Our crumbling democracy
"When Paul Kay, then an anthropology graduate student at Harvard University, arrived in Tahiti in 1959 to study island life, he expected to have a hard time learning the local words for colors. His field had long espoused a theory called linguistic relativity, which held that language shapes perception. Color was the “parade example,” Kay says. His professors and textbooks taught that people could only recognize a color as categorically distinct from others if they had a word for it. If you knew only three color words, a rainbow would have only three stripes. Blue wouldn’t stand out as blue if you couldn’t name it.
What’s more, according to the relativist view, color categories were arbitrary. The spectrum of color has no intrinsic organization. Scientists had no reason to suspect that cultures divvied it up in similar ways. To an English speaker like Kay, the category “red” might include shades ranging from deep wine to light ruby. But to Tahitians, maybe “red” also included shades that Kay would call “orange” or “purple.” Or maybe Tahitians chunked colors not by a combination of hue, lightness and saturation, as Americans do, but by material qualities, like texture or sheen. "
I found this, as someone who devoted my career to a precise understanding of color, absolutely fascinating.
Update on Chuck Woolery from 3 days ago...
Son caught Covid 19
Deleted Twitter account
Elsewhere in college
Today in CV19
crossed the northern border three days ago to see my wife for the first time since march. we have a 14 day quarantine period, and then we can do the things. but we are painting our house, and it will take all of the 4 weeks this year plus probably another 4 weeks next year. yes, we have Cal colors on the house, but it wasn't even by design. she just did it. amazing.
also this is what a functioning society looks like. we are located on a corner in a little rural town. across one corner is the grocery store, and across the other is the local food joint. everyone wears masks and follows the current rules, not because following rules is good, but because it is simply what reasonable humans do to protect their families and even complete strangers during these trying times. i look forward to leaving that shithole dumpstre fire of a country known as amerikkka behind for good in a few years.
From dream job to nightmare
A few months after Emily Applegate started working for the Washington Redskins in 2014, she settled into a daily routine: She would meet a female co-worker in the bathroom during their lunch breaks, she said, to commiserate and cry about the frequent sexual harassment and verbal abuse they endured.
They cried about the former chief operating officer’s expletive-laced tirades, Applegate said, when she recalled him calling her “f-----g stupid” and then requesting she wear a tight dress for a meeting with clients, “so the men in the room have something to look at.” They cried about a wealthy suiteholder who grabbed her friend’s backside during a game, Applegate said, and the indifference the team’s top sales executive displayed when she complained.
Oh, that's a light fixture, not a photoshop.