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How to save politically ‘mixed marriages’ in Trump era - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for July 8, 2019
"There was one person I interviewed who really embodied this, a young woman, and her father was a dear friend of mine. He died a very terrible death. He had five brothers and sisters, all of whom were progressives and she totally identified with these people. He had one brother who had moved to the South, converted to evangelical Christianity, and was in the military. Guess who was the only person who showed up to help her? And he left his wife and his five children far away and came. Not one of the progressives – she knew them well – lifted a finger. And this was not lost on her. "
CSMonitor  politics  love  stories  people  relationships 
8 weeks ago by pierredv
Boltzmann's Grave
"Physicist’s epitaph provides final confirmation to a career of turmoil."
Vienna  physics  history  travel  Austria  people  stories 
9 weeks ago by pierredv
TheBridge profile: Richard Whitt — TheBridge
"I have endeavored to function as a translator between two disparate communities, of online technologies and public policy"

"Move fast and break things" is not a mantra that plays well with policymakers

"Always cultivate the illusion of indispensability." I haven't necessarily taken his words to heart in my career...
people  LinkedIn  profile  quot 
june 2019 by pierredv
Captain Midnight broadcast signal intrusion - Wikipedia
"On April 27, 1986, American electrical engineer and business owner John R. MacDougall, using the pseudonym Captain Midnight, jammed the Home Box Office (HBO) satellite signal on Galaxy 1 "

FCC penalities were nugatory then, too: under a plea bargain, John MacDougal "received a $5,000 fine, one year unsupervised probation, and his amateur radio license was suspended for a year." It’s amazing he was even found; "a tourist overheard him discussing the incident on a pay phone off Interstate 75"

"Satellite hijacking only became a felony only after this event."
jamming  spectrum-vulnerability  hacking  FCC  Wikipedia  stories  people 
april 2019 by pierredv
Patron of the past: The Jordanian duke who's preserving the soul of the Levant - CSMonitor.com Dec 2018
Dukedom has not given Bisharat airs.

While Amman’s rich and powerful clog Amman’s narrow streets with Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis, the duke drives a silver Chevy pickup packed with tomatoes. His blazers and suits are frayed, dating to the 1960s.

“What I learned in England is that it is not the car that you drive or the clothes that you wear that is important,” Bisharat says, preparing for his next supper party, “but whom you dine with.”
CSMonitor  quotations  people  profiles  Jordan 
january 2019 by pierredv
Mark Mangini - IMDb
Via Twenty Thousand Hertz #51, Classic Cartoon Sound Effects. Academy Award-winning Sound Designer, Musician, Re-recording mixer and Lecturer.
Music  people  profiles  IMDb 
december 2018 by pierredv
George H.W. Bush’s humor: He loved jokes and making people laugh - The Washington Post
“What other commander in chief wore a bunny tie on Easter and a pumpkin tie on Halloween?” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote this week, remembering her time covering him as a White House beat reporter. “Who else would go to the magic shop near the White House and fill his office with items like a red rope that turned white, a calculator that squirted water and cash on a string so you could yank it back when someone tried to pick it up?”
people  stories  biography  humor 
december 2018 by pierredv
BBC - Travel - How the Finnish survive without small talk, Oct 2018
“The Finnish don’t believe in talking bullshit.”

What she neglected to tell me, however, is that Finns think if there’s no important topic to discuss, there’s no conversation at all. In fact, one of their national sayings is ‘Silence is gold, talking is silver’.
BBC  Finland  culture  people  conversation 
october 2018 by pierredv
(29) Piano-playing busker brings his audience to tears - YouTube
"Meet the Piano Man of Washington Square Park. Four times a week, Colin Huggins, 40, pushes an 800-pound piano down the street to the iconic Greenwich Village gathering spot. His life goal is to bring music — and a few tears — to the masses."
piano  music  stories  people  NYPost 
october 2018 by pierredv
Extra virgin gold - Stellenbosch Visio - Carlo Castiglione
"Carlo Castiglione introduced new technology to the industry"

See also http://www.vesuvioestates.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HISTORY-PAGE.pdf

"Dr Carlo Castiglione, born in Naples, came to South Africa in 1967. He had majored in olive culture at the University of Naples, and in 1968 was appointed as the research professional officer in charge of olive culture at the Fruit and Food Technology Research Institute, Pomology Department, Stellenbosch. Dr Castiglione introduced intensive planting of olive
trees, irrigation by micro-sprinklers and the first continuous cycle olive oil extraction plant. In the early 1970’s, he left
to pursue other interests."

