Articles of Interest - Week of June 18


Facebook Announces Plans To Launch Cryptocurrency Called Libra NPR

An Animated Ranking Of The Most Popular Social Media Networks Since 2003   Digg

Fortnite Eclipses Facebook, Instagram as Tweens' Preferred Social Platform: Study Hollywood Reporter

Brands Push Back On Partnering With Social Media Influencers  NPR

The rise of the computer-generated influencer on social media  New York Times 

Sudan and the Instagram Tragedy Hustle The Atlantic


How to save text messages on your iphone  Wired


We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster  New York Times

A Duke study recorded thousands of students’ faces. Now they’re being used all over the world Duke Chronicle

A license plate scanning company was hacked, and now thousands of images of drivers are on the dark web  Vice

Why airport facial recognition raises privacy concerns  Washington Post

U.S. Reportedly Trying To Implant Malware That Could Sabotage Russia's Electrical Grid  NPR


Dropbox Just Announced a Major Redesign That You're Going to Love, Until You Realize it Has A Fatal Flaw Inc.

How to Get Past Paywalls in Chrome's Incognito Mode  Life Hacker 


AI can tell when actors are kissing—and maybe when you are, too  MIT Technology Review  

The Problem with Quantum Computers  Scientific American  

How To Run a Hive Script on an AWS Hadoop Cluster  Virtualization Review 

A guide to some of the key terms associated with the technology, an increasingly useful tool for businesses that improves as it crunches more data  Fortune  


The news and information that U.S. adults actually read doesn't always match up with the topics they claim they want covered more  Axios

How we Helped our Reporters Learn to Love Spreadsheets  New York Times

Dan Rather’s single biggest secret for interviewing powerful people  Vox

The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it Harvard’s Nieman Lab


“Tying together two rocks doesn’t make them float”: Why newspapers are facing the end of scale Digital Publishing News 

Audiobooks are no longer exempt from the broader shifts in the podcast world  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


A deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg presents a new challenge for Facebook CNN

Lawyers: Files sent by Alex Jones contained child porn ABC News

Adobe has an ambitious plan to help the public spot fake images Fast Company  

About three-quarters of Americans favor steps to restrict altered videos and images Pew Research Center


Are Colleges Friendly to Fantasy Writers? It’s Complicated  Wired 

List Of All Emojis!   


Language wars: the 19 greatest linguistic spats of all time The Guardian

UVA Scientists Use Machine Learning to Improve Gut Disease Diagnosis University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science 


Plagiarism – What can curb the scourge?  University World News 

Senior Chinese law researcher target of PhD plagiarism claims  South China Morning Post


A Very Happy 50th Birthday To 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'  NPR  

The Strange Story of a Secret Literary Fellowship  The New Yorker

The tree thought to have inspired Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' has fallen  CNN 


Review of Campbell McGrath’s New and Selected Poems  The New York Times

Sanderson Dean’s ‘Stark Raving Dad’ turns frazzled parenting into poetry  Mercury News 

With his translation of some of the best works by legendary poet Sachal Sarmast, Ghaffar has once again, outdone himself   The News Sunday

This 13-year-old is teaching people about climate change through poetry  CBC  

Human factor behind integrating technology into learning  University World News  

A poet-to-poet perspective on the life and works of St. Francis Assisi  Angelus News 

Food Poetry Walk  Greenfield Recorder 


This Picture Featuring 15 Tech Men And 2 Women Looked Doctored: The Women Were Photoshopped In

BuzzFeed News 

Eight women who achieved personal or professional milestones after the age of 50  Washington Post 

All-Women Sailing Crew Raises Awareness of Plastic Pollution TIME

Female Historians Try to End the I-Didn’t-Know-Any-Women Excuse for Men-Only Panels  Chronicle of Higher Education 

Gender Stereotypes Banned in British Advertising  New York Times


 'Avengers,' But Make It Without Women, Or Men Hugging, Or Levity In General    NPR

The disturbing return of scientific racism  Wired

Documentary About Charleston Church Shooting Explores Forgiveness  NPR

Looking Under the Hood: 14 Years Photographing White Power The Daily Beast  

Key findings about U.S. immigrants  Pew Research Center


Is offering assistance to illegal immigrants a protected religious practice?  Economist

The court ruled that First Amendment protections don't apply to a corporation that operates a public access channel in New York PC Mag


Texas court says photographer has no recourse against university copyright infringement  Houston Chronicle

Genius accuses Google of copying its lyrics data (updated) Apostrophes were reportedly the telltale clues Engadget  

Twitter user banned, claims “viewpoint discrimination”: Court disagrees  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


