speak about all and to all, one has to speak of what all know and of the reality common to us all. The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death… these are things that unite us all.
Albert Camus

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Albert Camus

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