"Arturo [Dotoli] and Carlo Castiglione were known to each other in Italy, and Arturo was delighted to re-instate his friend as
General Manager [in ~? 1996]. The farming operation began in earnest; the existing buildings were given a facelift, and a new offi ce
General Manager. "

"in 2003, Carlo retired and remained part of Vesuvio Estates as an advisor. ...."
Stellenbosch  people 
august 2018 by pierredv
Richard Feynman at 100 - Nature May 2018
Paul Halpern celebrates the oeuvre of the brilliant, unconventional scientist.
physics  quantum-mechanics  Richard-Feynman  people  biography  NatureJournal 
may 2018 by pierredv
To Love Abundantly: Sharon Salzberg's Journey – Lion's Roar
"In loving-kindness practice, a practitioner begins with him or herself, wishing four things: may I be free from danger, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I live with ease."

"Salzberg did loving-kindness practice for four years with U Pandita, and then he wanted her to stop. Metta is not the main practice, he said, mindfulness is: metta will do many things, but it won’t necessarily enhance your understanding of emptiness."
lovingkindness  self-compassion  Buddhism  meditation  profile  stories  people  Sharon-Salzberg 
january 2018 by pierredv
Coase’s theory of the firm, Economics brief, Economist Jul 2017
"why are some activities directed by market forces and others by firms? His answer was that firms are a response to the high cost of using markets. It is often cheaper to direct tasks by fiat than to negotiate and enforce separate contracts for every transaction. Such “exchange costs” are low in markets for standardised goods, wrote Coase. A well-defined task can easily be put out to the market, where a contractor is paid a fixed sum for doing it. The firm comes into its own when simple contracts of this kind will not suffice."

-- what about regulation of spectrum?

"But a second paper, “The problem of social cost”, ... argued that private bargaining could resolve social problems, such as pollution, as long as property rights are well defined and transaction costs are low (they rarely are)."

"a body of more rigorous research on such questions began to flourish. Central to it was the idea that it is difficult to specify all that is required of a business relationship, so some contracts are necessarily “incomplete”. "

"pot markets are thus largely self-policing. They are well suited to simple, low-value transactions, such as buying a newspaper or taking a taxi.

Things become trickier when the parties are locked into a deal that is costly to get out of."

"Where it becomes costly for a company to specify all that it wants from a supplier, it might make sense to acquire it in order to claim the residual rights (and the profits) from ownership. But, as Messrs Grossman and Hart noted, something is also lost through the merger. The supplier’s incentive to innovate and to control costs vanishes, because he no longer owns the residual rights."

"Mr Holmstrom and Paul Milgrom established that where important tasks are hard to monitor, and where a balance of activities is needed, then a contract should shun strong incentives tied to any one task. The best approach is to pay a fixed salary and to leave the balance of tasks unspecified."
TheEconomist  economics  history  Coase  people  profile  contracting 
october 2017 by pierredv
Inventor hero was a one-man environmental disaster | New Scientist
"From poisonous cars to the destruction of the ozone layer, Thomas Midgley almost single-handedly invented a global environmental crisis"

"Midgley came up with no fewer than 143 fuel additives to deal with knock. The initial front runner was ethyl alcohol [but he backed] tetraethyl lead (TEL), a compound first discovered in the 1850s and known to be highly poisonous. So why choose it? ... It was cheap ... And there was a key difference between the two: TEL was patentable."

"From the start, medical researchers warned that it could poison the nation."

Also found freon, the first CFC.

"As legacies go, environmental historian John McNeill offered one of the most chilling epitaphs: Midgley had “more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth’s history”. Nothing to envy there."
innovation  invention  IPR  intellectual-property  history  people  regulation  chemistry  precautionary-principle  transportation  NewScientist 
october 2017 by pierredv
The Rise Of Two Brothers: The Slatterys’ Careers In Aerospace | Commercial Aviation content from Aviation Week
Few people ever make it to the top of large corporations; it is even less common to see two brothers rise to the top in the same industry. The Slattery brothers did: John is now president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aircraft—the first non-Brazilian to run the company’s commercial aircraft business—and many predict he will one day also be the first non-Brazilian to run Embraer as a whole. Domhnal is the CEO of Avolon, which is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest aircraft lessor just seven years after he founded the company. Both are still relatively young CEOs: Domhnal turned 50 recently, and John is 48. They will have many more years in the industry, if they wish.
AviationWeek  stories  biography  people  aviation 
october 2017 by pierredv
Orbital ATK Sale To Northrop Marks Turning Point | Aviation Week, Sep 2017
"Orbital ATK is known for being ahead of its time, but for once it might be right on the money. Iconoclastic, visionary, sober, failed, successful—these and many other adjectives have aptly described the Dulles, Virginia-based aerospace and defense company founded 35 years ago. And for its stakeholders, including cofounder and CEO David Thompson, another will be added to the list: valuable. On Sept. 18, Northrop Grumman and Orbital announced that the former will buy the latter in a $9.2 billion deal. "

