Aug. 4th, 2012
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!
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Jul. 25th, 2012
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
Jul. 23rd, 2012
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.
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
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
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.")