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"It truly feels as though you and I have crossed an ocean of outrage together… but something tells me it’s time to rest my social media gavel and reclaim a little neurological bandwidth."

"If it seemed like I was ignoring my main Twitter followers here and outside the US and Canada in my quest to rid our democracy of 'Orange Julius Caesar' and his Empire of Lies, it was not my intention. I just assumed that a radicalized America is a threat to us all. When a madman grabs the wheel of the bus loaded with innocent passengers and threatens to drive it off a cliff, it tends to steal everyone’s focus."  Jim Carrey lets us know he's giving it a rest. He needs to get his brain back. He...
Tags: Art, Law, Suicide, US, America, Canada, Jim Carrey, Ny Post, Julius Caesar, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome

The ambiguous "drops."

Headline at Hollywood Reporter: "HBO Drops Pair of Mike Judge Comedy Series." I know "drops" is supposed to sound cool, like when some pop star "drops" a new recording. But it's such a saggy, sad word, and sometimes — as in that headline — it sounds like the very thing they're trying to get us excited about just got cancelled.  Oh, no! Wait. I'm reading this article now: 'QualityLand' and 'A5' will not move forward as the 'Silicon Valley' co-creator continues to juggle the new take on 'Bea...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Law, America, Mtv, Language, Silicon Valley, The Sopranos, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Beavis, Mike Judge, Beavis and Butt-Head

Biden (and the NYT) fail to notice ambiguity.

I'm reading "I feel like I’ve done something good for the country by making sure that Donald Trump is not going to be president for four more years" quoted in "Biden Made Sure ‘Trump Is Not Going to Be President for Four More Years’/Here’s what Joe Biden had to say about the future in our interview" (Thomas Friedman column in NYT). I'm sure Biden only meant to say that he kept Trump from getting reelected in 2016, but the words can just as well mean that it will be 4 more years before Trump ca...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Thomas Friedman, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Biden rhetoric, Trump 2024

"Wow. I didn’t know that. I just — you’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman."

"Whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that. I am sad to hear that."Said Donald Trump, quoted in "Donald Trump to put forth nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in coming days: Sources/Mitch McConnell says he does plan to vote on Trump's nominee" (ABC News).We learned of Ginsburg's death as we were watching Trump's Minnesota rally last night. Trump continued his speech, apparently without learning the news until he spoke wi...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Elton John, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Ginsburg, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Said Donald Trump, replacing Ginsburg

"It’s like a funhouse mirror. People look at the same facts and have wildly different reactions. It is troubling because..."

"...when people are having such different reactions, I guess tragedies like this shouldn’t be a surprise. People are afraid of each other and that is a situation that creates danger for everyone."Said Wisconsin Law School professor Cecelia Klingele, quoted in "Dueling narratives fuel opposing views of Kenosha protest shooting/Amid intensifying political divisions, Americans are debating whether the shooter’s actions were homicide or heroic" (WaPo).The conflicting interpretations of the case are ...
Tags: Murder, Crime, Law, Wisconsin, Smith, Kenosha, Grosskreutz, Georgetown University, WaPo, Huber, Rosenbaum, Sheridan Road, Rittenhouse, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Kimberley Motley

A clever (or puzzling) sign.

Photographed by Meade today. It's kind of hard to put it together, what with the disappearing "E." And once you see that "Bye Don," you have to wonder what exactly does it mean? To me, it's saying you're not really for Biden — you don't want that on you — but you just want to say "bye" to Donald Trump (who never gets called "Don," but... whatever). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Signs, Biden, Donald Trump, Don, Meade, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade, Trump 2020

How old is thought? I don't know. Maybe thought is so old, it's dying out.

It sometimes seems that way. Here's a headline on the front page of WaPo:Click through and you get a headline that has one more word — "Ancient teeth show history of epidemics is much older than we thought" — a mere 2-letters without which you have a ludicrous second meaning.From the article, presumably a worthy article by a man who surely didn't write the front-page teaser:Scientists and archaeologists now believe... that the plague bacteria, which caused the medieval Black Death that killed up...
Tags: Europe, Headlines, Law, History, Editing, Anthropology, Teeth, University of Copenhagen, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Kristiansen, Kristian Kristiansen, Eurasian Steppe Researchers

"So... I don't get what's 'problematic' with Madonna's putting her son's incredible dance on Insta? Thanks, in any case, it was great to see it."

