Ari Herzog

Justice

Ari Herzog

The chant started innocently with four words from one or two people. “Tuesday is Jews’ Day!”

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America

Ari Herzog

I am curating a YouTube playlist of songs and poems that evoke the history, culture, and resilience of this country. It’s a selective list and I want it to be devoid of politicization. I want to include pieces that make me laugh, cry, or think. The list currently has five videos.

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My 60+ Pandemic Songs

Ari Herzog

It seems that everyone has a playlist of songs about the coronavirus, quarantining, and the pandemic. Pick your noun. I saw other people’s lists and then I saw a lot of websites that included more lists, and I created my own list. It’s on Spotify and you can follow it here.

Wear a Mask, Dammit

Ari Herzog

There is a bar in Elgin, Texas (about a half hour from Austin) that refuses entry to people who wear a mask. That’s not a typo. There are people of all ages who sunbathed on an Alabama beach without masks. Their reasons scare me. Today is May 28.

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I Went Food Shopping Yesterday

Ari Herzog

It was my first grocery store experience in two months, after relying on deliveries and curbside pickups. Since writing two weeks ago about my grocery thoughts , I took the plunge.

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19 Answers For What I Would Do In the New Normal

Ari Herzog

How do Slate readers feel about revisiting businesses and participating in activities during the pandemic? If their state leadership allowed them to do something, would they? Over 6,100 people of all political persuasions responded to a survey in late April.

Bring Balance to Your Online Life

Ari Herzog

Think about the tools that line the perimeter of a garage. You might see a broom for sweeping, a shovel for digging, a saw for cutting, or a rake for, well, raking. Each tool is bought and used for a specific purpose.

Clean Your Social Connections

Ari Herzog

If you don’t trust a person in your social network, why are you connected? If you don’t respect, like, or (gasp!) know the person, why are you connected?

Be Amazed By These Innovations

Ari Herzog

From remote-controlled masks for eating to transparent mouth masks for the deaf to read your lips to bumper table dining that maintains social distancing, I’m impressed by ongoing innovations to combat the coronavirus and make our lives safer.

Why I Deleted It and Wrote This Instead

Ari Herzog

I intended to write a blog post about the reopening plan for Massachusetts. I planned to include critique with suggested improvements. I had multiple paragraphs ready to publish, and then I walked away and did other tasks. When I returned to my keyboard, my head was somewhere else.

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Why I Deleted It and Wrote This Instead

Ari Herzog

I intended to write a blog post about the reopening plan for Massachusetts. I planned to include critique with suggested improvements. I had multiple paragraphs ready to publish, and then I walked away and did other tasks. When I returned to my keyboard, my head was somewhere else.

Flash Mobs of the Pandemic

Ari Herzog

I’m fascinated by people coming together in outdoor spaces, whether planned or spontaneous, and creating magical experiences. I was curious what sort of videos were recently uploaded that made me smile. Here’s a selection… Musicians in Germany. Neighbors in Italy.

Thinking of Re-Entering a Store

Ari Herzog

I haven’t entered a grocery store in nearly two months.

Happy 13th Birthday to My Blog

Ari Herzog

I started blogging on May 14, 2007 on the 12th anniversary of my father’s death. I’ve written about him many times, including this homage. . My blog has seen four URLs and many layouts.

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Why Facebook Breeds Voyeurism

Ari Herzog

Rachel Jonat joined Facebook in 2006. She spent several hours a day on the site to see what her “friends” were sharing and to share her own updates. Over time, she recognized the time suck. Everyone does. She did what few of us have the guts to do.

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The 4 Social Networks I Use Most

Ari Herzog

It’s a constant struggle for me to find signals in a sea of social media noise.

Printed Books Only, Please

Ari Herzog

“I can’t fathom reading a book without tactile sensations of turning pages and smelling paper,” I wrote 10 years ago. I feel the same today. I’m not alone. “The book lover loves to have a record of what they’ve read, and it’s about signaling to the rest of the world.

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Pure Imagination

Ari Herzog

I never knew how many people sang covers to “Pure Imagination,” the original song performed by Gene Wilder in the 1971 movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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Stop Reading the News

Ari Herzog

This is what Thoreau wrote in 1854: I don’t learn anything in the news. It’s the same content regurgitated with changed names and places. That’s boring. That’s a waste of my productivity. Instead, I visit Twitter and Reddit and peruse the trending topics.

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Thoughts and Hands

Ari Herzog

“I perceive what I think, and therefore I am,” said Jewel , riffing the famous Descartes phrase, during a New York Times-hosted Zoom interview. She spoke for an hour from her Utah home as candles shone in the background.

