Saturday, November 18, 2017

As you already know, Donald Trump is a pants-on-fire category liar

Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about the estate tax, small businesses and farms.  (PolitiFact, 9/28/2017)
The estate tax was first established in 1916 to offset a decline in tariff revenue caused by the first World War, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Congress has tinkered with it many times throughout the years.

Policy Basics:  The Estate Tax.  (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/14/2017)
The federal estate tax is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds the exemption level, minus deductions, such as for charitable giving. Largely because of its generous exemption levels, only the wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates pay any estate tax, and typically at fairly moderate rates. The tax also affects very few small farms and businesses.

Related post:
Tax relief for the very, very rich.  (11/18/2017)

Tax relief for the very, very rich

An elite group that, along with Mnuchin, includes 
  • President Trump
  • education secretary Betsy DeVos
  • commerce secreteary Wilbur Ross
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • transportation secretary Elaine Chao (wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) 
  • agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue
  • housing secretary Ben Carson
  • National Economic Council chief Gary Cohn

Mnuchin quoted in Only the Most Wealthy, Including Trump, Gin From Estate Tax's Repeal.  (The New York Times, 11/16/2017)
Republicans want to shrink the numbers further. In the Senate’s proposed tax bill, exempted income would temporarily double to $11 million per person [up from $5.49 million] — $22 million [up from $11 million] for a couple — during the next decade. If those rules had been imposed last year, the number of estates owing money under the tax would have been no more than 2,204 — fewer than 0.1 percent of the total.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Two videos taken during recent visit to Dane County landfill

Do I know how to have fun or what??!!

Dane County leads switch to selling gas made by manure and garbage.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/14/2017)
Multi-year contracts with utilities provided more short-term certainty about revenue levels than the county and others will have selling the gas at market prices. But Dane County officials say current natural gas prices and government subsidies are likely to mean more income as soon as the new equipment is up and running early in 2019. And without the limits imposed by the utility contracts, the door will open to greater production of renewable energy that does far less environmental damage than fossil fuel.

UPDATE. Delafield Public Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2016

Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (10/29/2017)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (10/29/2019)
Brown County Public Library.  (10/30/2017)
Appleton Public Library.  (10/30/2017)
Waukesha Public Library.  (10/30/2017)
Kenosha Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Marathon County Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (10/31/2017)
La Crosse Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Neenah Public Library.  (10/31/2017
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire.  (10/31/2017)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Racine Public Library.  (11/1/2017)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (11/1/2017)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (11/1/2017)
Middleton Public Library.  (11/2/2017)
9/7/2016 update starts here.

Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Original 10/16/2015 post starts here.

Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

How libraries rank

Related reading:
Libraries at the Crossroads.  (Pew Research Center, 9/15/2015)
  • Summary
    • Public wants libraries to advance education, improve digital literacy and serve key groups (bar graph()
    • The big questions:  What should happen to the books?  What should happen to the buildings?
      • Growing public support for moving some books and stacks to create space for community and tech services (line graph)
    • Large percentages of Americans see libraries as part of the educational ecosystem and as resources for promoting digital and information literacy.
    • Many believe libraries should be pathways to economic opportunity, especially when it comes to providing resources for business development, jobs search and enhancing workforce skills.
    • Many think closing their local public library would effect their communities, and a third say it would have a major impact on them and their families.
    • Civic activists are more likely to use libraries (bar graph)
    • A majority of Americans say libraries should provide services to help recent immigrants, veterans and active-duty military personnel.
    • Many view public libraries as important resources for finding health information and some conduct such services using libraries' online access resources.
    • Low-income Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans are more likely to say that libraries impact their lives and communities than other Americans.
  • Chapter 1:  Who uses libraries and what they do at their libraries?
    • People think closing their libraries would hurt their communities (bar graph)
    • Library users are evident throughout the population
      • Women and those with higher levels of education are more likely to have used a library last year (table)
    • Who uses library websites
      • Women, parents, and those with higher levels of education are more likely to use library websites or mobile apps (table)
    • Awareness of e-book lending by libraries is growing:  6% have borrowed an e-book
    • What people do at libraries
      • Print book borrowing and use of librarians for reference have dropped a bit (line graph)
    • Computers and internet access at libraries are particularly used by African Americans, Hispanics and those in lower-income households 
    • How people use library websites
      • People use library websites for a variety of purposes (table)
    • How libraries contribute to communities
      • People think libraries can be helpful in learning and information sharing activities (bar graph)
  • Chapter 2:  Libraries and services for learning, key groups and economic opportunities
    • Public wants libraries to advance education, improve digital literacy and service key groups (bar graph)
      • 'should definitely do'
      • 'should maybe do'
      • 'should definitely not do'
    • Libraries and education
    • Libraries as provider of resources for immigrants and veterans -- and those who want technology help
    • Libraries, economic opportunity and workforce skills
    • Libraries as centers of civic collaboration
      • Community activists are more likely to use libraries (bar graph)
  • Chapter 3:  Lower income Americans and communities of color more likely to see libraries as community anchors
    • Some are more likely to say libraries help people find jobs, pursue training (bar graph)
    • Some support among groups for libraries helping business and immigrants (bar graph)
    • Some groups are especially likely to say libraries help people learn about new technologies (bar graph)
    • A share of the population believes libraries help people decide what information to trust (bar graph)
    • Hispanics are the most likely to say a library closing would have a major impact on them (bar graph)

