Atlas Obscura: The Final Ride of the Mail Robots.

I've told the story in the past of my encounter with a mail robot at Upjohn Headquarters in Kalamazoo. I saw it rolling, thought it had gotten away from someone (the fact the carpeted floor was level should have tipped me off). I ran and tackled it, trying to stop it from rolling ... every secretary and administrative assistant came out to start hitting me with folders, binders ...

My only excuse is, I'd never seen one in my life before. So I'm a yokel. What else is new? No damage done, thankfully.

NY Times: Rex Reed Bangs a Gong on the Mediocrity of Modern Life

You go now, and honestly, if you have white hair, you’re over the hill. They don’t believe that you can even understand the kind of movies that they like. It’s very true. I don’t understand. I mean, they’re voting for James Franco. How more absurd can life get than that?

And another quote: "I think people are intimidated by people with opinions."

Mr Reed, people don't fully understand what an 'opinion' actually is anymore. As my late friend Denise McCluggage repeatedly emphasized, the past is completely different. Fewer people! You moved in much smaller circles. Security was not necessary. You could walk up to the famous. We cannot fathom the ease of earlier eras. Indeed, noone is trying.

Catapult: Point the Finger: Listening to Women and Seeking Justice in the Violent World of Fairy Tales.

You know, and not necessarily related to the above pullquote, I'm getting worried about 'revisionist interpretation.' Maybe this is a disease of age, but I see more and more 'definitive opinions' expressed that give no footnotes, no references, no proof of factuality. Also, the tendency to view the past through today's blinders (or color filter). Just as all science seems to be looking backwards through a global warming lens, today we're looking at everything through a me-too lens.

What we see today may be fact, but it may not be true. There's a difference.

naked cap: The Link Between Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental Health Disorders.

Not convinced. I thought kids are no longer allowed to 'win' in school sports, that "everyone" is supposed to be a winner? Then they get dumped in the marketplace, and find that competition is very cutthroat, very real.

I suspect the glazed look on 18 and 21 year old faces is the result of "what happened to everyone winning?"

I would argue that a certain amount of 'social anxiety' is normal, and kids must learn to handle it in constructive ways. As I like to say, "make better mistakes FASTER in order to learn."