You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion....– Harlan Ellison
Thinking About Happiness...
From http://reinventingfabulous.com/?p=1510 (via my sister): … she talked about the power of writing three things that make you happy every day. I knew from grad school research that people who were forced (psych students in a study) to journal every day had fewer visits to the university med center, even six months after they’d stopped journaling. But listing three moments that made...
Hall of Precedents
“I’m learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life … Procrastinating and rationalizing.” - Calvin & Hobbes This past weekend I finished reading Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. I found it to be both fascinating and a little disturbing. It describes just how big of a role the subconscious mind and the deeper autonomous processes of the...
The secret of happiness, according to Alfred Hitchcock. Minimalist Econ Posters on the NPR Planet Money blog. (via @ezraklein) And the curious bit of news, the Pirate Bay considering flying drones to avoid law enforcement. (via @bruces)
There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and...– Michel de Montaigne
“The $8 billion iPod” is brilliant humor, pointing out the massive fallacies in the numbers thrown around during the SOPA/PIPA debates.
π Day Links
Interesting bits for Pi Day, closing a few tabs - An interesting article on Facebook’s intrusive algorithms and the extra questioning they do, via @bruces. The MIT project mentioned was both amusing and disturbing. Remember, the only sure way to keep something private on Facebook is to not post it on Facebook. Starbucks wants to get to know you on a first name basis, via @cstross....
I’m trying to remember when I started being the counsellor to people at Freq’s work. I mean, I don’t really mind talking to people (and there are certainly those that I do enjoy talking with) but I’m not sure when I turned into the person that was the counsel for everyone there. I’m certainly overstating it - I’m not counsel for everyone - but there is a small...
What passes for winter weather
Apparently winter has decided to arrive after all: Eight(!!!) straight days of rain. So much for cycling this week, though I’m hoping that Thursday or Friday morning it will be clear (and dry) enough to get in a short ride. And speaking of mornings, Daylight Savings Time has outlived whatever usefulness it once had. It occurred to me when I was leaving work that given the cold, damp...
A Girl Who Reads
Via my sister, a wonderfully written poem by Mark Grist about what to look for in a girl. So, so good. (Similarly, there is A Girl You Should Date, but I like how it’s expressed in the above poem better. Seems more… realistic to me, but then, I’m a guy.)
Neil Gaiman: As requested by too many people:... →
neil-gaiman: birdartpoetry asked: Mister Gaiman, you’re kickass. I was just wondering, what do you think is the best way to seduce a writer? I figured your answer would be pretty spectacular. In my experience, writers tend to be really good at the inside of their own heads and imaginary people,…
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.– Henry David Thoreau
On Being Introverted...
Came across a couple of things that characterize and explain introversion and the behavior of introverts: The first is 10 Myths About Introverts, which I had seen before but came across again on my sister’s blog. The second is Susan Cain’s fascinating TED talk: The power of introverts. A very interesting look at introverts in society and history, and how current culture favors...