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Meditation: Teachers and Technology

Meditation is an ancient technology. Can we hack it? This post will introduce you to the recent rise of consumer-grade at-home wearables aimed at assisting your meditation practice; and also list out some prominent western teachers and researchers who have adapted the ancient into the modern.
posted by St. Peepsburg to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 9:57 AM
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It's time to declare this sinking OVER.


The Exquisite Craft of Mary Delany

"Mary Delany’s stunning works are a remarkable combination of art and science. Often mistaken for watercolours, they are in fact carefully constructed paper collages, or ‘mosaicks’ as she called them. Surprisingly, the story starts when the artist was 72, after she noticed the similarity between a geranium and a piece of red paper that was on her bedside table. The realisation prompted Delany to pick up a pair of scissors and imitate the petals in paper."
posted by jedicus to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 8:31 AM
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Back to Normal Doesn't Work Because Normal Wasn't Working

It all feels like some terribly boring nightmare, this gentle constant frustration in the space where hope used to be. Back to Normal Isn't Enough, from Kelsey McKinney, writing for Defector.
posted by Ghidorah to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 5:58 AM
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This is a gold rush

Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike weighs in on web3: When people talk about blockchains, they talk about distributed trust, leaderless consensus, and all the mechanics of how that works, but often gloss over the reality that clients ultimately can’t participate in those mechanics. All the network diagrams are of servers, the trust model is between servers, everything is about servers. Blockchains are designed to be a network of peers, but not designed such that it’s really possible for your mobile device or your browser to be one of those peers.
posted by Cash4Lead to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 8:50 AM
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37% of orders were mistaken, but 99% of customers were happy.

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders (Japan): All of our servers are people living with dementia. They may, or may not, get your order right. However, rest assured that even if your order is mistaken, everything on our menu is delicious and one of a kind. This, we guarantee. Street Roots gives the history of how Japanese journalist Shiro Oguni got the idea for the pop-up restaurant when he visited a dementia care facility. The home, run by dementia care specialist Yukio Wada, treated residents with dignity and gave them opportunities to contribute to the daily routine via cooking. This charming 2 minute video shows the restaurant, happy customers, and waitstaff in action.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl to MetaFilter on Jan 10 at 10:54 AM
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Two sleeps

The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps' “ For millennia, people slept in two shifts – once in the evening, and once in the morning. But why? And how did the habit disappear?”
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Step One: Get the Beat

Dancing With Systems is an essay listing a dozen+ ways of thinking about, working with and enhancing systems. The author is Donella Meadows, one of the authors of environmental classic, The Limits To Growth. From the list, e.g. "#7. Make feedback policies for feedback systems. President Jimmy Carter had an unusual ability to think in feedback terms and to make feedback policies. Unfortunately he had a hard time explaining them to a press and public that didn’t understand feedback. He suggested, at a time when oil imports were soaring, that there be a tax on gasoline proportional to the fraction of U.S. oil consumption that had to be imported. If imports continued to rise the tax would rise, until it suppressed demand and brought forth substitutes and reduced imports. If imports fell to zero, the tax would fall to zero. The tax never got passed."
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 4:43 PM
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"I don’t know how you do your job"

My bile rises as I’m asked to move my dying cancer patient out of ICU to make room for an unvaccinated man with Covid Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava writes of what it is like to make a decision so many health professionals around the globe are being asked to make. (Single link from the Guardian.)
posted by Megami to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 11:10 PM
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"Are you a robot?" "No." "That's exactly what a robot would say."

