Don’t Fight, Play
Talented ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro says the traditional Hawaiian instrument, which he learned to play at just 4 years of age, could make the world a less violent place to live in.
Talented ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro says the traditional Hawaiian instrument, which he learned to play at just 4 years of age, could make the world a less violent place to live in. "I've always believed it's the instrument of peace," he told CNN, "because if everyone played the ukulele, this would be a much more peaceful place." Shimabukuro achieved fame via YouTube after he posted videos of himself playing cover versions of Beatles’ songs, most notably "While my guitar gently weeps," which has achieved more than 4 million views. He also told CNN he is inspired by different martial arts and really enjoys being able to make big, complicated sounds with a small instrument. Talking about playing his two-octave string instrument he says: "You can't help but smile. You play one chord, and it makes everyone in the room smile." He likens it to the infectious sound of children laughing.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
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- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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