Archive for October, 2019

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Adactio: Journal—Indy maps

It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.

https://adactio.com/journal/16058

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How I got rich on the other hand | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: I don’t usually talk about money, but a friend asked me what it was like to get rich, and he wanted to know specifics, so I told him my story.

https://sivers.org/richand

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As summer camps turn on facial recognition, parents demand: More smiles, please - The Washington Post

Debate may be raging about government uses of facial-recognition technology, but the technology already is an accepted part of Americans’ everyday lives. Now hundreds of summer camps across the United States have tethered their rustic lakefronts to facial-recognition software, allowing parents an increasingly omniscient view into their kids’ home away from home.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/08/08/summer-camps-turn-facial-recognition-parents-demand-more-smiles-please/#click=https://t.co/CZkax8QkuQ

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Adactio: Journal—Silent push for the web

One of the few remaining APIs that only native apps can use.

https://adactio.com/journal/16031

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How to Make Life More Pleasurable

Throughout my grade school years I noticed a pattern: whenever classes started again, sleep became much more enjoyable. It felt like such a gift to discover, by peeking at my alarm clock, that I had another eighteen sweet minutes of […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/10/how-to-make-life-more-pleasurable/

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When in doubt, try the difference | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: If you're in doubt about something that's not in your life, try it. Things are so different in practice versus in theory. The only way to know is to experience it yourself.

https://sivers.org/trd

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Mastery school | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Here's an idea: Create a little school somewhere remote. School of what? School of mastery.

https://sivers.org/masch

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Monthly self-expansion project | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Here's an idea: Every month, pick something you hate or know nothing about, and get to know it well. Spend a few hours per week, for an entire month, just learning about that subject. Why?

https://sivers.org/exex

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Why experts are annoying | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: When someone becomes an expert at something, you know what else they become? Annoying.

https://sivers.org/exan

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What you learn by travelling | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: I wanted to learn about the world, so I went travelling.

https://sivers.org/trav1

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49. CHARTREUSE SWIZZLE: 2003 - Letters and Liquor

For the most part, the Renaissance was about bringing back the classics, but there were also bartenders crafting crazy combinations that challenged convention,...

https://lettersandliquor.com/49-CHARTREUSE-SWIZZLE-2003

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Zuck Testified Before the House Financial Services Committee and It Did Not Go Well for Him — Pixel Envy

Tony Romm, Washington Post: Congressional lawmakers delivered a broad lashing of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, sniping at his company’s plans to launch a digital currency, its pockmarked track record on privacy and diversity, and its struggles to prevent the spread of misinformation. The wide-ranging criticisms came largely from Democrats during a hearing […]

https://pxlnv.com/linklog/zuck-testifies-again/

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Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids | World news | The Guardian

Fueled by fears of school shootings, the market has grown rapidly for technologies that monitor students through official school emails and chats

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/22/school-student-surveillance-bark-gaggle

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Adactio: Journal—Indy web

Maps—they don’t love you like I love you.

https://adactio.com/journal/15992

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Various Artists: Use Hearing Protection Album Review | Pitchfork

A new box set of the legendary post-punk label’s first two years gathers chestnuts from Joy Division and the Durutti Column alongside rarities, oddities, dead ends, and some stunning graphic design.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/various-artists-use-hearing-protection-factory-records-1978-79/

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Highlights from "The Checklist Manifesto" by Atul Gawande - Chester Grant

1. In the 1970s, the philosophers Samuel Gorovitz and Alasdair MacIntyre published a short essay on the nature of human fallibility that I read during my surgical training and haven’t stopped...

https://www.chestergrant.com/highlights-from-the-checklist-manifesto-by-atul-gawande

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Adactio: Journal—Web talk

How we built How We Built The World Wide Web In Five Days in more than five days.

https://adactio.com/journal/15982

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When you win the game, you stop playing | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Someone asked me today why I don’t charge money for the things I do.

https://sivers.org/wtg

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A Million Nameless Joys Await

I just returned from a 90-minute walk in driving snow. My friend had to pick up something from work near where my PO Box is, and we both like walks in inclement weather, so we made the trek together on […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/10/a-million-nameless-joys-await/

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Looking Around: Some Common House Terms | McMansion Hell

Looking Around: Some Common House Terms Hello Friends! Today, we’re going to look at some common house terms, specifically related to roofs, dormers, porches, (and a couple diversions, of course)....

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mcmansionhell.com/post/164951981671/looking-around-some-common-house-terms/amp

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Looking Around: American Foursquares | McMansion Hell

Looking Around: American Foursquares No single-family home (besides, perhaps, the ranch or the McMansion) is as instantly recognizable as the American Foursquare. Named both for its boxy exterior as...

https://mcmansionhell.com/post/166916762911/looking-around-american-foursquares

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Digital pollution | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: You couldn’t just roll down the street leaving huge piles of garbage everywhere you go, making life slower for everyone as they climb over your mountains of junk, just to get on with their life. You’d feel bad about it, right?

https://sivers.org/polut

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Cut out everything that’s not surprising | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: This is my advice to anyone writing something for the public — especially a talk on stage.

https://sivers.org/d22

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47. TRIDENT: 2000 - Letters and Liquor

