The value of social competition in changing human behavior

Social competition appears to be a vital part of the solution to getting humans to change their behavior. Focusing on doom and gloom just isn't the right message.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZ7BJQupVA

What books would help me see the world in a different way?

I loved the responses to this question on reddit. Below are some of my favorite books of those listed in the reddit post, along with my impressions of each book. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition Started this recently, and it is...

W. Eugene Smith’s ‘Country Doctor,’ 1948

While I was doing a short stint in photography school, W. Eugene Smith quickly became an idol. I studied his photographs, tried to model his work. I was not successful, but I remain awed by the depth of his eye and how seriously he took his craft. W. Eugene Smith's...

“Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president”

I was watching the May 12th edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, and Obama's former speech writer Jon Favreau was on and said this about Trump: Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president. ~ Jon Favreau, Former Barack Obama speechwriter Exactly right!...

Fox News is…

Fox News Rich people paying Rich people to tell Middle Class people to blame the Poor Indeed...

Why does a car have brakes? ~ Bill Moyers interviews former Citigroup CEO John Reed

Bill Moyers interviewed former Citigroup chairman John Reed about the financial crisis. When asked about government regulation, he replied with this about cars and brakes (paraphrased): Reed: Why does a car have brakes? Moyers: To stop. Reed: NO! A car has brakes so...

Increasing U.S. oil production will NOT reduce U.S. gas prices or unemployment ~ Paul Krugman

Nobel economist Paul Krugman argues that the GOP's goal of increasing U.S. oil production will not help gas prices. The logic is simple: Prices for oil and gas are set by world supply and demand. China's huge demand is the likely cause of recent gas increases. The...

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...

New “Three R’s” of education ~ Results, resilience, relationships ~ Roy Leighton at TEDx

I found this TEDx talk by Roy Leighton a bit chaotic and incomplete, but it contained some excellent points to ponder...and act upon.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr-aG2bvAcg TEDxTartu - Roy Leighton - The Butterfly Model: Value -- Create -- Educate - YouTube. Roy...

Gun expert’s guide to choosing your conceal carry handgun

This "gun expert" made me laugh—even though laughter and guns should not be mixed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLUwxH-joW4

You are my forever

At some point, while submariner Mikhail Averin waited at the bottom of the Bering Sea to be rescued, he wrote this short letter to his wife. No one has forever... But I wanted more. I wanted to give you more...more babies. Love our son and the baby for both of us....

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...