Stevie Martin and Lola-Rose Maxwell make sketches about the frustrations of dealing with technology, work, and everyday situations, like verifying that you're not a robot, buying food online, working "for exposure", every time you try and go on a website, when you forget your password, trying to print something and others.
posted by AllShoesNoSocks to MetaFilter on Jan 9 at 5:05 AM
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They Don’t Make Heterosexuals Like Pamela Des Barres Any More


Snowdown Please, I'm Plowing


Students Are Doing What Adults Won’t in the Fight Against Omicron

Students Are Doing What Adults Won’t in the Fight Against Omicron [Vice/Motherboard] " “We are tired of adult leadership not being able to represent the voice of the people that are affected by the shit that they're putting into place,” Santiago De La Garza, a 16-year-old junior at Solorio Academy in Chicago who plans to participate in the walkout, told Motherboard."
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The difference between live and dead butterflies


i have no idea what you're talking about

In 2019's Dismissive Incomprehension: A Use of Purported Ignorance to Undermine Others, Matthew J Cull explores the common rhetorical tactic of pretending that someone has not made sense but has uttered "gibberish," in order to discredit their argument. How does the tactic work...and what can be done to counteract it?
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Olivia Colman with the Cossacks reply


"My lab found significant microclot formation in long Covid patients"


He's lost the respect of his country and a year's supply of Turtle Wax.

Prince Andrew loses his military titles, patronages, and use of the term "His Royal Highness." A day after a ruling that Virginia Roberts Giuffre's lawsuit against Prince Andrew accusing him of rape will proceed, and after 150+ war heroes wrote a letter urging the Queen to strip Andrew of his titles, the Queen of England officially took away her favorite son's military titles*, patronages, and his "His Royal Highness" "styling--well, he technically still has that last one, he's just not really allowed to use it any more. The military appointments have been "in abeyance" since 2019 when Prince Andrew was forced to step down from public duties in 2019, but he still retained them until now.
posted by jenfullmoon to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 4:10 PM
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Favorite Maps of 2021

Over on Cartoblography, Kenneth Field has published his annual look at his favorite maps from the past year. His list includes Stamen 2020 Headquarters by Catalina Plé, 500,000 lives lost by NBC News, Population change by US state since 2010 by Adrian Blanco and Tim Meko at The Washington Post, Global Glacier Loss by Niko Kommenda, San Marino Bus Map by Jug Cerovic, It’s Coming Home by Dan, Algonquin Canoe Trip by Warren Davison, Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Drone Globe, Atlas of the Invisible by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, St. Vincent Island by Aaron Koelker, Arctic Warming by Greg Fiske, The Lost Treasures of Isla del Coco by Jakob Listabarth, and Murky Waters by Andrew Douglas Clifford.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 3:31 AM
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The gray wasteland of many TV shows and movies

