Why ‘Frasier’ Is Peak Comfort Television – The Atlantic

Frasier is a time capsule of its era—and yet, has aged remarkably well.

By Kevin Townsend, Megan Garber, Sophie Gilbert, and Spencer Kornhaber, January 21, 2022

Gale M. Adler / NBC / Getty / Charlie Le Maignan / The Atlantic

Over the past two years of the pandemic, old, reliable shows with new lives on streaming platforms have been a mainstay for audiences. (Who wants new plotlines when headlines about COVID-19 variants offer enough of that already?)

And the deepest well for comfort watches may be the ’90s sitcom. Friends, Seinfeld, and the rest of “Must See TV” add up to hundreds of hours of cheery sets filled with familiar faces.

Of these shows, Frasier may be the strangest—as well as the most rewatchable.

The sitcom topped ratings charts and won 37 Emmys in its 11-year run, but the fact that, over the course of a decade, one of the most popular shows in America followed two opera-loving snobs playfully sniping at each other still seems like something of a marvel.

Source: Why ‘Frasier’ Is Peak Comfort Television – The Atlantic

Mapping fiction: the complicated relationship between authors and literary maps | Books | The Guardian

In a new exhibition, the long, difficult history of literary maps is explored, from James Joyce to Raymond Chandler

By Veronica Esposito, Wed 19 Jan 2022 07.20 EST

Map from the front endpapers of a 1935 edition of Homer’s Odyssey. Photograph: Reproduced with permission of the Licensor through PSLclear. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

From efforts to map Odysseus’s journey to Borges’s commentary on map-making in On Exactitude in Science (where the only sufficient map is in fact as large as the territory it depicts), fictions and maps have long maintained a complicated, entwined relationship.

While the right map can uniquely resonate with a literary text, this resonance exists amid an undeniable tension: a concern that the map might demystify or oversimplify a story, at worst imposing a single, reductive viewpoint on something that should be open and unbounded.

A Victorian Valentine. Hindu gods, Aztec rites, Blondie hits … why the heart is our eternal symbol Read more Exploring this tension, while also charting the ways that the relationship between maps and literature has changed through eras and genres, the Huntington’s new exhibit Mapping Fiction brings together literary maps from hundreds of years of literary history. Drawing from the Huntington’s archives of rare literary texts, the exhibition goes back to the early days of modern literature with texts like The Pilgrim’s Progress and Journey to the Center of the Earth (not Jules Verne’s version but rather a 1741 book written by Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg), continuing up to the contemporary era with mappings of Octavia Butler’s life and works and artist David Lilburn’s 2006 mapping of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Source: Mapping fiction: the complicated relationship between authors and literary maps | Books | The Guardian

Top 10 Information Technology Jobs You Want In 2022 | CRN

The rankings are out for the best technology jobs in 2022 based on the new U.S. News & World Report “best jobs” list with many high-paying IT jobs with low unemployment rates making the cut.

By Mark Haranas, January 20, 2022, 02:24 PM EST

From article…

Technology jobs that cracked into the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Jobs list include computer network architects, database administrators, web developers and data scientists, while software developers and information security analysts led the pack.

10. Computer Support Specialist  

Median Salary: $52,590 

Projected Jobs: 58,000 

As organizations upgrade outdated hardware, software and network equipment—and require more knowledgeable professionals to respond to questions from users— computer support specialists are in high demand in 2022.

Computer support specialists help with log-in difficulties, operating system and software malfunctions while some even need to physically fix laptops or PCs. Aside from responding to and solving issues in a timely manner, network support specialists troubleshoot an organizations’ network computer system to solve problems and provide regular maintenance.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 8.9 percent employment growth for computer support specialists between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 58,000 tech jobs for computing support specialist are expected to become available.

Computer support specialists made a median salary of $52,690 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent generated $68,500 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $40,730.

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Source: Top 10 Information Technology Jobs You Want In 2022

Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: What’s different in Microsoft’s new OS – Technology | CNET

Windows 11 is Microsoft’s newest OS, but how is it different from Windows 10? We’ll explain.

By Alison DeNisco Rayome, Jan. 23, 2022 8:30 a.m. PT

Microsoft/Screenshot by Sarah Tew/CNET

Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, kicked off its phased roll out to compatible devices last fall.

Even if your PC hasn’t been prompted to download and install the new OS yet, you can still take a look at how Windows 11 measures up against Windows 10 to gauge if it’s worth the update.

Keep in mind that there’s no rush to make your decision. Microsoft says it will stop supporting Windows 10 after 2025. Also, if you already have Windows 10, Windows 11 will be available to you for free. (If you don’t have Windows 10 yet, here’s how to get it.)

Source: Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: What’s different in Microsoft’s new OS – CNET

All The SciFi Noir and Speculative Thrillers You Need to Get Through 2022 | CrimeReads

Even in the future, nothing works…

January 20, 2022, By Molly Odintz

From article…

Maybe it’s just the size of my apartment and my comparative isolation over the past two years, but I’ve rediscovered a love for stories set in tiny spaceships where no one can hear you scream (or cry into your cat’s fur or whatever).

We’re also still in the midst of a technological revolution that blurs the line between crime writing and scifi, as well as benefitting from a long tradition of mingling the two in the service of exploring modern dystopian tendencies.

In the spirit of collaboration between the genres, I’ve collected a few scifi noirs and speculative thrillers that should appeal to crime readers (as well as fans of horror).

This year’s science fiction seems to bring with it a new emotional intensity, as cataclysmic events become settings for character studies, and space travel turns inwards, exploring the nature of identity itself. The works below are arranged in order of publication date.

Source: All The SciFi Noir and Speculative Thrillers You Need to Get Through 2022 ‹ CrimeReads

The Washington Post: How smart tech around the home can help seniors and their caregivers

By Christina Sturdivant Sani, January 20, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. EST


Amy Goyer has been a caregiver most of her adult life. At 20, she began caring for her ailing grandparents. Then her mom had a stroke at 63, and her dad developed Alzheimer’s. Later, her sister was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease.

Over the years, Goyer crisscrossed the country to care for her loved ones. At some points, they lived with her. Other times, she monitored them from afar. Now AARP’s national family and caregiving expert, Goyer, 61, says the most notable change in caregiving in her experience has been technology — particularly the smart tech that many seniors rely on to stay safe in their homes.

“New technologies are coming up all the time, and people are always sending me things to look at,” says Goyer, who oversees the organization’s Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook, which has more than 8,000 members.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/01/20/smart-tech-for-seniors/

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