That's the first comment I read on the New York Magazine article, "What Do We Want From White Celebrities Right Now?" Here's the section that labels Madonna "problematic":[S]ome celebs have shown up to protest. Others have “opened up their purses” and lent their voices to decry racism and support detailed and specific calls for reform. But just like the rest of us, they have some problematic colleagues: Madonna celebrating her son’s interpretive solidarity dance; Ashton Kutcher posting an incong...
Tags: Protest, Law, Drew Brees, America, Dancing, Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, New York Magazine, Ellen Degeneres, George, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, off-blog Althouse, David Dances

Blogger is talking like a robot.

Here's a message that's been appearing lately on the pages I'm seeing as I work on Blogger:In late June, the new Blogger interface will become the default for all users. The legacy interface will still be optionally available. We recommend trying the new interface by clicking “Try the New Blogger” in the left-hand navigation. Please file any critical issues encountered.Please file any critical issues encountered? Is that any way to talk to a human being? It sounds like they're saying if you don'...
Tags: Science Fiction, Writing, Law, Joe Biden, Blogging, Reading, Computers, Robots, The Matrix, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse

Reframing consulting for the next decade

Consulting's core activities are being outmoded by the rise of digital and the demand for digital transformation.An hypothesis: Clients need consulting to be reconfigured to prioritise and master:Handling ambiguityEnabling sustainability To illustrate why I believe these are the fundamentals of successful consulting in the next 20 years, I am going to (first) reference Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework - a conceptual framework to support decision making. The following illustration is from Dave's ...
Tags: Publishing, Digital Transformation, Dave, Complexity, Consulting, Ambiguity, David Cushman, PX, Cynefin, Dave Snowden, Complex Adaptive Systems, Wardley Maps, Planet Experience, Customer As Partner

How to Foster an Appetite for Risk by Using Ambiguity as a Resource

Some time ago I had a conversation with Jim Long, former Head of Creative Office and R&D and my mentor, about how innovation could succeed within a company. We agreed that for innovation to be truly transformative, it should be set at a distance where it cannot be interrupted by existing metrics and governance models. ...
Tags: Leadership, Strategy, Management, Creativity, Innovation, Collaboration, Innovator, Ambiguity, Jim Long, Head of Creative Office

"Thank you Joe and remember, the BRAIN is much sharper also!" tweeted Trump...

... in response to something Joe Scarborough, who'd said that Trump "looks like he’s about 20 years younger than a lot of Democratic candidates" (reported at Politico).ADDED: Notice that Trump said "the BRAIN is much sharper," not "my BRAIN is much sharper." Remember, yesterday we were talking about "the geriatric possessive," how old people tend to say "I’m going to take my bath" and "take my walk" and "take my nap" rather than referring to baths and walks and naps and so on generally, without ...
Tags: Law, Politico, Aging, Looks, Brain, Language, Howard Stern, Shakespeare, Joe, Trump, Donald, Joe Scarborough, Howard, Henry Fielding, Keats, Meade

"My sister caused a scene at Mother’s Day brunch because we didn’t honor her as a 'cat mom.'"

A man seeks relationship advice on Reddit:Hi guys. I am a man, 32M and I have two sisters - Carly (38F) and Melinda (26F). We went out to a family style restaurant for brunch and just returned home.Melinda and I are happily married, each with three children. My older sister Carly never married. She had a fiancé that she cheated on and he left her. That was 10 years ago and she hasn’t been in a relationships longer a few months ever since. She has 4 indoor cats and also feeds a few stray cats tha...
Tags: Cats, Law, Relationships, Reddit, Stupid, Motherhood, Carly, Melinda, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse

Is it foolish to think this painting of union workers killing strikebreakers expresses something about homosexuality?

I'm reading ""Modern Art Critic Assumes 1939 Painting Is All About Homophobia. It's About Murderous Union Thugs."/Paul Cadmus's Herrin Massacre is 'The Painting Our Art Critic Can't Stop Thinking About.' If only he'd thought harder" by Robby Soave (in Reason).The Herrin massacre had nothing to do with homophobia; it was a labor dispute that ended with union workers massacring a bunch of people who had been hired to replace them....This is a fascinating chapter in the history of American labor, a...
Tags: Art, Law, Labor, America, Homosexuality, Illinois, Trump, Jerry Saltz, Herrin, Saltz, Paul Cadmus, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Robby Soave, Soave

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked "Is it OK to still have children?," what did she mean and was she saying something new?