"Thompson and two Harvard Business School classmates founded Orbital Sciences Corp. on April 2, 1982, with the goal of making space technology more affordable and accessible. ... But during the late-1990s, big bets made on space-based imagery and data communications proved disastrous. Orbital-backed Orbimage and Orbcomm ventures were forced to seek bankruptcy protection ..."
AviationWeek  space  launch  people  stories  history 
october 2017 by pierredv
Early Computer Programming - The British Library
"Ada Lovelace (1815-52) was the daughter of Lord Byron. She was educated to be a mathematician because her mother feared she might turn out to be a poet like her father."
poetry  people  maths 
july 2017 by pierredv
Free exchange: William Baumol, a great economist, died on May 4th | The Economist
"He helped move economics beyond the narrow ideal of perfect competition by introducing the idea of contestable markets, in which competitive pressure comes from the worry that rivals will swoop in to vie for a market if incumbents are anything other than ruthlessly efficient. Perfectly contestable markets should be just as efficient as perfectly competitive ones, even if only a handful of firms dominate a business."

"Yet Mr Baumol will be remembered best for his cost disease."

"The analysis bore relevance outside the arts, he quickly realised. Technological progress in some industries implies that in services with relatively low rates of productivity growth—like health care, education and government—swelling costs will outstrip growth in productivity. Costlier public services are a necessary side-effect of long-run growth."

"Cost disease also provides a vision of a world of large-scale automation. As machines become better at doing things, the human role in generating faster productivity growth will converge towards zero. At that point, so long as society expects everyone to work, all spending in the economy will go towards services for which it is crucial that productivity not grow, in order to provide jobs for everyone. Society could seemingly be both characterised by technological abundance and paralysed by cost disease."
TheEconomist  obituary  economics  history  profile  people  biography  competition  automation 
june 2017 by pierredv
Fingers of Steel on Vimeo
Chris Heck fought his way up over the most dangerous, lifethreatening tricks, with numerous sore finger injuryies, and nerval breakdowns to where he is today.
Since winning the German championship in 2003, he worked everyday on his inventive tricks while phoning with his wife wife Anna, on his wooden kitchen table.
Through this hard training his fingers became harder than any industry steal you can buy.
His Pro Model, with a a red Skwirral, (which is his favorite animal, right after turtles and foxes) crowns his legendary 21 years of Finger Skateboarding.
Ladies and gentlemen.
Fingers of Steel
A film by Sebastian Linda
skateboarding  humor  Vimeo  video  sport  people  stories 
february 2017 by pierredv
Lived Brutalism: portraits from Robin Hood Gardens housing estate – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
Since its completion in 1972, Robin Hood Gardens estate in east London has garnered much attention, due to its monumental brutalist form and, latterly, its dilapidated condition. Dismayed by the absence of the residents’ views in any coverage of the estate – which is due to be demolished after English Heritage declared that it “fails as a place for humans to live” – London-based photographer Kois Miah and sociologist Nick Thoburn embarked on a project to capture the views of its last inhabitants. “I know the estate generated a lot of negativity,” Miah says, “but it was nothing like its reputation. Of course, it had its problems, but people loved their time there.”
TheGuardian  photography  people  places  architecture 
october 2016 by pierredv
In the Heart of Trump Country - The New Yorker - Oct 2016
"Another important factor is immigration, but not for economic reasons. In West Virginia, there are practically no immigrants. But Trump has promoted the idea that someone who cares about the fate of people new to the country must care less about those who have been here longer—and this idea resonates among people who believe that the rest of the country doesn’t care about them at all, and doesn’t see them as kin. "

