Jason Collins to the Nets is a big deal. Don’t let anyone pooh-pooh its big deal-ness. Also: Since when have we become so calm and restrained about what we consider huge news? This country thinks it’s a big deal we can binge-watch an entire season of “House of Cards” over the weekend. […] I’m perfectly OK—thrilled—with the idea of the first openly gay person in the history of major U.S. professional sports being categorized as a big deal.
Even after 60 years of making art, though, [Jasper] Johns is still not entirely at ease with his practice. “I laboured over these a lot,” he says of “Regrets”. “Somehow what you end up with seems to be something you should have known was there to begin with, even though you had to work so hard to find it.”
That being an artist is still so arduous perplexes him. “I worry about the difficulty of making things, or the difficulty of knowing what to do,” he admits. “I may think, having been working at this all these years, why don’t I find it easy? Since it’s a relatively simple activity.”
There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. […] Simulations show that for most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias.
NYT: Are you surprised that the band is still together?
Stevie Nicks: Surprised? No. It’s a really great band.
The only awards show that matters.
Wintry Jardin du Luxembourg
Paris with mom. The only angle I was allowed to get on our jetlagged first day. (at Place des Vosges)
I feel incredibly fortunate to have money to spare for causes I care about. If you’re in a similar position and looking to put your government-subsidized charitable funding to work before the end of the year, here are a few of my humble (New York and social justice biased) suggestions:
- Ada Initiative
- Women make up 2% of the open source community; Ada is changing that.
- Ali Forney Center
- Provides shelter and services to homeless LGBT youth in NYC, who make up as much as 40% of homeless youth
- American Friends Service Committee
- Works in a variety of causes close to my heart: anti-war, anti-incarceration, pro- social and economic justice worldwide
- Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence*
- Non-partisan advocate for sane handgun regulations
- Citizens Union of NY*
- Advocates for democratic reforms to stamp out corruption in NYC: public elections financing, non-partisan city elections, etc.
- Correctional Association of NY (could use a better name)
- Exposes abuses in the prisons we have now and pushes for a justice system that has far fewer of them in the future.
- Doctors without Borders (MSF)
- Food Bank NYC
- 2.6 million New Yorkers have difficulty affording food for their families
- Sentencing Project
- A black man has a 1 in 3 chance of being incarcerated in the US in his life, while a white man has only a 1 in 17 chance
Arts & culture:
- Creative Time
- Produces important public art in NY, from the Tribute in Lights to the Nice Cave Grand Central performance
- I must listen at least 20 hours a week, I damn well better pay for it
- Issue Project Room
- Pioneering supporter of avant-garde music and performance
- A quirky, non-profit magazine of science and culture and criticism and joy
* = has a 501c3 and a 501c4 (non-deductible lobbying) arm
Doing some important year-end tabulation.
The wind blowing across the British Isles was odorous with fear of asylum seekers, infecting everybody with the panic of impending doom, and so articles were written and read, simply and stridently, as though the writers lived in a world in which the present was unconnected to the past, and they had never considered this to be the normal course of history: the influx into Britain of black and brown people from countries created by Britain. … It had to be comforting, this denial of history.