I'm watching this little video snippet:"There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?" Ocasio-Cortez said. "Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, $100,000 worth of student loan debt, and so they can’t even afford to have kids and a house, but also just this basic moral question, like, ‘what do we do?’" she continued. "And e...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Advertising, Bob Dylan, Sony, Morality, Motherhood, Aoc, Dylan, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez

"A Connecticut woman was severely hurt when she lit a quarter stick of dynamite that she believed was a candle during a power outage in her home..."

"... and is now suing its former owner for the mishap," the NY Post reports.Mother of two Karina Gutierrez began searching her home for candles after thunderstorms knocked out power to her Bridgeport neighborhood on Sept. 6, 2018, the Connecticut Post reported.She found what she thought was a candle in the basement and tried to light it up when it blew up, injuring her face and hands, according to the lawsuit against Oscar Aguirre, former owner of their Lindley Street home. [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Law, Connecticut, Ny Post, Bridgeport, Connecticut Post, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Mother of two Karina Gutierrez, Oscar Aguirre, Lindley Street

"Once companies have identified those who make women uncomfortable, they have to assess whether the men are 'clueless, creepy or criminal'..."

"If you think they are clueless, you can coach them... Clueless can become creepy very quickly if you don’t address it. If they are creepy, you have to act."Said Pat Milligan, who advises companies about gender issues, quoted in "Another Side of #MeToo: Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women" (NYT). She's trying to overcome the problem the title refers to.There's also this, from Marc Pritchard: "It’s not enough to stand by when toxic masculinity is on display. It’s not enough to stand by and s...
Tags: Law, Advertising, Sexual Harassment, Gillette, Procter Gamble, Pritchard, Milligan, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, Marc Pritchard, Employment Discrimination, Creepiness, MeToo, Said Pat Milligan

Ambiguous headline I read the way the Washington Examiner did not intend.

"Is Team Trump ready for Pelosi's 'death by a thousand cuts'?" [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Headlines, Law, Pelosi, Washington Examiner, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse

Dear Professor

Last week, I wrote about how I learn the names of the students in my undergraduate class. This week, I’d like to share some thoughts with you about how my students learn my name. This may seem like it should be pretty easy for the students. However, for some of my students, I’ve realized that learning my name is more complicated than it might seem initially. At the beginning of the semester, I tell my students that they can call me “Mary.” (However, I also tell them that they can call me “Ms. ...
Tags: Pets, Avoidance, Hunter, Ambiguity, Alexandra Kurland, Jesus Rosales Ruiz, Poisoned Cues, Teaching People, 3770 Class, Learning Names

Preview Thursday: Clarity First

We are pleased to present this excerpt from Chapter 1 of: Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance  by Karen Martin. More Than a Moment It took me forty years on earth To reach this sure conclusion: There is no Heaven but clarity, No Hell except confusion. —Jan Struther from the poem “Clear” We have all experienced those moments in life when hard realities present themselves with complete clarity. It’s the moment you realize that the dream job you work...
Tags: Leadership, John Lennon, Karen, Clarity, United States Department of Homeland Security, Ambiguity, Karen Martin, Best of Books, Jan Struther, Short Term Benefit, TKMG Inc


So me and my wife had been saving up to pay for our @Utah_Football tickets in cash. We pulled our money out yesterday to pay my mom for the season... Well we couldn’t find the envelope until my wife checked the shredder. Yup. 2 year old shredded $1,060. — BB (@Benbelnap) October 2, 2018 Via "A 2-year-old shredded $1,060 of his family’s cash. His mom cried — until she laughed" (WaPo). Strangely, these people are better off. They got their cute-kid story in the press....
Tags: Comedy, Money, Children, Law, Henry, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, Bureau of Engraving

When the Teacher Strikes Back

I came across this image on WeChat: The original image was written in traditional characters. Here’s a simplified Chinese transcript: 学生:老师你教的都 是没有用的东西 。 老师:我不许你这样 说自己 。 Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it at first. Some native speakers even take a second to figure out what happened. This is a case of syntactic ambiguity. You can interpret the first statement in two ways, and it’s all because the verb 教 , meaning “to teach,” can take two objects: who is being taught (what we think of a...
Tags: Funny, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Ambiguity

What in the living shit does “comfort with ambiguity” mean on a job description?

Been out at HR Tech this week with about 5,000 other people in the general talent acquisition space, and it’s an overload of product demos, new information, beers, new friendships, life opportunities, a bunch of Alicia Keys songs, and promises to go to the gym which are never truly realized. Yesterday, in between two demos […]
Tags: Featured, News, Recruiting, Alicia Keys, Hiring, Branding, Blog Posts, Sourcing, Job Ads, Ambiguity, HR Tech, Job Descriptions, Funnel, Job Role, HR Tech 2018, Role Design

"Brennan-Jobs is a deeply gifted writer. Before I read her book, I wondered if it had been ghostwritten..."

