“Napping is still often stigmatized, for example by being associated with illness or a lack of ambition.
But many people, and experts, praise the benefits of a siesta or a power snooze. Confessed nappers include Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison and Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
Napping, writes James B. Maas, a Cornell University sleep expert, “should have the status of daily exercise.”
Mammals that divide their day between two distinct periods — sleep and wakefulness — are in the minority, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which pointed out on its Web site: “While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance.”
“A lot of city dwellers see their sidewalks as essential to their neighborhood. But what do you do when residents openly reject sidewalks — and mount a campaign to keep them off their streetscapes? We talk with architect and urban planner Roger K. Lewis about what the debate over sidewalks in several D.C. neighborhoods says about public space and self-identity.
Roger K. Lewis, Architect; Columnist, “Shaping the City,” Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park”
(This is a kind of ultimate typesetter quiz question. Correctly typeset the possessive version of the 50th state. Example “California’s got a big problem.”)
Some of the links to articles on it I saw seem to indicate that the Mac got the character in 2002. But this character (as a quote) has been around for some time. You just needed to know the key command (option-]) to get it. But I think the Mac got Hawaiian in 2002 as a character palette with this form as a character in the alphabet for that palette. That makes more sense.
OK, I don’t have a Hawai‘ian character palette so, sorry if I made any mistakes!
DS: Right, I’ve read that you’ve said photography really isn’t a great medium for story telling, and so is that where your frustrations stem from?
AS: Well, that photography is just not good for storytelling, yes. I also just think photography was much more interesting 50 plus years ago, and now there is just this overabundance of photography. It’s like saying “What type of art do you do?” “Oh, I do Twitter.” (laughter). I just put these little fragments out in the world, but I would rather call myself a novelist than a Twitterist. And I sometimes feel photography is that.
“New research suggests that higher temperatures can have a damaging effect on the economies of poor countries. The study, by economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that in years with higher temperatures, poor countries experienced significantly slower economic growth.”
If you have not had a change yet to check out some of the DSLR videos being made on still cameras, this is a nice place to start exploring. Like other video sites, it’s a mixed bag but, Vimeo is a better mixed bag than usual.
July 20th will mark the 40th anniversary of the landing of two men on the moon. I was just a little boy at the time and, I don’t think I remember any of it. If I do, I can’t be sure if it was Apollo 11 or one of the later landings. I do remember watching episodes of Gilligan’s Island and I Dream of Genie in the family room. Skylab was cool too.
So the moon landings bring on feelings in me like anyone might have who was born in the 1960s or later and perhaps just a little like the feelings my parent’s or sister’s generation might experience. My sister was a teen and my parents in their 40s in 1969.
I also thought of the iconic image taken by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin of the boot print (why do they call it a footprint?) on the dusty grey surface of the moon. This simple design, a series of bars lined up perpendicular to the length of the foot, came to represent a kind of brand image for the bigger mission set fourth by President Kennedy.
Like a letterpress, each bar looks like furniture used to set type. But unlike any printed image, these footprints will be around for millions and millions of years. Slowly eroded by micro meteorites.
Plaque, still on the Moon
The footprints left on the moon - like footprints left in volcanic dust in the Great Rift Valley in Africa by ancient hominids - will likely be the only thing left as evidence of intelligent life on Earth or its moon. All the books, all the web sites, all the buildings, cars, art, science, thought, everything will be dust or buried or fossilized. But the boot prints will still be on the moon along with some abandoned bits of incredible 20th century technology.
Buzz Aldrin with Armstrong seen in Aldrin’s visor.
“The visions seem to swirl up from the brain’s sewage system at the worst possible times — during a job interview, a meeting with the boss, an apprehensive first date, an important dinner party. What if I started a food fight with these hors d’oeuvres? Mocked the host’s stammer?”
“We may distinguish between two types of imaginative process: the one starts with the word and arrives at the visual image and the one starts with the visual image and arrives at its verbal expression.
Italo Calvino”—politicstheoryphotography.blogspot.com here