“As far as food is concerned, “organic,” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier. How the food is handled makes all the difference in the world and there is room for error in both organic and conventional farming. And if you really want to be green, buying conventionally produced items from nearby rather than organic products that have been shipped from abroad can actually be the more eco-friendly option.”—
“Some believe that the role of old-fashioned being-there reporters is antiquated with the emergence of citizen-journalism, YouTube, Twitter, and blogging in general. I certainly think these new media and ways of bringing the truth about the world to light are amazing. That’s why I do what I do. But I have never believed there is a replacement for on-hand reporting. Citizen journalists witness and broadcast. Men and women like Hetherington and Hondros do that but with professional skill, the eye of an outsider, and the capacity to edit. And they exhibit in some ways more courage than those in the midst of their own lives and conflicts because they do not have to be there. They choose to be there, and to bear witness to the struggles of others. A human being is a human being and journalists’ live are not more worthy than anyone else’s. But when men like these perish, there is a special darkness in our hearts. Because we know less, can care less, and can turn away from less because these men are gone.”—When Reporters Die - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
This is really interesting. “What happens if you give people a list of broad areas of public endeavor and tell them that they get to take 10 percent of their tax dollars and decide which functions they’ll be allocated to? The result is less guns and more butter.”
“I understand the desire to check your email, stocks, Facebook wall, OKCupid or Grindr message in those moments when you simply have to walk or sit on a train or scarf some lunchtime Chipotle. But when you are actually among people you know, the act of glancing down at your mobile device is simply bad manners. It states absolutely that your current interaction is not as important or as interesting as any number of online connections. It’s rude. And it misses the point.”—
I’m not as bad as many, especially in the scenario outlined above, but I’ve realized lately that my phone is my go to anytime I have down time. I’m trying to remedy that. It is good for me to just “be” in the moment, if if that moment is just staring off into space while I wait for something.
For the fans, Houston had much more to offer and didn’t blink at the onslaught of Virginians, East Coasters and Midwesterners looking for revelry. Whether you were downtown, near the Galleria or on Kirby Street, the food was tasty and the watering holes aplenty. …
Houston should be on the permanent list of cities that host the Final Four party; 2016 is already in the plans and—probably—so is another Super Bowl. I never thought watching a basketball game in a football stadium would be fun, but Houston made it so.
The infoverse has exploded. Data still comes in book form — and also in a bazillion other forms as well: among them, databases, online journals, architectural plans, maps, photos, microprints, CDs, DVDs, podcasts, posters, manuscripts, Tweets, musical scores, scripts, magazines, software and web sites.
Librarians make it possible to navigate wilderness.
They do the brute-force work of organization: bar-coding new acquisitions; putting books back on the right shelves; scanning and digitizing paper holdings; entering items into databases, where a search can reveal them.
Handed a difficult question, a good librarian happily hacks through the data jungle, sorting the good info from the bad, and procuring exactly the answer you wanted.
But great librarians do something even better: They help you ask a sharper question, then find the answer you didn’t know you needed.
Maybe printed books will largely disappear in the next decade. But even so, we’ll still need libraries - because we’ll need librarians.