Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dropped off the grid

Lisa: She’s dropped off the grid.

Anna: Unplugged her electricity? Bought a wood-burning stove?

Lisa: No, I mean she’s dropped off the social media grid. FaceBook.

Anna: Without a trace? No announcement?

Lisa: Nope. No postings, emails bounce, phone cut off. Vanished.
Gen X or Y individuals may be incredulous at their friend's disappearance from social media but people from older generations might be less surprised. Less gridlock in their lives. Still, it is unsettling when people just unplug and vanish.

The grid reference may refer to unplugging from social media, or totally withdraw as in unplug all electrical and information devices.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

iPhone screen repair Shibuya

Mac: I have a broken iPhone screen, the glass only. But shattered and sharded. I heard you had your iPhone screen repaired recently. Where was it? How much did it cost? How long did it take?

Wyn: Shibuya, near west exit, about an hour. Good work, good price.

Mac: Not the Apple store?

Wyn: No. I forget the name of the store. Small.

Mac: No worries. (Googles “iPhone screen repair Shibuya”). I got it. SMART.
Third party businesses. (1) Small shops undercut the big ones. And (2) the video showing the way with commentary tops even Google Maps.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gone Girl as psychopath or sociopath?

After finishing the novel…
Jill: It was a disquieting book. That Amy had this mask of sanity in her first diary and then she went psychopathic in her second diary.

Nigel: She turned into a sociopath.

Jill: Well, her personality flaws seemed to be innate, like a psychosis.

Nigel: But at the end, what she did to Desi, that was sociopathic. Anyway, it was an unsatisfying ending.

Jill: Some see it as symmetrical. They deserved each other.

Nigel: Symmetrical? Nick wasn’t in Amy’s league for evil.

 “Psychopath” and “sociopath” are sometimes used interchangeably. Robert Hare, who devised a Psychopathy Checklist, suggested a distinction. Psychopathy might be more relevant for referring to disorders caused by biological or genetic factors, but sociopathy might be a result of environment and social factors. Was it Amy's genes or upbringing that made her turn out like that?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ask not what your country can do for you...

Two speechwriters look for the quote…

Ted: This is where he says it. 12 minutes 30 seconds into the 13 minute 40 speech. 

JFK: “And so, my fellow Americans - ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”*

Arthur: Good phrasing. Might call it an unrhyming couplet. Did he make it up himself?

Ted: Borrowed and cobbled, more like. Meaning is pretty clear. Substitute “country” for “planet”, “community” or family”.

Arthur: Or even “company”. Could be a job interview. Like, “What can you do for us?”
Implicit also in JFK’s 1961 inaugural speech is that we should try to give more than we take, that when you give, you also receive. The adult persuades, the child demands.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rule-governed and Freestyle Sports

At Hakuba…

Hiroko: Why go back country skiing instead of staying on the ski slopes?

Kenta: It’s like the difference between seeing lions in the wild and lions in the zoo.

Hiroko: But you have to walk up. Carrying skis. On the ski fields the lift takes you to the top.

Kenta: Aah, but the snow is different. Powder snow. Even champagne snow.

Hiroko: And the danger. What if you fall in a drift and suffocate? Like several recently?

Kenta: Don’t ski alone. Ski in a group. And ski down one at a time. If someone falls, you can dig them out.
Team sports follow rules.
Individual sports can be rule-governed or freestyle.
More parallels for back country skiing and ski slope skiing:
Snorkeling in a pool vs. snorkeling in the sea.
Lake sailing vs. ocean sailing.
A day cycle ride vs. a round the world cycle trek.