So many TV shows and movies now have a dull filter applied to every scene, one that cuts away vibrancy and trends toward a boring sameness. Every frame’s color scheme ends up feeling the same as every other frame. And when there are so many projects using similar techniques, you end up with a world of boring visuals that don’t stand out. Colors: Where did they go? An investigation that includes history, examples, and not much snark by Emily VanDerWerff in Vox.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 7:43 AM
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My father is an anti-vaxxer (and general conspiracy theorist). Our relationship has been increasingly strained for years. The COVID denialism was the last straw - we've scarcely spoken since March 2020. Predictably, he got COVID a few months ago. It was pretty bad - he's 81. He insisted that he just had "the flu". His evidence? The... [more]
posted by escape from the potato planet to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 3:46 AM
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All education should be free. None of this bullshit about essays and quantifying your trauma to see how much your future is worth benefits anyone. None of this should have happened. [view]
posted by bleep to MetaFilter on Jan 10 at 12:40 PM
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We have watched our local high school students organize around multiple issues since Covid started -- masks, distance learning, hate speech in schools, BLM protests -- and it is a little bit terrifying to watch how smart, nimble, and effective they are. They organize so fast on social media and get deep in the weeds on school... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 2:33 AM
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How can people who remember the AIDS epidemic, and therefore remember how horrendously a marginalized group was treated for contracting a disease that was "their own fault," say things like this? It's almost offensive to draw this comparison. There was no AIDS vaccine that was widely shunned by the community at the time.... [more]
posted by explosion to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 7:22 AM
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I'm hesitant to weigh in here because clearly the prevailing mood in this thread is not on the side of schools being open. But I respect this community, and I want to share my experience because it is directly relevant to what is being discussed here. I hope people will read it with an open mind. I am a physician in a pediatric hospital. In my... [more]
posted by saturday_morning to MetaFilter on Jan 9 at 6:19 PM
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"I had to take the batteries out of my carbon monoxide detector because the noise kept giving me a headache and making me dizzy." [view]
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DUNNING KRUGERANDS [view]
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Yet more proof that building a city on rock and roll remains the most viable option. [view]
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(In case it's not clear to nontechnical people, the 'security breach' described in that quote is the scammer saying "hey I want you to prove that's your house, I need to look at your housekey for a minute" and the cryptobro responding "sure! Here you go!" and then blaming Schlage for the resulting robbery.) [view]
posted by ook to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 7:04 AM
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The advent of web 2.0 coincided with my years in high school, which were also the years where I was debating skipping college and going the tech start-up route. I was actually interning for a social networking startup and doing research on the other companies in the field when first I came across Facebook, then extremely new, and upon... [more]
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"Lincoln created the U.S. Secret Service on the day he was killed." Is this the Lincoln Facts thread? I have two particularly excellent Lincoln Facts: **Speed of information transmission: In 1841, it took 110 days for news of the death of President William Henry Harrison to reach California. In 1860, news of Abraham... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jan 10 at 12:34 PM
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People compare Republicans to the Mafia, but Democrats are the ones who are pulling the Mafia "nice stable country you've got here, would be a shame if some other party got voted in and wrecked it all" speech of a protection racket, as the author astutely points out. It's honestly gross it's gone on this long and people aren't willing to... [more]
posted by deadaluspark to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 6:27 AM
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I noticed that this is from an American scholar, and I think I know what's going on here. This guy, like me before I moved to Europe, had no idea how incredibly freaking long European winter nights are. The sun goes down at 4:30pm. You've got 16 hours of darkness a day to contend with, and if you don't have electric light you're just not going... [more]
posted by antinomia to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 12:16 AM
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Reading the whole article, I feel very heartened at the decision making in it, actually. The doctor that asked was relieved that the first doctor said no, but had advocated for his patient anyway, and the doctor writing the piece had the space and professional respect to have been able to decide. The rationing situation is tragic, and for me... [more]
posted by warriorqueen to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 6:11 AM
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I'm glad she withheld her consent. For once, anti-vaxxers didn't get to call the shots. [view]
posted by They sucked his brains out! to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 11:17 PM
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Yeeeeah, I feel like this is a structural problem that comes from artificial scarcity and the need to weaponize one's experience to get a scholarship. I look back on myself at seventeen, with a stable, safe, academically successful high school career (lot of bullying but I wasn't going to put that in an essay) and wonder if I'd have been able to... [more]
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Speaking as a teacher and teacher educator, the prospect of having parents come in as subs is horrifying. I have seen first hand how awful plain old ordinary subs can be, and they at least generally have some experience. Teaching is the kind of job where crying every day for the first year is expected when you've had training and practicum.... [more]
posted by Peach to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:05 AM
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The 5 stages of COVID: 1) I stand for medical freedom. I don't care if you've had your fucking vaccine. I'm the control group. 2) Have a headache and sore throat. FAUCI FOR PRISON THOUGH AMIRITE? 3) Had to go to the ER because I was having just a little trouble breathing. 4) Update from [insert name here]'s spouse: PRAYER WARRIORS... [more]
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock to MetaFilter on Jan 9 at 4:11 PM
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Any time we make legitimate complaints about Democrats, half the thread is someone shitting it up like we all suddenly said "We will vote Republican!" Hey, like I've probably said every time: We're allowed to level criticisms at these people, and when the treatment they give us amounts to abuse, even if it's not as terrible as the... [more]
posted by deadaluspark to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 9:40 AM
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Just saying hi - I've been on mefi for at least 14 years. I pop in and out on the green but almost never talk on the blue (despite being a constant lurker) and maybe it's time to change that? And approx 200 comments-in a free thread seems as safe a place as it can get? (hi!) [view]
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