"... like many such books. But from the striking opening — in which Lisa is drifting around her father’s house when he is dying of cancer, snubbed by everyone and pinching trifles from different rooms to appease her sense of exclusion — it is clear that this is a work of uncanny intimacy. Her inner landscape is depicted in such exquisitely granular detail that it feels as if no one else could possibly have written it. Indeed, it has that defining aspect of a literary work: the stamp of a singula...
Tags: Cake, Cold, Writing, Law, Steve Jobs, Steve, Lisa, Laurene Powell Jobs, Lisa Brennan, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Laurene, Brennan Jobs, Melanie Thernstrom, Thernstrom

How can the NYT publish headlines as miswritten as this?

I clipped this just now from the front page of the the NYT website:What is the talking about? Sex with Dad in the Taurus? Get a copy editor or give us a trigger warning.Here's the article, "Talking Sex With Dad (in the Ford Taurus)/You know that scene in 'Lady Bird' when Saoirse Ronan throws herself out of a moving vehicle to avoid talking to her mother for another second? That was me, at 14, in the car with my father." Here's the nub of it:Today I’m one of those queers who can find a narrative ...
Tags: Headlines, Law, Sex, America, Fathers, Incest, Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse

Solanin - An Epilogue That Might Be for the Best

Way before Inio Asano became one of the most recognized, loved and respected mangaka today with hits like Goodnight Punpun, Girl on the Shore, and Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, he... More after the jump!
Tags: Psychology, Religion, Mindfulness, Manga, Inio Asano, Growing Up, Ambiguity, Solanin, Meiko Inoue

Tolerating the Uncertainty of Life: Can We Learn to Coexist with Ambiguity?

If you take a moment to reflect, you will notice that almost 99% of the things that “bother” you are either in the past or the imagined future. Virtually none of them are in the here and now. That’s because that which is in the here and now is available to us to interact with, encounter, know, and influence. We usually have a great sense of control about things — even problems — as long as we feel we can see and wrestle with them. Things in the past or the future aren’t available to us to wres...
Tags: Psychology, Regret, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Agitation, Fear of the Unknown, Resentment, Worry, Anxiety And Panic, Rumination, Present Moment, Ambiguity

No, not Austin. The real city that deserves the name Shed Legacy is my own city, Madison, Wisconsin!

On July 29th, you may remember, we saw the crazy fake news on Drudge:"AUSTIN, TX CONSIDERS NAME CHANGE TO SHED LEGACY."It was just an accidental ambiguity, of course. The proposed new name for Austin was not Shed Legacy, though it was funny to think about that. The idea was just that Austin should want to shed any names that are the legacy of slavery, such as the name of the city's found Stephen F. Austin. The article Drudge linked to didn't highlight any suggested new name, but I carried on abo...
Tags: Headlines, Law, San Francisco, Austin, Architecture, Portland, Slavery, Names, Baltimore, Madison, Walsh, MONTPELIER, Jefferson, Lexington, James Madison, Madison Wisconsin

Wait. "Shed Legacy" is a terrible name for a city.

Here's the article Drudge links to, "City report on Confederate monuments raises idea of renaming Austin."I'm just laughing because Meade read the Drudge line to me out loud and I couldn't understand the last 2 words, which I assumed were the new city name people wanted. When he said it more clearly "Shed Legacy," I had a genuinely hilarious fraction of a second of thinking of "Shed Legacy" as the name for a city.ADDED: My willingness to see Shed Legacy as the name for a town comes in part from ...
Tags: Headlines, Maryland, Law, Mexico, America, Austin, United States, Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Names, Delaware, Bill Bryson, Reeves, Meade, Hamtramck Michigan

"In non-question mark [NYT crossword] clues, I think I actually laughed, or at least internally chuckled, when I finally got AFFAIRS at 32D: Business, either personal or otherwise."

"It seemed like such a dull clue at first, but then AFFAIRS gave 'Business' a sexual implication that I was not expecting. At least that's how I read the 'personal' part of the clue."Text and video reference from Rex Parker, who always blogs the NYT crossword. I've watched that video before but still laughed about 20 times in less than 4 minutes. As for the crossword, it took Rex 9 minutes and 9 seconds of crossword time. Is that it? I took my time and kept it going for 13 minutes and 34 seconds...
Tags: Law, Sex, Puzzles, Rex, Flight of the Conchords, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Rex Parker