The analogy even applies to being happy in life, finding a mate, all sorts of things you wouldn't expect. The old adage that "you will find someone when you stop looking" in part is true because the act of looking itself is a cost, something that takes away time and creativity and focus from other things, and those other things are often the real fuel behind the fire of your life that will put you in those places, and doing those things, and creating all of what will bring you to that person or bring that person to you. Sometimes you just have to throw in the towel, and realize that from where you are you cannot reach what you want, whatever it is. Take a step back from it, take it off your list, lose some altitude for a time while you regain speed. Stop reaching, and start climbing, put your hands on the rung you can comfortably reach, and pull. Right now, with good effort, and keep going.
Ursula Vernon (ursulav on Livejournal) created the above poster for a summer reading program. Some Christians saw the poster, and hilarity ensued:
It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.
The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”
Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”
Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.
Nice profile of my friend Tara.
"I realized that while I had allowed myself to dabble in those things that I was passionate about, I never really dedicated any real time to them. It was always only if I had the time and didn’t fill it with some other distraction. It was easier to ignore the pull of something ‘frivolous’ if I didn’t allow myself to really immerse into it. I couldn’t know what I was missing if I never really allowed myself to experience it. As cliché as it may sound, Ian’s death made me realize that putting off one’s passions in the hope that you’ll have time ‘later’ is never a sure bet, and that I was tired of doing just that."
About 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that's not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into "reading" books.
Awesome idea! Via Winnie Cassiopeia.