Public Libraries and Hispanics.  (Pew Research Center, 3/17/2015)
  • From "Note on Terminology".  The terms “Latino” and “Hispanic” are used interchangeably in this report.  
  • Foreign-born Hispanics use libraries less than U.S.-born Hispanics, whites and blacks.  (bar graph)
  • Immigrant Hispanic library users rate library services highest
    • (table)
    • Hispanic immigrants see major impact of library closing on their families and their communities more than others (bar graph)
  • Public Opinion About Libraries (white, black, Hispanic)
    • Overall positive feelings about libraries (bar graph)
  • Accessing public libraries
  • Who are the Hispanic library users?
  • How Latinos consume information
  • Ease of finding information
  • Full report

Younger Americans and Public Libraries.  (Pew Research Center, 9/10/2014)
  • Summary of findings
    • There are actually three different “generations” of younger Americans with distinct book reading habits, library usage patterns, and attitudes about libraries.
    • Millennials’ lives are full of technology, but they are more likely than their elders to say that important information is not available on the internet.
    • Millennials are quite similar to their elders when it comes to the amount of book reading they do, but young adults are more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months.
    • The community and general media-use activities of younger adults are different from older adults.
    • As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website.
    • As with the general population, most younger Americans know where their local library is, but many say they are unfamiliar with all the services it may offer.
  • A Demographic Portrait of Younger America
    • Student status (table)
    • Employment (table)
    • Students' education level (table)
  • Younger Americans' Reading Habits and Technology Use
    • How often do you read a book, including print, audiobooks, and e-books?  (table)
    • Reading habits among young Americans (table)
    • Most readers say they purchase most of the books they read (table)
    • Other activities and media consumption
      • Community activities (table)
      • Entertainment and media activities (table)
    • Technology habits and views
      • Technology use and gadget ownership (with table)
    • Views about the Internet (with table)
  • Younger Americans' Relationships with Public Libraries
    • Public library use
      • Recent public library use (table)
      • Total public library use (table)
      • Visited a public library in person in the past year, over time (table)
      • Used a public library website in the past year, over time (table)
      • Frequency of library visits among Americans 16+ who visited a library in the past year (table)
      • Frequency of library website usage (table)
      • Frequency of library visits among Americans who have ever visited a library (table)
    • Experiences with libraries
      • How long have you lived in the neighborhood where you live now? (table)
      • Do you know where the closest public library is to where you live?  (table)
      • Younger Americans are less likely to know about "all or most" of the services and programs at their local public libraries (table)
      • Most describe public library's physical condition positively (table)
    • Views on the evolving role of public libraries in their communities
      • Younger age groups less likely to say their local public library's closing would have a major impact on their family or community (bar graph)
    • Importance of library services
      • How important are these public services to you and your family?  (bar graph)
      • How important are these public services to you and your family? (table)
    • Broader views about libraries
      • Younger Americans' views on public libraries' roles in their communities (bar graph)
      • Views on public libraries' roles in their communities (bar graph)
      • Views on public libraries and technology (bar graph)
      • "Public libraries are important because they promote literacy and love of reading." (% who strongly agree; table)
      • "Because it provides free access to materials and resources, the public library plays an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed."  (% who strongly agree; table)
      • "Having a public library improves the quality of life in a community."  (% who strongly agree; table)
      • "Public libraries provide many services people would have a hard time finding elsewhere."  (% who strongly agree; table)
      • "People do not need public libraries as much as they used to because they can find most information on their own,"  (% who strongly agree; table)
      • "Public libraries have not done a good job in keeping up with new technologies."  (% who strongly agree; table)

