Here are today's must-reads:
Nowadays, the term "dim sum" (點心 in written Chinese, and pronounced dian xin in Mandarin) is a meal—usually taken on a weekend morning—that encompasses a vast roster of small dishes selected from carts.
In the beginning, dim sum was a verb that merely meant “to eat a little something.” Cantonese dim sum culture began in tearooms in the latter half of the nineteenth century in the city of Guangzou, possibly because of the recent ban of opium dens. It spread and gained popularity—especially in nearby Hong Kong.
The sort of dim sum restaurant we’re familiar with today in the West originated in Hong Kong in the mid-1950s. These Hong Kong parlors had areas for banquets and even mah-jongg games, and carts pushed by “aunties” (a’sam).
Over the last year, flying with phones and other devices has become increasingly dangerous.
In September, a passenger was arrested in El Paso after refusing to turn off his cellphone as the plane was landing. In October, a man in Chicago was arrested because he used his iPad during takeoff. In November, half a dozen police cars raced across the tarmac at La Guardia Airport in New York, surrounding a plane as if there were a terrorist on board. They arrested a 30-year-old man who had also refused to turn off his phone while on the runway.
Who is to blame in these episodes? You can’t solely pin it on the passengers. Some of the responsibility falls on the Federal Aviation Administration, for continuing to uphold a rule that is based on the unproven idea that a phone or tablet can interfere with the operation of a plane.
Worrying over the Newtown shooting, a friend of mine mentioned a piece of advice she’d gotten from a school official: Before your kid goes to another child’s house, ask the parents whether they own a gun, and whether it’s locked up. She’d been counseled to ask the question years ago, but never had. It just seemed too invasive and awkward.
I’ve been thinking about that unasked question in the wake of the decision by the Journal News, a New York suburban paper, to publish a map showing every handgun permit holder, by name and address, across the two counties of Westchester and Rockland. The story sparked outrage from readers, conservatives, and a local state senator; they called the newspaper feature a “violation of privacy,” a “scarlet letter,” and “intimidation.” Poynter’s Al Tompkins also objected: “Just because information is public does not make it newsworthy,” he wrote. People own guns for a wide range of law-abiding reasons. If you are not breaking the law, there is no compelling reason to publish the data.”
Why is it legal to publish these kinds of gun records, and should it be?
And the most-read link I tweeted over the past few days was:
- "6 Scary Realizations You Have As You Grow Up" http://pjblack.me/Zei5Me
These are some of the other things I've been tweeting about yesterday and today:
- "David Lynch May Have Met With NBC To Discuss Reviving 'Twin Peaks'" http://pjblack.me/Zj9iZz
- "Kick-Start Your New Year: 12 Honest Questions to Ask Yourself" http://pjblack.me/TMJccg
- "The Web in 2013: Already old, or forever young?" http://pjblack.me/RtakhK
- "This Is The Perfect Bookmarklet For Tweeters" http://pjblack.me/Zj5yXO
- a compelling interview with the man who turned him in: "Adrian Lamo on Bradley Manning" http://pjblack.me/Wpn1Yd
- "American Journalist James Foley Missing for Months in Syria" http://pjblack.me/Wpn1HC
- "Check Out This Beautiful Redesign Of Facebook Made By An Australian Designer" http://pjblack.me/ZiVrlY
- "Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not" http://pjblack.me/Ujs78n
- "Sina Weibo Accounts Of Prominent Bloggers, Journalists & Activists Shuttered As China Clamps Down On Internet Users" http://pjblack.me/ZiMkl4
- "Why Are People More Scared of Facebook Violating Their Privacy than Washington?" http://pjblack.me/UjrGL5
- "Cats Get Their Own Social Network" http://pjblack.me/ZiMd97 /cc @justinbarbour @genericleftist
- a great idea: "Legimi Wants To Be The ‘Spotify For Ebooks’ With A Business Model That Relies On You Reading Less" http://pjblack.me/UjrDyT
- a mixed review: "Theater Talkback: 'Les Misérables,' Stage to Screen" http://pjblack.me/ZiKz7w
