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Aug. 4th, 2012

11:22 pm - Good News Network - Most Popular: Creative Humans Help Mama Bear with Dumpster Dilemma (Top Videos)

This was nice.

Creative Humans Help Mama Bear with Dumpster Dilemma (Top Videos)

11:17 pm - PsyBlog: Why Society Doesn’t Change: The System Justification Bias

This is kind of depressing, but I think it's important to understand.

Why Society Doesn’t Change: The System Justification Bias

Jul. 31st, 2012

10:27 pm - 15 Travel Tips

Some interesting tips here. I like the tip about not eating at corner restaurants. I can attest to the value of _not_ carrying a big expensive camera, after mine was soaked in orange juice at the bottom of my backpack. And my personal recollections of eating Chinese food in Paris, Greek and Goan food in London, and the most amazing peach I ever tasted (from a farmers' market in Aix en Provence) confirm a couple of the other tips.

Thrilling and Amazing Travel Tips!

(via the Etre newsletter)

Jul. 25th, 2012

01:19 pm - PsyBlog: The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block

I knew that taking a break was helpful to breaking through a creative block, and I suspected that you had to be aware of the problem while taking the break. But I hadn't heard that a 30-minute break was as good as or better than a 24-hour break.

The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block

Jul. 24th, 2012

08:43 am - What If?: A Mole of Moles

I love funny science.

A Mole of Moles

Jul. 23rd, 2012

08:40 am - Raptitude.com: What you want is never a thing

I really like this guy's blog. There's some wise thinking going on there.

What you want is never a thing

"All we ever seek, and all we ever avoid are feelings. Feelings run the world. They constitute the only useful product of all material transactions between humans and their environment. Just like your body can’t use the food it eats for energy until it’s turned to glucose, we can’t really make use of the things we seek until they deliver certain feelings. Feelings are the currency of human experience. They are the only real incentive."

Jul. 22nd, 2012

11:40 am - Sleep Like the Dead

I found this website while looking for a better mattress solution for our bed. It seems to have a lot of useful and unbiased information on a topic that a lot of people have trouble with but don't know what to do about. I'm linking to the About page rather than the main page for the site, because I think the reasons why the founder put the it together are interesting and compelling.

http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/about-sleeplikethedead.html

Jul. 14th, 2012

11:07 pm - Futility Closet: Heat and Light

This seems to me rather profound and worth remembering. And it reminds me to never post angry.

Heat and Light

03:28 pm - Bark Like A Fish, Damnit!: Annotated Fairy Tale: Hog Bridegroom

I love it when she does these. I laughed until I cried. And I learned something about pigs.

Annotated Fairy Tale: Hog Bridegroom

Jun. 22nd, 2012

08:57 am - Link Banana: Happiness is a Glass Half Empty

Positive thinking can sabotage you. Failure is more frequent than we want to believe, but almost never as bad as we fear, and helps us grow. And I really wish I had time to see the Museum of Failed Products when I go to Ann Arbor for Protospiel next month.

Happiness is a Glass Half Empty (via Link Banana)

(But man, am I sick of that "half empty / half full" metaphor. I really think people's selection is more based off of typical word usage than a tendency toward pessimism or optimism. And I prefer the engineering answer: "The glass is too big.")

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