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Bag, Coat & Hairdryer iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, April 11th, 2013.

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Thomas Edison’s Back Garden Jetty iPhone 4S Fort Meyers, Florida Saturday, April 20th, 2013.

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Bag, Coat & Hairdryer iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, April 11th, 2013.

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Essay on the Decalogue by the Orthodox Union.

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I Am to Not to Covet Olympus C5050 Jerusalem, Israel Saturday, August 7th, 2004.

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Briefs

Monday, July 17th, 2017

I appreciate this nicely laid out summary of wisdom reminders for the working life by Studio Lovelock, This Much We Know.

Another dizzyingly ironic yet comic and worthy essay by a late 20-something “writer based in Brooklyn” (I shouldn’t disparage, to be such was my highest ambition), this is Daniel Kolitz’s What I Learned at Personal Branding School.

Friday, July 7th, 2017

In a large study of US military veterans, researchers “consistently found a significant association between PPI (proton pump inhibitor) use and increased risk of death”. They don’t know why this happens but do know that “PPI treatment impairs lysosomal acidification and proteostasis and results in increased oxidative stress, dysfunction, telomere shortening and accelerated senescence of human endothelial cells.” [via The New York Times]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

 

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Brian Nemhauser’s inspiring rule of yes on requesting personal time from one’s co-parent.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Anti-fragile: Things that Gain from Disorder

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

♦♦♦♦♦

I’ve been listening to the Commentary Magazine podcast lately, enjoying John Podhoretz’s knowledgeable and intelligent monologues, even if regularly exasperated by their ideological blinkers. This week their discussion reeked of black swan events but they fumbled around for the logic that applies. It was obvious that none of the three speakers had read any Nassim Nicholas Taleb, otherwise they would have had the framework and could have moved on. That made them seem ignorant. Which makes you realize these books are seminal. Yes there are irritations, but perhaps these will fade from a more distant perspective. There are echoes here of the iconoclastic spirit of Nietzsche — can there be higher praise?

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“Yesterday we had a fight about whether I’d been dismissive about him saying his feelings had been hurt by my dismissing his feelings during a previous fight…” From the amusing but very dark Narcissism: a reflection by Laura Kipnis in Spiked.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over feeding trial conducted for eight weeks at the University of New Mexico demonstrated that eating walnuts improves men’s mood (but interestingly not women’s). I announce here my love them with raisins, that’s 5 per half-walnut.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars; it’s where the rich use public transportation.

Petro Gustavo, Mayor of Bogota

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Ideas are the currency of life.

James Altucher

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Choose Yourself

James Altucher

If the author has anything to teach here it is self-promotion and then being engaging. How was he able to get then keep my sustained attention for this warmed-over pap? And even get me to pay for it (albeit not much)?

What we learn from the past is to maximize the qualities of our future memories, not necessarily of our future experience.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

I wake up, read, write, exercise, eat, attend meetings (phone or live), then reverse the process: eat, write, read, and sleep.

James Altucher, Choose Yourself

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

So happiness is a question of framing?

ASK

Friday, August 12th, 2016

“Losses” evokes stronger negative feelings than “costs”.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The illusion of loss is the place [where] we suffer.

Tony Robbins

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.

Daniel Kahneman

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Sustaining doubt is harder work than sliding into certainty.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The great principle which stands at the beginning of all civilization: any custom is better than none.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak

It is much easier to strive for perfection when you are never bored.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Monday, July 11th, 2016

These small things—nutrition, locality, climate, recreation, the entire casuistry of selfishness—are inconceivably more important than everything that has hitherto been considered important.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

“You can’t cross the species barrier but, by bumping up against it, you can learn things.” In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman surveys ventriloquism of the soul. “Tolstoy’s animals teach us to be good,” he explains. “Joyce’s teach us to be alive.” [via aldaily.com]

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Derek Sivers’ MusicThoughts. Prepare, good friends, for a bombardment of enhanced civility.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I scrolled straight past the recent entries at The Setup and clicked only on Charlie Lloyd’s based on his job description. And I guessed right. “At work we’re on small MacBook Pros with maxed-out RAM and external monitors on standing desks,” he writes. Check. “I do my coding and writing in TextMate.” Check. Since he passes these tests of sameness with me, the rest is all gold.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Max Edwards, a 16-year-old writing in The Guardian. What a dude. [Update 8 days later: the man is already gone.]

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

So Bikram has lost the first of the many cases against him filed by women for various sexually-related offences. All I know is that his teachings are great and that he plays the guru, speaking in fanciful exaggerations, making mercurial observations. And it seems he was unable to switch off this character even in front of a jury.

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

A story and video of a young reporter kind of blown away, so to speak, by some new VR porn demoed at CES. [Via DrudgeReport]

Friday, January 8th, 2016

I have enough of an ego to feel that it merely being my opinion is good enough.

John Scalzi

Friday, December 25th, 2015

A professor of medieval history laments the contemporary propensity to be surveilled just as Europeans were by the Church. [Via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

From the paradoxical title to the illustrations, the style and the actual point itself and its ramifications, Charles Davies’ “Why Your Purpose is a What not a Why” is perhaps the best philosophical piece I can remember reading online.

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A 21-year Finnish study (not that they’re biased) has concluded that the sauna is great for middle-aged men’s health, the UK Daily Mail reports. Among 2,315 men aged 42 to 60 from eastern Finland, a sauna 2–3 times per week was associated with a 24% lower risk of death and 4–7 times per week with a 40% lower risk!

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The great secret of education is to use exercise of mind and body as relaxation one to the other.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile

I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A fearsomely refreshing list of what the author has learned in her 40s. Enjoyable if you’ve reached the age, and I wonder if edifying for those yet to.

The most permanent, secure, and durable thing we can possess is a foolproof way to deal with impermanence, insecurity, and surprise.

David Allen, Making it All Work

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Here’s your treat for today: Montaigne on drunkenness [new link, find it in the contents].

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Go out of the house to see the moon, and ‘tis mere tinsel; it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. The dawn is my Assyria; the sun-set and moon-rise my Paphos, and unimaginable realms of faerie; broad noon shall be my England of the senses and the understanding; the night shall be my Germany of mystic philosophy and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

There are a number of sexual harassment and sexual assault cases against Bikram. Sounds like he kind of lost the plot.

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Leon R. Kass on The Ten Commandments is the opening essay at the new http://mosaicmagazine.com.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Why, by the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies.

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

You’re diminutive, for sure.

Brian Greben, to me

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Sauna: drug-free altered-state pod.

ASK

 
 

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