"Many people talk about a connection to the ground itself. West Virginia doesn’t look quite like any other place—hardly any flat land, because the densely wooded hills are crushed so close together there’s barely room for a road between them—and its confining closeness forms a kind of physical bond between people who find it familiar. "

"When Clinton talks about her family and her childhood, she describes a sense of deep rootedness in mainstream America. Obama, with his complicated background, doesn’t take roots for granted. ... Perhaps this is why Obama makes a point of saying that he understands that the desire for borders is not always, or only, racism but also a desire to belong to a group of people that is smaller and less cosmic than all mankind: in other words, to have a home. "

"After the old people died, he visited their graves, and he also visited the graves of the grandparents and the great-grandparents they had described to him. Some of these older graves were in small family cemeteries that were brambly and overgrown, because the people there had died so long ago that nobody remembered them, or if anyone did they were too old to climb up the mountain anymore. Many of those buried didn’t have proper headstones, only rocks with initials carved in them. He felt that the least he could do for the people whose stories meant so much to him was to care for their graves, so some days he would take tools and hike up to one of the half-hidden cemeteries and cut back the grass and the weeds, and straighten a headstone if there was one and it had fallen over, and leave flowers on the mounds. He liked doing it. It was peaceful there. "
NewYorker  geography  US  stories  people  politics 
october 2016 by pierredv
The Internet’s Own Instigator - profile of Carl Malamud
Malamud believes — and case law overwhelmingly seems to back him up—that no one can claim copyright on them, or limit access to them. Justice Stephen Breyer once remarked, “If a law isn’t public, it isn’t a law.” (Once Malamud heard this, he commissioned a rubber stamp, and frequently pounds the the quotation in red ink onto documents he produces.)
Carl-Malamud  standards  law  people  profile 
september 2016 by pierredv
Back to the thesis: Francis Collins - YouTube
2:25: "I wanted to contribute. I wanted to have some insight, to feel like, that my involvement in science had meant something."
people  stories  scientific-method  education  YouTube  video  quotations  NatureJournal 
july 2016 by pierredv
Stanislav Petrov’s real life restaged - FT.com
A Russian colonel who averted nuclear apocalypse is the latest to play himself in a style of filming that is part documentary, part method acting
FT  Russia  profile  people  story  nuclear  cold-war  film  documentary 
may 2015 by pierredv
Liberty, the Left and Lolita | New Humanist - Jonathan Ree
skeptical assessment of Isaiah Berlin by Jonathan Rée – FRIDAY, 17TH JULY 2009 "The 100th anniversary of Berlin's birth is being commemorated this year, but the celebrants will be old friends and intimate colleagues rather than new recruits to the ranks of his disciples. He seems to have been one of those intellectuals who achieve celebrity through the allure of a fascinating personality rather than the lasting power, incisiveness or luminosity of their doctrines."
Isaiah-Berlin  newhumanist.org  philosophy  profile  people 
february 2015 by pierredv
Dr. Anthony Robert Alistair Noel - Person Page 29839, husband of Ina Rousseau
"Dr. Anthony Robert Alistair Noel was born on 19 January 1927.1 He was the son of John Andrew Vernatti Noel and Marion Shanks Wylie. He married Marthina Cornelia Rousseau, daughter of Dirk Johannes Rousseau, on 28 February 1958.1 He died in 1984."
Ina-Rousseau  people  history 
february 2015 by pierredv
The Man to Know in Ancient Rome - Seneca - The New Yorker Feb 2015
"How Seneca became Ancient Rome’s philosopher-fixer." The compromized and tawdry life "To the end, Seneca maintained his innocence, and he may even have been telling the truth. But, as no one knew better than he, truth was not the issue."
philosophy  Seneca  NewYorker  history  people  profile 
february 2015 by pierredv
Boss Tweed | Narratively | Peter Guest on Daniel Harris, Jul 2013
"In a London neighborhood once home to generations of immigrant textile workers, one eccentric Englishman works stitch by stitch to revive the city’s dormant cloth industry."
people  stories  profile 
january 2015 by pierredv
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann - Aeon Video
"In 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergmann arrived in an Irish town with a plan to disappear forever" Short documentary by Ciaran Cassidy
AeonMagazine  video  stories  people  death  dying  Ireland  Sligo  mystery  documentary 
december 2014 by pierredv
Unusual Choices - Ani Chudrun, Aeon Video
"Ani Chudrun used to present Top Gear on TV. She gave up her fame to be a Buddhist nun. Why?"
meditation  vocation  AeonMagazine  video  people  stories  vimeo  buddhism 
october 2014 by pierredv
The Putter on Vimeo
"Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, is one of the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors . The film documents ' Putter ' Cliff Denton literally a putter togetherer of scissors "
