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Daily Archives: June 24, 2021

U.S. Agriculture Department paintings of fruits and nuts are actually stunning

Washington Post: “…Why, then, can’t I stop picking up and poring over “An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits and Nuts,” a book that seems to have followed me around the house for more than a month now? One reason is that it’s so ridiculously beautiful. Published by Atelier Editions in Los Angeles, it has an orange cover with handsome black typography. It has a fascinating introduction, a good index and glossary; it even smells nice. But the best thing about it, undoubtedly, is the pictures. They’re pictures of fruit. And nuts. Made by hand. In watercolor. Hundreds of them have been selected from more than 7,500 paintings, drawings and lithographs from the Agriculture Department’s Pomological Watercolor Collection. (Pomology is the branch of agriculture focused on fruit.) Made between 1886 and 1942, the illustrations were commissioned from artists, the majority of them women, by the Division of Pomology, which wanted to create a national register of fruits. And oh my goodness! They’re beautiful…”

7 attitude adjustments managers must make to succeed in a hybrid office plan

Tech Republic: “It’s tempting to think that the pandemic is over, even though the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through the U.S. and only 45.3% of all American adults are fully vaccinated. Offices are slowly reopening, but it’s impossible to know what the second half of the year will look like. Uncertainty is… Continue Reading

Privacy or crime prevention? Big Tech gets cozy with police

Christian Science Monitor: “When United States law enforcement officials need to cast a wide net for information, they’re increasingly turning to the vast digital ponds of personal data created by Big Tech companies via the devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the world. Data compiled by four of the biggest… Continue Reading

Physics explains why there is no information on social media

ZDNet – “Physics dictates machines should minimize entropy, and humans are complying on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. Anyone who has watched a dozen videos on TikTok with the same dance moves, or read innumerable tweets with the same canned expressions knows that there’s very little information on social media. That is not an… Continue Reading

Soon You May Get to Watch Major Supreme Court Cases Broadcast Live on TV

Gizmodo – “For the first time in more than a decade, a legislative effort to capture Supreme Court hearings and other federal court proceedings on camera has cleared the Senate committee. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two bills aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the nation’s highest courts. The Cameras in the… Continue Reading

How to See Trending Searches on Google With Google Trends

Make Use Of: “With Google’s ubiquity, seeing what people search for is quite interesting. By looking at trending searches, you can easily find what the hottest topics are, which terms people care about, and gain insight into the minds of internet users. Did you know that Google provides a powerful tool called Google Trends that… Continue Reading

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB Updated June 24, 2021: “This report describes online tools, reports, and data compilations created by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that contain statistics about federal employees and the federal workforce. The report also describes key characteristics of each resource… Continue Reading

The Value of Intuition in Judging: A Case Study

Kimble, Joseph, The Value of Intuition in Judging: A Case Study (February 23, 2021). 57 Court Review 34 (2021), Available at SSRN: “The article reports on a survey of readers about the reasoning in United States v. Hayes, 555 U.S. 415 (2009), a case involving muddled statutory drafting. The decision is fascinating for its… Continue Reading

Theft Perception Examining the Views of Americans Who Believe the 2020 Election was Stolen

Voter Study Group: “Key Findings: Republicans widely support Donald Trump and believe his claims about a stolen election. While Republicans support all elements of the ‘Stop the Steal’ narrative in high numbers, the overall electorate largely rejects these claims and propositions. Among Republicans, 85 percent believe it was appropriate for Trump to file lawsuits challenging… Continue Reading