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers -- and Beyond.  (Pew Research Center, 3/13/2014)
  • Summary of Findings
    • Broad themes and major findings
      • Public library users and proponents are not a niche group
      • Americans' library habits do not exist in a vacuum
      • Life stage and special circumstances are linked to library use and higher engagement with information
    • The spectrum of public library engagement in America
      • High engagement
        • Library Lovers (10%)
        • Information Omnivores (20%)
      • Medium engagement
        • Solid Center (30%)
        • Print Traditionalists (9%)
      • Low engagement
        • Not for Me (4%)
        • Young and Restless (7%)
        • Rooted and Roadblocked (7%)
      • Non-engagement
        • Distant Admirers (10%) 
        • Off the Grid (4%)
      • Typology snapshot:  Groups by level of engagement with public libraries (pie graph)
      • Public library engagement:  Group overviews (table)
    • Group portraits (each of 9 includes the following information)
      • Overview
      • Who they are
      • Lifestyle
      • Relationship with libraries
    • General patterns in Americans' engagement with libraries
      • Socioeconomic status
      • Parenthood
      • Ties to learning acquisition
    • Broader trends in Americans' information  habits
      • Acquiring information is often a social process in which trusted helpers matter
      • Technology use is not so much a substitute for "offline" activities as it is an enhancement tool
      • Libraries score high ease of access and use -- even among those who are not frequent users
      • There are people who have never visited a library who still have positive views of public libraries and their roles in their communities
  • High Engagement
    • High engagement groups (pie graph)
    • Library lovers visit libraries more than information omnivores (column graph)
    • Library Lovers
      • Overview
        • Library Lovers' recent public library usage (column graph)
      • Who they are
        • Gender
        • Age
        • Income and jobs
        • Education
        • Marriage and parenting
        • A demographic portrait (series of column graphs)
        • Other lifestyle notes
        • Library lovers:  Where they live (column graphs)
          • Region
          • Community type
        • Library lovers' community activities (column graph)
      • Technology and information habits
        • Library Lovers' technology profile (table)
        • Defining information traits
        • Library Lovers' information habit (column graph)
        • Library Lovers' views about.... (tables)
          • Learning new information
          • Ease of finding information
          • East of completing tasks
      • Relationship to public libraries
        • Public library use and experience
          • Library Lovers' public library usage (column graph)
          • How well-informed do you feel about the services your public library offers (column graph)
        • Public library attitudes
          • Views about public libraries in the community (table)
          • Views about public libraries and technology (table)
          • Most Library Lovers say local library's closing would have a major impact (column graph)
          • The importance of individual library services (table)
    • Information Omnivores (same general format as above)
  • Medium Engagement (same general format)
  • Low Engagement (same general format)
    • Low engagement groups vary in the view of public library (column graph)
    • Few Young and Restless know where the closest public library is to where they live (column graph()
    • Low engagement group differ in their in the perceptions of the impact of local public library's closing (column graph)
    • Few Not for Me say local library's close would have major impact on community (column graph)
    • Most Rooted and Roadblocked members have lived in their current neighborhood for at least 11 years.  (column graph)
  • Non-engagement.  (same general format)
    • Over half of those Off the Grid did not read any books in the past year (column graph)

