LINK: Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

Pew Research:

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations – and in some cases, the gap in these views is significantly wider today than it was just a year ago.

Ya think? 

A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year. 

And of course...

Republicans, by about eight-to-one (85% to 10%), say the news media has a negative effect. These views have changed little in the past few years.

When you allow society to have it's own set of facts, detached from reality, this is what happens over time. 

This didn't happen yesterday.  This seed was planted in 64, stunted briefly in 1974, and sprouted in full bloom in 1981.  

This is the poisoned fruit of a very toxic tree.

LINK: On-Demand Audio Up 62 Percent From 2016


Says Nielsen, streaming hit a high point of 7.5 billion weekly on-demand audio streams during the week ending March 9, 2017. That’s the first time the figure had ever topped 7 billion, setting a new record.

In addition, on-demand audio has been streamed over 184 billion times so far in 2017 – a huge 62.4 percent increase over the same time period in 2016. (Nielsen’s mid-year report covers the six month period that ends on June 29, 2017.)

Whoa.  So, that's not only music, that's podcasts and other spoken word recordings.  Like maybe, Audible Channels and things?  

This is huge if you have been betting on mobile first.  Mobile first is pretty much here and on fire. 

The Little Things

One of the little things that happen during a day is the small talk we hit people with in the hallways or coming in and out of the men's room.  "How ya doin'?" 

There's usually a grunt or some boilerplate, we count that against our quota of human interaction for the day, and we decide we adulted today.  I think that's how it's supposed to wor.

It doesn't work like that. 

We don't need to know about your recent surgery or how your bodily functions aren't occurring to your liking, but these questions don't have to be dismissed superficially.  Answer them thoughtfully.  

That's not adulting, that's humaning.  That's mastering.  

How you do the little things is how you do the big things.  



Bare Bones Self Help

It's really easy to read all these so-called self-help books and get lost in the nuances of how they say things, or the personalities saying them.  Let's face it, some of these folks are pretty shiny, and one or two of them work really hard to get you caught up in the ball of energy they generate all by themselves.  Don't get lost in the hype.  

Cult of Mac is Kind of Wrong about the iPad and iOS 11

 Cult of Mac

          Specifically, the iOS 11 update for the iPad, which turns the iPad from little more than a big iPhone into a full-featured touch-screen PC. In one go, Apple showed that it is still full-steam behind the iPad, and that a desktop-class touchscreen computer doesn’t have to actually run a desktop OS, like Microsoft’s Surface.


Granted, there are a lot of people that use the iPad as their primary computer, but I suspect those people are majority consumers of content.  Creators (specifically of podcasts and videos) would like to use something professional , which means Adobe Creative Apps like Premiere and Audition.    

Solve this and a lot more, and I'll replace my iPad mini.