Category Archives: Elsewhere

Elsewhere for March 5, 2017

You should read this for 3/5/2017: Big data and politics means money, death served cold, read more, think more, do more, digital monks, she reads way more than he does,  and scones. Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media “With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon…

Elsewhere for March 12, 2017

You should read this for 3/12/2017: Zell Liew on How to choose and pair typefaces Outsmarted: On the liberal cult of the cognitive elite or “What does it mean to be ‘smart,’ and why does it matter to us so much?” Via Medium: Chris Coyier I was strongly reminded about the…

Elsewhere for February 26, 2017

You should read this for 2/26/2017: From Time: This Is the Real Reason Apple Is Fighting the FBI Via The New Yorker: The Radical Argument of the New Oxford Shakespeare Via Sciencenordic.com (hat tip to mirabilis.ca) New study reignites debate over Viking settlements in England “Though some people may think…

Elsewhere for February 5, 2017

You should read this for 2/5/2017:  Protection for priests, clams, and refugees, and sauce for chimney Sweepers who eat steak People and Companies Matching ACLU Donations. Secret Room in UK Mansion Tied to King James I Assassination Attempt On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice…

Elsewhere for January 8, 2017

You should read this for 1/08/2017:Acknowledging community history in Australia; poorly conceived test questions, 💩🔥💰’s avalanche of cleansing, and Baked beans from Maine What Does It Mean to Acknowledge the Past? “Gathering together to listen to speeches and watch performances is one way civilizations share values. These events can foster…

Elsewhere for January 1, 2017

You should read this for 1/01/2017: Chrismakkah, practical rebellion against evil, food and politics, and it’s ok to omit records if you’re Jeff. Medievalist David M. Perry on The GOP Theocracy: Xmas vs Hanukkah Statements “The King isn’t Trump to my reading. It’s still a dangerous statement.” Via Matthew d’Ancona…

Elsewhere for December 25, 2016

You should read this for 12/25/2016: Encouraging kindness in social networks, a Trumpish short story, finding the lost kingdoms, and Spirograph is even better than you remembered. Kevin Barrett of Postlight on Building Kind Social Networks“In reality, addressing abuse is not a scale, but a switch.” A five year project…

Elsewhere for December 18, 2016

You should read this for 12/18/2016: Via The New York Post The chilling stories behind Japan’s ‘evaporating people’“Of the many oddities that are culturally specific to Japan — from cat cafés to graveyard eviction notices to the infamous Suicide Forest, where an estimated 100 people per year take their own…

Elsewhere for December 11, 2016

You should read this for 12/11/2016: The social functions of humor, why Donald Trump isn’t funny, maybe you were wrong about the MacBook Pro, we’re all Muslim here, now, how are you, dinosaur feathers and ginger cookies. Jason P. Sneed via Twitter 8/9/2026 on the social functions of humor, reposted here….

Jason P. Sneed on the Social Function of Humor

Jason P. Sneed on Twitter on 8/9/2016: 1. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the social function of humor (in literature & film) and here’s the thing about “just joking.” 2. You’re never “just joking.” Nobody is ever “just joking.” Humor is a social act that performs a social function…