Stop Kissing

Ari Herzog

Catharine’s College and the University of Cambridge joined forces last month and created a list of 297 ideas to flatten the curve. It’s a massive undertaking and many of the ideas make a lot of sense — such as removing park benches and door handles.

Victims to Our Way of Life

Ari Herzog

Imagine… if the world, the hemisphere, the continent, the country, the state, the city, the neighborhood, and everyone living on your street stayed at home and never left for two weeks. With no humans out and about, the virus would fall to the ground and die.

Getting Through the Fight

Ari Herzog

It is fascinating to read how different segments of American society are adjusting and changing their operations because of the coronavirus crisis.

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16 Tips to Stay Healthy and Fight the Coronavirus

Ari Herzog

You’re going to tell me you know all of this stuff. But people are still getting infected with COVID-19 so I’m going to share these tips anyway. The essence came from the WHO , CDC , American Red Cross , and WebMD ; and I edited everything with my own perspectives.

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The Magazines are Coming

Ari Herzog

Recognizing that my news gathering system is working, I wanted to expand my selection criteria to include print media. Because it had been several years since I subscribed to magazines, and that I knew they were being circulated, I was curious what people recommended. I turned to Facebook.

TV Commercials Today

Ari Herzog

Since cutting the cord , I rarely see TV commercials on my Roku. CW Seed (where I watch old “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” ” episodes) has them. I’ve also seen ads when watching coronavirus programming, such as relief concerts and stay-at-home specials.

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Stop Writing Here

Ari Herzog

Nearly every web page has links for people to click from page to page. It’s unfortunate that many online journalists, bloggers, and website owners don’t know how to create links. I wrote about this in 2008. Why is it still happening?

Thoughts on Simple Living

Ari Herzog

Here are my thoughts on simple living: Buy less and give more. Malcolm Forbes said, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” but he was wrong. Consumption and accumulation create clutter but not happiness. Decide what you don’t use anymore and give it away.

4 Things Joe Biden Needs to Do Now

Ari Herzog

If I was advising Joe Biden on how to increase engagement with the American people, I’d suggest the following four things be done as soon as possible. First: Publicly apologize to Anita Hill and indicate policy changes.

When I Was Hired Sight Unseen

Ari Herzog

To the corporate CEOs and decision makers who refuse to hire new employees without meeting them in person, such as the startup profiled in this article , I share a story of being hired in the spring of 2001 before the end of the dot-com bubble. I don’t remember how I found PeopleSoft.

How I Consume the News

Ari Herzog

When the pandemic began — and even before that when people ran amok and didn’t know what to do — I actively consumed the news. NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Slate. In hindsight, my actions led to high levels of stress and anxiety. I didn’t sleep well and didn’t eat much.

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The Magic Number

Ari Herzog

I wasn’t old enough to vote in the 1992 presidential election but I remember watching the televised debates and infomercials. I didn’t care about Bush and Clinton. I tuned in for the pie chart education , wit, and Texan drawl of Ross Perot. He was the independent candidate that year.

Write it Down to Be Real

Ari Herzog

It is cathartic to write. I don’t want my head distracting me from what matters, so I transform all of those thoughts and ideas into blog posts and to-do lists. Matt tells me that he is trying to write. Could he be trying too hard? “Do or do not. There is no try.”

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Facebook, LinkedIn, and Me

Ari Herzog

I am Christina on Facebook and Thom on LinkedIn. For now. Let me explain. Christina Milanowski believes you should connect to people on social media who you recognize on the street or if you remember why you’re connected in the first place. Thom Singer has a different philosophy.

141,900 Blue Boxes

Ari Herzog

The United States Postal Service needs about $50 billion to stay open. Without it, you can say goodbye to 31,322 post offices and 141,900 blue collection boxes before the end of September.

Hard Stop

Ari Herzog

Since last summer, I spent most of my evenings and weekends as an independent contractor in the gig economy. It was my side job. I shopped or delivered groceries to households and small businesses for Amazon Flex, Shipt, and Instacart. I occasionally drove Uber passengers.

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Where to Buy Personal Masks Made in America

Ari Herzog

You may have heard that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a who’s who of public health officials encourage us to wear “cloth face coverings” (such as masks) when entering settings where social distancing is hard to maintain.

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Where to Buy Masks Made in America Today

Ari Herzog

Large corporations including Bauer , Brooks Brothers , Eddie Bauer , Gap , Nike Prada , Under Armor , and Vera Bradley are ramping up production of personal protective equipment to help healthcare workers and first responders. You can click the above links to see what they’re doing.)

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