While the Trident was based on a classic, it was created in a decidedly non-classic manner—the person who invented it wasn’t a bartender. When the first few sti...

https://lettersandliquor.com/47-TRIDENT-2000

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Heed your fears | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: People often ask me how they can get over their fears. For example, they are scared to quit their job and start a business.

https://sivers.org/gofear

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Daydreaming is my favorite pastime | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Somewhere in our past, we were told it’s bad to daydream, because it meant doing nothing — staring out the window — instead of doing what we’re supposed to be doing. To admit we’re daydreaming felt like it needed an apology.

https://sivers.org/daydream

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Anti-chameleon | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: I don’t know why I have this rebellious nature. I tend to want to be the opposite of my surroundings.

https://sivers.org/antic

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Cardinals score 10 runs in first inning in Game 5 | St. Louis Cardinals

Looking to secure their first National League Championship Series berth since 2014, the Cardinals wasted no time. They simply put together the biggest first inning in MLB postseason history. They earned that distinction by scoring 10 first-inning runs against the Braves in Wednesday’s 13-1 win in Game 5

https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/news/cardinals-score-10-runs-in-first-inning-in-game-5

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Where we do and don’t want automation | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: I used to use Gmail. But one day, as I typed my mother’s email address into the “To:” field, Google popped up a prompt asking if I also wanted to CC my uncle. That was so invasive and creepy that I deleted the account immediately and never used it again. I don’t want automated intelligence in my private email.

https://sivers.org/autom

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Wax Trax! Records’ Julia Nash Ranks Her Ten Favorite Releases - VICE

The daughter of founder Jim Nash orders the Chicago label’s expansive catalog ahead of her new documentary 'Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records.'

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xwpk/rank-your-records-wax-trax-records-julia-nash

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Human nature to focus on the one bad thing | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Today my bus was delayed, and I was really annoyed.

https://sivers.org/negz

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Back and forth between super-hot and super-cold | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: The most relaxed feeling I know is after going back and forth between a super-hot pool and super cold pool.

https://sivers.org/sauna

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Idea Labs and Echo Chambers — Wait But Why

Every human environment is embedded with its own intellectual culture. I think there are two broad types of intellectual culture—dependent upon what the community values most.

https://waitbutwhy.com/2019/10/idea-labs-echo-chambers.html

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Err on the side of action, to test theories | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: My friends think I do a lot of strange things.

https://sivers.org/erra

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Blowing off work to play | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: What do you call it when you skip school or work for a day, to do whatever you want instead? It America, we call it playing hooky. It England, we call it skiving. (Got another word for it?)

https://sivers.org/hooky

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Not All Emails Are Created Equal - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

Interviews are a common part of the book publicity process, especially as you become better known as a writer. Between television, radio, print and podcasts, I

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2019/10/07/not-all-emails-are-created-equal/

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The joy and strategic wisdom of ignoring plans | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: I took my 7-year-old to London today. I made two plans: if it rains, we go to a museum, if not, we go to the zoo.

https://sivers.org/ldn

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Cross the Gap Before It Grows

A friend of my Dad’s, a fellow high school teacher, was born just early enough that a particular life goal of his seemed feasible: get to retirement without having to use a computer. At that time, the early 1990s, I […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/10/cross-the-gap-before-it-grows/

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Monty Python at 50: a half-century of silly walks, edible props and dead parrots | Television & radio | The Guardian

In this rare glimpse inside the BBC archives, we reveal the exasperated internal memos, the furious letters from wing commanders – and David Frost’s bid to bring them down

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/oct/04/monty-python-at-50-a-half-century-of-silly-walks-edible-props-and-dead-parrots

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A Swiss Lesson in Enlightened Street Design - CityLab

If you see how cars, streetcars, bikes, and pedestrians use this Swiss street, you can better understand what’s wrong with so many other urban thoroughfares.

https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/09/urban-planning-zurich-public-transit-street-design-traffic/599011/

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Apple iPhone SE2 with iPhone 11 A13 processor coming next year — Kuo

Apple will launch the iPhone SE2, a phone with the same A13 processor as the iPhone 11, in Q1 2020, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/apple-iphone-se-with-iphone-11-a13-processor-coming-next-year-kuo.html

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Tour -isms | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Since I’m living in Europe now, I thought it would be good to tour everywhere in Europe, and get to know it better.

https://sivers.org/isms

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Adactio: Journal—Travel talk

Edinburgh, Madrid, London, Amsterdam—plane versus train.

https://adactio.com/journal/15918

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Meta-considerate | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: My friend has a huge crush on someone.

https://sivers.org/metac

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Daydreaming the downside, for once | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: A few years ago, I thought it would be fun to get into camping.

https://sivers.org/ddown

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How Bill Clinton and American Financiers Armed China

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… It’s the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which Xi Jinping is celebrating with aggressive rhetoric and a militaristic display of his ICBMs that can strike at the U.S. in 30 minutes. So today I’m going to write about how American aerospace monopolists, dumb Pentagon procurement choices, and the Bill Clinton administration helped create the Chinese missile threat we are now confronting.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/how-bill-clinton-and-american-financiers

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Where to find the hours to make it happen | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: When you experience someone else’s genius work, a little part of you feels, “That’s what I could have, would have, and should have done!”

https://sivers.org/uncomf