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities.  (Pew Internet, 12/11/2013)
  • The important of public libraries to their communities 
    • If your local library closed, what impact would that have on you and your family?  On your community?  ( bar graph)
  • Though many libraries are seen as important, there are varying levels of enthusiasm for different services
    • How important are these services to you and your family?  (list of 9; bar graph)
  • Most Americans know where their local library is, but many are unfamiliar with all the services they offer
    • How well informed do you feel about the different services your public library offers? (bar graph)
  • 54% of Americans have used a library in the past 12 months and 72% live in a "library household"
  • Most Americans who have ever used a library have had positive experiences

Parents, Children, and Libraries.  (Pew Internet, 5/1/2013)

  • Part 1:  A profile of parents
    • Demographic profile of a sample of parents vs. national parameters (table)
    • Demographic profile of parents and other adults (table)
  • Part 2:  Parents and reading
    • Reading frequency for parents and other adults (table)
    • Types of books read in past 12 months differs for parents and other adults (column graph)
  • Part 3:  Parents and reading to children
    • How often parents read to children, by age of youngest child (table)
    • Characteristics of parents who read to their child every day (table)
    • Parents say reading print books is very important to their children (pie graph)
  • Part 4:  Parents and libraries
    • How important libraries are to individuals and their communities 
    • How important libraries are to parents
      • How important are libraries (bar graph)
      • Library use among parents and other adults (table)
      • Characteristics of parents by library patronage (table)
    • Recollection of library use by family members and experiences at libraries
      • Overall library experiences are positive for almost all Americans (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely to have a library (bar graph)
    • Changes in library use in recent years 
      • Changes in library use (bar graph)
      • The main reasons parents' library use has increased in the past 5 years (table)
      • Frequency of library visits, parents and other adults (bar graph)
    • Activities at libraries
      • What parents do at libraries (bar graph)
      • How often people get help from library staff (bar graph)
      • How helpful was library staff (bar graph)
    • How much people know about what their library offers
      • How much do you feel like you know about the different services and programs your public library offers?  (bar graph)
      • How much do parents know about the different services and programs the public library offers?  (bar graph)
  • Part 5:  Parents, children and libraries
    • Parents value libraries for their children
      • Importance of libraries to parents (bar graph)
      • How important are libraries for children (bar graph)
      • Reason for importance of libraries (bar graph)
      • Parents who say each is a MAJOR reason libraries are important (table)
      • Library use by children (table)
      • Frequency of children's visits to library in past 12 months (pie graph)
      • Child's age makes a difference in how library is used (column graph)
    • Parents' experiences (focus group responses)
    • Community
    • Responsibility  (Several parents in our focus groups said that they wanted their children to use the library so that they could learn about personal responsibility, as well as how to act appropriately in public spaces.)
    • Safety
  • Part 6:  Parents and library service
    • What is important for libraries to offer
      • What parents think is important for libraries to offer (bar graph)
      • Parents who say EACH is important for libraries to offer (table)
    • Public priorities for libraries
      • What services and program libraries should (and should not) implement (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely than other adults to support a few changes to library service (bar graph)
    • The new services peoplel say they would and would not use 
      • How likely say they would be to use various library service (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely than other adults to say they would use new library offerings (bar graph)
      • Parents of teenagers are more likely than other parents to say they would use some of these library services (column graph)
  • Part 7.  Librarians' thoughts
    • Early childhood literacy and programs for children
    • Coordinating with schools
    • Tutoring and help with schoolwork
    • E-books & tablets
    • Interactive experiences
    • On reaching parents
    • On using space in the library
    • Libraries as general information resource for parents
    • What libraries should change

Library Services in the Digital Age.  (Pew Internet, 1/22/2013)

