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THRIVING ON, AND RELISHING, CHAOS…

May 4th, 2015

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WHAT CAN YOU ACCOMPLISH IN 10 MINUTES…?

April 13th, 2015

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ROUTINE: THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST SQUIRREL…!

March 28th, 2015

The process began for me 20 years ago when I rearranged my closet and drawers so that I added clean clothes to the left and removed clothes to wear from the right. The idea was that I never had to think for a second: what am I going to wear today? I’ve since added various […]

WHINE, WHINE, WHINE, WHINE, WHINE, WHINE…

March 7th, 2015

I’m a helpful kind of guy and I like to say that I have an answer for any question—my response may be less than helpful such as I have no idea or a simple no—but I do have an answer. Years ago, however, I learned to bite my tongue and wait for someone to request […]

YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO BE HAPPY…

March 2nd, 2015

The blues are not depression. To a person not suffering from either, the difference can be hard to distinguish, and that is part of a problem in matters of brain wellness. This year marks the 20th birthday of a medical paper making this argument, and it’s worth dusting off, not least as an antidote to […]

WEALTH EQUALS OPTIONS EQUALS STRESS…?

February 26th, 2015

Bill Gates share one, irrefutable commonality: each and every revolution of the Earth provides us with 23 hours, 59 minutes and 4.1 seconds of time. That is a fact and what is true for Bill and myself is true for you and every other being, regardless of class, status or wealth on the planet. That […]

BE AT PEACE AND THE WORLD MAY BE AT PEACE…

February 20th, 2015

[I]t’s crucial for you to find a way to practice peace. Even if you can only do it in a very restricted manner, it will help you survive. It will help you nourish hope. So I think it’s very important not to allow ourselves to be carried away by the feeling of despair. We should […]

PASSION IS A LOAD OF FETID DINGO’S KIDNEYS…

February 17th, 2015

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has a chapter in his book “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” titled “Passion is Bullshit.” “When a successful person is interviewed, and you say, ‘What was the secret to your success?’ what they can’t say, because society won’t let them, is: ‘I was smarter, I worked […]

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February 16th, 2015

Stay aware. Next time you’re trying to solve a problem, remember to check that the problem you’re solving is the problem you’ve actually got. Oliver Burkeman writing in Asked a tricky question? Answer an easier one for The Guardian.

THE TWO REALITIES YOU MUST KNOW ARE…

February 16th, 2015

An economist walks into a bar. This is a true story; it’s 2002, the bar is the Lava Lounge in LA, and the economist is an academic named Glen Whitman. He gets chatting to a fellow patron and mentions his line of work. “So,” asks the stranger, “what are the Two Things about economics?” “Huh?” […]

MULTITASKING IS FOR FOOLS…

February 16th, 2015

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HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE AT BREAKFAST

February 15th, 2015

I’ve written before about being an introvert—here, here and here—but this morning I came to yet another Oliver Burkeman essay on the subject where he references what he describes as the magazine’s most popular piece online: the Jonathan Rauch essay Caring For Your Introvert. There Rauch writes: In its modern sense, the concept [of introversion] […]

WRITING IS OUR INSIGHT MADE MANIFEST…

February 14th, 2015

The best thing we can offer to the world is our insight. To live our life in mindfulness and with concentration is to continue to produce insight—for our own liberation, healing and nourishment, and for the liberation, healing and nourishment of the world. p. 99 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh […]

WHO GETS TO TOSS THE FIRST WORD…?

February 12th, 2015

So why adopt error-hunting mindset? Simply because “it feels more authentic when we condemn error and enforce a rule… what good is learning a rule if all we can do is obey it?” Anger delivers ego-enhancing pleasure; so does strengthening the boundaries of group membership—and carping about language is far more socially acceptable than explicit […]

SORRY, THEY NEVER SAID THAT…

February 5th, 2015

If everyone knows that an important fact must be true because an important person shared that truth, then I am most inclined—in the absence of actually hearing the statement from the purported luminary’s own lips, reading the words in a work authored by the person in question, or an inclusion in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations—to call […]

MONTGOMERY SCOTT UNDERSTOOD THE CONCEPT…

January 30th, 2015

In one recent experiment, by the Harvard Business School researchers Ryan Buell and Michael Norton, people using a flight-search site actually preferred waiting 60 seconds over getting instant results, provided they got to look at what appeared to be a running tally of the tasks being executed. This may also be why some voice-recognition customer […]

THE RELENTLESS TASK OF KEEPING SOBER…

January 23rd, 2015

As I struggle with preserving my weight loss from 2012—265 pounds to 185 pounds—Johnny Lee Miller, in the character of a 21st century Sherlock Holmes, nails the challenge; and no one who has not faced the challenge can ever understand why just do it is the most asinine bromide ever conceived. Drip…

EMAIL BEATS STURGEON’S LAW…

January 20th, 2015

I encountered a troublingly accurate insight from Jason Fried, of the forward-thinking software firm 37Signals: spam is a way of thinking about life. Unsolicited email is only its most acute expression. “Spam is just throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks,” he told me. “It’s not really communicating. It’s harassing […]

ALTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT, NOT YOUR HABITS…

January 14th, 2015

[I]t’s not that failures of will cause poverty. It’s that poverty causes failures of will. Anti-poverty initiatives, [analyst Jamie] Holmes argues, should focus far more on relieving these cognitive costs. He praises one Philippines bank that lets customers choose a date before which they can’t access their money – a “commitment mechanism” of the sort […]

THE INTERNALIZING POWER OF GOING ANALOG…

January 2nd, 2015

Yet the reason I’ve started keeping a real, pen-and-paper commonplace book is that the social power of the web, awesome though it is, doesn’t confer the same benefits. There’s something important about exploring ideas privately as well as collectively. Indeed, there’s something about promiscuous online bookmarking and highlighting that seems antithetical to commonplacing. Because the […]

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