Atheists & Agnostics Also Frequently Believe in the Supernatural, a New Study Shows  Open Culture

Died: Lloyd John Ogilvie, Celebrated Preacher and Senate Chaplain  Christianity Today 

The Southern Baptists are beset by two related fiascos  Economist 

Ex-pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing $800,000 from Texas megachurch  ABC-13

Tennessee preacher-cop calls for execution of LGBTQ people  CNN

Man Runs Into Riverside Church And Allegedly Says He’s Going To Shoot Everybody  CBS-LA  

Church-state group complains: 18 players baptized at school football field

How Should Christians Have Sex? (opinion)  New York Times


This Guy Offered "Free Dad Hugs" At A Pride Parade And People Really Needed Them   BuzzFeed News

He is a stylist to Hollywood stars: But his most personal work is giving cuts to the homeless Washington Post 

This carpenter builds crutches for kids: Now it’s his turn to walk  National Geographic  

Calgary Couple uses shopping spree win to stock up groceries for Calgary Food Bank  Social Sharing  CBA

Teen boys save woman's life: Four teenage boys save 90-year-old Oklahoma woman from burning house  CBS News 


Alcohol is now being marketed as a ‘wellness’ drink  New York Post 

Have You Seen The Hot Cheetos And Forever 21 Collab?  Essence 

Florida social media coordinator paid in hot dogs  The Take Out  

A Honda lawnmower is now the fastest in the world, hitting 100 mph in 6 seconds  CNN

Taiwan Is in the Clutches of a Claw Machine Craze Atlas Obscura


Frida Kahlo's only known voice recording possibly found in Mexico  The Guardian 

The Winners Of The National Geographic Travel Photo Contest Are Breathtaking  Digg

Women Who Draw: Explore an Open Directory That Showcases the Work of 5,000+ Female Illustrators Open Culture  

Highways and Rivers Form Capillaries on Anatomical Paper Organs by Katrin Rodegast This is Colossel


Narrative nonfiction on the intersection of culture and politics  Catapult Story

Writing packages  Medium's Blop Culture magazine  Medium

Story ideas on culture, books, music, film & beyond  Bitch Media


Thorn uses Amazon-powered AI to save minors from sex trafficking  Quartz

Everything you think you know about the death penalty is wrong New York Times


5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S.  Pew Research Center

Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Fort Still  TIME 

In nearly 100-degree heat, migrants still packed outside in camp at international bridge USA Today

The U.S. Wants Visa Applicants' Social-Media Handles  The Atlantic


The Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice  Wired

The global plastic problem is even bigger than you think  Axios

The Brilliant Colors of the Great Barrier Revealed in a Historic Illustrated Book from 1893  Open Culture


Boundaries   Becoming (my blog)


Two-hour ‘dose’ of nature significantly boosts health – study  The Guardian

The association between quality measures of medical university press releases and their corresponding news stories—Important information missing PLOS

Am I Sleeping Too Much?  GQ

Marijuana Damages Young Brains (opinion) The New York Times

Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicide Associated Press


Scientists may soon be able to make a universal blood type Sillicon Republic

Meta-Research: A comprehensive review of randomized clinical trials in three medical journals reveals 396 medical reversals  eLife 

UVA Scientists Use Machine Learning to Improve Gut Disease Diagnosis  University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science 


Yes, an Epic Around-the-World Train Trip Actually Exists  Afar  

20 of the world's most beautiful Buddhist temples National Geographic

The (New) Great American Road Trip: Where Else to Stop in All 50 States  InsideHook


Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels  NPR

Five Myths about Fast Food  Washington Post 

Realistic Ceramic Sculptures of Decadent Desserts Examine Our Culturally Complex Relationship With Food  This is Colossal


Ancestry and other DNA-testing companies are bringing old family secrets to light: These friends are now dealing with the truth about their fathers Huffington Post

How Much the Everyday Changes When You Have Kids Flowing Data


Scientists Explain Puppy Dog Eyes  NPR  

This Guy Offered "Free Dad Hugs" At A Pride Parade And People Really Needed Them People fell into his arms crying Buzzfeed News

An Everyday Ritual Becomes a Zoological Tour with a Japanese Company’s Animal Tea Bags This is Colossal

Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales  Associated Press


Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe  Wired

Science is often poorly communicated. Researchers can fight back  Vox


Adolescents' Tech Addiction Is A Growing Problem, Therapists Say  NPR

No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media  Undark


In China, What 's The Attitude On The Street About The U.S.? Economist

How the trade war with China could crush California’s $2.7 trillion economy CNBC


Ethics in Scientific Research: An Examination of Ethical Principles and Emerging Topics  RAND  