  • Part 1:  The role of libraries in people's lives and communities
    • Family members' library use from childhood
      • Did anyone else in your family use public libraries when you were growing up?  (table)
    • Americans' library use
      • Have you ever visited a library or bookmobile in person?  (table)
      • Visited a library in-person in the last year?  (table)
      • A snapshot of Americans' library use habits (table)
    • Experiences at public libraries are positive
    • How important libraries are to individuals and their communities
    • How important are libraries to you and your family?
      • How important are libraries?  (bar graph)
    • Libraries' importance to the community as a whole
      • How important are libraries? (table)
  • Part 2:  What people do at libraries and library websites
    • Activities at libraries
      • (bar graph)
      • Browse the shelves for books or media
      • Borrow print books
      • Research topics that interest them
      • Get help from a librarian
      • Sit, read and study, or watch or listen to media
      • Use a research database
      • Attend or bring a younger person to a class, program, or event designed for children or teens
      • Borrow a DVD or videotape of a movie or TV show
      • Read or check out printed magazines or newspapers
      • Attend a meeting of a group
      • Attend a class, program or lecture for adults
      • Borrow or download an audiobook
      • Borrow a music CD
    • How frequently people receive assistance from library staff
      • (bar graph)
        • by race/ethnicity
        • by household income
    • Use of library websites
      • (table)
    • Changes in library use in recent years
      • The main reasons patrons' library use has changed in recent years (table)
    • Technology users and library use
      • Tech users more likely than non-tech users to say they use the library less than they used to (bar graph)
  • Part 3:  Technology use at libraries
    • Those who have used free internet and computers in their communities (table)
    • Use of computers and the internet at libraries
      • Internet use at libraries (table)
    • How important is free internet use at libraries?
      • (table)
  • Part 4:  What people want from their libraries
    • How much people know about what their libraries offer
      • How much do you feel like you know about the different services and programs your public library offers?  (bar graph)
    • What is important for libraries to offer?
      • What people think is important for libraries to offers? (bar graph)
      • Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to see various library services as 'very important' (bar graph)
      • Women are more likely than men to see various library services as 'very important' (bar graph)
    • Examples
      • Librarians to help people find information they need
      • Borrowing books
      • Free access to computers and the Internet
      • Quiet study spaces for adults and children
      • Programs and classes for children and teens
      • Research resources such as free databases
      • Job, employment, and career resources
      • Free events and activities, such as classes and cultural events, for all ages
      • Free public meeting spaces
    • Public priorities for libraries
      • What services and programs ;libraries should (and should not) implement (bar graph)
      • Coordinate more closely with schools in providing resources to kids
      • Offer free early literacy programs to help young children prepare for school
      • Have completely separate locations or spaces for different services
      • Have more comfortable spaces for reading, working, and relaxing at the library
      • Offer a broader selection of e-books
      • Offer more interactive learning experiences similar to museum exhibits
      • Help users digitize materials such as family photos or historical documents
      • Have most library service online so users can access them without having to visit the library
      • Make most services automated
      • Move some print books and stacks out of the library to free up more space
    • The new services people say they would (and would not) use
      • How likely American say they would be to use various library services (bar graph)
      • Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to say they would use the following services (bar graph)
      • Examples
        • An online research service where you could post questions and get responses from librarians
        • A program that allowed people to try out the newest tech devices or applications
        • Personalized online accounts that give you customized recommendations for books and services based on your past library activity
        • A cell phone app that allows you to access and use library services from your phone and see what programs the library offers
        • Library kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself
        • A cell phone app that helps you locate material within the library by guiding you with GPS
        • E-book readers already loaded with the book you want to read
        • A digital media lab where you could create and upload new digital content like movies or your own e-books
        • Classes on how to download e-books to handheld devices
        • Classes or instruction on how to use handheld reading devices like e-book readers and tablet computers 
  • Part 5:  The present and the future of libraries
    • Libraries' strengths
    • What should be libraries' 'guiding principle'?
    • Things to change
    • Library innovations
    • Roadblocks and concerns

Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities.  (Pew Research Center, 12/20/2012)

  • Urban/Suburban/Rural
    • Book readers
    • Device owners
    • Among e-book readers
    • Purposes for reading
    • Library activities
    • Where people get book recommendations

Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits.  (Pew Internet, 10/23/2012)

