As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other, said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college, she added.
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Obama met last summer with Robert Putnam, a Harvard political scientist who became famous for a book he wrote on social atomization, “Bowling Alone.” For the past several years, Putnam and some colleagues have been working on a book about the growing opportunity gap between rich and poor kids. Putnam, who led a Kennedy School seminar on civic engagement that Obama was in, sent the President a memo... about his findings. More and more, Putnam found, the crucial issue is class, and he believes that a black President might have an easier time explaining this trend to the American people and setting an agenda to combat it. Other prominent politicians—including Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, and Jeb Bush—have also consulted Putnam. Putnam told me that, even if legislation combatting the widening class divide eludes Obama, “I am hoping he can be John the Baptist on this.” And Obama, for his part, seems eager to take on that evangelizing role.
One of the adversary’s methods to prevent us from progressing is to confuse us about who we really are and what we really desire. We want to spend time with our children, but we also want to engage in our favorite manly hobbies. We want to lose weight, but we also want to enjoy the foods we crave. We want to become Christlike, but we also want to give the guy who cuts us off in traffic a piece of our mind.
To convince consumers that they were rebels, Brand first convinced them that they were “hackers,” a slang term that was already in use in places like M.I.T. but that Brand went on to popularize and infuse with much wider meaning. In 1972, he published “Spacewar,” a long and much read article in Rolling Stone about Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He distinguished the hackers from the... planners, those rigid and unimaginative technocrats, noting that “when computers become available to everybody, the hackers take over.” For Brand, hackers were “a mobile new-found elite.” He seemed to have had a transcendental experience in that lab: “Those magnificent men with their flying machines, scouting a leading edge of technology which has an odd softness to it; outlaw country, where rules are not decree or routine so much as the starker demands of what’s possible.” Computers were the new drugs—without any of the side effects.
Not only is there no right answer when the subject is Melville, there’s no right question, just the undesigned and often circuitous process of turning the object of your attention this way and that way until something arresting emerges, and then you do it again, without the programmed prompting of any deus ex machina. How can you measure or preplan that? You can’t, and so much the worse for Melville, who will just have to be left behind, along with a great deal else that belongs to the culture of art and intuition.
When you are breaking into a new scene, always use $2 bills. For instance, when I started playing chess for money at Washington Square Park I would always pay off with $2 bills but when I won I'd get $1s or $5s. Pretty soon, everyone was hoarding their $2 bills. My currency was flowing through the local economy. Everyone knew who I was. It was a shortcut to popularity because that's how desperate I was for friends among a bunch of drug addict homeless chessplayers.
The Facebook Platform is a shape-shifting, chimeric shadow of suffering and despair, a cruel joke perpetrated upon honest men and women at the brutish whim of bloodthirsty sociopaths sick with bilious greed and absent mercy or decency. Developing for the Facebook Platform is picking out the wallpaper for one's own death row holding cell, the cleaver for one's own blood sacrifice.
Much of history is a chronicle of immense atrocities. Whenever surplus wealth accumulates in any society, whenever people emerge from a cooperative subsistence economy, some portion of the population will do everything it can to exploit the labor of the rest of the people in as pitiless a manner as possible. This is true whether it be the slaveholders of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the... antebellum American South; or the feudal aristocracy of medieval Europe; or the financial moguls of modern capitalist society. Today, throughout much of the capitalist Third World and increasingly in the United States and other industrialized nations, people are being driven into desperation and want, made to work harder for less, when able to find work.
The First Amendment right to the freedom of speech does not apply to the App Store — by agreeing to use Apple products, we are agreeing to give Apple control over what we can do with the machines we’ve paid for; so the “jailbreaking” culture involves programming hacks aimed at sidestepping restrictions that Apple has placed on its products.
The Central Park story is loaded with useful tips. First, National Geographic publishes an index of their magazine. Bruce suggested all of the far off trips he wanted to take, but decided to make item #10 in his proposal “Central Park.” They had not done a story on Central Park in almost fifteen years and they were due for an update. He suggested proposing something based on the index, because if they just ran a story on Peru, chances are they will not run a new one unless something earth shattering occurs.
