Monday, September 07, 2020

Flexing Wedding Anniversaries - Reconstructing Journalistic Scenes in 3D

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. 

~ Thomas Paine

Larkin finished “Aubade,” his great poem about the pitiless, ungraspable inevitability of our own mortality—“Not to be here, / Not to be anywhere, / And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true”—just days after Eva died on November 17, 1977, and wrote very little after it.

~charter 77 mum’s boy

Lucky 13th anniversary is in the Blue Mountain air and no one cooks as well as FED at Wentworth Falls - simple and yet tasty home cooking to help us keep love and trust alive ;-) As they say love goes through the stomach.


Inspirational quotes from the Bible and the rapper J. Cole—“anything is possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles”—shout out from the painted walls he describes as a “peaceful but energetic” blue.

Courtesy of BC: To quote the great Molly Meldrum – Do yourself a Favour and invest 40 minutes in this vodcast, from a Stanford Graduate, a young black man, who returns to his hometown of Stockton California, and builds coalitions across ethic, religious and political divides, to drive radical change in his community and he does it before he is thirty! ( Michael Tubbs

Some of the key thoughts from the vodcast for me included

The value of connecting with, listening to and conducting deep dives with extreme users of the systems

Understanding that rejection is just redirection and is not permanent

Understand the cost of inaction

Be open to learning how my messaging is being heard, especially by those who disagree or resist the message

Leadership is not being the expert, but providing values to guide priorities, resource allocation and decision making

Bring other people who do not usually have access and influence to the table

Wish he had understood College was more about the people he met, the relationships he formed,  the networks created, than about the course content

Change happens at the speed of trust!

He was the first Black mayor elected in the city of Stockton and the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city at the age of 26. Now Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is the subject of a new HBO documentary debuting Tuesday, July 28.

The hour and a half special “Stockton on My Mind” tells the personal and political story of Tubbs, who was raised by a single mother in Stockton with his father in prison and surrounded by poverty. But he rose above it, graduated from Stanford University, served as a White House intern and on the Stockton City Council.


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Really Basic Rules for Writing Good Papers in Law School

Allison Christians, Really Basic Rules for Writing Good Papers in Law School, 23 Green Bag 2d 181 (2020) – “This extremely brief guide is intended to help students write good papers in law school. It covers paper structure, substance, and style.”

And if you like to see papers with consistent headings and useful tables of contents: Allison Christians, Using Word Styles to Improve Writing (July 22, 2019) [both references via Mary Whisner]


Reconstructing Journalistic Scenes in 3D - The New York Times – “A goal of journalism is to bear witness to history as faithfully as possible. This is especially true for photo and video journalists, who put themselves close to the action in order to visually document events. Visual journalists are always searching for new technologies to help them capture more detail and get the news out faster. But they’ve operated within the constraints of a camera lens, a two-hundred-year-old technology that gives readers a single, 2D representation of an event. What if we could break free of the rectangle and let readers experience a setting the same way the journalist did? Instead of just looking at a photo of a space, what if we could move through it?..”

The New York Times – Without the support of social platforms, our efforts to stamp out viral misinformation feel futile. “…Websites spreading health hoaxes on Facebook peaked at an estimated 460 million views on the platform in April 2020, according to the report, just as the virus was spreading around the world and overwhelming hospitals in New York City. Facebook claims to assess and add warning labels to factually incorrect posts; but in a subset of posts analyzed by Avaaz, only 16 percent of those containing health misinformation had a warning label. Facebook’s algorithm rewards and encourages engagement with content that provokes strong emotions, which is exactly the kind of content we warn patients to doubt and carefully assess, since false information is often packaged as novel and sensational. The report’s title calls Facebook’s algorithm “A Major Threat to Public Health” — something our clinical and research experiences amply confirm. Public health organizations have been unable to keep up with the deluge of sophisticated medical myths and pseudoscience shared on Facebook. Despite the efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, content from the top 10 health misinformation sites received four times as many Facebook views as content from the C.D.C., W.H.O. and eight other leading health institutions during April 2020…”