  •  General reading habits
    • Book readers by age (graph)
    • Book formats read in the past year, by age group (graph)
    • E-books beyond e-readers (graph)
    • How e-content has affected younger Americans' reading habits
  • When to borrow, when to buy
    • Thinking about the last book you read, in any format, did you... (graph)
  • Library use
    • Library use in the past year (table)
    • How important is the public library to you and your family?  (graph)
  • How library patrons' habits have changed since they began borrowing e-books
  • Library patrons' experiences with e-book borrowing
    • How they find out about e-books
    • The checkout process
  • Non e-book borrowers

Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)

Janet Cannon Templeton (1926-2017) Warren High School class of 1944

1942 Dragon yearbook

Janet's high-school activities:

Assembly Plays  (2, 3, 4); Band (2, 3, 4);  Carnival (2, 3, 4); Dragon (2, 3, 4); Dragonette (4); Dramatic Club (2, 3, 4); Evening of Plays (2, 4); German Club (3, 4); Girls' Club (2, 3, 4); Junior Chamber of Commerce (2); Junior Play (3); Latin Club (2); Orchestra (2, 3, 4); Science Club (2, 4); Student Council (4); Spanish Club (4); Senior Play (4).

1967 Warren City Directory  
1983 Warren City Directory  

The popularity of Janet is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Ida

It was all downhill for Ida in the 20th century.  She peaked at #30 in 1900 and spent the next 30 years in the top 100.  Her decline accelerated during the 1960s.  She hit her sweet spot in the 1880s when she was the 7th most popular girl's name of the decade.  Although Anna, Emma, Elizabeth, and Margaret are still around, and even  Clara is making a comeback, Ida and her BFF Bertha are still 'old lady' names.

Other members of the class of '44:
Marjorie Eleda Larson Brenan.  (10/31/2017)
Charles Gray.  (8/6/2017)
Crissi Danos Verros.  (3/27/2017)
Barbara Chester.  (1/27/2017)
Raymond Elsholz.  (7/26/2016)
Barbara Berdine Graham.  (6/16/2016)
Grace Youug Strand.  (2/13/2016)
Mary Davis Christensen Spencer.  (9/27/2015)
Leonard Lucia.  (7/4/2015)
Mary Blackwell Bancroft.   (6/22/2015)
Kenneth Klenck.  (1/31/2015)
Dolores Nuhfer Anthony.  (9/21/2014)
Marjorie Christensen Anderson.  (10/6/2013)

The entwined relationship of Seattle and Amazon

Source:  Wikipedia

5 Lessons Seattle Can Teach Other Cities About Amazon. (The New York Times, 11/16/2017)
  1. History and geography still matter.  A maritime, export-based economy that has long looked more toward Asia and Alaska than to the rest of America was already here when Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, arrived in 1994.
  2. Amazon wil not be a predictable engine of change.   The message to HQ2 cities is clear: What you get now will probably not be what Amazon becomes.
  3. Amazon will magnify a city's charms and its warts.  “Any downturn in Amazon would hollow out the city like the Boeing bust did in the 1970s,” Mr. Martin said.
  4. New employees will not be like the old ones.   Here in Seattle, a city still defined by neighborhoods of single-family homes, about 8,000 new apartments are under construction within walking distance of the Amazon campus and are expected to be taken, the company says, mostly by employees. About 20 percent of the company’s 40,000 workers already do not take any motorized transportation at all — they walk or bike. And more than one in six live and work in the same ZIP code.
  5. New problems won't be like the old ones, either.  Over 11,000 people were homeless in King County on a one-night count this year. Home prices continued their dizzying upward spiral in 2017, nearly twice as fast as the second-fastest appreciating big city.

CES 2018 preview: Now you can party every day and rock all night at any age

CES 2018 Preview: Rocking Bed Does Exactly What You Think It Does and It’s Magnificent. (Nibletz, 11/17/2017)
Another Georgia startup.  The science behind Rocking Bed is actually pretty simple. The motion of a rocking bed will help keep the sleeper’s mind focused on a single stimulus, the rocking or the motion. In fact, this isn’t new science. Water beds that were popular in the 70’s and 80’s were trying to emulate this condition. Their science was flawed though because of unintended factors like the water temperature or just how full the bed itself was.

