“You won't understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad – or good – it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.”
Things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully
“He got to see his friends differently, not as just appendages to his life but as distinct characters inhabiting their own stories; he felt sometimes that he was seeing them for the first time, even after so many years of knowing them.”
There were times when the pressure to achieve happiness felt almost oppressive, as if happiness were something that everyone should and could attain, and that any sort of compromise in its pursuit was somehow your fault.”
Edelman Trust Barometer 2021
The Australian Taxation Office has quietly started trialling facial recognition technology from UK company iProov in its myGovID digital identity credentialing app to verify the identity of users.
iTnews can reveal the “liveness solution” public beta kicked off last week, allowing users to create a “strong” digital identity for the first time.
A strong identity, otherwise known as identity proofing level three (IP3), is the highest level of verification expected to be offered through the app, which has been available since mid-2019.
Let People Enjoy This Essay Gawker
The Psychology of Online Political Hostility: A Comprehensive, Cross-National Test of the Mismatch Hypothesis (preprint) PsyArXiv. From the Abstract: “[O]nline political hostility reflects the behavior of individuals predisposed to be hostile in all (including offline) contexts.” This is violence.
One Day—and One Night—in the Kitchen at Les Halles The New Yorker. From 2000
Who’d have thunk it? Those crazy doctors in operating rooms are on to something. Masks work.