video  vimeo  making  manufacturing  profile  people 
july 2014 by pierredv
The S Africans making it big in America | TechCentral
"They make up but a handful of the immigrant population to the US, but an impressive number of South Africans have risen to the top of their fields, especially in the technology sector."
immigration  profile  people  South-Africa 
may 2014 by pierredv
Iranian mother who spared her son's killer: 'Vengeance has left my heart' | World news | The Guardian
"Samereh Alinejad tells the Guardian she had no intention of sparing her son's killer, Balal, until the moment she asked for the noose to be removed from his neck" See also http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/iran-parents-halt-killer-execution
people  stories  Iran  murder  revenge  theguardian  interviews 
april 2014 by pierredv
In Conversation With Antonin Scalia -- New York Magazine
"On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, the firebrand justice discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy (“I don’t”)."
politics  via  Kevin  Schofield  Scalia  people  SCOTUS  profile  interviews 
october 2013 by pierredv
BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - BUGGER
The recent revelations by the whistleblower Edward Snowden were fascinating. But they - and all the reactions to them - had one enormous assumption at their heart. That the spies know what they are doing. It is a belief that has been central to much of the journalism about spying and spies over the past fifty years. That the anonymous figures in the intelligence world have a dark omniscience. That they know what's going on in ways that we don't. It doesn't matter whether you hate the spies and believe they are corroding democracy, or if you think they are the noble guardians of the state. In both cases the assumption is that the secret agents know more than we do. But the strange fact is that often when you look into the history of spies what you discover is something very different. It is not the story of men and women who have a better and deeper understanding of the world than we do. In fact in many cases it is the story of weirdos who have created a completely mad version o...
history  BBC  stories  spying  surveillance  people 
september 2013 by pierredv
Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Fourth Grade: Photos by Judy Gelles
"Word portraits of fourth graders from China, India, and the US answering three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? "
stories  children  people  painting  Faith-is-Torment 
july 2013 by pierredv
The Daily Dot - This is the most interesting man on Wikipedia
"Forget that Dos Equis character. Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart is the most interesting man in all of Wikipedia."
heroes  stories  people  war 
july 2013 by pierredv
Karen Van Dyke | Principal Technical Advisor | Karen Van Dyke
Highly recommended by Jim Litton in conversation with Rich Lee and Dale Hatfield about GPS and harm claim thresholds on 11 Jul 2013
DOT  GPS  people 
july 2013 by pierredv
Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud - NYTimes.com
"Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature." "But the scientific misconduct that has come to light in recent years suggests at the very least that the number of bad actors in science isn’t as insignificant as many would like to believe. In his early years of research — when he supposedly collected real experimental data — Stapel wrote papers laying out complicated and messy relationships between multiple variables. He soon realized that journal editors preferred simplicity. “They are actually telling you: ‘Leave out this stuff. Make it simpler,’ ” Stapel told me. Before long, he was striving to write elegant articles."
stories  *  ex  NY  Times  tragedy  fraud  people  research 
april 2013 by pierredv
Financial crime: The king of con-men | The Economist Dec 2012
Story of Gregor MacGregor, born at Glengyle in 1786, who "pulled off the greatest confidence trick of all time." "The financial climate of the early 1820s was ideal for a con man. Napoleon had been defeated and the British economy was expanding steadily, driven on by manufacturing. The cost of living was falling, with industrial workers’ wages rising. Interest rates drifted down, with the government borrowing more and more cheaply. The country was in upbeat mood. "The downside to all this was that investing in government debt, a staple place to park spare funds, had become boring. The market rate on the most popular British government bond (the “consol”) fell steadily between 1800 and 1825. The government made the most of this, swapping its existing debt for new bonds that paid rates as low as 3%." Quote: "Financiers tend to do silly things when searching for yield."
history  TheEconomist  bubbles  finance  people  profile  cons  quotations 
february 2013 by pierredv
Bryan Saunders: portrait of the artist on crystal meth | Art and design
"Bryan Saunders has created 50 self-portraits under the influence of everything from Valium to lighter fluid. Does that make him an outsider artist, or a troubled man in need of help?"
stories  people  via:ald  art  drugs  x:grauniad 
december 2012 by pierredv
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