Do people regret divorcing their perfectly acceptable husbands who they maybe don't really like anymore? I think they sometimes do. I know a woman who met her husband when she was really young, had an affair after 20 years together, dumped him, and now he's remarried to a younger woman and she says she regrets leaving him. She hates what she put them through and misses their life together. Will... you miss your life together? I'm sure you will. How much will you miss it? Do you feel strong enough to tolerate a few years of that? Is it too awful to contemplate living in a small place and supporting yourself? Cutting back on a lot of stuff? Eating potatoes a lot? You don't strike me as someone who, over the years, wouldn't warm to your circumstances, make the best of it, paint the walls bright colors, plant a little garden and feel happier in your own humble space. If I were you, I would construct a vision of what you might want, and a budget for that, and mull that over a little. Try to extract the fear from the picture and see if you can't view it in a positive light.
The same month, according to a high-level source at the Enquirer, Beaupre learned Gallagher had gotten access to Chiquita's voice mail system. It had gone beyond receiving tapes. Beaupre warned him not to do it again. The editor also let the paper's lawyers know what had happened. ``Yes, we knew Mike had the access codes," says Braykovich. ``But he said he got them from a source. He said the... source provided the access codes and the tapes. After Mike admitted to Larry that he'd accessed the voice mails, he was told not to do it. But by then, he'd already done it."
In fact, the articles were vetted by lawyers with Graydon Head & Ritchie, the Enquirer's local counsel; by Barbara Wall, Gannett's in-house counsel; and its outside counsel in Washington, D.C. Even Philip Currie, Gannett's senior vice president for news, took the unusual step of reading the package. The series, packed with information but dense and difficult to read, focused on Chiquita's... business practices in Latin America. It alleged that Chiquita bribed foreign officials, used dangerous pesticides that threatened workers and local residents in Central America, and is callous and insensitive to its workers. It also accused Chiquita of lax security in preventing its fruit-transport ships from ferrying cocaine to the United States and said the company set up a complicated ownership structure that ultimately allowed Chiquita to control banana plantations in host countries that don't allow or sharply limit foreign ownership. Although the series quotes from the much-ballyhooed voice mail messages, it's clear the stories are also based on first-hand interviews, legal documents, leaked corporate memos, visits to Chiquita plantations and land records in Central America.
At Mr. Gallagher's hearing Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, special prosecutor Perry Ancona said the former reporter is now aiding the criminal investigation. "Mr. Gallagher has been cooperating and has agreed to continue to cooperate with the special prosecutor," Mr. Ancona said. Mr. Gallagher pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful interception of communications and one count of... unauthorized access to computer systems. Mr. Ancona said additional charges would not be filed as long as Mr. Gallagher continued to help investigators.
Chiquita attorney pleads no contest in voice-mail theft -- A former Chiquita attorney accused of stealing voice-mail messages from the banana company that were used in a newspaper expose pleaded no contest to reduced charges Wednesday and got two years on probation. George G. Ventura, who had been scheduled to go on trial next week, entered his plea to misdemeanor charges of attempted... unauthorized access to computer systems. In exchange, prosecutors dropped 10 felony charges that carried up to 12 years in prison. In addition to putting him on probation, Common Pleas Judge Ann Marie Tracey ordered the 38-year-old lawyer to perform 40 hours of community service.
The former reporter, Mike Gallagher, 42, testified at a pretrial hearing that protecting a confidential source was ''one of the highest responsibilities a journalist has.'' He then proceeded to say that George G. Ventura, a former lawyer for Chiquita, had been a crucial source for his articles about the huge banana company, based here.
But the exercising rats metabolized calories differently. They tended to burn fat immediately after their meals, while the sedentary rats’ bodies preferentially burned carbohydrates and sent the fat off to be stored in fat cells. The running rats’ bodies, meanwhile, also produced signals suggesting that they were satiated and didn’t need more kibble. Although the treadmill exercisers regained some... weight, their relapses were not as extreme. Exercise “re-established the homeostatic steady state between intake and expenditure to defend a lower body weight,” the study authors concluded. Running had remade the rats’ bodies so that they ate less.
The language he heard from edX, he said, was the rhetoric of tech innovation—seemingly to the exclusion of anything else—and he worried about academia falling under hierarchical thrall to a few star professors. “It’s like higher education has discovered the megachurch,” he told me.
Without the retreat of a smartphone, I was forced to come out of my shell in difficult social situations. Without constant distraction, I found I was more aware of others in the moment. I couldn't have all my interactions on Twitter anymore; I had to find them in real life. My sister, who has dealt with the frustration of trying to talk to me while I'm half listening, half computing for her entire life, loves the way I talk to her now. She says I'm less detached emotionally, more concerned with her well-being — less of a jerk, basically.
Bill Goldman, the great screenwriter, said to me when I was pathetic enough to ask what Robert Redford was "really like" - ‘what would you be like if you hadn't heard the word “no” for 30 years?’