Quotes · The World

“A universal visual language”

Right in the middle of this episode of The Daily podcast, there’s a little plug for the New York Times’ photographers, noting that they travel to dangerous places and learns skills like scuba diving just to get the right shot for the story.

I love that they describe photography as “a universal visual language”. I mean, it’s true! You can show a photograph to literally anyone in any part of the world, and they would surely get its meaning.

A photograph can do a lot of different things. It can connect us. It can bring us to places we’ve never been before. It can capture a story in a universal visual language.

NYTimes “intriguing photographs to help students practice visual thinking

πŸ‘‰ In my dream life, I’d be a part-time Times photographer, but for now I do my best around Austin. πŸ˜†

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How efficient are you at reading this article? πŸ§

Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times on how many companies digitally monitor their employees’ time in some pretty invasive and distrustful ways.

This includes taking screenshots and photos randomly in 10-minute chunks and actually docking pay if you don’t appear productive. So every trip to the bathroom is possible lost pay. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

And hospice workers being paid by productivity points. 😳 “A visit to the dying: as little as one point.”

And social workers being penalized for not typing on their keyboard while actively counseling patients in drug treatment facilities. 🀨

But the brilliance of this article is how they present it.

To let you appreciate how annoying this kind of digital surveillance is, the article tells you as you read it if you’ve been “idle” for too long. It ends with a summary of your reading efficiency stats, which will inevitably make you feel weird. πŸ˜‚

Also, I wonder how these companies would feel about the The Ship Repairman Story.


Some Valentine’s Day Movies For You, However You May Feel

Some people love Valentine’s Day, and some people hate it. And it might change from year to year.

Personally, I like Valentine’s Day. It’s sweet. Even if you don’t have a serious partner, you can tell your kids, parents, or even your pet that you love them. 🐢

Regardless of how you feel about today, and especially if you are bundled up at home avoiding the cold weather, here are some movies celebrating the joy and/or pain of love. πŸ’—

And this isn’t just a list of current movies. This list is full of classics going all the way back to Pillow Talk from 1959.