Humor: For Quack Heads

Check out Cornered on GoComics!

http://www.gocomics.com/cornered/2014/12/18

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Humor: No Problem

Check out Real Life Adventures on GoComics!

http://www.gocomics.com/reallifeadventures/2014/12/18

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Humor: It’s Pretty Obvious

Check out Speed Bump on GoComics!

http://www.gocomics.com/speedbump/2014/12/18

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Nature: bookofjoe: What our skies would look like without city lights

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To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.

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Tech: This is Huge. This is YOU, Bubble Children!

..and me. Everybody gets what they want. And, increasingly, only what they want. This is the story of how we are all becoming more ignorant while supposedly having more information.

Reading this, and then watching the video, so many headlines buzzed in my head I couldn’t handle them all. We should all repeat this to ourselves every day before we plunge ahead crafting our little bubbles. Day after day. We can never let up.

There are so many simple ways to put this. But will any of them make any difference? The short advice, I guess, is that we all need to be critical consumers of the news and opinions we get. I learned that in journalism school, and in Logic class. Most people I know haven’t had the benefit of that experience. They think everything they see is true.

I’d better stop now. Read this. If you have time, watch the 10 minute video. It’s worth it.

Every day.

P.S., I’M HAPPY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE!

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Society: Coming Soon to a Phone Near You

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Last year I got an automated call from the western part of the state telling me there was an Amber Alert in effect. Twice.

Last week I got an automated call from a school district 6 hours away telling me that school was going to start two hours late. This was at 5 AM.

Yesterday, while police were chasing a crazed gunman about 20 miles away, I got a very short and alarming robocall to “shelter in place.” Later, I was advised by the same caller that the “shelter in place” had been lifted. That was about midnight.

As an “information worker,” two things bug me about this. One, the hours at which the calls were placed are not exactly convenient. Two, there is no attribution. I can guess who is behind these calls, but they don’t identify themselves.

Just when I got rid of just about all solicitation calls, now I’m getting these anonymous calls. I have also received emails from companies I have contacted, and the emails had no identification of the company. No letterhead, no logo, no phone number, no email address except what I can tease out from the “From” field. If they would hire somebody like me, maybe they wouldn’t make these thoughtless mistakes.

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Humor: Worth a try. Once.

Check out Pickles on GoComics!

http://www.gocomics.com/pickles/2014/12/14

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