Your Inner Drone

Is it me or is it getting warm around here?

In Greek mythology, Daedalus is a master craftsman who designs and builds the infamous Labyrinth on the island of Crete for King Minos, who needs it to imprison the Minotaur, a half bull, half human creature. Minos imprisons both Daedalus and his son, Icarus in a tower inside the Labyrinth to prevent the world from knowing his dark secret. To escape, Daedalus fashions wings of wax and feathers for his son and himself. Before they take flight, he cautions his son to fly neither too low nor too high. Icarus ignores the advice, and soars into the skies in hubris. Wings of wax are melted by the sun. Icarus falls and drowns in the sea. It is a tale of ambition aborted by arrogance.

The human race may be set to repeat that tale on a grander scale in the decades to come, according to Nicholas Carr, the author of “The Glass Cage.”

The science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once asked, “Can the synthesis of man and machine ever be stable, or will the purely organic component become such a hindrance that it has to be discarded?” In the business world at least, no stability in the division of work between human and computer seems in the offing. The prevailing methods of computerized communication and coordination pretty much ensure that the role of people will go on shrinking.

We’ve designed a system that will discard us eventually.

> An excerpt from Carr’s new book, “The Glass Cage.”

Bad Ass Bankers

It’s no secret that banks have tightened credit after the Great Recession of 2008. Just how hard have they made it to get a loan? Pretty hard because former Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke recently divulged that he was unable to refinance his home loan. Bernanke was the Fed Chairman until January 2014 when he stepped down. And in the fully automated world of mortgage finance, having recently changed jobs makes you a steeper credit risk. Yes, there it is again. The A word. Automation.

> New York Times explains why Bernanke can’t get a loan.

Wait, Whaa? Is Pluto a planet again?

Pluto, as you may recall, was unceremoniously booted out of the solar system fraternity and relegated to a ‘dwarf planet’ status, just a couple of notches above the position Manmohan Singh occupied as Prime Minister during UPA’s tenure. Eight years later, some say that Pluto got a raw deal and should be reinstated, which is more than what we can say for Manmohan.  So, what can Pluto expect? Not much. The powerful, anti-Pluto lobby in the International Astronomers Union is not interested.

Listen up.

An analysis of the 25 most popular relationship books reveals that they have much in common in terms of the advice they offer. The most commonly recurring piece of wisdom across all these books? Learn how to really listen.

Talk funny to me.

Chances are someone, somewhere, thinks that you talk funny. Losing an accent is hard because we learn languages by picking up sounds and imitating our parents as babies and this skill tapers off as we approach puberty.

What’s up with that? Why it’s so hard to lose an accent.

A rose by another name.

The next time someone grinds your gears, you should throw down a clever insult like “swaggering rascal.” That’s some serious barbed stuff from the Bard himself.

> BBC envisions what If Shakespearean insults were used today.

Yes, we can.. do yoga.

Barack Obama is impressed with Narendra Modi for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is the ‘energy and vigor’ displayed by Modi on a diet of warm water. Obama is so impressed that he’s planning to take up yoga. Looking at how little the Prez has managed to get done in his second term, we all may have to resort to warm water and yoga ourselves soon.

E for Ebola.

Ebola is here in America. From the sound of it, the media wants us to first panic and then calm down. The virus does not transmit by air or water. It transmits through blood and body fluids. So it’s not contagious in a viral sense. Keep calm and err …drink lots of warm water and do yoga.