Friday, August 24, 2012

A new blog, underheard, where I'm posting excerpts of songs I wish more people knew. Aiming for a track per day, but I reserve the right to slack off.

(Added 11/7/12) And boy have I slacked off. Partial excuse: I've read that Posterous, where underheard currently resides, may disappear soon. Once I've located a sturdy new home I'll start posting again.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple on "the absurdity of continued British aid to India."

Saturday, August 18, 2012

David Pryce-Jones on an honor killing in Britain.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Items from ScienceDaily:
Innovative problem solving requires trying many different solutions. That's true for humans, and now Michigan State University researchers show that it's true for hyenas, too.
The study . . . presented steel puzzle boxes with raw meat inside to wild spotted hyenas in Kenya. To get the meat, the hyenas had to slide open a bolt latch. Even though most of the animals had many opportunities to open the box, only nine out of 62 hyenas succeeded. The successful hyenas tried more solutions, including biting, flipping or pushing the box, than the ones that failed. . . .

Research has shown that older adults display more positive emotions and are quicker to regulate out of negative emotional states than younger adults. Given the declines in cognitive functioning and physical health that tend to come with age, we might expect that age would be associated with worse moods, not better ones.
So what explains older adults' positive mood regulation?
. . . [R]esearcher Derek Isaacowitz of Northeastern University explores positive looking as one possible explanation: older adults may be better at regulating emotion because they tend to direct their eyes away from negative material or toward positive material.
Isaacowitz presents evidence indicating that, compared to younger adults, older adults prefer positive looking patterns and they show the most positive looking when they are in bad moods, even though this is when younger adults show the most negative looking.

Contrary to popular belief, purified drinking water from home faucets contains millions to hundreds of millions of widely differing bacteria per gallon[.]
[The article’s about something different, but that detail interested me.]

In four different experiments [scientists in New Zealand and Canada] discovered that people believe claims are true, regardless of whether they actually are true, when a decorative photograph appears alongside the claim.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Commenter "yep" in a digital-recording-related thread:

I can't imagine trying to just start out in recording today, I can't even think of how bewildering it must be to have learn all this stuff all at once. I'm sure I would get it, and I know there are people who do, but it's worlds away from the days where you bought a mixer and spent a year figuring out how to deal with routing and bussing while you saved up for a four-track and had maybe another year to figure THAT out while you saved up for an effects box and so on. These days you can buy all kinds of hardware for dirt cheap and download an entire studio to your computer for free, or close to.

It must sometimes seem like you need a PhD just to record your guitar.

Yes it does.