Archive for the 'Culture' Category

Don’t be evil.

By Jacob | Related entries in Consumer Safety, Cool, Corporate Business, Crazy, Culture

I am now using a Droid phone. My whole life is on this device. My “real” email accounts and my “fake” ones – they’re all Gmail accounts and linked on the Gmail app. My phone numbers, credit card information and my real name. Facebook , blogs and tweets. It’s all conveniently tied together and linked […]

November 18th, 2010 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

Prefab Participation

By Jacob | Related entries in Change, Culture, General Politics, Good Decisions, Partisan Hacks, Partisan Nonsense

Whilst walking the dog this rainy evening, I happened upon an illuminated, inflatable lawn ornament of the Halloween variety. These decorations are an easy, relatively inexpensive way to acknowledge the holiday. They require little or no thought beyond which one to buy and where to buy it. The set-up is easy, so is the clean […]

October 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Leading the Charge

By Jacob | Related entries in Books, Culture

General Tony Zinna was on The Leonard Lopate Show Tuesday promoting his new book Leading the Charge. Now, there’s a haircut you can set your watch to. The man is thoughtful and well-spoken. He says what he means and means what he says – Orwell would be proud. Listening to him was a pleasure. Particularly […]

August 29th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

Thinking Positively Can Make You Feel Worse

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, Science

In America, we tend to laud the optimist and shun the pessimist. Not surprisingly, we are inundated with bromides about positive thinking and self-affirmation. But, turns out, all that stuff might not work. A new study published in Psychological Science argues that forcing positive thoughts can have negative consequences. I’ve always thought self affirmations were […]

July 8th, 2009 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Remembering the WWII Generation

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, History, War

During this weekend’s D-Day remembrance ceremony, President Obama urged us not to forget those who fought for our freedom and what they managed to achieve. Many estimate we are losing as many as 1,200 WW II veterans every day in America alone. But there’s no reason we have to lose their stories. For those of […]

June 8th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

New Ways to Deter Smoking

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, Health Care, Law

Wish fewer people smoked? Maybe it’s time for visual warnings on packages. Cigarette packages should show graphic images of yellow teeth, blackened gums, protruding neck tumors and bleeding brains to alert smokers to their disease risks, the World Health Organization said on Friday. WHO says 20 nations already use some form of visual warning and […]

May 29th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Talking About Short Stories

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, Media

In one of my other lives, I write fiction. My newest story has just appeared at Stone’s Throw, an online literary magazine. Yes, this is shameless self promotion. I’m hoping some of y’all will find the time to read the issue — and maybe even read some other great literary journals as well. You’d be […]

April 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Who Needs Self Control?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, Science

Next time you finish off a box of cookies or a whole pie, despite having controlled yourself all day, don’t blame yourself. Blame human nature. In the latest issue of the journal Psychological Science, the researchers taunted subjects with the story of a waiter who was surrounded by gourmet food but not allowed a taste. […]

April 10th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Greed vs. Stupidity

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, Economy, recession, Wall Street

So, what caused the current financial crisis? No, not the specific events but rather the underlying cause, the cultural fault. David Brooks believes there are two competing schools of thought. It’s the greed theory vs. the stupidity theory. Brooks begins with the greed theory: [T]he U.S. financial crisis is a bigger version of the crises […]

April 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Happy St. Patty’s

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Cool, Culture

So, today’s the day we celebrate the plight of alcoholism in the Irish the fun-loving spirit of the Irish with good beer and good friends. Here’s some factoids from a guy with a bit of the Irish in him: Over 35 million Americans have Irish blood. But the rest of you are welcome to wear […]

March 17th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »