[SiC] My Five Finds of the Day

In my job, I get to come across a number of pretty cool things (since I basically crawl the internet for anything visually appealing). I’m the kind of person who will click on anything and everything I like. At home, I’m like an invasive species with traces of my trail in every room. At work, I very quickly fall down the internet rabbit wormhole and accumulate three windows with 50 tabs apiece.

The one that started things off: funny girl Kris Atomic.

But I can’t help it! So many incredible things are connected together, and I just have to know what all of them are. So here I am to share my bounty, a small list of five internet-accessible treats:

  1. An Exquisite Beast by Emory Allen – every image connects! 365 days of small illustrations that link from one day to the next. Inspires me to do at least a little bit of drawing every day.
  2. Sarah and the Seed by Ryan Andrews – apparently has been making the rounds on the internet, but I just read it today. Such beautiful execution for a heartwarming, Dahl-esque tale.
  3. Hello, this is food by Kyle Fewell – an illustration tumblr that will spark your imagination’s appetite. All kinds of fun and wonderful.
  4. Solo by Lizzy Stewart – adorable, charming & entertaining diary comic snapshots of Londonite illustrator Lizzy Stewart. Here’s an excerpt: “Some lovely Camberwell students gave me chocolates after they interviewed me for a project. The chocolates were not long for this world, alas.”
  5. And all the above were found via the delightful blog of entertaining & talented illustrator / photographer / whatnot, Miss Kris Atomic.

Hope you all enjoy the discovery as much as I did!

[SiC] Happy Monday, All!

With all the busy-ness I have signed myself up for, I really sink into Monday nights, thankful to have a little freedom and decide what I’m doing. I positively relished last last week, when Spring Break gave me my Tuesday and Thursday nights, and I finally got to sleep in on a Saturday. Goodness D:

Tonight I got to watch The Voice, and this might have been the episode I most enjoyed out of the whole season! They haven’t exactly ruined the show, but I’ve found it overall kind of lackluster, overdone and dragged out. There’s no contestant I’m really into and no performances that gave me pause. But tonight was a different story! Still not personally invested but some great performances, and I’m sad I will be missing return of Season 1 finalists tomorrow night!

Anyway, I’m really here to share this little column article I just read and enjoyed. As I posted on FB, lol to #2, #4 doesn’t really make sense?, and amen to #8!

10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You

By CHARLES WHEELAN

[commencement]

Class of 2012,

I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits of wisdom to 22-year-olds—which was quite a feat given that I was 23 at the time. In the decades since, I’ve spent most of my career teaching economics and public policy. In particular, I’ve studied happiness and well-being, about which we now know a great deal. And I’ve found that the saccharine and over-optimistic words of the typical commencement address hold few of the lessons young people really need to hear about what lies ahead. Here, then, is what I wish someone had told the Class of 1988:

1. Your time in fraternity basements was well spent. The same goes for the time you spent playing intramural sports, working on the school newspaper or just hanging with friends. Research tells us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness and well-being is your meaningful connections with other human beings. Look around today. Certainly one benchmark of your postgraduation success should be how many of these people are still your close friends in 10 or 20 years.

2. Some of your worst days lie ahead.Graduation is a happy day. But my job is to tell you that if you are going to do anything worthwhile, you will face periods of grinding self-doubt and failure. Be prepared to work through them. I’ll spare you my personal details, other than to say that one year after college graduation I had no job, less than $500 in assets, and I was living with an elderly retired couple. The only difference between when I graduated and today is that now no one can afford to retire.

3. Don’t make the world worse. I know that I’m supposed to tell you to aspire to great things. But I’m going to lower the bar here: Just don’t use your prodigious talents to mess things up. Too many smart people are doing that already. And if you really want to cause social mayhem, it helps to have an Ivy League degree. You are smart and motivated and creative. Everyone will tell you that you can change the world. They are right, but remember that “changing the world” also can include things like skirting financial regulations and selling unhealthy foods to increasingly obese children. I am not asking you to cure cancer. I am just asking you not to spread it.

4. Marry someone smarter than you are. When I was getting a Ph.D., my wife Leah had a steady income. When she wanted to start a software company, I had a job with health benefits. (To clarify, having a “spouse with benefits” is different from having a “friend with benefits.”) You will do better in life if you have a second economic oar in the water. I also want to alert you to the fact that commencement is like shooting smart fish in a barrel. The Phi Beta Kappa members will have pink-and-blue ribbons on their gowns. The summa cum laude graduates have their names printed in the program. Seize the opportunity!

5. Help stop the Little League arms race. Kids’ sports are becoming ridiculously structured and competitive. What happened to playing baseball because it’s fun? We are systematically creating races out of things that ought to be a journey. We know that success isn’t about simply running faster than everyone else in some predetermined direction. Yet the message we are sending from birth is that if you don’t make the traveling soccer team or get into the “right” school, then you will somehow finish life with fewer points than everyone else. That’s not right. You’ll never read the following obituary: “Bob Smith died yesterday at the age of 74. He finished life in 186th place.”

6. Read obituaries. They are just like biographies, only shorter. They remind us that interesting, successful people rarely lead orderly, linear lives.

7. Your parents don’t want what is best for you. They want what is good for you, which isn’t always the same thing. There is a natural instinct to protect our children from risk and discomfort, and therefore to urge safe choices. Theodore Roosevelt—soldier, explorer, president—once remarked, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Great quote, but I am willing to bet that Teddy’s mother wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer.

