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On Subtlety. Meghan O’Gieblyn | Interior States | Anchor | October 2018 | 13 minutes (6,551 words) In ancient Rome, there were certain fabrics so delicate and finely stitched they were called subtilis, literally “underwoven.”

On Subtlety

The word—from which came the Old French soutil and the English subtle—often described the gossamer-like material that was used to make veils. I think of organza or the finest blends of silk chiffon, material that is opaque when gathered but sheer when stretched and translucent when held up to the light. Most wedding veils sold today use a special kind of tulle called “bridal illusion,” a term I’ve always loved, as it calls attention to the odd abracadabra of the veil, an accoutrement that is designed to simultaneously reveal and conceal. Potpourri. February 11, 2019 When I was twenty I lived in a studio apartment near downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.


Things Organized Neatly. Notes and Queries in Anthropology. The Mindset Lists of American History. The Mindset List has delighted millions for over a decade about what has “always” or “never” been true for entering college students.

The Mindset Lists of American History

It was created at Beloit College in 1998 to reflect the world view of entering first year students, and started with the members of the class of 2002, born in 1980. What started as a witty way of saying to faculty colleagues “watch your references,” has turned into a globally reported and utilized guide to the intelligent if unprepared adolescent consciousness. It is requested by thousands of readers, reprinted in hundreds of print and electronic publications, and used for a wide variety of purposes.

It immediately caught the imagination of the public, and in the ensuing years, has drawn responses from around the world. This site now gets more than a million hits a year. Why Phone Conversations Are Better Than Texting. Nevertheless, I’m here today to confess my sins and ask forgiveness from all those whose voicemails I have not listened to.

Why Phone Conversations Are Better Than Texting

To fully repent, I must make clear what I now know to be the truth: Phone calls are good, actually. One of the best arguments in favor of phone calls will be obvious to anyone who’s ever gone back and forth for three days via email trying to pick a spot for Tuesday’s happy hour. Guhan Subramanian, the director of the Harvard Program on Negotiation, which teaches business- and law-school students the finer points of conflict resolution, argues that spoken conversation accomplishes far more in a shorter amount of time.

In any discussion, “people are asking questions, probing, asking follow-up questions,” he says. “It’s obviously a lot easier to do when you’re over the phone or in person, compared to by email or text.” This difference is what first pushed me back to phone calls. I’m not advocating a wholesale rejection of texting in favor of speaking. ... en vue. Artist uses Brainwaves to Manipulate Water. Jane Goodall's GPS interview in full. Etudes. Would You Rather Be Born Smart or Rich? I know, I know, you'd rather be born smart and rich (and charming, and with a lustrous head of hair, and a voice like Michael Bolton's).

Would You Rather Be Born Smart or Rich?

But if you had to choose? Chances are, your answer depends on whether you think the U.S. economy is a meritocracy—that intelligence and ambition are more important to lifelong success than the circumstances of your birth. A recent Brookings paper gives reasons for optimism. Over the long term, it finds, smart kids earn more than rich kids. But sadly, there's a big catch. The Brookings paper looked at the relationship between brains, motivation, and economic mobility among a group of youth the government began tracking in 1979.

Brains weren't everything, of course. I know, I know, you'd rather be born smart and rich (and charming, and with a lustrous head of hair, and a voice like Michael Bolton's). A recent Brookings paper gives reasons for optimism. The Learning Festival. Z-Type. Grappling. Gripping. T.ripping. Quotability. *joi de vivre. Revealing. Ripping. Vinyl. The new digital audio workstation. Ripping Vinyl with GNU/Linux. Recently my Dad started sending me pieces of his vinyl record collection.

Ripping Vinyl with GNU/Linux

He has a ton of good stuff from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles and everything in between from 65'-75'. My plan is to archive all the albums to my computer and do some other fancy things with them like converting each track to an MP3, allowing for easy distribution via CD or over the Internet. Below is the process that I used after doing many hours of research on and off line. 1. The EquipmentIn high school I was able to acquire some relatively decent vintage stereo equipment before the prices shot up on eBay in recent years. Technics SL-20 Belt Drive TurntableTechnics SA-110 Stereo ReceiverTechnics SH-8XXX Graphic Equalizer64-Bit Debian GNU/Linux ComputerAll the equipment except the turntable was in excellent condition, but after taking it to Classic Audio Repair in Normal Heights they replaced the RCA cable, belt, checked the speed, and recommended a Grado Green MM cartridge for improved playback.

Vinyl Music Processing under Linux.