Playing Games Of Awareness

I guess I just wonder most of the time, are people really that stupid* or are they just afraid of what others may do to them if others thought they were smarter than the other? Or, maybe, they are not afraid at all, they KNOW they will get fired and choose to not bother being smart in public to their own harm?

Or maybe they think that what they think is something they should keep to themselves?  Then I wonder why they do not choose to share them?  And then I wonder why I wonder WHY anyone else makes the choices they make?  *tangent*

Or, maybe, smart people keep their smart thoughts to themselves because they think they can leverage them later for a paycheck or something?  that money thing always seems to be a powerful organizer of thoughts here on planet earth, i wonder what would happen if everyone shared their thoughts just because it was what it took to save the planet?

*I KNOW.  I know “stupid” is not “A Nice Word” (as in “use your nice words to say hard things”); yet, sometimes, ‘stupid is as stupid does’ is just the plain truth that deserves no trimmings.

Choice and Opting Out

Sometimes the best thing one may do is walk away from tolerable to exist in the chaos, stopping all “business as usual,” until a light bulb turns on in the dark, showing you how unacceptable tolerable actually was.

Then, one may start walking again. Or running, as the case may be, with untolerable hot on your tails trying to reconcile the dissonance in a new dimension.

Humans have changed the planet. Here’s how we design for that now

Nikohl Vandel:

“For most of us …” ok, so, this article is not for me so I would thought I would share it here. Its REALLY REALLY REALLY long, but #Longreads are in right now, so, for “most of us” … get up to speed and then you’ll maybe join the rest of us doing what we know is right and help stop stupid cold in its tracks! #itsok2besmart #occupycityhall #occupyNRC #occupyEPA #occupyyouself #occupyeverywhere #savethewholeplanet #thinkcosmicallyactintimately #thinkgloballyactlocally #DoItInYourOwnHome and watch the world change right before your eyes!

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For most of us, the job of taking care of the planet is very definitely the responsibility of Someone Else. We might have thoughts, we might have standards, we might even have a composting habit, but we more than likely hope and expect that the trained professionals have got this under control. One problem, of course, is that those who are trained to look after the world often come from many different disciplines; they might be working on the same problem simultaneously from two very different points of view that clash.

That has to change, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Bradley Cantrell in this epic conversation with ecologist Erle Ellis. Below, the pair talk about how their two professions can understand each other and work together in surprising ways to build a sustainable future for wolves, rhinos, butterflies … and us.

Bradley Cantrell: You and I are very deep in our…

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Why Merrill Lynch Likes the Apple Watch but Sees Room for Improvements

Nikohl Vandel:

since it can’t really be used as a universal communicator device yet, i thought this (ticker watching, horse betting, and twitter storms) are the only really useful thing the watch could do . . . maybe there’s other things, i am curious, what do people do with them besides nano watch the information streams they feed on?

Originally posted on 24/7 Wall St.:

Apple Watch introSome people are still undecided on the newest product from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), but Merrill Lynch is here to help with an evaluation of the Apple Watch and where the tech giant can grow with it. The firm has listed some of the more prominent features of the smartwatch and also where it can be improved.

Currently, Merrill Lynch is evaluating the Apple Watch after its first two weeks on the market. The firm has a Buy rating on Apple with a $145 price objective, and the Apple Watch has not done anything to change that rating or target, for the better or worse.

Merrill Lynch’s research team tried out the Apple Watch over the past two weeks and walked away largely positive, but also with a wish list of features. The convenience of not having to fish out the iPhone all the time was reported as a definite…

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Free Time 

Nikohl Vandel:

welcome to my world. everyday, gotta think of things to do and do things that need to be done and …. forget that anyone needs me whatsoever except for my daughter. #fuqafukushima, the NRC surely will figure out its a bad idea to keep a nuclear power plant open on an active earthquake fault, right?! enjoy your day. the wine, great idea (yet, i’m only on my second cup of coffee, so i’ll join you a bit later on that!).

Originally posted on Behind the White Coat:


Today I am not at work.

Instead I am at home.

I spent a couple of hours working on charts this morning.

Then I ran errands: New pants for my son. A gift for my daughter to take to a birthday party tomorrow. A bottle of good Pino Grigio.

When I got home I walked past the computer on the dining room table, resisting the urge to log on again.

Fuck it!

Surely they will be fine without me.


I walked past the computer, then doubled back to close it up and hide it in the study. Out of sight, maybe out of mind perhaps?

Now I have a chilled glass of wine in my hand. Yes, it is before noon. No, I do not make this a habit. Hopefully it will assuage the guilt of taking a day off…

Dishes. Laundry. Clean the bathrooms. Write. Take a nap…

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Equal under the law.
Oh, #Ferguson already did, last millennia. Two centuries ago.
“The Show Me” state’s #Ferguson just showed us how SLOW Missouri is to implement the law.
Can we get an #accelerator to help for this state? Surely there is an app for that!??!