The Painter Subverting Art-World Economics, $100 at a Time. I have always collected art, but I’ve never been an art collector — which I define broadly to mean someone who can buy original pieces without profound financial discomfort.
The stuff on my walls has what a serious collector would consider dubious provenance. For instance: a glazed ceramic tile that I bought off the floor of a Moroccan carpet emporium; a wooden tiger mask from an antiques dealer; a postcard I found at the flea market. The times I’ve tried to acquire quote-unquote real art have almost universally ended in humiliation. The other day, I learned about a fascinating Azerbaijani textile maker and wrote to his gallerist to request a price for a particular decorative carpet. I raised my kids on Pixar – and it has ruined classic cinema for them.
I was recently scrolling through Christmas films at the cinema opposite the kids’ school, picturing the happy scene where I arrive unexpectedly outside the gates, on 17 December or thereabouts, wearing flashing reindeer horns, and bear them off to see It’s a Wonderful Life, which they will then remember for the rest of their lives.
Naturally, I am imagining a different family, as I am not allowed near the school because even the way I hold my phone is appalling. Also, they won’t watch any film made before 2005. This is not only a source of genuine sorrow, but it was also arrived at painfully – years of bribing and guilt-tripping them into watching Heathers and Beavis and Butt-Head and There’s Something About Mary, going: “Wait, wait, the next bit’s really funny,” only to find that I have misremembered and there is one joke, 40 minutes in, and the rest, while quite explicit, might be funny to me, but isn’t humorous in the modern sense.
I raised them wrong. Untitled. Police in Canada have charged a man with speeding and dangerous driving after he was found asleep at the wheel of his self-driving car as it travelled at 150km/h down a highway in the province of Alberta.
Announcing the charges on Thursday, the Royal Canadian Mounted police said that on 9 July they received a complaint that a Model S Tesla vehicle was speeding on the highway near the town of Ponoka. “The car appeared to be self-driving, traveling over 140km/h, with both front seats completely reclined and both occupants appearing to be asleep,” the RCMP said in a statement. After the police flashed their lights, however, the Tesla electric vehicle reportedly sped up to “exactly” 150km/h, according to police.
The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It. When scientists have studied procrastination, they've typically focused on how people are miserable at weighing costs and benefits across time.
For example, everybody recognizes, in the abstract, that it's important to go to the dentist every few months. The pain is upfront and obvious—dental work is torture—and the rewards of cleaner teeth are often remote, so we allow the appointment to slip through our minds and off our calendars. Across several categories including dieting, saving money, and sending important emails, we constantly choose short and small rewards (whose benefits are dubious, but immediate) over longer and larger payouts (whose benefits are obvious, but distant). In the last few years, however, scientists have begun to think that procrastination might have less to do with time than emotion. Procrastination "really has nothing to do with time-management,” Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, told Psychological Science. Untitled.
In the very first instalment of my column for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, a dizzying number of years ago now, I wrote that it would continue until I had discovered the secret of human happiness, whereupon it would cease.
Typically for me, back then, this was a case of facetiousness disguising earnestness. Obviously, I never expected to find the secret, but on some level I must have known there were questions I needed to confront – about anxiety, commitment-phobia in relationships, control-freakery and building a meaningful life. Writing a column provided the perfect cover for such otherwise embarrassing fare. Untitled. This year, my detective Vera Stanhope turns 21.
She first appeared in 1999 in a book called The Crow Trap, which was conceived while I walked miles round the Northumberland countryside with my husband, Tim. He had suffered a major psychotic episode and been hospitalised. Though he’d been allowed home, he was still very poorly and very restless. Walking was the best remedy. The Movement Against Sexist and Discriminatory School Dress Codes. Finucane-Terlop says he mentioned the incident to his school counselor right after it took place but didn’t end up getting a response from administrators.
April Langston, Finucane-Terlop’s counselor, and David Brown, his principal at Strawberry Crest, however, do not recall talking about or hearing of such an incident. Beyond this specific case, Emily Greytak, the research director at GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), says the organization has noticed that incidents like the one Finucane-Terlop described are becoming more frequent, when LGBT students are discriminated against either verbally, or via disciplinary action, for clothing choices that don’t fall in line with either a dress code or dress expectations that starkly demarcate different rules based on gender. “This isn’t occasional; this isn’t just some students. This is something that happens quite regularly,” Greytak says. Untitled. Sunday morning.
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In his bed was last night’s dinner plate. And last night’s water glass. Why plastic waste is an ideal building material - BBC Future. Many universities and entrepreneurs are attempting to do this.
Most solutions target mixed plastic waste and suggest applications different from the original ones. For example, several groups have developed building materials made of plastic waste. Plastics are strong, durable, waterproof, lightweight, easy to mould, and recyclable – all key properties for construction materials. So what if all of this plastic waste could be converted into building materials for low-income populations? Existing initiatives are promising, but not yet reproducible on an industrial scale. I study plastic waste with the specific aim of finding interesting ways to remove it from the environment. Our team is currently trying to develop a viable building block made of recycled plastics. Untitled. Our Brains Struggle to Process This Much Stress. Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life It was the end of the world as we knew it, and I felt fine. That’s almost exactly what I told my psychiatrist at my March 16 appointment, a few days after our children’s school district extended spring break because of the coronavirus.
I said the same at my April 27 appointment, several weeks after our state’s stay-at-home order. Why 'Ditch the algorithm' is the future of political protest. An improbable nightmare that stalked students in the past was tearing open an envelope to find someone else’s exam results inside.
On 13 August, for tens of thousands of A-level students in England, this became a reality. The predictive algorithm developed by the qualifications regulator Ofqual disregarded the hard work of many young people in a process that ascribed weight to the past performance of schools and colleges. As one teenager described the experience of being downgraded: “I logged on at 8am and just started sobbing.” Three days later, the A-level debacle sparked protests in English cities, with young people bearing placards reading “The algorithm stole my future” and “Fuck the algorithm”.
The protests marked an unusual convergence of politics and predictive models. Untitled. “Increased spacing has been shown to help facilitate processing in a number of other reading studies,” Johnson explained to me by email, using two spaces after each period. “Removing the spaces between words altogether drastically hurts our ability to read fluently, and increasing the amount of space between words helps us process the text.” In the Skidmore study, among people who write with two spaces after periods—“two-spacers”—there was an increase in reading speed of 3 percent when reading text with two spaces following periods, as compared to one.
Untitled. In the Igbo town of Idumuje-Ugboko in southeast Nigeria, artist and architect Demas Nwoko reports to his home office Monday through Friday. The room is cool, softly lit and furnished with his own hand-built wooden desks, tables and chairs. A selection of Nwoko's terracotta sculptures is displayed on shelves. Throughout the day, the 84-year-old meets one-on-one with his two young interns, recent architecture school graduates who assist with the logistics of his latest building projects. His feedback and direction are those of an exacting perfectionist, but his serious tone is softened by an easy chuckle. Outside his two-storey mud-brick home is the community's only paved road, connecting the town to the capital Abuja in the north and Lagos in the west. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. The man in the iron lung. Untitled. Untitled.
Canada makes history with its inclusion in the new North American League for Rainbow Six. Untitled. Many of us have used the current lockdown as an opportunity to learn new skills, such as knitting, a foreign language or DIY. But for a privileged portion of the super-rich society used to having an army of staff to help out with basic tasks and chores, this period of social isolation has required a crash course in keeping up their living quarters. Listen: You Are Worthy of Sleep. No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime. Photographers From Around the World During COVID-19. Eight marvelous and melancholy things I've learned about creativity.
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