Category Archives: Modern life-as-we-know-it

Some beautiful (and empty) buildings await your vision

3744464695_79d2733b39_zCityLab shares this, “Pretty Vacants: The Coolest Empty Buildings in America.” Haven’t you ever thought of that? In a drive past an abandoned building, what could be there?

The closest on this list to me is in Providence, the Superman Building (where summer tours were heavily attended), but Connecticut — particularly the state’s cities — has some wonderful examples of what-could-bes.


Why haters hate

kierkegaardKierkegaard has an explanation for bullies and trolls, and he had it in 1847.

Who do you trust?

ft_16-10-18_trustinstitutions_overviewAbout three-quarters of Americans trust the military and they trust scientists to do the right thing, according to a new Pew poll.

Sadly, the media and elected officials — and religious leaders — don’t fare so well.

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

What people are wondering about Clinton and Trump:


Just read “Weapons of Math Destruction”

weaponsmath-r4-6-06I’ve been talking a lot about data in my classes, but this book, by Cathy O’Neil (aka Mathbabe), has made me rethink a lot of things, including how data can be used to keep the wealth and income gap firmly in place.

Here’s one fer-instance: If you live in a poor neighborhood, algorithms will measure you less capable of playing off a loan than someone who lives in a high-resource neighborhood. Now, you may be as ready to pay off a loan as any one else, but there you are, caught in an algorithm. The same goes for college admissions.

I love books that make me think.

If the opportunity arose to go to Mars…

…would you?

Elon Musk has a plan for you. Me, I’m so not interested in this and I can’t figure out why — other than I don’t like scuba diving, either. I believe I want to stay where God put me — dry land. Earth.