Happy Thanksgiving!

… to all my American friends.

It seems a career in technology brings you many friends in or from the US, as does following some great blogs on shared interests. Those are good things.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition (less so the now universal Black Friday that follows). In the UK, we tend to bundle the giving of thanks into tinsel-decked week of Christmas and New Year … if we remember at all.

Our turkeys live a month longer, but we don’t really understand pumpkins.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Blogs to make you smarter – Cultural Offering

Kurt at Cultural Offering has updated his list of 25 Blogs to Make you Smarter and includes a history of his own Cultural Offering.

I am flattered to be included, although the list includes many, more worthy blogs. A lot of them  are on are on my own list of essential, morning reading.

Check out the list, here.

 

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The sovereignty of the Ouija board

We sovereign professionals are a strong-willed lot, always completely in control and aware of the forces acting on us. So, I love this psychology study on Ouija users.

Psychologists at Aarhus University tracked the eye movements of users in the normal, involuntary, spirit-driven state and when using the planchette (pointer) to deliberately spell out words in a “voluntary” state.

Spoiler alert!

The experimenters found that:

when looking to see whether at least one participant in a pair made a predictive eye movement, the rates of prediction were just as high as for individuals in the voluntary condition (i.e. for any given move of the planchette, at least one person usually knew where it was going); second, rates of prediction increased in the Ouija board condition, but not the voluntary condition, presumably as the participants became increasingly aware of the diminishing number of meaningful options available.

Read the full spookiness, here.

 

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Evolution of the Grey Fox

The Grey Fox talks openly and honestly about his evolving blog: seven years old and with a slightly broader remit of “ageing with style”:

Style is not just how you look and what you wear: it’s how you live – where you go on holiday, what car you drive, the watch you wear, what food and drink you like, what you do in your spare time, how you treat others, what books you read.

Always worth a read.

Poetry: The Icelandic Language

The Hammock Papers shares an evocative poem from Bill Holm, The Icelandic Language:

In this language, no industrial revolution;
no pasteurized milk; no oxygen, no telephone;
only sheep, fish, horses, water falling.
The middle class can hardly speak it.

In this language, no flush toilet; you stumble
through dark and rain with a handful of rags.
The door groans; the old smell comes
up from under the earth to meet you.

Read the rest, here.

More on Holm, here and here.

This poem, apparently, comes from a collection, The Dead Get By With Everything.

 

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A place to live and work – late addition

A late, but essential,  addition to the previous post.

Apparently, singer Tori Amos is selling her Ballywilliam House, her home in Kinsale, Ireland.

I feel I could both live and work quite happily there.

I love Georgian architecture and this looks amazing. I particularly like how the lawn rolls up to the front door.

The asking price is €1.45 million. More details here.

According to Neil Gaiman, in a recent tweet, “This is where I finished American Gods, where I wrote a lot of Anansi Boys, and where I got flu and completely failed to write any of the Graveyard Book. It’s the most peaceful and magical place. I hope it finds a new person who cherishes it.”

Comic book cafe – love the illusion. And some Paddington

The Mindcircle has a piece on the amazing  Café Yeonnam-dong 239-20 in Korea. The cafe also has an Instagram account, here.

I love the decor. I wonder what it’s like to be there.

The above picture in particular reminds me of the BBC’s Paddington Bear cartoon (before the Ben Whishaw film)…

And here he is, in the 1975 original. Five minutes of charming innocence: