Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the influencers.

“I started reading science fiction when I was a teenager in the 1980s, and I subscribed to as many magazines as I could afford. What I liked about science fiction then was that it was both distracting and engaging. It distracted me from what was often a very painful time for me, dragging me out of the present tense and into the future where I could see myself as heroic, and it engaged me with the kind of intellectual and philosophical concepts that science fiction discusses as well as any other genre. This kind of engagement is one of the dragons that I, as a reader, have been chasing my whole literary life, and this is exactly what J. H. Malone’s novella, Drunk on Time delivers in the most recent issue of Storylandia.”
Storylandia Issue 32, J. H. Malone’s “Drunk on Time”, review by John Brantingham, Cultural Weekly, 29 July 2020

“1. They don’t practice humility. 2. They believe they can have everything. 3. They are motivated by extrinsic desires. 4. They believe they’ve reached the final stop to their journey. 5. They don’t see things from others’ perspectives. 6. They fail to match their vision with action. 7. They cling to the concept of what “should be” rather than what is. 8. They forget to take care of themselves.”
8 Reasons Why Smart, Hardworking People Don’t Reach Their Full Potential , by Melissa, Jumpstart Your Dream Life, 31 August 2020

“A survey in May showed that 55% of US workers want a mixture of home and office working. In the UK, employers expect the proportion of regular home workers to double, from 18% pre-pandemic to 37% post-pandemic. In China, employment expert Alicia Tung has predicted that in 10 years’ time, there will be a 60/40 split of onsite/remote work. At the moment, companies are managing in varied ways. Some have given employees permission to continue working remotely until at least 2021. Others have recalled staff to the workplace on different schedules and in staggered groups. Still others are leaving it entirely up to individual workers to decide where to base themselves.”
Why the future of work might be ‘hybrid’, by Christine Ro, BBC Worklife, 30 August 2020

“At Storiad, we know there is a market for every book—and our full-suite book marketing platform ensures you’re able to find it.”
Storiad (for future reference GM)

“The project, called the Sana Ana Arts Collective, was developed by Los Angeles-based Meta Housing Corp. The developer has converted a 1965 office building at 1666 N. Main Street into 48 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom live/work lofts, while also adding 10 two- and three-bedroom townhomes on an adjacent property.”
Affordable Housing for Artists Completed in Santa Ana, by Steven Sharp, Urbanize, 01 September 2020

In Orange County, of all places. Yay! And Glendale, too.

“In the wake of significant executive and editorial layoffs at DC Comics, Daniel Cherry, formerly chief marketing officer at Activision Blizzard Esports, has been named senior v-p and general manager of the company.”
Cherry Named General Manager at DC Comics After Layoffs, by Calvin Reed, PW, 02 September 2020

“‘In terms of survival, the nerve cell proliferation doesn’t help you immediately after the stress, because it takes time for the cells to become mature, functioning neurons,” Kaufer said. “But in the natural environment, where acute stress happens on a regular basis, it will keep the animal more alert, more attuned to the environment and to what actually is a threat or not a threat.'”
Researchers find out why some stress is good for you, by Robert Sanders, Berkeley News, 16 April 2020

“LARRY ELLISON: When I bought the island of Lanai, I went to the restaurant at the hotel. My wife and I ordered three different things, and the food was inedible. I mean, we couldn’t eat it. We had to drive to the grocery store in town and buy Snickers bars and Cokes. We decided that this is ridiculous—we need to grow our own food.”
The Brainchild of Two Esteemed Doctors, Sensei Lanai Is a Getaway Focused on Longevity, by David Agus, David B. Agus, M.D., 31 August 2020

“All over the world, from the US to Germany to the UK, some people decide to disappear from their own lives without a trace – leaving their homes, jobs and families in the middle of the night to start a second life, often without ever looking back. In Japan, these people are sometimes referred to as ‘jouhatsu’. That’s the Japanese word for ‘evaporation’, but it also refers to people who vanish on purpose into thin air, and continue to conceal their whereabouts – potentially for years, even decades.”
The companies that help people vanish, by BBC Worklife, 03 September 2020

“In 1845, he retreated from civilized life for two years and two months and ‘lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor… on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts.’ He was in his late twenties. The land was owned by his benefactor, the transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Several years after the experiment ended, he published a version of the journals he kept during this time. The book was called Walden. People might also know that he did not, in fact, spend the entire year alone and that he had some occasional help sustaining himself. His mother, for example, did his laundry.”
The Revolutionary Thoreau, by R.H. Lossin, NYR Daily, 04 September 2020

There will be Knots, by ALAB Podcast, July 2020 (wolf-porn; proceed at your own risk.

Do not abuse DMCA take down notices. Always send a cease and desist letter first. Always consult a lawyer before doing something vindictive and stupid. Don’t do vindictive and stupid things. Gah! Do not abuse DMCA take down notices. Und zo on.

As some wag said on LJ about wading through the wolf-porn: “This is one case where the lawyers aren’t getting paid enough.”

“The estate of TS Eliot has stepped in to shore up the Brontë Parsonage with a £20,000 donation, after the historic building where the Brontë children were raised warned that it was at risk of closure due to the coronavirus.”
TS Eliot estate steps in to help Brontë Parsonage Museum rescue appeal, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 07 September 2020

“If you’re wondering why a dentist cares about ergonomics, the simple truth is that nerves in your neck and shoulder muscles lead into the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which connects the jawbone to the skull. Poor posture during the day can translate into a grinding problem at night.”
Dentists Are Seeing an Epidemic of Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On?, by Tammy Chen, D.D.S., NYT, 08 September 2020


Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let’s not be narrow, nasty, and negative.
T.S. Eliot

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.
Simone de Beauvoir

Life is our dictionary.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Look your best – who said love is blind?
Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
Mae West

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