8. Don’t model your life after a circus animal. Performing animals do tricks because their trainers throw them peanuts or small fish for doing so. You should aspire to do better. You will be a friend, a parent, a coach, an employee—and so on. But only in your job will you be explicitly evaluated and rewarded for your performance. Don’t let your life decisions be distorted by the fact that your boss is the only one tossing you peanuts. If you leave a work task undone in order to meet a friend for dinner, then you are “shirking” your work. But it’s also true that if you cancel dinner to finish your work, then you are shirking your friendship. That’s just not how we usually think of it.

9. It’s all borrowed time. You shouldn’t take anything for granted, not even tomorrow. I offer you the “hit by a bus” rule. Would I regret spending my life this way if I were to get hit by a bus next week or next year? And the important corollary: Does this path lead to a life I will be happy with and proud of in 10 or 20 years if I don’t get hit by a bus.

10. Don’t try to be great. Being great involves luck and other circumstances beyond your control. The less you think about being great, the more likely it is to happen. And if it doesn’t, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being solid.

Good luck and congratulations.

— Adapted from “10½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said,” by Charles Wheelan. To be published May 7 by W.W. Norton & Co.

[SiC] Se7en, Bring Your Chicken Over Here!

My thoughts: YES! But why only Southeast Asia?

Se7en should think about Los Angeles. There still isn’t a 찜닭 (Jjim Dak; Braised Chicken with Noodles) restaurant in this area, which is kind of a shocker. There are so many in Seoul, especially in the Sinchon area! Sadly, I  never got to try the dish at his restaurant… I’m talking about:

Se7en Plans to Bring His Chicken Restaurant Overseas

Se7en Plans to Bring His Chicken Restaurant Overseas

After making an impressive comeback with “When I Can’t Sing,” Se7en recently received a franchise license for his popular steamed chicken chain “Yeolbong Jjimdak.”

There are no precedents of an idol in his twenties entering the franchise business. Se7en’s endeavors are particularly noteworthy because he opened a brand new business on his own without collaborating with an already existent business.

Photo Credit: koreanupdates.com

Se7en also plans to expand his business into the international market to spread and spark interests in K-Food. For now, he plans to open a store in Japan by the end of the year. Se7en released his first single in Japan in a year and four months. He hopes to release another single by mid-April and hopes to spread knowledge and awareness of Korean culture through a combination of his music and food.

Se7en stated, “There has been interests in business from not only Japan, but also Thailand and Singapore. We hope to move forward step by step after thorough and strict examinations.”

via Soompi’s Se7en Plans to Bring His Chicken Restaurant Overseas.

[SiC] Radiation From Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick?

Scary stuff.

Radiation From Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick -- Are We All at Risk? | Environment | AlterNet

via Radiation From Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick — Are We All at Risk? | Environment | AlterNet.

Radiation From Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick — Are We All at Risk?

By Christopher Ketcham, Earth Island Journal
Posted on December 2, 2011, Printed on March 10, 2012

Consider this story: It’s January 1990, during the pioneer build-out of mobile phone service. A cell tower goes up 800 feet from the house of Alison Rall, in Mansfield, Ohio, where she and her husband run a 160-acre dairy farm. The first thing the Rall family notices is that the ducks on their land lay eggs that don’t hatch. That spring there are no ducklings.

By the fall of 1990, the cattle herd that pastures near the tower is sick. The animals are thin, their ribs are showing, their coats growing rough, and their behavior is weird — they’re agitated, nervous. Soon the cows are miscarrying, and so are the goats. Many of the animals that gestate are born deformed. There are goats with webbed necks, goats with front legs shorter than their rear legs. One calf in the womb has a tumor the size of a basketball, another carries a tumor three feet in diameter, big enough that he won’t pass through the birth canal. Rall and the local veterinarian finally cut open the mother to get the creature out alive. The vet records the nightmare in her log: “I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire practice… All of [this] I feel was a result of the cellular tower.”

Within six months, Rall’s three young children begin suffering bizarre skin rashes, raised red “hot spots.” The kids are hit with waves of hyperactivity; the youngest child sometimes spins in circles, whirling madly. The girls lose hair. Rall is soon pregnant with a fourth child, but she can’t gain weight. Her son is born with birth defects — brittle bones, neurological problems — that fit no specific syndrome. Her other children, conceived prior to the arrival of the tower, had been born healthy.

Desperate to understand what is happening to her family and her farm, Rall contacts the Environmental Protection Agency. She ends up talking to an EPA scientist named Carl Blackman, an expert on the biological effects of radiation from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) — the kind of radiofrequency EMFs (RF-EMFs) by which all wireless technology operates, including not just cell towers and cell phones but wi-fi hubs and wi-fi-capable computers, “smart” utility meters, and even cordless home phones. “With my government cap on, I’m supposed to tell you you’re perfectly safe,” Blackman tells her. “With my civilian cap on, I have to tell you to consider leaving.”

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Sad but true? Time Magazine’s special “American” versions

While readers in Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific—really, the rest of the Time-reading world—confront a serious profile about Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and his role in the euro crisis, Americans are in for a special treat[…]

Time faced ridicule for giving the rest of the world a cover story on the Arab protests while feeding Americans a cartoon cover about “Why Anxiety Is Good For You” only two months ago.

Quotes & images via Does Time Magazine Think Americans Are Stupid?.

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Hm. Reminds me of this section in the book Think, where the author lists all these shows in Europe that make fun of American ignorance.

SiC: Peck·sniff·i·an

[D] Peck·sniff·i·an

adjective ( often lowercase )

hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles.

[MW] Origin of PECKSNIFFIAN

Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit(1843–44) by Charles Dickens

First Known Use: 1849

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