Tag: 2015

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I recently watched 10-best-songs-of-the-year videos from a couple of people on Youtube. These were limited to best hit songs, which must be a rather depressing task. I still keep up with performers I care about, and keep my ears open for new gems, but I don’t buy as many new cds as I used to. […]

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Is Google Our Puppet Master?

 

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Incensed to have been taken hostage by Google’s 2015, “The Year in Search” during the previews for my first visit to the movies in years, I’m on a tear and a rant. I felt certain the ad was filled with items from Google’s progressive agenda —  but unrepresentative of the most searched items.

I did an experiment with Google searches. I noticed the mind-reading autofill feature seemed inconsistent with the premise of the ad. Here are some ad phrases, followed by the Google autofill:

What Did You Learn in 2015?

 

NewYearsEve1Tomorrow’s the day for New Year’s predictions and resolutions. But before making them impulsively, join me in reflecting a bit on 2015.

What was the most important thing you learned in 2015? Specifically,

  1. What was the most important new insight you had about American politics?
  2. What trend or event surprised you most?
  3. What was the most important new insight you had about global politics?
  4. What trend or event surprised you most?

If you were surprised, what underlying assumptions led you astray?

The Top 10 Best “Top 10 Best Lists of 2015” of 2015

 

shutterstock_350554172Once again, it’s that time of year for journalists to fill their editorial holes with thousands of “Best of the Year” lists. But with so many websites competing for attention, how do you decide which lists are worth your time? To help, I’ve compiled the Top 10 Best “Top 10 Best Lists of 2015” of 2015.

BoredPanda’s Best Drone Photos Shot In 2015: There are plenty of best photography collections out there, but with the explosion in consumer drone technology comes a new form of aerial pics. (Last month I saw a quad copter buzzing my house, so I’m thankful there were no photos of me shirtless in the backyard chucking grapefruit at that infernal contraption.)

IGN’s Best Games of the Year: I don’t know anything about video games outside of Solitaire and Scrabble (and whatever annoying thing my kids are into this week), but gaming news site IGN lists the hottest apps swamping millennials’ playstations.

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It’s the end of the year, meaning that it’s once again time to make up stupid Top 10 lists. Here at Ricochet, much like slowing down on the freeway to look at the accident, we’ve all watched with interest and affection (along with sometimes horrified fascination) at the antics of Ricochet’s own Jamal (Jason) “Nudie […]

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I have a bit of a reputation as Ricochet’s unofficial obituarist, a sort of poor man’s Mark Steyn. Around this time every year the list comes out. “Notable Deaths of…” It’s like the 1930’s when MGM released a “Broadway Melody of…” film and just slapped a new year on the end of the title. (Over […]

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Musings from a first time Ricochet Meetup planner – The idea of putting together a Ricochet MeetUp elicited many questions: Would anyone show up? Beyond avatars and pseudonyms, who are these people? Will we all get along? Would some tin foil nutter appear and create havoc? Why did the creator of Family Ties name his dog […]

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It’s official: I’ve turned into a crotchety curmudgeon. With no shortage of justification for geo-political and economic outrage, sometimes it’s the most inane things that gets to me. By 2015 it was hoped  the infuriating trend of seeing princesses and pajamaboys incessant self absorption would have vanished into the ether along with tattoo sleeves and skinny jeans. Unfortunately, […]

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When We Remember 2015, What Will Evoke Our Nostalgia?

 

nostalgia_watch-wideI’m so prone to nostalgia, and so aware that I’m prone to it, that I’ve in the past sent notes to my future self to correct my tendency for emotional historical revisionism. I was prompted to search for one of these after seeing a photo of an old flame’s high school yearbook on Facebook — which filled me with nostalgia — and, to my amazement, I found the very note. It was stuffed in a pile of papers in my attic, and had somehow survived more than 30 years of my peripatetic wanderings.

Any historian would be satisfied, based on this documentary evidence, that I should not have felt nostalgic. I was in fact miserable after we split up. I made a point of explicitly recording this. I strongly suspected that one day I’d be wistful about the whole business. This thought infuriated me, given that I was sure the experience merited no such sentiment. The note from Claire-of-yore to Claire-of-now is as clear as it gets: “However you’re tempted to remember this, don’t kid yourself: You didn’t enjoy this at all.”

Didn’t help. Looking at my own handwriting made me nostalgic. Finding that notebook in my attic made me nostalgic. Reexamining my memories of a period that I know for a fact I didn’t enjoy — it’s documented! — made me laugh with nostalgia and wistfulness. So obviously, no matter how awful I feel about any experience, I’ll one day be nostalgic about it; and given this propensity, it struck me: it’s just inevitable that one day I’ll be terribly nostalgic for 2015. Can’t be helped, no use fighting it, I just will be.

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Work now means writing on foreign policy. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do & it is the sort of troublesome stuff I love–I was educated to do pol.sci: The uglier things get, the more I like it. I sometimes think there is something for men that’s like gossip for women–like Jane Austen characters […]

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It seems there’s not an industry or job that hasn’t been touched, for better or worse, by the presence of computers and automation. Even the guy who scrubs the restroom at the local Wal-Mart probably has the toilets send him a message to his smart phone when they need cleaning. In my business large swaths […]

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