“It’s been said many times before, but it bears repeating: Memorial Day is not a day for celebrating the military. It’s a day for honoring the military dead. A more appropriate gesture would be an MLB-wide black armband. An even better gesture would be a pregame moment of silence, without anything on the uniform. But as is so often the case nowadays, merchandising and pandering trump common sense.”—Paul Lukas at Uni Watch, via mightyflynn.
I’ve been using NewsBlur for the past year or so, and I really love it. Sam, the developer, is constantly iterating and improving the service. Today’s major redesign is a welcome facelift, and I look forward to seeing the service continue to improve.
Critics are the harshest at times. Ashes has made over $1300 in 6 days, so I could easily blow it off, but I want to respond. Know that I don’t do so to get your love, but to hopefully offer some explanation.
I used the first version of Ashes and thought it had promise. I considered it abandoned after it went months, then years without updates. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a new, universal version for sale last week. I’ve installed it and tried it out - it’s good. There is one big feature in 1.1 (the ability to view unread items on a per-feed basis) that I am waiting for before really digging in full time, but I like what I’m seeing. I appreciated this note from the developer letting us know exactly what happened and where they went.
“The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security and stake their own lives in order to do what they themselves think worth doing. It is somehow reassuring to think that there are also men and women who take the risks themselves, who pit themselves not against their fellow beings but against the immensity and the violence of the natural world, who are brave enough without cruelty to others and impassioned with an idea that dignifies all who contemplate it. They are the things that are undertaken not for some definite, measurable result, but because someone, not counting the costs or calculating the consequences, is moved by curiosity, the love of excellence, a point of honor, the compulsion to invent or to make or to understand. In such persons mankind overcomes the inertia which would keep it earthbound forever in its habitual ways. And what they prove to themselves and to others is that man is no mere creature of his habits, no mere cog in the collective machine, but that in the dust of which he is made there is also fire, lighted now and then by great winds from the sky.”—Walter Lippmann - A Requiem for Amelia Earhart, July 8, 1937
Earlier this month, Brian Dennehy started a new job as chief marketing officer of Nordstrom Inc. In his first week, he pulled aside a colleague to ask a question: How hard it is for a nonemployee to enter the building?
Mr. Dennehy doesn’t have a particular interest in corporate security. He just doesn’t want to be “It.”
Mr. Dennehy and nine of his friends have spent the past 23 years locked in a game of “Tag.”