Deep ethics: The long-term quest to decide right from wrong  BBC


Mexico Backs Down on Researcher Travel  Inside Higher Ed Rules  

Peer review is not just quality control, it is part of the social infrastructure of research  The London School of Economics & Political Science  

How a Single Paper Affects the Impact Factor: Implications for Scholarly Publishing  Arvix  

The troubles of high-profile open access megajournals  SpringerLink


Trump administration seeks overhaul of federal standards for college accreditors  Inside Higher Ed

Private Nonprofit College Closures, 2016-Present  Inside Higher Ed

University suspends library director over controversial photo display  National Coalition Against Censorship

AAUP votes to censure or sanction three institutions at its annual meeting  Inside Higher Ed

Liberty University cuts divinity faculty  Inside Higher Ed

Liberty grad arrested for statutory rape  Christian Post 


We Don’t Trust Course Evaluations, but Are Peer Observations of Teaching Much Better?  Chronicle of Higher Education 

Diversity as a Course Requirement  Inside Higher Ed 


The Professor and the Adjunct The New Yorker

Appeals court reinstates a long-standing tenure denial case brought by a black law professor against a predominantly black university  Inside Higher Ed


12 years after starting college, white men have paid off 44% of their student loans, while black women owe 13% more  Market Watch

A brief history of cheating at video games  Engadget

What the ideal president looks like to Millennials  YouGov


A Student Is Expelled After Multiple Sexual-Assault Accusations. Could the University Have Stopped Him Sooner?  Chronicle of Higher Education

Kentucky university student newspaper struggles after loss of adviser and funding for student stipends  Student Press Law Center



Boundaries help us to define what is not on our property and what we are not responsible for. We are not, for example, responsible for other people.  In short, boundaries help us keep the good in and the bad out.  Sometimes, we have bad on the inside and good on the outside. In these instances, we need to be able to open up our boundaries to let the good in and the bad out.  

Boundaries are not walls. But in every community, all members have their own space and property.  The important thing is that property lines be permeable enough to allow pass and strong enough to keep out danger. 

Boundaries are anything that helps to differentiate you from someone else, or show where you begin and end.  The most basic boundary that defines you is your physical skin. The most basic boundary-setting word is no. It lets others know that you exist apart from them and that you are in control of you. Setting boundaries inevitably involves taking responsibility for your choices.  

Setting limits on others is a misnomer.  We can’t do that. What we can do is set limits on our own exposure to people who are behaving poorly; we can’t change them or make them behave right.  The other aspect of limits that is helpful when talking about boundaries is setting our own internal limits.  We need to have spaces inside ourselves where we can have a feeling, an impulse, or a desire, without acting it out.  We need self-control without repression.  We need to be able to say no to ourselves.

Henry Cloud, John Townsend writing in Boundaries

Motivation doesn’t equal Achievement

You might think it is safe to assume that, once you motivate students, the learning will follow. Yet research shows that this is often not the case: motivation doesn’t always lead to achievement, but achievement often leads to motivation. If you try to ‘motivate’ students into public speaking, they might feel motivated but can lack the specific knowledge needed to translate that into action. However, through careful instruction and encouragement, students can learn how to craft an argument, shape their ideas and develop them into solid form. 

A lot of what drives students is their innate beliefs and how they perceive themselves. There is a strong correlation between self-perception and achievement, but there is some evidence to suggest that the actual effect of achievement on self-perception is stronger than the other way round. To stand up in a classroom and successfully deliver a good speech is a genuine achievement, and that is likely to be more powerfully motivating than woolly notions of ‘motivation’ itself.  

Carl Hendrick writing in Aeon

Articles of Interest - June 10


“You put that many people together from so many backgrounds, of course they’re going to start chasing each other with machetes”  Columbia Journalism Review

What to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Crowdsourcing Project Propublica

Rural teens seek (but rarely find) themselves in local news coverage Reynold’s Journalism Institute  

Redacted briefs before Supreme Court violate First Amendment (opinion)  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press  

The value of bias in a quest for inclusive journalism RTDNA


Micropayments-for-news pioneer Blendle is pivoting from micropayments Harvard’s Nieman Lab

These Reporters Lost Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back Against Big Tech BuzzFeed News

 Five futures for journalism  Salon

Sobering reality for news outlets: Your readers are somewhere else 99% of the time  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Google Made $4.7 Billion From the News Industry in 2018, Study Says New York Times  

That “$4.7 billion” number for how much money Google makes off the news industry? It’s imaginary Harvard’s Nieman Lab

