Rafe’s Roundup 27 January

Breaking news. How science works.

Sport. Aussies own David Cup from 1950 to 1967 and the French won six in a row from 1927

World News. Russian ice breaker under construction.

Posts of the week. Too many!

Mental Health. Clubhouse international.

Culture . Fortnightly review. The Clive James site. Barry Mackenzie meets KRP.

Humour. Memoires of Feiffer

JULES FEIFFER is an all-but-forgotten name today but his influence is discernible in every contemporary comedy of anxiety, whether on the stage, in the cinema or (especially) on television. Seinfeld, Frazier, My Family, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and a host of similar programs owe a sizeable debt to the weekly cartoon strip Feiffer drew for the Village Voice in New York from 1956 to 1998. He was also a playwright (Little Murders, Elliot Loves), a novelist (Harry, the Rat with Women) and a screenwriter (Carnal Knowledge, Popeye). Along with other dimly recalled figures connected with the stage, the nightclub and the off-Broadway review – the comedians Mort Sahl and Shelley Berman and the improvisers Mike Nichols and Elaine May among them – he discovered that urban angst was the modern comic mother lode. Indeed, Feiffer claims to have invented the Jewish Mother Joke

Around the town: IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Around the town off shore. New Cato ebook. The Adam Smith Institute in London. The British Libertarian Alliance and Spiked.

Splendiferous images. The year 2013 in design. Images of Daeyong Choi.

How we live. Creepy celebrity couples. Don’t know about the diet but nice pics. Lego monsters.

Defensive walking, how not to be picked as an easy mark by muggers.

Research with point light walkers has shown that we can read characteristics from joint motion, such as gender or mood. This makes sense, if you think for a moment of times you’ve recognised a person from a distance, long before you were able to make out their face. Using this technique, the researchers showed that even when all other information was removed, some individuals still get picked out as more likely to be victims of assault than others, meaning these judgements must be based on how they move.

In a second experiment, recruits were given training in how to walk, specifically focusing on the aspects which the researchers knew affected how vulnerable they appeared: factors affecting the synchrony and energy of their movement. This led to a significant drop in all the recruits’ vulnerability ratings, which was still in place when they were re-tested a month later.

Management styles. Pacesetter, authoritative, affiliative, coaching, coercive, democratic.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. 7 Habits of critical thinkers. Philosophy in one minute or maybe two.

Join the Friends of Jacques Barzun, an invisible college of people who recognize real scholarship, as demonstrated by Jacques Barzun. Read some of his books and circulate them.

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4 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 27 January

  1. Jessie

    Thanks Rafe, entertaining reading thus far

    Goodness, even the horror baby in a pram turns up on your posting (Images of Daeyong Choi).

  2. Aynsley Kellow

    My favourite Jules Feiffer line (from script of ‘Little Murders’ – don’t think it made it to the movie):
    Sign outside the First Existentialist Church: ‘Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?’

  3. stackja

    Sport. Aussies own David Cup from 1950 to 1967 and the French won six in a row from 1927

    I have heard of Dwight F. Davis and the Davis Cup but not the David Cup.

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