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The best index to a person’s character is how they treat people who can’t do them any good, and how they treat people who can’t fight back.

Abigail Van Buren

Noblesse oblige

(Source: childrenofthetao, via drmeaningful)

Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

(Source: quoted-books, via theactofhistory)

I’m a writer, and I’m also trained to process a thought by seeing it written in front of me. Which is a ridiculous way to think, and live, but it’s all I have to work with.

Warren Ellis, British Summer Time

(via vanderwal)


(via Romantic relationship simulator – DI14)
This work explores how forecasting through simulations and the modeling of human behavior might influence the way we manage and maintain relationships. This machine predicts the satisfaction in time one can expect to get out of a given romantic relationship. By applying a psychological model and a mathematical/predictive model this instrument learns to recognize patterns in the users behavior and desires and thereby learns to evaluate the relationship. The combination of user input, data input and embeddedness in the larger context allows for a fine-granular adjustment and feedback of desires, 

(via Romantic relationship simulator – DI14)

This work explores how forecasting through simulations and the modeling of human behavior might influence the way we manage and maintain relationships. This machine predicts the satisfaction in time one can expect to get out of a given romantic relationship. By applying a psychological model and a mathematical/predictive model this instrument learns to recognize patterns in the users behavior and desires and thereby learns to evaluate the relationship. The combination of user input, data input and embeddedness in the larger context allows for a fine-granular adjustment and feedback of desires, 

My newest acquisition: a Muv Man leaning stool.
I’ve been using a standing desk for over two years, but I have still been spending some amount of time — maybe half of the day — sitting. Most recently my chair has been a Buoy from Steelcase. It involves active sitting, since it is rounded at the bottom. But it’s still sitting.

In the past few days with the Muv Man, I am either standing, or leaning like the woman in the picture. The neck telescopes, and the stool is canted forward about 4º. It supports about 1/3 of my weight, and I find myself in a new dynamic: I stand up to write, and I lean back into it when reading for a long period.
I now have no desk ‘chair’.
Anyone want to buy a slightly-used Buoy?

My newest acquisition: a Muv Man leaning stool.

I’ve been using a standing desk for over two years, but I have still been spending some amount of time — maybe half of the day — sitting. Most recently my chair has been a Buoy from Steelcase. It involves active sitting, since it is rounded at the bottom. But it’s still sitting.

In the past few days with the Muv Man, I am either standing, or leaning like the woman in the picture. The neck telescopes, and the stool is canted forward about 4º. It supports about 1/3 of my weight, and I find myself in a new dynamic: I stand up to write, and I lean back into it when reading for a long period.

I now have no desk ‘chair’.

Anyone want to buy a slightly-used Buoy?

(via StorkStand: The Most Affordable, Mobile Standing Desk by Mike Goldberg)

Very clever design.
No matter how big the lie, repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.

John F Kennedy

The health hazards of sitting

By Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark
We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.

The health hazards of sitting

By Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark

We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.

Conservatives don’t like the observation that American health care performs worse than other countries’ systems because it relies too much on the private sector and the profit motive. So whenever someone points out the obvious, there is a chorus of denial, of attempts to claim that America does, too, offer better care. It turns out, however, that such claims invariably end up relying on zombie arguments — that is, arguments that have been proved wrong, should be dead, but keep shambling along because they serve a political purpose.