How the Star Tribune became the most successful metro paper in America — a decade after going broke  Traffic


Americans think fake news is big problem, blame politicians Associated Press

Congress to investigate deepfakes as doctored Pelosi video causes stir CNN

The Real Problem With Fake News  The Atlantic

The one Weird Trick will help you spot Clickbait  TED 

To detect fake news, this AI first learned to write it  Tech Crunch 


When Grown-Ups Get Caught in Teens’ AirDrop Crossfire The Atlantic  

Machine Learning Experts Have Found A Way To Edit Videos Of People Saying Words They've Never Said  Digg 

Why Is It So Hard to Solve Problems with Technology? Scholarly Kitchen


Google’s AI can create videos from start and end frames alone  VentureBeat  

How do neural networks see depth?  ZD Net


Pizza Place In California Wants Patrons To Put Away Their Cellphones  NPR

Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News ArsTechnica 

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ has Instagram influencers flocking to the site of the disaster  BGR


Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems: The Results Are Alarming Ed Week

How to stop robocalls—or at least slow them down  Wired

Privacy concerns don’t stop people from putting their DNA on the internet to help solve crimes The Conversation

CBP says traveler photos and license plate images stolen in data breach Tech Crunch


The Danger of Love  Becoming (my blog)

Work-Life Balance Is a Myth: Do This Instead  TIME

Be a Better Conversationalist by 'Supporting' Instead of 'Shifting'  Life Hacker


13 methods for achieving your writing goals  PR Daily

Why Writing Better Will Make You a Better Person  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How I Taught My Kid to Read  The Atlantic


Dispute Arises Over ‘No-No Boy,’ a Classic of Asian-American Literature With a Complex History  New York Times 

10 Facts About Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!  Mental Floss


How poetry influenced scientists  Cosmos Magazine

Jim Harrison’s Essential Poetry  National Review

The Making of Poetry by Adam Nicolson review — a superb study of Coleridge and Wordsworth The Times

When Poets Pray  Presbyterian Outlook

Poetry and the Art of Minimalism  Thrive Global

How Instagram Could Stifle a New Generation of Poets Ozy

There's a Poem for Every Reader (sub. req’ed)  Wall Street Journal

For Poet Billy Collins, the Vineyard Is an Entrancing Isle Vineyard Gazette


Gender disparity still exists in authorship of academic medical research especially in the last author position  JAMA 

Bias in Science Hiring: New study finds discrimination against women and racial minorities in hiring in the sciences Inside Higher Ed

Women in Animated Films Make Up Only 17% of Lead Characters  The Wrap


Racial and gender biases plague postdoc hiring  Science Mag

Inside an all-white town’s divisive experiment with cryptocurrency Wired

A new podcast amplifies Asian American stories  Columbia Journalism Review


Texas becomes 17th state to enact campus free speech legislation The FIRE

Alabama governor signs campus free speech bill into law  The Hill


Sorry, but you can’t copyright a meme  The Next Web

Court: Arresting A Driver For Shouting 'Fuck You' Out The Window At A Nearby State Trooper Is Unconstitutional  Tech Dirt

InfoWars Pays $15K to Settle 'Pepe the Frog' Copyright Lawsuit  Hollywood Reporter


Amber Scorah On Losing Her Faith, And Her Son, In 'Leaving The Witness'  NPR

Southern Baptists discuss whether one woman can preach

Evangelicals opening to science-friendly “process” theology, says Thomas Jay Oord  Vancouver Sun

Univision, sued for news story about Evangelical Church Miami Herald

Former Liberty University professor convicted of child sex solicitation News Advance

Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister New York Times


97-year-old vet with the 101st parachutes again over Normandy Clarksville Now   

Woman given just 3 days to live at birth graduates from college — with honors The Week

Formerly homeless man readmitted to University of Texas after leaving school in 1975  NBC News

Indiana teacher takes students' drawings and turns them into stuffed animals  The Week

He checked on elderly resident, fed neighborhood cats and gave hugs to people going through hard times  BuzzFeed News


Grocer designed embarrassing plastic bags to shame shoppers into bringing reusable ones: Plan Backfires BongBong

The restaurant owner who asked for 1-star Yelp reviews Hustle


Learning to Love the Music You Hate  Topic

The sociology of country music lyrics  Economist


Watch 3,000 Films Free Online from the National Film Board of Canada Open Culture

The Films that Defined Generation X BBC


Mobile Internet Usage Reaches 800 Hours A Year Media Post

America's rural radio stations are vanishing – and taking the country's soul with them The Guardian

What Loosening Restrictions On Radio Consolidation Could Do, And What It Already Has  NPR

