Some random thoughts from recent reading material.
I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK.
I knew that the term “blog” comes from the contraction for “web log.” But I was mistaken where “log” came from. I assumed it was from the Greek logos, or word. I felt a kinship with Captain Picard ever since I started my very own Captain’s Log 18 months ago. But according to Andrew Sullivan,
“A ship’s log owes its name to a small wooden board, often weighted with lead, that was for centuries attached to a line an thrown over the stern…By measuring the length of line used up in a set period of time, mariners could calculate the speed of their journey (the rope itself was marked by equi-distant “knots” for easy measurement)…these logs were an indispensable source for recording what actually happened…. — The Atlantic, “Why I Blog,” November 2008, by Andrew Sullivan
So I’m a logger. And maybe you are, too.
Light pollution and health
“But for humans, too, light pollution may take a biological toll. At least one new study has suggested a direct correlation between higher rates of breast cancer in women and the nighttime brightness of their neighborhoods.”
— National Geographic, “Our Vanishing Night,” November 2008, by Verlyn Klinkenborg.
It’s important to note that the study mentions a correlation rather than a causation. If you move to the Central African Republic (the country least affected by light pollution) you won’t necessarily change your odds of ever receiving a diagnosis. But messing with our circadian rhythms by extending light-time to 24 hour a day might be contributing to unintended consequences. It’s a fascinating hypothesis.
The First Globals
“A new American dream characterized by lower expectations, less want and more civility has begun to emerge; and as that has happened, a new American consensus is being born.” — The Way We’ll Be, by John Zogby (Random House)
Zogby terms the generation aged 18-29 as the First Globals, who are resilient enough to change their lifestyles in light of dwindling natural resources, international tensions and ecological threats. The Internet has had a spiritual effect on this generation, as it embraces inclusivity and cooperation and eschews rigidity and dogma. Yay, younguns!
It’s the time of year again when Lollipop Goldstein collects the best of the best of this year’s ALI posts (Adoption, neonatal Loss, Infertility). Click over here to find out how to make sure yours is included. The release of the reading list on January 1 is the perfect pick-me-up for the post-holiday let-down.
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