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In Touch With My Feelings-Response-Delay

One thing I admire about Americans is how in touch they seem to be with their feelings. It seems that you can go up to a random stranger in the street, ask them about how they feel about something, and they take less than a second to respond with an articulate summary of their considered feelings on the matter. Me, I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum. It usually takes me a few days to...

Rescue goat in cute outfits

What else do you need, when you have a post like this about a rescue goat that has anxiety and only calms down when she wears her cute little duck suit. And she’s called Polly. There’s more cute pictures on The Dodo here. And there’s this: Cute video by @thedodo 😘 A video posted by Goats of Anarchy (@goatsofanarchy) on Dec 14, 2016 at 12:33pm PST See also: Goats of...

Willpower revisited

Fascinating article from Nir Eyal on new findings related to willpower. Over the past decades the theory of ego-depletion had gained traction: Psychological researchers have a name for this phenomenon: it’s called “ego depletion.” The theory is that willpower is connected to a limited reserve of mental energy, and once you run out of that energy, you’re more likely to lose self-control...

Bullshit detectors engaged

Found these via John Gruber (here and here), discussing the growing problem of not being able to detect bullshit. For example, the following is complete bullshit: We live in the age of information, which means that we also live in the age of misinformation. Indeed, you have likely come across more bullshit so far this week than a normal person living 1,000 years ago would in their entire lifetime...

It’s on the internet, it must be true

Fascinating articles from the NYT about Snopes – ‘the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.’ Snopes is now helping with general fact checking for Facebook, and as a result finds itself under attack, which may or may not be a good thing… It’s easy to laugh at people who get fooled by fake news and...

Jobs and dignity

I love it when reading an article changes my view on things. This article on Bloomberg changed my view on ‘making up jobs’. The author (Noah Smith) writes: I recently wrote that the government should focus on getting people jobs instead of just mailing them money. Ideas for doing that range from government employment guarantees to public-works programs to tax incentives for...

Amazon versus Book Depository

This is why I always use Book Depository these days. Book Depository is more expensive for the books themselves, but Amazon totally fucks you over with the shipping. And their shipping timeframes are ridiculous too (4 weeks to ship a book, seriously?) Book Depository total for 3 books: $72.20 Amazon total for 3 books: $127.18 Book Depository: Amazon: btw worth mentioning that buying through these...

The Wellness Industry is Doing Well

A few years ago when I went to get some physiotherapy done (eg pulled a shoulder muscle or hurt my neck) it would all be fixed after two sessions, and we’d possibly have a third session just as a check up. Two week ago I hurt my shoulder and went for some physio. The first session was mostly discussion and exploratory with a bit of actual physio and improvement. Next session was two days...

Always take Option A

Option A: As soon as you realise you’ve done something wrong or stupid or even just accidentally, apologise. Fix the relationship (business, personal or other) as soon as possible. This is your top priority. Option B: Let some time go by while you think through whether you ‘really’ were at fault or not. Assume that as time goes by it will blow over and things will return back to...

David Kadavy spills gems

If you ever doubted whether Quora could be useful then have a read through this list of answers by David Kadavy. Gold.
Some of the best time management and productivity thinking I’ve read in a long time.
Make sure you click through on all his links, especially his posts on Medium. They’re all gems.

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