Longtime TV weatherman off air since slamming station's code red 'corporate initiative' during broadcast  Newsweek


You’re probably answering these 5 common interview questions wrong Fast Company

Career advice for TV Journalists  Twitter

Three men who all told very different lies on their resumes (and still got the job) Mel Magazine


Personal essays and reported features on the integral role pets play in millennials' lives Bustle 

The Sierra Club is looking for new environmental writers

Food pitches  Topic magazine  

Pitches for an upcoming “Books & Authors" issue  High Country News   

Writers and photographers to produce Portland-based neighborhood guides Portland in Color and Travel Portland

Freelance pitches  Medium's new publication for women of color

Freelance games writer  Radar


Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalities Associated Press

Americans’ views flipped on gay rights. How did minds change so quickly?  Washington Post

Better Schools Won’t Fix America (opinion)  The Atlantic


5 facts about the abortion debate in America  Pew Research Center

In Alabama where lawmakers banned abortion for rape victims—rapists' parental rights are protected Washington Post  

A majority of Americans think abortion will still be legal in 30 years, but with some restrictions  Pew Research Center


3 myths about Mexico and migration, debunked  CNN

Migrants in Custody at Hospitals Are Treated Like Felons, Doctors Say   New York Times

Not content with merely providing unsanitary conditions for border detainees, CBP decides to poison the entire El Paso area  Washington Examiner

Georgia professor’s immigration comments cause stir on social media AJC


More Americans Are Living Solo, and Companies Want Their Business Wall Street Journal

The weakness of online consumer reviews  The Week


Art from invasive species creates conversations about conservation  MPR News   

Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska Wreaks Havoc on Communities and Ecosystems  Smithsonian 

More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding NPR

Amazon Rainforest Deforestation in Brazil on the Rise for Years  Bloomberg


How Early Trauma Can Shape The Brain's Response To Pain  NPR 

A new study of how spin in coverage of medical studies affects perceptions BMC Medicine

How Safe is Sunscreen?  New York Times

If You Can Do This Many Pushups in a Row, Harvard Scientists Say Your Risk of Heart Attack Is Over 30 Times Less  Inc.

How old are your organs? To scientists’ surprise, organs are a mix of young and old cells Salk Institute for Biological Studies 

Apple's 'noise' app Buzzes your wrist whenever you're in a loud environment  Wired

Don’t trust advice from streaming ‘health’ films, experts say New York Post

More evidence that autism is linked to gut bacteria Economist


136 Maps Reveal Where Tourists & Locals Take Photos in Major Cities Across the Globe Open Culture

Forget the Bahamas. China's cruises are where it's at  Wired


A slick video with claims about artificial food spreads online even though some of the claims are fake  CNN

The Majic of Japan’s Convenience Store  BBC


Trump Administration Cancels English Classes Soccer Legal Air for Unaccompanied Child Migrants in US Shelters  Washington Post

Taking on the system: 'Dreamers' are getting law degrees Associated Press

American Bar Association Says Immigration Courts Are 'On The Brink Of Collapse'  NPR


A New Photo Book Documents the Wonderful Homemade Cat Ladders of Switzerland Open Culture

Prison Dogs Of Angola New York Times

Ogden restaurant won’t allow service dogs; customers upset Fox-13

Stressed out? Your dog may feel it too, study suggests Associated Press

Bees can link symbols to numbers: study  RMIT University

How to Get Your Neighbor’s Dog to Stop Barking Incessantly Life Hacker


Physicists see a quantum leap, halt it, and reverse it Wired

Share your science with a story  Science Mag


Human Brains Are Sensitive To Musical Pitch, Unlike Those Of Monkeys  NPR 

The Men’s Mental Health Double-Bind  Psychology Today


How Did You Learn to Type?  Life Hacker

How the brain changes when mastering a new skill Science Daily


How Did You Learn to Type?  Life Hacker

I've been working from home for 9 years — here are my best productivity hacks  Business Insider


The Roads of Ancient Rome Visualized in the Style of Modern Subway Maps Open Culture

Marie Curie Became the First Woman to Win a Nobel Prize, the First Person to Win Twice, and the Only Person in History to Win in Two Different Sciences Open Culture


Conflict Over Sociologist's Narrative Puts Spotlight on Ethnography  Chronicle of Higher Education 

If the journal accepts the manuscript with only minor suggestions for improvement, authors then withdraw the paper and aim for a higher–impact factor journal The-Scientist

Exposing Hidden Defects in Citation Statistics and Journal Impact Factors  Clarivate Analytics

