Comet Fragments

It’s about time to clear out some links. In an sorta related note, I’m kinda thinking about bringing back a blogroll on this site. It was probably one of the things I enjoyed most about the old one. Only thing is. it seems pointless. I read so few blogs these days. But I don’t know, maybe a blogroll would get me reading more. Dunno. Anyway . . .

Why the environment needs a shorter working week: There’s a lot of reasons for a shorter working week. Not least of which is that a life of pleasant and creative leisure spent among beautiful things just seems like something we should all be striving towards. I mean, having to pin that goal to the survival of the planet is a bit depressing. Not as depressing as people who think society should be producing jobs and work but, still, it seems like symptom of an atrophied imagination.

First Ever Body Maps of Hallucinations Created: I just like maps of hallucinations, sensations, imaginary maps, maps of imaginary things, so on and so forth. Here there be dragons.

South Korea under Compressed Modernity: Just a book I want but Routledge so, you know, yikes! But I guess it’s like

The condensed social change and complex social order governing South Koreans’ life cannot be satisfactorily delineated by relying on West-derived social theories or culturalist arguments. Nor can various globally eye-catching traits of this society in industrial work, education, popular culture, and a host of other areas be analyzed without developing innovative conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks designed to tackle the South Korean uniqueness directly.

The conceptual tool is something called compressed modernity and, yeah, I’m curious.

Critical distance: redistributing Korean criticism: Keeping with South Korea for a moment, this is an interesting piece, though it’s a bit all over the place and academic for my tastes. I’m not totally sure what its point is, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

There Is Nothing Normal about One Million People Dead from COVID: This should probably all go without saying. What a world that would be!

Reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex and lowers reading comprehension, study finds: I think the argument about what’s better, screens, ereaders, or print was one of the dumbest arguments I’d ever seen until well . . . All the other ones? One side talked about “dead trees” and the other “the smell of books”. One side seemed to negate content while the other negated the senses. None of it seemed like a thing worth arguing about. But I personally hate reading on screens. Can’t retain it. But this study actually has some recommendations about how to correct for some of that. So useful? Maybe.

COVID has scientists rethinking how night owls work and sleep: Long and short of it is night owls did pretty well once they were able to set their own hours. I think this is an underexamined part of the whole mess — that is, some of the changes that are often treated as a bad thing were often, for some people, a pretty good thing. Some people prefer wearing masks in public and benefit from it. Some people, myself included, benefitted from more things moving online. Moving forward, I think we need to understand some of these benefits so that we don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. But, you know, we’ll probably douse the baby in gasoline if The Shareholders can turn a buck on it.

Not everyone is ready to unmask: Along those lines, an interesting piece on how many South Koreans like wearing a mask as a way to dodge lookism.

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