Saturday, August 04, 2018

How to Grow Old: Bertrand Russell on What Makes a Fulfilling Life

The gentleman is generous and treats all men as his equals, especially those whom he feels to be inferior in rank and wealth.
— Hilaire Belloc, born in 1870

The Hungarian capital’s architectural cocktail gives it a starring role in countless movies

Council Throws the Book at Jane

Gertrude & Alice Café Book- store is a Bondi institution. Led by local owner Jane Turner, the cozy, welcoming spot is well- known for its delicious coffee, famous lentil soup, lovely staff and, last but not least, its curbside box of free books. So imagine Ms. Turner’s surprise when in May a representative from Council […]

Sleeping Like A Sloth Is 100 Percent Good For Your Brain, So Get Some Damn Sleep

It's one of those seven deadly sins, "but is slothfulness actually wrong? If slothfulness means avoiding responsibility and failing to accomplish important, meaningful goals, then most likely yes. However, if slothfulness means getting more than seven hours’ sleep a night to improve health and increase productivity, then surely there’s nothing wrong with that." … 

Is the Gallery Wall Over? These Are Your New Options for Displaying Art

Australians almost immune from ransomware, topping lists for data safety

OAIC releases data breach notification report

Mastering the art of the narrative: using stories to shape public policy
People believe narratives are important and that crafting or influencing them likely shapes public policy. But how does one actually do this?

What ‘M*A*S*H’ – The Book, The Film, The TV Series – Taught Us Then And Teaches Us Now

"Rationality has lost its currency. The people in charge are dolts — masters of manipulation making testosterone-fueled, incendiary moves on the world stage. Patriotism has soured into ugly, gun-loving nationalism, with brown people and foreigners the targets of a nonsensical, hateful rage. ... Each morning seems to bring some fresh hell, a reminder that the nightmare is real, and that there is no end in sight. Salvation is found in small, personal connections, in wry humor, and in the forlorn hope that intelligence and decency will ultimately prevail. That’s one way to describe the basic plot of MAS*H." … Read More
If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.
— Carl Sandburg, who died in 1967

How Affluence Is Killing Our Greatest Cities

By trying to improve our cities, we have only succeeded in making them empty simulacra of what was. To bring this about we have signed on to political scams and mindless development schemes that are so exclusive they are more destructive than all they were supposed to improve. The urban crisis of affluence exemplifies our wider crisis: we now live in an America where we believe that we no longer have any ability to control the systems we live under. … 

Video: just roads, rates and rubbish? Councils hit back with humour
Sick of shock jock musings that councils should stick to "roads, rates and rubbish", the Municipal Association of Victoria has produced an amusing — and very low budget — guide to the good work local government does.

His wife wanted a potato pit. But once this Armenian villager started digging, he just couldn’t stop.

 'He Just Kept Digging' The Ultimate Man Cave

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Exercise Makes The Aging Heart More Youthful. “For lifelong heart health, start exercising early in life and keep exercising often — ideally, at least four times a week, according to a remarkable series of recent studies involving hundreds of people and their hearts. But even if you have neglected to exercise in recent years and are now middle-aged, it is not too late. The same research shows that you still can substantially remodel your heart and make it more youthful by starting to work out in midlife, provided you exercise often enough.”

  “If you can fall in love again and again,”Henry Miller wrote as he contemplated the measure of a life well lived on the precipice of turning eighty, “if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical… you’ve got it half licked.”

How to Grow Old: Bertrand Russell on What Makes a Fulfilling Life