Knowledge and attitudes among life scientists towards reproducibility within journal articles  Bio Rxix 

After outcry, USDA will no longer require scientists to label research ‘preliminary  Washington Post


Bakery awarded $11 million in libel lawsuit against Oberlin College over alleged racial profiling  CNN

Study: College degree a good investment, despite cost  KSNT 

Oral Roberts University pays $300K in recruiting settlement  Associated Press 

Jerry Falwell Jr. Deletes Crude Tweet over Prayer Over Trump at Church  Christian News

Louisville's Southern Baptist seminary rejects call to make slavery reparations Courier Journal

Psychology and Christianity intersect at new Houston Baptist University institute Houston Chronicle


How to Make the Best of Bad Course Evaluations  Chronicle of Higher Education


Newspapers thrown away at two universities following publication of controversial articles  Student Press Law Center

Civil Liberties Watchdog accuses Rutgers of using unconstitutional process to found student press  Inside Higher Ed 


An astounding number of American college students are going hungry or homeless Business Insider

After Restraint And Seclusion, Students With Disabilities Pay An Emotional Toll  NPR


Sexual harassment, misconduct behind medicine professor’s dismissal Stanford Daily

A warning from the academic underground of adjuncts and contingent faculty Science Magazine



The Danger of Love

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness...The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.  

CS Lewis, The Four Loves

Each Step

The longer we continue to make the wrong decisions, the more our heart hardens; the more often we make the right decision, the more our heart softens - or better perhaps, comes alive.  

Each step in life which increases my self-confidence, my integrity, my courage, my conviction also increases my capacity to choose the desirable alternative, until eventually it becomes more difficult for me to choose the undesirable rather than the desirable action.       

On the other hand, each act of surrender and cowardice weakens me, opens the path for more acts of surrender, and eventually freedom is lost. With each step along the wrong road it becomes increasingly difficult for people to admit that they are on the wrong road, often only because they have to admit that they must go back to the first wrong turn, and must accept the fact that they have wasted energy and time.     

Erich Fromm, The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil    

Dunbar's number

The number of people with whom we can maintain a stable relationship is about 150, according to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar. He says: 

We devote around 40 percent of our available social time to our 5 most intimate friends and relations…and the remaining 60 percent in progressively decreasing amounts goes to the other 145.  

Friendship is the single most important factor influencing our health, well-being, and happiness. Creating and maintaining friendships is, however, extremely costly, in terms of both the time that has to be invested and the cognitive mechanisms that underpin them. Part of friendship is the act of mentalizing, or mentally envisioning the landscape of another's mind. Cognitively, this process is extraordinarily taxing, and as such, intimate conversations seem to be capped at about four people before they break down and form smaller conversational groups.  

Read more at the BigThink

Articles of Interest - June 3


Because of AI, the value of a computer science degree will “diminish over time,” says investor Mark Cuban  Vox 

This AI uses echolocation to identify what you're doing  Wired 

Improving robots’ grasp requires a new way to measure it in humans  Economist


A means to preserve the integrity of video, AI models and digital archives—data that can be easily manipulated to change historical facts  Computer Weekly 

Google’s AI can create videos from start and end frames alone  Venture Beat 

SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are clearly visible in the sky—and astronomers aren’t happy  MIT Technology Review


People Are Spending More Time on Instagram, at the Expense of Facebook and Snapchat  Adweek 

The quiet power of sound design  Wired 

Nancy Pelosi accuses Facebook of 'lying to the public' after it refuses to remove fake video  Mashable  

Instagramming Crowds Pack National Parks  NPR  


A high school student says her principal’s graduation speech plagiarized Ashton Kutcher  FOX-8 

My phone helped me fall in love with books again  Salon  


This crafty robot can write in languages it’s never seen before  Wired 

Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future  Quartz 


Best Fiction – Spring 2019  The What 

Tony Horwitz, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Dies At 60  Slate

The best recent poetry – review roundup  The Guardian

'Start With Truth And End With Art': Poet Ocean Vuong On His Debut Novel  NPR

How can I expand my reading of Indian literature?  The Guardian

Review: ‘Normal People’ harkens to 19th century literature to tell compelling contemporary love story  Post & Courier   


‘Don’t Read Poetry’ is a literary manual for the Instagram era  Washington Post

Five Centuries of Yiddish Poetry, Written by Women  Forward 

New doctors in Scotland are being given a book of poetry to help them deal with the stresses of the job  The i Paper

The Univ of Tenn at Chattanooga Poetry program receives $1 million endowment  News-9 

