NPR’s Unfit for Work

NPR’s Unfit for Work

Holy shit there are a lot of people on disability in this country.  Whether or not these folks are actually deserving of the benefit is irrelevant in my view.  But the way the system is set up right now is untenable.  We cannot continue with so many people on disability.  At least not on federally supported disability.  Is there a way that local communities could help people with disabilities be more productive and more fulfilled in their daily lives?  I, of course, imagine that with more local consciousness we can provide better lives for everybody, but then again I am naive in that way….

noma norovirus scare

noma norovirus scare

I have been intrigued by noma ever since I heard of it a few years ago.  I consider myself a locavore and noma takes that to another level, along with designing a menu that consists of many things I have never heard of/didn’t know were edible.  I heard of one dish that was designed with local moss that was harvested near the sea.  Also, they are a distinctly Nordic restaurant so the food is already strange enough for anyone outside of that diaspora.  Anyways, apparently this outbreak was caused by an employee who had norovirus that didn’t wash his hands well.  NPR did another follow up today.  In the second story, the proprietors of noma are criticized for not checking their email when they were sent an alert from the local health inspector.  And tisk tisk to them.  But my question is, what kind of uncreative thinking is that from the health inspector??!?!?  They see that there may be a major outbreak of a not-so-life-threatening illness and just decide one email is sufficient warning to the restaurant?  What about calling them on the phone?  Or just walking to the damn restaurant?  I blame bureaucratic thinking.  Ugh.

Fascinating music article

Fascinating music article

I heard this really interesting story on the way home the other day.  It’s about these youtube videos that take famous songs and change their key, i.e. from minor to major or vice versa.  It seemed silly in some ways but it also made me realize how little I know about musical theory (I had to ask Kelly what major and minor keys were).  And the article pointed to some research that found that songs major keys are usually interpreted as happy songs and songs in minor keys are interpreted as sad songs….across cultures!  That is, when the researchers tested this theory with people that lived in Asia(I can’t remember the country) that had never had contact with modern Western culture, they found that those people still interpreted songs in minor keys as sad and songs in major keys.  That idea fascinates me.  I have no idea what its implications might be, but I am fascinated nonetheless.

A Scary Job Graph from Planet Money

A Scary Job Graph from Planet Money

Yikes!  Here is a pretty terrifying look at our current recession.  It also makes me wonder if we will ever really get back to “normal.”  I think maybe we need to just redefine what normal means to us.  I know I for one have been redefining my ideas of success and what it means to live a good life.  I think it might behoove us as a nation to re-evaluate what is important to us and what we would like to see the rest of our recovery look like.