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> Did you really take the decision - faced with an absolutely awe inspiring monument at sunrise - that the best use of your time and resources was to take a judgmental photo of the people around you? Get over yourself.

When I saw the Mona Lisa/Sistene Chapel it was surrounded by a stream of ~50 people with flashbulbs constantly firing and talking loudly. That sort of distortion of an environment can be difficult to ignore. It sounds like the author had a similar experience, and if that happens to you, you might find that the thing that grabs your attention most is how everyone's constant photography can degrade an experience.


The word "touristy" has been around a long time, long before Instagram came around. Singling out Instagram is just another way to make the age-old complaints of tourism slightly less stale.


Trying to paint a critique of Instagram's effects on tourism as a lame re-hash of an old idea seems a bit off.

Sure, it might be the same complaint, but if the severity is 100x worse it holds more weight. And if Instagram is the main vehicle for this behavior, then it is a fair target of criticism.

For another example of the effects of smartphone-enabled-social-media, check out some youtube crowd shots from concerts before 2000 and ones from today. Obvious is emergence of masses of people looking through phones and holding up phones; a bit less obvious and a bit more worrisome is that folks seem generally less excited to be there.


> When I saw the Mona Lisa/Sistene Chapel it was surrounded by a stream of ~50 people with flashbulbs constantly firing and talking loudly

You write "Mona Lisa/Sistene Chapel" as if these were connected to each other, but they're not. They are in two different countries. And photography is not allowed in the Sistine Chapel, so it's very unlikely that you are recalling this incident correctly.


The connection is that they are both tourist attractions that were negatively impacted by photography during my visits.

Regarding the Sistine Chapel - you're right, photography is not allowed and I overrepresented the flashes when grouping it in with the Mona Lisa. But during my 5 minute visit I saw 3 different flashes and heard 3 different exclamations from Vatican staff "No pictures!", which was plenty disruptive.


The Louvre also forbids taking pictures with a flash and enforces that policy strictly.



Not very strictly, in my experience.


I've been lucky enough to visit both the Sistine Chapel and the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. I've been to the Sistine Chapel twice (2003 and 2011) and both times it was very crowded and remarkably quiet. Even while waiting on line to get in it was very quiet. I was surprised.

The crowd in front of the Mona Lisa was a bit louder but still very quiet. Many people were taking photos but there were signs up, and people around to remind you, that flash photography was prohibited.

Neither experience was as tranquil as I would have liked to take in such awesome works of art but it didn't bother me much because it honestly felt like everyone there was doing their best to not disturb everyone else's experience. I guess that's just the nature of visiting two of the most famous works of art on the planet.


When I was in the Sistine Chapel in 2007, the same rule was in effect. Once you got inside though, EVERY single person was taking photos.


I started listening to vinyl a few years ago and bought some albums I've listened to dozens (if not hundreds of times) on digital. Horn sections I didn't even know existed showed up on tracks; instruments were so crisp and distinct it was like I could go to a part of my room and grab the sound out of the air. The effect is less jarring for stuff I haven't been able to acclimate to over such a long period of time, but it's definitely better, and it's because there is more fidelity.


Objectively, for virtually any definition of 'fidelity' vinyl has less fidelity than digital systems. If you read about the production on vinyl you will get a pretty good idea of the series of compromises in fidelity that are required to create a release. That said, the inherent deficiencies of the medium necessitate different and typically less aggressive mastering. Many listeners, including myself prefer this. If you were to listen to a digital recording mastered the same way you might be surprised to hear even more detail.

Fun fact: Some producers that use digital recording systems will mix in analog noise because the noise itself can be very pleasing in the right dosage. In this way it is used more like an effect rather than an inherent limitation of the recording process.


Assuming the digital copies had an adequate bitrate, it's possible that the differences you're hearing between vinyl and digital are attributable to 'loudness war' brick-wall limiting. Some studios choose to use different masters for vinyl and digital which can make vinyl sound better.