Foals Frontman Yannis is Currently Obsessed with Poetry And The Band Low  Vice 

An introduction to Georgian poetry, and the country’s beautiful alphabet Emerging Europe

Poetry Out Loud: The Finale Edition  Book Riot


The Cautionary Tale of the ‘Female Byron’  The New York Times 

Fans Worldwide Prepare To Honor Bicentennial Of Walt Whitman's Birth  NPR 

A San Diego Poet and What She Saw in El Salvador  Consortium News

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and the complex life of the ‘poet of America’   The Conversation

Tips from a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet  Everett Herald

What a San Diego Poet saw in El Salvador  Consortium News  


Why women are called 'influencers' and men 'creators'  Wired 

Professor paid less than men: Judge says that doesn’t matter  Inside Higher Ed  

Virtual reality: how women are taking a leading role in the sector The Guardian

A Starbucks Customer Ordered a Simple Coffee. Then the Barista Went Too Far Inc.


Kishi Bashi Uses The History Of Japanese Internment To Explore America Today  NPR

Who's doing the heavy lifting in terms of diversity and inclusion work?  Inside Higher Ed

Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill: Stamp puts Tubman's face on the twenty  USA Today

Who Counts as a Person of Color? Conversations on Diversity  Inside Higher Ed


Is a construction company right in suing a cafe over the word cat?  The Guardian

Former student sues Oklahoma University over false rankings  The Oklahoman

This Teen Planned A School Shooting. But Did He Break The Law?  NPR


What online chess taught one teen about digital life  Wired  

Facing the ubiquity of fortnite in our kids' lives  Wired  


Security Experts Express Concern Over Electronic System To Check-In At Polling Places  NPR 

Apple promises privacy, but iPhone apps share your data with trackers, ad companies and research firms  Washington Post 

Flipboard database hacks exposed users' account information  Cnet

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions  Military Times 

Russia demands Tinder give user data to secret services  Associated Press

Microsoft says mandatory password changing is “ancient and obsolete  Ars Technica

Privacy is Apple’s most premium product  The Next Web


Old politicians flock to new film media  Axios 

YouTube doesn’t want you to download their videos  Tools for Reporters  


The False and Idolatrous Narrative of 'American Christianity' (opinion)  SoJo 

After harassment of Sikh bus driver, Maryland school district agrees to awareness training  Religious News Service 

The so-called (Billy Graham) Library is not a library: It has no archives. It has no archivist  Religious News Service 

Why politics may kill white churches (opinion)  Religious News Service


Evangelical financial watchdog faces scrutiny over backing of errant megachurch  Religious News Service

The preachers getting rich from poor Americans  BBC 

A wealthy televangelist explains his fleet of private jets: ‘It’s a biblical thing’  Washington Post   


Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X outvoted their elders in 2018 midterms  Pew Research Center


Arizona softball team throws head-shaving party in support of teammate’s cancer fight  WHNT

I hated my neighbor: Then one lesson led to a life-changing friendship  Washington Post

Georgia girl saves sister from drowning in pool  WSAV-3  


6 Ideas That Were So Ahead Of Their Time Everybody Went Nuts  Cracked 

Lego dispute of biblical proportions sees Bible loving exhibitor walk from show  Stuff New Zealand 


Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry  The Verge

Generative music apps let your phone write songs for you  Wired   


Carpe Diem! Dead Poets Society Turns 30: See Where the Cast Is Now  People 


Video measurement standard inches closer to reality  Axios   

Meredith Sells Sports Illustrated to Authentic Brands Group for $110 Million  Variety


Phone Records of AP Journalists Seized by US Government  New York Times  

The latest key newsroom job: membership editor  Digiday 

Former reporter creates ‘Rate my Professor’ for newsrooms  Columbia Journalism Review 

Is this the greatest timed shot in TV journalism?  BoingBoing  

Woman Who Pioneered Investigative Journalism  The Atlantic


To fight deepfakes, researchers built a smarter camera  Wired 

How Russia’s disinformation strategy is evolving  Poynter 

I plant trees for a living, but Flat Earthers tell me they don’t exist  Quartz  

I was a Macedonian fake news writer’  BBC  

Researchers Want to Build Fake Photo Detection Tools Right Into Our Cameras  Gizmodo

This doctor is recruiting an army of medical experts to drown out fake health news on Instagram and Twitter  CNBC

Twitter Buys Machine-Learning Startup That Helps Detect Fake News  Media Post  


Washington Univ sued for violating the Public Records Act  KOMO News

Rutgers trampled the constitution by letting students vote to defund the newspaper, group says


