ENTROPY UPDATE The Progressive Review
Vox - Kermit the Frog gave a TEDx talk in Jackson, Mississippi, in November 2014, and the video was recently released. (Kermit is from a Mississippi swamp.) The topic: creativity.
Depending on how you feel about TED talks, this is either an inspiring look at creativity or a depressing example of Kermit the Frog being co-opted by corporate pseudo-intellectual banality that leaves you imagining him staying at Courtyard Marriotts on a corporate expense account, "networking" a little too eagerly and calling himself a "connectivity guru with an interest in B2L (business to lily pad)."
Despite the hippie sensibility we associate with Henson and Co., as recalled in Brian Jay Jones's biography of Jim Henson, the Muppets have a history of taking corporate gigs. One of Henson's first paid gigs was making ads for Wilkins coffee.
Kermit didn't display much of the showmanship or humility he's shown in other performances. Except for a vaudevillian slurp of iced tea in the middle, Kermit stayed focused on how creativity can make businesses shine:
Kermit says creativity is a "conspiracy of craziness." Kermit eagerly quotes that "creativity is the engine of our economy." Sometimes, that can require "ridiculous optimism." Kermit quotes Charles Baudelaire: "Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will." Kermit also believes that Zen Buddhism also can help us understand creativity, because "in the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind, there are few."
Conrad Hilton III is accused of causing a ruckus aboard a more than 10-hour British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles... After turning himself in, the 20-year-old, very wealthy man-child appeared in court, accused of threatening the flight crew, smoking aboard the plane, making children cry with his profanity-laced tirades and calling everyone who dared be annoyed by his antics peasants.
After 12 years, Brian Williams is coming clean, admitting the helicopter he traveled in during NBCs coverage of the 2003 Iraq invasion never once came under fire, despite Williams story to the contrary, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
After sending Roger Vanderklok for jail for the audacity of asking to file a complaint, Philadelphia International Airport TSA supervisor Charles Kieser then lied about what happened on the stand in court. He fabricated an aggressive confrontation and a bomb threat, neither of which are in evidence on the CCTV footage or in the police report. His victim was help incommunicado in jail, panicking his wife who had no idea where he'd gone. Kieser gets to keep his job.
Blomberg - According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, around 10 percent of family doctors offer shared medical appointments, sessions that bring together a dozen or more patients with similar medical conditions to meet with a doctor for 90 minutes. With pressure from the government and insurers to bring down the cost of care while treating the increasing number of people with health insurance, patients can expect group visits to become more common. "Its efficient. Its economical. Its high-quality care when its done right," says Edward Noffsinger, a California psychologist who created the model in the 1990s at Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest health maintenance organization.
British Air's war on cellos: BA have now changed the rules, so any cello in the cabin has a minimum fee of £300 long haul. So now the cello is paying almost the same as I am, with no meal, no baggage allowance, no airmiles, no online checkin, no upgrades possible etc.
Manischewitz now owned by Mitt Romney's old firm, Bain Capital
PAUL SHIINKMAN, WTOP
Boing Boing - Hammacher Schlemmer's Human Bowling Ball is a $4,500 amusement for children aged 5-12: it consists of a giant, inflatable hamster ball and an inflated bowling lane. You insert your progeny into the former and entice them to run quickly at the latter, caroming off the sides to the amusement of all.
More than a third of British 16 to 23-year-olds (36%) do not know bacon comes from pigs and four in 10 (40%) failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow, with 7% linking it to wheat,
Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said it would offer "substantial payment" to MTV's The Jersey Shore's cast members to stop wearing the brand on air. "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson said in a statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."
Teach your kid to be a TSA agent