To quote Daniel Rutter: "[B]etter-mastered music will sound better on cassette than badly-mastered music would at a zillion bits per second."

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war


This really isn't even a 'choice', it is practically a requirement for the medium. Some examples:

The outer grooves have relatively more fidelity (needle moving faster) than the inner grooves, so the master may be progressively tweaked to add more high end as the content gets closer to the inner groove. The closer you get to the inner groove, the lower the playback fidelity.

12" Singles have larger groove spacing so you can slam them way harder than an LP. There is a greater margin of error and less chance of the cutting lathe skipping or hopping during cutting the master.

The process for creating stereo vinyl recordings is pretty much a compromise that allows stereo content while maintaining compatibility with mono playback equipment. This results in another series of compromises/limitations in the mix, like severely limiting the amount of truly stereo content. Extremely loud or bass heavy content that is panned wide would cause the cutting lathe to skip, etc.


It's wrong to say that the outcome we've arrived at is necessarily the one we wanted. Local/initial conditions, availability and options, and a whole mess of other things make it so that's not necessarily true at all.


> the one who is devoting their entire lives to their occupations is going to be a more desirable hire

Not true. The more productive and effective candidate is the more desirable hire.


Theoretically, those are the same thing.


They are not. Enthusiasm != Competence.



If you're trying to be ironic you've succeeded. I assume you posted this to draw a line between the woman with a Virginia ham and the woman with the Mercedes, but the rest of the scene is about Tony didn't fully understand his family situation without the whole context.


I just look for any excuse to post something from the Sopranos that might be even slightly relevant. I don't know enough about this lady to make any judgement's regarding her financial decisions.


I think the stack switching is probably what leads a lot of older folks to force their stack on folks. I used to see it as inflexible but I'm starting to think it's just economical.


fwiw, my results were very wrong


It uses a list of sites, the ones that are in your browser history are red squares. The results may be wrong for you if you cleared your browser history, or if you share your browser with someone else, or if you habitually visit sites you don't like.


Yes. Apparently I don't visit many programming websites, although that's mostly what I do, and I visit more gaming sites than anything. (I only play mario kart on my Wii occasionally.)


The selected sites are very biased towards things you can do in front of a computers.

So this nice "Who am I?" trick only shows an intersection of my interest with those of the author. e.g. its completely missing my 3 main hobbies, as sailing, sewing and vaping had not been on his list of selected sites.


I tried not to make the subjects biased, and many (most) of the interests are not those that I have.

However, I could only include high-level, reasonable common interests, as including more would cause there to be too many squares.


The problem here is that she is holding one group's (Women's) behavior to the standard of a workplace created by another group (Men).


If you google around there are government agencies and websites set up for all types of spamming/scamming. I got some scam phone calls awhile back and reported them; it could be a coincidence, but I stopped getting them.

Here's a place to start: http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud/report-fraud....

So I'd say, report, report, report. Scammers and spammers go on for too long because people brush it off. The worst thing you can do to an email spammer is take the time to mark it as spam. The worst thing you can do to a scammer is to report it to the government - some justice department and/or federal and state representatives. Articles like this make it seem like nobody is doing anything, but with a bit of digging you'd find that consumer protection agencies and state and federal legislatures have been passing laws regularly to combat scamming/spamming/predatory loans.


Anyone who is proud of speeding should come hang out and I'll throw punches near your head just out of range. It's cool I have it under control; it will bring me some pleasure and you will only be at risk if you get in my way or if someone dumber than me follows my example doesn't have as much control.


You do know that's a common practice in martial arts, right? Instead of face, it's your stomach, generally, but the point is still the same.


OK well when people need to do martial arts to get to work then we can talk. And btw in that world, speeders would be the people who swing unsafely fast while practicing with common folk.


No, speeders would be the people with /insufficient relevant training/ doing that.

If everyone were trained, it wouldn't be so bad... which leads me back to better driver's ed at high speeds, like in non US countries.


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