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The tale ends with a fox catching and eating the gingerbread man who cries as he’s devoured, “I’m quarter gone…I’m half gone…I’m three-quarters gone…I’m all gone!” - a detail often omitted in subsequent versions.
As Dr. Zoe Mullan and Dr. Richard Horton wrote recently in the British medical journal The Lancet, “The grief of a stillbirth is unlike any other form of grief: the months of excitement and expectation, planning, eager questions and the drama of labor — all magnifying the devastating incomprehension of giving birth to a baby bearing no signs of life.”
With financing primarily from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the journal has published online a major series of reports on the global problem of stillbirths, more than 2.6 million of which occur each year. Though all but 2 percent take place in low- and middle-income countries, “stillbirths also continue to blight wealthy nations, with around one in every 320 babies stillborn in high-income countries,” Lancet editors noted.
Yet society does little to acknowledge these losses, and friends and relatives tend to avoid talking about them.
Calling stillbirth “one of the last taboos — the death of a baby before birth somehow considered not to count,” Janet Scott of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity in London wrote that “in high-income countries, although infant mortality rates have dropped, stillbirth rates have not changed in more than a decade.”
Exactly 100 years ago, a home secretary was under pressure from the media and fellow politicians to act decisively againstoutrage on the streets of London. The perpetrators then were, at least, identifiable and containable and had been tracked down to Sidney Street in the East End. The police had the miscreants – Latvian anarchists wanted for murder – surrounded in a house but the home secretary, Winston Churchill, called in the Scots Guards from the Tower of London and, dressed in top hat and astrakhan collar greatcoat, directed operations. The house caught fire and Churchill prevented the fire brigade from dousing the flames so the men inside were burned to death. “I thought it better to let the house burn down rather than spend good British lives in rescuing those ferocious rascals,” wrote Churchill.
“I hesitate to generalize about all artists and all technologists. Which marks me right there, as an engineer by training. Trained to obsess about edge cases and tiny details — missing the forest for the trees makes no sense, the forest is just many individuals trees, repeated, at scale.
Which strikes to heart of one of the key differences I’ve experienced watching and collaborating with artists.
As an engineer my creative act begins by removing ambiguity. What’s the simplest possible thing we can do? What’s the core of the idea? What’s the minimal viable product? When you say pigs should fly, is that sustained flight? Self powered? Do you mean flapping or simply moving through the air? Does flight imply control? Or would a porcine trebuchet get us to a version 1 beta? Maybe we could do some testing by putting a pig on top of a tall tower?
Artists I’ve worked with often take the opposite approach. How can we remove all the walls around this idea? How do we make the possibility space of this idea infinite? Flying pigs are really just an example of the impulse towards freedom that we’re trying to address, let’s not get too caught up on the pigs, or the flight.
Additionally as a technologist I’m often driven by an inner fantasy life of utility (and utopia) with a secret hope of broad impact. Artists seem compelled by the innate desire to express the inexpressible, and a secret hope of widely inspiring. Basely, the difference between being right and being true.”—
Beautiful, though I think that really good technologists (and artists) are those that find themselves contending with both sides of this.
The best technologists that I’ve known don’t create forests that are repetitions of a single tree, because that doesn’t satisfy the obsessive: the locations of the trees relative to one another obviously affect how they would grow, so the geek digs in and roughs out a way to model the relationships and their effects.
Similarly, artists may well be trying to achieve something inexpressible, but the best ones I’ve met obsess over the mechanics underlying that inexpressibility. They may not know exactly why a piece “works,” but they can tell you an awful lot about all the decisions they made along the way.
“However, Jarrett is notoriously intolerant of audience noise, including coughing and other involuntary sounds, especially during solo improvised performances. He feels that extraneous noise affects his musical inspiration, and distracts from the purity of the sound. As a result, cough drops are routinely supplied to Jarrett’s audiences in cold weather, and he has even been known to stop playing and lead the crowd in a group cough.”—Keith Jarrett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“The game made news in September 2009, when seven doctors and nurses working at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, England were suspended for playing the lying down game while on duty.”—Planking (fad) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“In 2002, [Billy Squier] married Nicole, a professional German soccer player. They divide their time between a home on Long Island and an apartment in the famous San Remo on Central Park West in Manhattan. Billy Squier is an active volunteer for the Central Park Conservancy, doing the hands-on “dirty work” by maintaining 20 acres (81,000 m2) of the park, as well as promoting the Conservancy in articles and interviews. He also supports the Group for the East End and its native planting programs on eastern Long Island.”—Billy Squier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“For many here, the announcement by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in July that no further such trades would be made was merely acknowledging the inevitable. Some said it was high time. Past time, in the view of some, who had worried that the ups and downs of trading were too risky when almost no trades at all were being made. It was hard to imagine next to the memories of the old belly pit, where you had to really watch out, Mr. Truitt said, or you would “get your clock cleaned.”—Trade in Pork Bellies Comes to an End, but the Lore Lives - NYTimes.com
“DETROIT—After spending more than a century exploiting urban decay to create deeply moving, socially conscious works of art, the art world announced Tuesday that it had captured all the beauty it was going to find in rusted-out cars, abandoned houses, and condemned industrial sites. “These modern ruins speak to the very heart of the human condition, but at this point every last inch of Detroit and Oakland has been documented in photographs, on film, or as part of a multimedia installation,” said artist Devon Gerhart, who told reporters that devoting so much time to contemplating the wounded grandeur of blighted cityscapes had led him to the point where he just wanted to see the places cleaned up. “I made my career portraying the plight of the homeless, but now I’m starting to wonder whether they’d prefer it if someone just helped them find a place to live.” The world’s artists later confirmed plans to spend at least another 50 years churning out heavy-handed depictions of the inherent soullessness of suburban sprawl”—Artists Announce They’ve Found All The Beauty They Can In Urban Decay | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Its current English usage originated in the early 19th century, a time when it was generally accepted that one must be familiar with Greek andLatin in order to be considered well-educated. The phrase was originally written in Greek letters. Knowledge of these languages served to set apart the speaker from the common people who were not similarly educated.
Q. How has your job evolved now that you’ve grown into a big company?
A. There are three basic things that a C.E.O. has to do. They have to support getting work. That’s really sales, marketing. They have to support doing the work. That’s really quality, the ideas of the work. And the third is they have to make sure that it’s financially sound, or call it “getting paid.” So it’s getting work, doing work, getting paid. And it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a 10-person company or a 10,000-person organization. A smart C.E.O. keeps his eyes on those three buckets all the time.
At the beginning, I did all three all the time. Today, I still do all three all the time. So nothing’s changed, except that there are more people doing the day-to-day work in each bucket, and I look after managing them or ensuring that they’re doing well.
“After Atlantis lifted off on Friday, NASA replayed photography of the ignition and ascent over and over, from all angles, as if to hold on a little longer to this last parting of a space vehicle whose time had passed. Other images, of the vapors drifting away and exposing the now-empty Launching Pad 39-A, evoked the sadness and uncertainty of what is left behind at the end of an era.”—As Shuttle Starts Final Ride, Future of U.S. Spaceflight Is Unclear - NYTimes.com
Coming it strong with a Spree and a spread, Milling the day-lights, or cracking the head; Go it ye cripples! come tip us your mauleys, Up with the lanterns, and down with the Charleys: If lagg’d we should get, we can gammon the Beak, Tip the slavies a Billy to stifle their squeak. Come the bounce with the snobs, and a [blank] for their betters, And prove all the Statutes so many dead letters.