The best NYTimes correction of AllTimes.
Kudos to my colleagues (and occasional opponents on the basketball court), whose work was featured on The Economist’s Science and Technology blog a couple of days ago. Here is what they’ve been up to for a few years now:
According to one famous study, conservatives are not just more god-fearing than liberals (as Americans call left-leaning folk). They are more fearful in general, making them more receptive to threatening aspects of the environment. Hence, the argument goes, their penchant for tougher policing, harsher sentencing, stronger armed forces and other Republican shibboleths.
However, this observation does not by itself explain liberals’ preoccupation with progressive policies which often aim to make people’s lives more pleasant, as opposed to less unpleasant. Michael Dodd, of the University of Nebraska, wondered whether this is because they are drawn more strongly than conservatives are to the bright side of life. As he and his colleagues report in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, this does in fact appear to be the case.
To arrive at his conclusion, Dr Dodd tested how 46 self-professed right- and left-leaning Nebraskans react to a series of 33 images. Some were associated with negative feelings: a spider on a man’s face (fear), an open wound with maggots (disgust) and a man being beaten up by a mob (anger). Others—a smiling child, a bowl of fruit or a cute rabbit—were picked to evoke a warm and fuzzy sensation (positive emotions fall less readily into distinct categories).
The level of arousal was measured by tracking changes in how the participants’ skin conducts a tiny current. The nervous system reacts to emotionally salient stimuli by spurring eccrine glands to release moisture. Since more moisture makes skin a better conductor, an uptick in conductivity reflects heightened arousal (a phenomenon polygraphers exploit to help detect whether someone is lying). The results confirmed that nasty pictures aroused Republicans more than pleasant ones did. And, as Dr Dodd expected, the opposite was true for Democrats. In both cases, the more partisan the participant, the more pronounced the respective predilection.
The best part about the piece, apart from seeing the work of my excellent colleagues get more well-deserved recognition? Hands down, it’s the comments on the blog write-up from internet trolls around the world. They range from “These ‘scientists’ are one step away from wanting to round up Republicans and put them in camps” to “How can a person who lives in Nebraska know anything at all?”
The full write-up (with all the comments) is here.
Looking for somewhere to something that’s a little more dubstep and a little less brostep? Want to find out what the difference is? Check out Future Garage/2 Step/UK Dubstep/Grime to check out great DJs and producers honing their tracks and picking appart the finer points of electronic music generes.
CoJack started playing “Fog” by Sduk
jessipedia: hey folks
disk: oh snap everyones here
VYGR: hey jessi
Bo Peep (TNP): Heya.
jessipedia: what’s going on? ready for some interviewing?
jessipedia: ok, well, first of all…What kind of music do you all play here, because I don’t really know what any of those music genres are… : /
digerati: >_< lol
VYGR: We play all sorts of Bass Music, Dubstep that is focused on sub-bass rather than on unbearable loud and screechy mid-range sounds, UK Garage, Grime, UK Funky, House, Juke, Footwork, some Jungle, Liquid DnB and so on.
jessipedia: what differentiates UK Dubstep from US? other than nationality..
VYGR: The love for bass, which means that we use subs to listen to our music and not just laptop speakers. Hah!
Bo Peep (TNP): LOL. FOR THE LOVE OF SUBS! RAWR!
digerati: ‘If your tune sounds like a bunch of power tools at a Home Depot – that’s not bass, that’s not sub, therefore, it’s not dubstep!’ -Joe Nice (UK Dubstep Ambassador)
trees: even tho he’s from the US, he still keeps it real/UK :p “UK dubstep” is just a sort of guideline, we play plenty of good US-based dubstep.
jessipedia: haha, ok. What’s Grime?
VYGR: Grime emerged from South London in the early 2000s as a development or blend of UK Garage, Dancehall, and Hip Hop.
trees: people like dizzee rascal and wiley are considered grime MCs
My friend and colleague Amit Gupta is fighting off leukemia and the twittersphere is lighting up with expressions of support.
But the support he really needs is for you to get a Q-tip, stick it in your cheek and mail it back. The process is free and you can sign up right here.
The extraordinary thing about marketing is that a million people might see something or hear something or be sold something and only a thousand will actually take action. Even if it’s free.
When you look at the long odds on marrow donation, it feels like a bit of a sweepstakes, but backwards. It’s easy to fix if we just get everyone (regardless of ethnicity) to register.
How about if we gamify it? Here’s the deal: if you are a match for Amit and the marrow donation happens, I’ll profile you or the project of your choice on the blog and send you a check for $10,000 for you or the charity of your choice. Winner take all, no purchase necessary, void where prohibited… (Even if you don’t win, if you swab we all win).
If I can be so bold as to suggest a hashtag: #IswabbedforAmit
I dont have the same following as Seth Godin but I will definitely match his offer.
if you are a match for Amit and the marrow donation happens, I’ll profile you or the project of your choice on the blog and send you a check for $10,000 for you or the charity of your choice. Winner take all, no purchase necessary, void where prohibited…
I too was unaware of the statute and plan to distribute the money the same way Seth will. I’m hopeful that raising awareness of the unfortunate situation that Amit and others like him encourages people to take 5 minutes to join the bone marrow registry.
With that said:
You win the prize if you’re the first certified match, but donating is completely up to you. It takes a year for records to be released, but I’m good for it. If this still doesn’t pass muster, the prize goes to charity. And of course, this is an offer from me, not endorsed by any agency or organization, etc.]
For all you AV nerds out there; A once in a lifetime trip around the conveyor system at B&H Photo in New York City.
For digital diehards, B&H is a mecca of SLR cameras, lenses, computers, editing tools, and everything you could possibly want to produce media. I’ve visited B&H many times, and spent a lot of dough. In the used equipment section is a zoom lens for $250,000.
There are few places like B&H in the world, and even the Apple Store looks anemic in comparison.
B&H is also on Tumblr
Brad Pitt for W Magazine’s “Movie Issue” :
Have your parents seen you die in a movie?
They would have had to. I die really well, by the way. It’s one of my strong points. I just take a bullet well.
Do you have trouble watching yourself die?
God, no. I’m just checking the boxes. Hit that. Missed that. Hit that moment. Missed that one. God, I’d like to do that one again.
Do you really have characters that you’d like to do over?
Um…the first 12 years of my career, I would think.
Okay…first 11 years.
MORE FROM W MAGAZINE:
Charlotte has a job in Bangkok, so I tagged along. More photos to come but here’s a quick preview. At some temples they keep swallows in cages that you can set free for a few dollars. Basically kidnapping and blackmail. Now if this was an endangered species, I would not support the ‘trade,’ but in this case we just couldn’t stand by and watch the little birds in lock-up. This is my first time in Thailand. It’s really a magical place. I’ll try and post a full pictorial diary soon. p.s. Happy Chinese New Year!
Sean! This would be great for our ‘Independence’ collaboration. :oD