Author Archives: Ken Stange

2014-07-18—ISLAND ISOLATION

Your Man Friday is moving to a new hut, where this, all new postings and previous Man Friday ideas since 2009 will be available.  It should be friendlier and easier to browse. Please check it out! KenStange.com/manfriday Robinson Crusoe’s Man … Continue reading

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2014-07-11—READING

Most of what we think we know (not counting memories or experience) is not learned in school. A large percentage of that ‘knowledge’ is obtained from reading, which is why reading is such an essential skill. One reasonable way of … Continue reading

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2014-07-04—THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Prisoners’ ingenuity is good supporting evidence of that assertion. FOOD BASIC COMFORTS YOU NAME IT More Ideas: http://www.kenstange.com/kenstangeweb/writing-on-the-wall/

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2014-06-27—HUGE AND INTERESTING

Artists are no longer having their creativity constrained by conventions regarding scale and media. Anything goes! The only criterion is aesthetic value. Here are some ‘hugely’ successful creations in a variety of surprising media. MONUMENTAL PLANT SCULPTURE ODD MEDIA, INCLUDING … Continue reading

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BEFORE SAFETY WAS INVENTED

The over-rated idea of ‘child safety’ was invented in the sixties and gradually ascended to its current status as a locked and padded room best for raising your children. And in those early days science too wasn’t considered dangerous, so … Continue reading

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2014-06-13—CREATIVE RANTS

Ranting is a normal response to perceived injustices, significant or trivial. Usually we don’t enjoy listening to other people rant, but sometimes the rant is so creative and witty that it is a work of art.  Here are three examples. … Continue reading

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2014-06-06—IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY

Almost everyone agrees on the value of education—and disagrees about how it should be defined. And almost everyone has an idea how to improve it, but the range of ideas is immense. Some of the proposed ideas are themselves evidence … Continue reading

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2014-05-30—FOOD PORN

Attractive images of food are often call “food porn”. The label is apt because, like traditional porn, part of their appeal is to one of our basic drives. And the most effective porn of both types is dependent on aesthetic … Continue reading

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2014-05-23—GET REAL

Many people wish art would get real again. It is true that one—but just one—function of paintings until the invention of photography was the realistic depiction of people, places, and events. When photography made that easier, artists focused more on … Continue reading

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2014-05-16—THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

The idea that “money is the root of all evil” is oft repeated, so why then do most people spend their lives pursuing it?  Of course, nothing is the root of all evil. And as for major causes of evil, … Continue reading

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2014-05-09—THE SECOND PRINT REVOLUTION

The world was revolutionized in the Fifteenth Century when Johannes Gutenberg invented printing. Words and images no longer had to be laboriously reproduced by hand. Although initially this had to be done by extremely expensive printers, now millions of people … Continue reading

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2014-05-02—THE HAZARDS OF FADS AND FASHIONS

It is unpleasant to contemplate the idea that whatever becomes fashionable greatly influences our biases, even if we claim it doesn’t. We especially don’t like to admit this about those interests that are dear to our hearts. Unfortunately, this unacknowledged … Continue reading

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2014-04-25—WHAT WE WISH

“Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true!” seems to be sound advice, and maybe even reason to believe that “May all your wishes come true!” is actually a curse. IS MISFORTUNE REALLY GOOD FORTUNE? Imagine something terrible … Continue reading

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2014-04-18—THEME: THE POWER OF MUSIC

Music is certainly one of the oldest arts, probably even predating the earliest cave paintings. It certainly is the most ubiquitous in modern life and probably the most powerful of the arts, with a virtually universal effect on people of … Continue reading

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2014-04-11—SEX DIFFERENCES

Perhaps the biggest sex difference of all is between how men and women interpret research about sex differences. It would be foolish to venture an opinion as to whether that difference of interpretation is primarily because of nature or nurture. … Continue reading

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2014-04-04—THE BIG THREE OF NEW TECH

Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg are three geeks that have changed the world. It is difficult to find an unbiased evaluation of them and their companies. Apple fans are not Android fans (although they use Google’s search engine), … Continue reading

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2014-03-28—EMOTION DETECTION

We often misinterpret what other people are feeling. Sometimes it is because we are projecting our own feelings onto them, as when you assume someone is as eager to have sex as you are. Sometimes it is because some physical … Continue reading

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2014-03-21—WHAT IF

One characteristic common to both art and science is the question “What if?” In science it tends to be “What if I do this?” In the arts it is “What if this were…?”  Scientists answer the question by doing and … Continue reading

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2014-03-14—UNFREQUENTED TOURIST DESTINATIONS

There is something paradoxical about travel. Tourists travel to visit places very different from those at home, but those places are the destination of most tourists. But tourists don’t like to go to places that are full of tourists! Here … Continue reading

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2014-03-07—INTO THE ABYSS

The abyss may be dark and seemingly hostile, but it is full of incredible wonders. And as Robert Ballard points out in his TED talk, we haven’t even begun to explore 2/3rds of our planet just miles away from us. … Continue reading

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