What I learned this week, January 24, 2014

I’m not a big fan of internet memes – but there is one that I have been getting a kick out of. It’s the products on Amazon that have interesting, funny, and fake product reviews written about them.

First, there was the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer,, next Uranium Ore, the Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 gal, 128 fl. oz., and then the AutoExec Wheelmate Steering Wheel Attachable Work Surface Tray.

But there is nothing even close to the 5-Pound Bag of Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bears. Yikes!

haribo

The people writing those little stories of personal horror are genius.


Who Goes Nazi?

A fascinating article from 1941 that muses on the characteristics that make someone susceptible to evil. It’s interesting both in the subject matter and in the different way that magazine articles are written.

It’s fun—a macabre sort of fun—this parlor game of “Who Goes Nazi?” And it simplifies things—asking the question in regard to specific personalities.

Kind, good, happy, gentlemanly, secure people never go Nazi. They may be the gentle philosopher whose name is in the Blue Book, or Bill from City College to whom democracy gave a chance to design airplanes—you’ll never make Nazis out of them. But the frustrated and humiliated intellectual, the rich and scared speculator, the spoiled son, the labor tyrant, the fellow who has achieved success by smelling out the wind of success—they would all go Nazi in a crisis.

Believe me, nice people don’t go Nazi. Their race, color, creed, or social condition is not the criterion. It is something in them.

Those who haven’t anything in them to tell them what they like and what they don’t-whether it is breeding, or happiness, or wisdom, or a code, however old-fashioned or however modern, go Nazi. It’s an amusing game. Try it at the next big party you go to.


BUILDING A PERMANENT BETTER BLOCK

One of the major issues we’re faced with across the United States is zoning and ordinance laws that prevent the type of smart, dense development that was once created around the world before the advent of large “master development” centric planning (ie. 1 owner, 1 massive block). So the question is, how do we rapidly create places again, built by communities, for communities, using limited funds?


I’ve been reading odd free books from Project Gutenberg.

And here’s a good little guide.


From Joyhacks

How to Achieve All Your 2014 Goals


THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE PHONE: A CASE FOR WRITING THINGS OUT
WRITING THINGS DOWN, WITH YOUR ACTUAL HANDS, IS JUST PLAIN BETTER AT GETTING YOU TO REMEMBER AND EXECUTE GOOD IDEAS. HERE’S WHY.


There is No Shortage of History When it Comes to Velveeta

In the event of a full-blown Velveeta shortage, here’s a little history to ease your pain.


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