Of Kiss' 28 singles to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, only 2 reached the top 10.  The two versions of "Rock and Roll All Nite", both of which charted in 1975, are not among them.  The studio cut debuted at #96 for the week ending May 17, 1975, and spent 6 weeks on the chart, peaking at #68.  A live cut debuted 6 months later at #56, spending 14 weeks on the chart and peaking at #12.  (Close but no exploding cigar.) 

Other CES 2018 previews:
Pointivo.  (11/17/2017)
Jibo, the social robot, makes the cover of TIME.  (11/17/2017)

Driveless car is victim of human error

Source:  The Lakewood Scoop

How boring is that?  NBC10 Philadelphia sez, let's spice it up a bit.

Paragraph 3.  The driver reportedly got into an accident, but forgot to put the car in park after getting out. The driverless car then veered across a patch of grass and driveway before jumping a curb and slamming into the school building. The entire ordeal was caught on the school’s surveillance cameras.

Lakewood, New Jersey, July 18, 2008.

CES 2018 preview: Pointivo

That's a lotta roof!

Eureka Park Preview: Pointivo Is The Future Of 3D Modeling, Measurement and Intelligence, Now.  (Nibletz, 11/16/2017)
Pointivo is an Atlanta based startup that has created a 3D intelligence platform that uses computer vision, machine learning and proprietary algorithms to generate digital models for CAD, BIM and VR systems. It’s innovative technology and the most advanced of it’s kind. The best part, is that it uses imagery from any source, even your smartphone to provide accurate 3D intelligence.

Related reading:
How Pointivo went from idea to disruptive startup.  (Georgia Tech news center, 9/2/2016)
The company, co-founded by Dan Ciprari (MS MSE 2004) who serves as chief executive officer, has garnered a lot of attention, including funding grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and accolades such as being named a Technology Association of Georgia’s 2016 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia and awarded the “Best in Show” at TAG’s annual Technology Summi

Other CES 2018 previews:
Jibo, the social robot, makes the cover of TIME.  (11/17/2017)

CES 2018 preview: Jibo, the social robot, makes the cover of TIME

Not such a big deal anymore, I'd guess.

Jibo, the First Social Robot for the Home, Named One of TIME's Best Inventions of 2017.  (Markets Insider, 11/16/2017)
On the other hand, the c|net review sez, "At $899, Jibo is not cheap, and he doesn't do a lot of what you'd expect." Jibo sets himself apart with a unique and expressive character, and he's designed to live wherever you spend the most time in the home, such as a living room or kitchen. He can answer a wide variety of questions, play the role of photographer at your next party, help you stay updated on a loved one's flight status, and control your smart home devices through an integration with IFTTT. He is perfect for gadget-loving tech enthusiasts, parents, busy professionals in the home, and kids who want a friend who can answer questions, dance on command and make them laugh.

Related reading:
Time magazine publisher cutting circulation, print issues for its iconic brands, report says.  (USA Today, 10/10/2017)
Time magazine, the company's flagship famed for its annual person-of-the-year selection, will have its weekly circulation reduced by one-third, to two million copies, the report said.

Running Out of TIME: The Slow, Sad Demise of a Great American Magazine.  (The Atlantic, 4/5/2013)
I can remember one offsite in Connecticut where we looked at financials that were showing steady declines in net income for the brand. By 2005 the magazine's circulation was just beneath 4 million subscribers and it averaged around 150,000 copies per week sold on the newsstand, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). Today Time averages less than 60,000 copies per issue on the newsstand, its subscriber base is down around 3.2 million, and ad dollars have taken a beating in print.

And dangerous in the wrong hands

Two accidentally shot in church while discussing church shootings.  (USA Today, 11/16/2017)

Meet Rebeckah Adcock, fox in the Department of Agriculture henhouse

An Open Door for Pesticide Lobbyists at the U.S.D.A.  (The New York Times, 11/13/2017)
In fact, interviews and visitor logs at the Agriculture Department showed that Ms. Adcock had already been meeting with lobbyists, including those from her former employer, the pesticide industry’s main trade group, CropLife America, and its members. CropLife pushes the agenda of pesticide makers in Washington, including easing rules related to safety standards and clean water. 
Ms. Adcock, who left the trade group in April, maintained contact with her former industry allies despite a signed ethics agreement promising to avoid for one year issues involving CropLife as well as matters that she had lobbied about in the two years before joining the government.