How to quit your job on your terms  Poynter 

Tips on how to break into "long-form investigative journalism"  Twitter 


9 tips for branding yourself like a pro   Freelancers Union 

Freelance digital-only or digital-radio pitches on immigrant food, culture and history  PRI  

No, Freelancers are not banks  The Free Lancers 

The New York Times' Wordplay's Solver Stories  New York Times

Radical essay ideas  RaceBaitr

Paid contributors  Vegan lifestyle magazine launching in July  Twitter

Thoughtful, engaging book reviews between 1200-2500 words  Rumpus

Personal essays with a research/critical component  Catapult Story

Personal essays on mental health  The Breakdown


Southern Baptist leaders plan to remedy ‘insufficient’ approach to abuse claims  Religious News Service  

This Elite Science Group Finally Has A Way To Expel Members For Sexual Harassment BuzzFeed News

How reporting sexual harassment impacts a woman’s career  Fast Company


Key findings about U.S. immigrants  Pew Research Center

Birth Control Still Tops List of Morally Acceptable Issues  Gallup


I gave water to migrants crossing the Arizona desert. They charged me with a felony  Washington Post 

Extending 'Zero Tolerance' To People Who Help Migrants Along The Border  NPR

Nearly 900 migrants found at Texas facility with 125-person capacity: DHS watchdog  ABC News  

More people are actually moving from the US to Mexico  Business Insider

Botched family reunifications left migrant children waiting in vans overnight NBC News  


10,000 Steps Per Day? Fitness Trackers Push It, But How Many Do You Really Need?  NPR

Is working out at the crack of dawn the key to productivity? We put it to the test  Fast Company

New compound which kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs discovered  Science Daily

Viruses and other parasites may sync with their host’s biological clock — or reset it — to gain an advantage  Quanta Magazine

For Patients, It Matters How You Tell Your Story To A Doctor  NPR


How the anti-vaccine movement crept into the GOP mainstream  Politico

Professor who links vaccines to autism funded through university portal  The Guardian


There Are Two Types of Airport People  The Atlantic

13 Ways Hackers Get You When You Travel  Reader’s Digest 


What banned substances might be hiding in your groceries? Find out now  The Guardian 

Fears grow over 'food swamps' as drugstores outsell major grocers  The Guardian 


Does Having Divorced Parents Affect Your Marriage?  The Atlantic

Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions  Pew Research Center


Nearly 30% of teens sleep with their phones, but parents’ device use may be more problematic  Quarz

The world slime convention! Let's Goo!  Wired 

You can’t teach schoolkids ‘resilience’ when they’re micromanaged every day  The Guardian 


Octopuses' Big Brains And Unique Behavior Spur Basic Research  NPR


The wagon wheel effect shows the limits of the human brain  Wired  

The Crucial Role of Brain Simulation in Future Neuroscience  Singularity Hub


What wrapping a rope around the Earth reveals about the limits of human intuition  Aeon


10 Productivity Hacks From  Wired 


Measure Up  Becoming (my blog)

Why compassion fades  Big Think 


USC’s social work school may lay off nearly half of its staff and eliminate most of its part-time teaching positions  LA Times

College Students Aren't Checking Out Books at Libraries  The Atlantic

Investigation Finds No Basis for Former Arizona State U. Professor’s Viral Claims of Corruption  Chronicle of Higher Ed

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State  BuzzFeed News

Christian College Professor Resigns in Protest After School Leaders Conceal Lewd, Sexist Comments by Prominent Dean  Bayou Brief 


The liberal arts are under attack: So why do the rich want their children to study them?  Washington Post

The value of a liberal arts education is more than most know  The Hill  


How Should Professors Respond When Students Ask for Accommodations?  Ed Surge 

Why One University Went All Out on Teaching Reading  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Why a New Kind of ‘Badge’ Stands Out From the Crowd  Chronicle of Higher Education

Aiding the Writing-Stalled Professor  Chronicle of Higher Education

Jury Trial for Caltech scholar who claimed he was fired for whistleblowing  Pasadena Now

Measure Up

There is no way to quite describe the feeling that I got when I sat down to eat with daughter at the school cafeteria for the first time. She looked up at me. It was a look that said she completely adored me just for being me. That just blew me away. She couldn't hardly sit still, or know what to do with her hands, as if she wanted to hug me.  There was a searching look as if to say, "Who am I?"  "Tell me who I am."

Fathers have a way of planting life mottos in the heads of their daughters.

"Measure Up!" is one of the most often heard. Perhaps it is never verbalized, but a daughter knows what's expected—and her attempts to live up to those expectations from her childhood result in her running her life by guilt. She ends up serving a motto instead of her creator. 

Stephen Goforth