“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Linky Friday: Knowing and Not Knowing, Wondering and Wandering
[Kn1] Spiritual leader admits knowing of years of abuse in his faith…not the Pope, the Dalai Lama.
[Kn2] “Knowing the Risks” a horrific story and inquest from our Australian friends: “An inquest has highlighted the importance of careful decisions in drug withdrawal, after a patient died from being administered an excessive amount of buprenorphine”
[Kn3] Would that we all improve on this: “Knowing When to Say Nothing:” “In addition to evidence that people in non-academic and professional contexts don’t ask as many questions as their interlocutors would like them to, there is some evidence that the performance of teams in solving intellectual problems is linked with well-timed talk.”
[Kn4] An argument about infrastructure improvements costs, but from the supply chain side of things: “Team led by WSU researcher highlighting how aging shipping routes hurt economy”.
[Kn5] Interesting study: Peer pressure and environmental awareness, “Giving people information about how much gas or electricity their neighbors use encourages them to use less energy, research shows.”
[Kn6] One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time: Caring for elderly with memory issues and dementia by designing their facility with a period-authentic feel.
[Kn7] “In many Native American communities, there’s a fear that any knowledge shared with scientists could end up in published reports—which could, in turn, lead to a familiar story of plundering.”
[Nt1] This hits very close to home, but an all too common story; “What If the Doctors Had Listen to Her” H/T @samwilkinson.
[Nt2] File this under “things that make you feel old,” getting dragged on social media for not knowing how stamps work.
[Nt3] Unknown outcomes can make us put in either too much work or not enough. Here’s how to avoid both.
[Nt5] Sign O’ the times: Woman falls 50ft from rocks, poses smiling for picture not realizing her neck was broken.
[Nt6] An academic who used to be a soldier does some pushback on misperceptions he sees on the military in the groves of academe.
[Nt7] Male sports fans might be surprised: “it’s becoming increasingly more likely that the person behind your favorite team’s social media account is a woman. Often considered a “pink-collar industry,” social media’s female-dominated workforce has naturally extended to the traditionally male-dominated sports industry, too.”
[Wo1] Meta-analyses were supposed to end scientific debates. Often, they only cause more controversy.
[Wo2] Dark take: “A romantic vision of technology is dangerous. The assumption that it’s an enabler, liberating knowledge and facilitating growth, is fallacious.”
[Wo3] A grandmother notices a difference in the school her grandkids go to compared to their parents, and it is an interesting perspective. “A classroom is no longer a place of silence; thinking can be loud. Students collaborate, bounce their ideas off one another and surprisingly don’t misuse their power when they critique the work of peers.”
[Wo4] You’ve been doing SimCity wrong all these years, and turning an urban planner loose on the classic proves it: “Little did I know that arranging roads on a 6 x 6 grid versus a 4 x 4 grid–in other words, allowing six buildings on each block rather than four– changes the taxable density of a city. As he explains, this slight shift in the grid increases the proportion of buildable land from 64% to 73%.”
[Wo5] “Curators Debate the Pros and Cons of All-Women’s Art Shows”
[Wo6] Want to see all 7 Wonders of the World? No problem, just pay your 15K in Pounds Sterling and get in line.
[Wo7] The former Yugoslavia is dotted with massive monuments, but there was a time when they were vital to the quest for national liberation.
[Wa1] Camping out and standing in line was bad enough; these two flew to Australia from Britain to be the first to get the new IPhones.
[Wa2] The ruins of an ancient temple to the Aztec wind god discovered in the middle of a metro station in Mexico.
[Wa3] Germany has a housing crisis that is familiar to many places in the world: too much housing in rural areas, not enough in urban.
[Wa4] Say what? “273 corpses were on wandering truck, Mexican officials say”.
[Wa5] Iceland has famously strict “naming laws,” which has run counter to not only a new generation but also LGBT folks seeking name changes.
[Wa6] Horrid: “The IOM also found that approximately 80 per cent of Nigerian women and girls who arrived by sea in 2016 were “likely to be victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Italy or in other countries of the European Union.”
[Wa7] All politics in Thailand apparently involve rice to one extent or another.