Related posts:
Chemical industry insider is now another fox inside the EPA henhouse .  (10/24/2017)
Get me rewrite UPDATE. Scott Pruitt: Americans deserve an expose of my deep ties to fossil-fuel industry.  (7/12/2017)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Monona, Wisconsin, it appears.

Featured on the soundtrack of The Graduate (top grossing film released in 1967), Simon & Garunkle's "Mrs. Robinson" debuted at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending April 27, 1968.  It spent 13 weeks on the chart, 7 of them in the top 10 and 3 at #1.

Joe DiMaggio's lifetime baseball statistics

Notable achievements
  • American League Most Valuable Player:  1939, 1941, 1947.
  • American League batting crown:  1939, 1940
  • Lifetime batting average:  .325

UPDATE. The lights are still on at the University Avenue Brennan's, but it's pretty much empty inside

Photo by Retiring

Rendering of facade facing Capital Avenue

11/4/2017 update, "Mixed-use development proposed at site of shuttered Brennan's Market", starts here.
Source:  City of Madison

Commercial, apartment building proposed for the former Brennan’s on University Ave.  (Capital Times, 10/13/2017)
The 48,000-square-foot building would feature 8,100 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and three upper floors of apartments, ranging from studio to two-bedroom. 
One level of at-grade parking and one level of underground parking would provide a total of 89 stalls. 
The application describes the look of the building as “clean urban architecture,” with brick masonry and fiber-cement siding.

So far not a peep on Nextdoor from Spring Harbor neighborhood residents.

9/3/2017 update, "Going out of business:  Too late to save 30% on wine at Madison Brennan's", starts here.

Photos of huge dent in inventory taken on September 2.

Photos by Retiring Guy

About face!

Brennan's, you've put a hole in my heart.

Original 7/13/2017 post, "Too little too late:  Brennan's parking lot mostly full on day of closing announcement", starts here.

In the middle of the afternoon.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Increasing competition, flat sales leads Brennan's Market to close all of its stores.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/12/2017)
In 1967, Skip Brennan borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in a Quonset hut on University Avenue in Madison. The structure and a neighboring drive-in, Dog ‘n Suds, were torn down in 1970 to make way for the existing store. He opened the company’s third store on Madison’s North Side in 1975; it closed in 2008. A fourth was added in Brookfield in 1988, after he was offered land on Bluemound Road from Madison-based car dealer John Zimbrick.

My wife and I have shopped here since moving to Middleton in 1986.  The Madison store has always featured outstanding produce -- oranges and peaches (in season), in particular.   We'll certainly miss Brennan's, but just like when Johannsen's Greenhouses closed in 2013, we'll move on.

UPDATE. Not just sustaining, family-supporting jobs, but sustaining family-supporting careers, Scott Walker proclaims!

Time to tweak the slides.

The top (gray-tinged) rectangle is a partial screenshot of Scott Walker 11/15/2017 online newsletter delivered via email.

Original 11/7/2017 post, "Funny, he tweets about Foxconn all the time", starts here.

repeatedly @ScottWalker

Scott Walker explains why he didn't mention Foxconn in campaign speech.  (, 11/7/2017)

Wherein some Walker blather is shared.

Climate change as a matter of fact in Wisconsin

Graphic and text found in Climate change is here: Wisconsin is seeing earlier springs, later falls, less snow and more floods.  (Capital Times, 11/15/2017)

Other climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (11/4/2017)
U.S. military bases.  (9/22/2017)
Georgia peach orchards.  (9/18/2017)
Northeast U.S. pine forests.  (8/29/2017)
Tangier Island, Virginia.  (8/25/2017)
South of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. (8/25/2017)
New Orleans.  (8/12/2017)
Kenya.  (7/23/2017)
Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)
Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.  (5/20/2017)
Madeline Island, Wisconsin.  (2/23/2017)
Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)