What accounts for this unusual degree of independence? Not self-sufficiency, in fact, but “group reliance,” according to Dwayne Dixon, a cultural anthropologist who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Japanese youth. “[Japanese] kids learn early on that, ideally, any member of the community can be called on to serve or help others,” he says...
...“Public space is scaled so much better—old, human-sized spaces that also control flow and speed,” Dixon notes. In Japanese cities, people are accustomed to walking everywhere, and public transportation trumps car culture; in Tokyo, half of all trips are made on rail or bus, and a quarter on foot. Drivers are used to sharing the road and yielding to pedestrians and cyclists.
I originally read this article a few years ago. I remember at the time being struck by the idea of a system's design's audience: what would public infrastructure look like if children weren't seen as the accessories of adults, but rather first-class participants? What does the world become when childhood isn't a state to be grown out of—adulthood being the end-all-be-all goal—but rather as a set of the world's population worthy of primacy?
I was combing through my domain name's history on the Way Back Machine this evening when I found a link back to something I wrote and posted to Medium waaaaaay back when. I remember being really excited about Medium when it was new, and exclusive...focused on writing and writers, and the experience of writing and reading.
...now, now when I click on an interesting sounding headline on Hacker News or Reddit or some other linkblog thing and it opens to Medium I rarely read it...I just close the tab and move on. What once felt like a haven for writing and reading now feels user hostile and slimy.
A few weeks ago we applied Avi to a new preschool. They said we’d hear back sometime in December. I am legit more anxious about this than I ever was while waiting to hear back from universities. 🤭
It took nearly a year, but I finally added pagination to my website! You can now easily page back through time to read past posts!
Latkes and Star Wars The Last Jedi in the same day!? This day was as close to perfect as they get.
Over the last week I’ve gorged on programming tutorial videos, and this evening I started reading The Little Schemer. Right now I’m convinced that everything is a list.
Updated my humans.txt file today.
Sometimes I go to json.org and stare at the diagrams on the homepage...trying to decipher them, and am always utterly baffled. Something so simple, beautifully overcomplicated.
“If adults experienced and enacted the full range of feelings available to an average toddler in the course of a day,” Lieberman writes, “they would collapse from emotional exhaustion.” But Lieberman doesn’t view this range of emotions as the toddler’s downside. She sees toddlers as complex, compassionate human beings, and she has dedicated her life’s research to helping adults understand the feelings and the logic behind the most seemingly ridiculous or wild toddler behaviors.
Trying to squeeze every minute out of a free 30 days Lynda.com trial. Anyone have suggestions of tutorials to work through?
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