- we need an australian equivalent: "NextGuide app cracks the code on mashing up live TV with web video" http://pjblack.me/UCy6I5
- a US paper had every right to publish names/addresses of gun owners: "The First Amendment Versus the Second Amendment" http://pjblack.me/TMt7n9
- this is fun: "Pixar Animator Dreams Up a New Superhero — For Each Day of the Year" http://pjblack.me/YBFv9o
- "L.A. Law and the Fake Picasso" http://pjblack.me/LPJvSR
- "The Essential Guide To Dim Sum" http://pjblack.me/Ui8BZQ
- "Melodifestivalen: Sweden's not-so-guilty Eurovision pleasure" http://pjblack.me/KyhxIc
- from @GreenJ: "Moral authority in our parliament? Not seeing it" http://pjblack.me/Kxs5Hu #auspol
- what a great read: "Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL" http://pjblack.me/KKfzCO
- "The alarm bells ring, but precious few heed them" says barrie cassidy http://pjblack.me/LuIxFi #auspol
- "Phone cloning and Craig Thomson – how plausible are his claims?" http://pjblack.me/LuBrk3 #auspol
- two interesting posts: "Twitter and Loneliness" http://pjblack.me/UjrwTW and "Twitter and Emptiness" http://pjblack.me/Ujrtru
- "Mommy bloggers: A child's right to online privacy" http://pjblack.me/UiD2iC
- "Rethinking the value of Scrabble tiles" http://pjblack.me/VgIiV9
- "How Fab became fabulous in 18 months" http://pjblack.me/UBaEuD
- i already hate these buzzwords: "12 Buzzwords You'll Hear in 2013" http://pjblack.me/UisuzZ
- "All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now" http://pjblack.me/UisobJ
- a look at violence in british dramas: "Violence in TV drama: the brutal truth" http://pjblack.me/UAYDWc
- "BitTorrent Zeitgeist: What People Searched for in 2012" http://pjblack.me/10AVh9J #lwb486 #lws008
- this is cool: "Tiny Doodles Collectively Form Larger Cultural Illustrations" http://pjblack.me/10AVh9Z
- good question: "Why Do Rich People Wear Monocles?" http://pjblack.me/YBFqCy
- "This Crazy Map Has One Dot for Every Person in the United States" http://pjblack.me/10AVmue
- "17 New Ideas That Are Actually Worth Millions" http://pjblack.me/UANCUL
- haha i want one: "The New Lobster iPhone Case" http://pjblack.me/12Yey4N
- "2012: The Year Crowdfunding Was Kickstarted Into The Mainstream" http://pjblack.me/UjwIr0
- "2012 is safest year for air travel since the 1960s" http://pjblack.me/10AVhGQ
- this looks revolting: "This is What Microwaveable Milkshakes Look Like" http://pjblack.me/10AVkCB
- "Pinterest Sued by Man Claiming Investor Stole His Ideas" http://pjblack.me/10AVj1r #lwb486 #lws008
- some stunning photos: "Size Matters: Changing Proportions of Everyday Objects by Franck Allais (14 Pictures)" http://pjblack.me/WanZae
- "6 Scary Realizations You Have As You Grow Up" http://pjblack.me/Zei5Me
- a record made from ice plays music by the shout out louds http://pjblack.me/WanZah
- "Can Andrew Sullivan make post-industrial journalism pay?" http://pjblack.me/TxKFo5
- "Andrew Sullivan’s Ad-Free Publishing Experiment Sees Six-Figure Revenue In First Six Hours" http://pjblack.me/TITdaq
- "Al Jazeera acquires Al Gore's Current TV" http://pjblack.me/ZdN8b8
- damn this was last night and i missed it: "8:52 P.M. Is Your Best Chance Of Scoring An Online Date In 2013" http://pjblack.me/UolIdC
- "Neil Armstrong’s family reveal origins of 'one small step' line" http://pjblack.me/WanZao
- "More proof that social media experts aren't" http://pjblack.me/WanYDl
- there is no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane’s avionics: "The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes" http://pjblack.me/Wao1yQ
- i still prefer poke over snapchat: "Facebook's Poke Is a Wild Success—for Rival Snapchat" http://pjblack.me/Wao5ib
- start the year with a clean slate?: "The definitive eight-point guide to email inbox nirvana" http://pjblack.me/Ui8DRw
- good question: "Will Google+ Ever Get A Full Read/Write API?" http://pjblack.me/UAwU7R
- "Pandemics Porn: Delicious, smart reads about dangerous, nasty germs." http://pjblack.me/YBFsKH
- "How Facebook Is Hunting Down And Deleting Fake Accounts" http://pjblack.me/Ui7QA6
- i'd love a touchscreen macbook air: "Surprisingly, touchscreen laptops don't suck" http://pjblack.me/10AYuWR
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