Elsewhere for March 31, 2018

You should read this for 3/31/2018:

Art and Film

The National Museum Of Scotland Is Putting Its Entire Collection Online “Using Google Arts and Culture’s museum view experience, which is similar to how Google’s Street View works, tourists can view the 20,000 objects on display at the National Museum. The virtual display also includes 1,000 pictures of objects from the Edinburgh museum’s collection.” It’s a little hard to navigate, but you can see high resolution 3-images of a lot of objects as well as “tour” the museum. Google is not the greatest in terms of UI.

Books, Writing, and Language

NPR’s The Indicator PodCast on Too Small To Fail This is about the resurgent of independent bookstores, bookstores owned by individuals, families, and small businesses. They got beat up, badly, by chains in the 1990s, then the Internet and Amazon smacked them in 1995. Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle reader in 2007 was another blow. Waldenbooks, Borders, Barnes and Noble, also were hit hard by Amazon and ebooks. Now, since 2009, the independent bookstore has had a resurgence; the number of independent bookstores in the U.S. is now up almost 40% since 2009. Hand-selling, the experience, and the role of exceedingly knowledgeable staff who know their communities.

Why Trump Appointees Refer To ‘Optics’ When Discussing Spending Scandals

The optics versus the facts. That’s the problem.

This wrenching of optics out of the original meanings to mean “The way a situation or action appears to the general public: Voters were put off by the optics of the candidate’s financial dealings” (s. v. AHD) is a perfect example of Orwellian politically correct language; language designed to obfuscate truth.

Education

A University of Wisconsin campus pushes plan to drop 13 majors — including English, history and philosophy “The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point has proposed dropping 13 majors in the humanities and social sciences — including English, philosophy, history, sociology and Spanish — while adding programs with “clear career pathways” as a way to address declining enrollment and a multimillion-dollar deficit.”

Congress rebukes DeVos over her plans to reorganize the Education Department

Congressional legislation seeks to fund school vouchers for military families — despite major opposition from military families

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Watch what happened when older students saw young kids protesting gun violence on a N.Y. street I’m so impressed with the current under 21 generation; let’s hope that we don’t mess things up so badly that not even they can make things better. </p

Technology

Tim Cook says Facebook should have regulated itself, but it’s too late for that now Tim Cook: “The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.” Apple’s not perfect, but I do appreciate their stance on user data and privacy.

Women’s Work

More States Move To End ‘Tampon Tax’ That’s Seen As Discriminating Against Women

I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends.

The idea that we are to blame, even implicitly, for the murders of our friends and teachers is a slap in the face to all Stoneman Douglas victims and survivors.

Also? Stop telling women and girls to “be nice” to jerks. Stop letting jerks behave like jerks because “they’re just boys.”

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

The White House Has an ‘Enemy List’ Full of Reporters “I’m there to get the president’s opinions and his answers. He was the one elected to office. Not the White House staff.”

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She plays o' the viol-de-gamboys, speaks three or four languages word for word without book, hath all the good gifts of nature, knows a hawk from a handsaw, and can see a church by daylight. The rest is subject to fancy.