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Jarrett Walker is a public transit designer/consultant/guru.

His latest blog, addressing "elite projection," turned on a very large light over my head. The people who determine policy are mostly members of a distinct elite. By definition, that perspective and experience is a small minority. When the topic is mass transit design, elite projection often creates unworkable systems.

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In challenging elite projection, I am being utterly unreasonable. I am calling upon elites to meet a superhuman standard. Almost everyone refers to their own experience when discussing policy. Who doesn’t want their experience to be acknowledged? But in a society where elites have disproportionate power, the superhuman task of resisting elite projection must be their work. And since I’m one of these elites — not at all in wealth but certainly in education and other kinds of good fortune — it’s sometimes my work as well. Like all attempts to be better people, it’s utterly exhausting and we’ll never get it right. That means the critique of elite projection can’t just take the form of rage. It also has to be empathic and forgiving.

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This is not only good advice for transit planning, but highlights why many "the market works better than the private ETA: public sector" schemes are only gratifying the very top of the market.

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Quartz showcases their favorite entries from the shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, an annual contest run by Britain’s Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Not only are the photos beautiful, but I believe the integral photo descriptions are outstanding.
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...or, you don't have to Tumbl for the pretty.

Heads: Surrealist portrait sculptures made from found objects, memories and a fascination with medical imagery.

clix for pix )
Image description: Plaster cross section of human head: brain is a rainbow of dyed seeds; eyebrow is a string of spangles; eye is a compass; teeth are pills; tongue is plumb-bob; other (unknown) anatomy includes comb, jointed doll arm; hand-held postal scale; lead miner miniature; plastic seahorse; printed circuit board and seaglass.

Much more at

The Recipe by [personal profile] siderea
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There's a recipe. It's a recipe for maximally useful-for-engendering-virtual-community-LJ/DW-style. I'm not sure I have it exactly down yet -- this is the alpha version -- but I'm pretty sure that, contrary to a lot of LJ/DW users think, it goes something like this:

Recommended Minimum Weekly Posts by Type:
0.5 diary entry
3 pointers
0.5 bleg
0.25 op ed
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Please read the whole thing: it's encouraged me to post again!
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This site is catnip for the at-home mechanic. It has a wide range of fun and funky instructions, from all-cardboard storage systems, DIY security, and 3D printers that print themselves, to cooking recipes, provided in step-by-step detail.Pretty & Practical Bikes )
Instructables provides a nice framework for documenting your amazing projects (called ibles) so others can admire and do it themselves, as well as comment threads for more praise and good ideas.
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While yet unable to write of myself, or others, or reading or whatever of genuine interest, I have been reading the net like a turtle trapped at the base of a waterfall. So I can still fling links with the best of them:

Join me in being educated by "Jubilation," a new blog about life as a therapist with mental illness.

Here the blogger meditates on the stereotyped bright, tall wall between "professionals who help" and "those people."
Myth of Them and Us )

That drug doesn't do what you think it does )
Argh, that was a particularly rich article and hard to excerpt; if you or anyone you know deals with an "orphan disease," it's useful reading.

All pet owners know that terrible feeling, when their loved one is laid low and something important is missing. They ate what? )

Turns out there are little words which tie us together. But not those three little words )

I have learned a lot from reading other people's experience of living with chronic pain. Every one of us develops idiosyncratic coping methods. I've borrowed some, and admired many.
Riese's Eloquent Discourse on Constant Pain )
jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)
Thank heavens for [personal profile] antarcticlust, who introduced me to the lovely notion of “science-y” at a great WisCon panel a couple years back. Science-y is information that's science-related enough to matter, and presented plainly enough for those of us without science education (a large group, sadly, in the US). But as the first link shows, "science-y" can also include information presented with just enough PhD-level flash to stun the rest of us into not thinking clearly.
Psuedoscience, Fraud & Sex inside the cut )

ETA: The cut! The cut! I wish there was a default to cut all my entries.
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ETA: Cut. Sorry about spamming your droll. :(

Let me offer you a link paté -- I've actually read all these stories, and wanted to share their greatness with you:

Link Paté )

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