Thursday, January 24, 2019

Those new MEdia Dragon service sector jobs

Adelaide records hottest ever day on record

Adelaide is sweltering through its hottest day in 130 years of records, with the mercury reaching 46.2C in the city.

Australian-Chinese writer Yang Hengjun confirmed to be detained in ...

The Australian government has confirmed that Chinese-Australian writer, Yang Hengjun has been ...
Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun detained in China Shanghaiist
Chinese-Australian Writer Yang Hengjun Disappears in China New York Times
Growing fears for Chinese-Australian writer who has disappeared in ... The Sydney Morning Herald
Herald Sun - Daily Mail

Yang Hengjun: Missing Chinese-Australian writer feared detained in Beijing by secret police
Chinese-Australian novelist and online commentator Yang
Hengjun is missing in China, feared detained by the country's secret police. (Twitter).

Chess players, Washington Square, New York City, late 1950s (Photograph: Molly Malone Cook)

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air—
an armful of white blossoms, 

a perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
biting the air with its black beak?

Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
a shrill dark music—like rain pelting the trees—like a waterfall
knifing down the black ledges?

And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds—
a white cross
streaming across the sky, its feet
like black leaves, its wings
like the stretched light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything? 
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for? 
And have you changed your life?

Record cocaine levels in Thames probably not making fish high, experts say Independent. Kevin W: This may go a long way in explaining Parliament’s behaviour lately

The world's most innovative countries

The defending champion retains its crown while Australia moves down a spot but stays in the top 20.

The Matchmaker Who Flirts on Dating Apps for You524 The Cut. Resilc: “Just wait until AI can do it, then your robot can go out for you too.”

Ms. Golden, 43, has developed these no-fly lists in her four years as a dating app ghostwriter. For $2,000 a month, she swipes, chats and charms, impersonating her clients. Once she has earned a client a date, she tags them in and becomes a more traditional dating coach, reviewing each encounter in detailed post-mortems, helping to guide their next moves. Some clients disclose to their dates that they have used Ms. Golden’s services, and others do not. 
And what does she use for input?:
Tone is essential to Ms. Golden’s — and her clients’ — success. She learns to imitate their conversational styles through the use of an eight-page intake form that includes specific questions: How do you take your coffee? Have you ever “swam with dolphins or stingrays or enormous turtles”?
By the time a potential client has answered those questions and had an hourlong introductory conversation, Ms. Golden thinks she can mimic them convincingly enough — down to whether they would type “gonna” or “going to” — to start chatting.
Don’t forget this:
She subscribes to a less-is-more mind-set, and much of the work she does is in how little she says.
Here is Those new service sector jobs - NYT piece by Jonah Engel Bromwich.

BRUCE BAWER: The Disgraceful Covington Catholic Pile-On. “I spent much of my weekend following this story, because the savage assaults on the boys on Twitter and elsewhere struck me as supremely emblematic of the ugliness at the heart of our holier-than-thou, white-hating, male-hating, and Trump-hating establishment culture. Even if the boys had behaved in an unseemly manner, the spectacle of all these politicians, journalists, and celebrities piling on to them with such intense shows of moral indignation was far more unseemly. Especially reprehensible was the way in which so many of the boys’ critics reacted when the real truth came out. Many of them quietly removed their tweets. Others choked out extremely lame apologies.”