Disclaimer – I find these reads interesting. I don’t necessarily agree with them.
- Remember – Wanderweird
- The Flinch
- @buster’s cognitive bias cheat sheet (bit.ly/thinking-is-hard/) – TMI, not enough meaning, not enough time&resources, not enough memory
- Tact filters “So, nerds need to understand that normal people have to apply tact to everything they say; they become really uncomfortable if they can’t do this. Normal people need to understand that despite the fact that nerds are usually tactless, things they say are almost never meant personally and shouldn’t be taken that way. Both types of people need to be extra patient when dealing with someone whose tact filter is backwards relative to their own.”
- Ra “When you give your opinion, it sounds like you think you’re smart.” / “I’ve spent a lot of time feeling ashamed of ‘thinking out loud’ in public”.
- Disintermediation Theory
- Access Denied, on the future of media post-disintermediated by social media
- The Gervais Principle
- The Toxoplasma of Rage
- Blue Feed, Red Feed
- Developing ethical, social, and cognitive competence
- Melting Asphalt – Ads Don’t Work That Way
- Everything Is A Remix [48:41]
- The Information: Adam Gopnik essay about how people are affected by information and media over time All-time favorite
- The Secret Lives Of Tumblr Teens – fantastic essay about what it’s like to grow up on Tumblr.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to our senses [57:20]
- People are violent because their morality demands it — Tage Rai — Aeon At the same time, if violence is motivated by moral sentiments, what is it motivated toward? [..] Across all cases, perpetrators are using violence to create, conduct, sustain, enhance, transform, honour, protect, redress, repair, end, and mourn valued relationships. [..] The purpose of violence is to sustain a moral order.
- The righteous mind “If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people become when they disagree with you. But if you think about moral reasoning as a skill we humans evolved to further our social agendas—to justify our own actions and to defend the teams we belong to—then things will make a lot more sense. Keep your eye on the intuitions, and don’t take people’s moral arguments at face value. They’re mostly post hoc constructions made up on the fly, crafted to advance one or more strategic objectives.”
- WBW – The Cook and the Chef (Musk)
- Emotional Labor, the MetaFilter thread
- A millennial and a baby boomer trade places
- LessWrong – Ugh Fields – the psychology of why we avoid things that we know we shouldn’t be avoiding
- Why is it hard to scale a database, in layman’s terms? – a very accessible way to thinking about the problems of scaling
- Parable of the Polygons – about racism and migration
- SMBC — ”Each group is some percent crazy assholes.”
- What makes an entrepreneurial ecosystem? — Welcome to TheFamily
- Facebook – Dan Majesky talks about his and his wife’s experiences with miscarriage and trying to conceive. Heartfelt. Honest. Really good read. Makes me want to share more of myself with others, if and when it can be of service.
- Medium: Find a Better Way – a really moving, rousing commencement speech by Jeff Huber, a Googler who lost his wife to cancer.
- A Stranger at the Family Table — The New Yorker Tash Aw
- What’s it like to teach 1984 in 2016
- Mosquitos and Automobiles Are The Worst Terrorists
- The Voyeur’s Motel
Russell Brand: my life without drugs “I still survey streets for signs of the subterranean escapes that used to provide my sanctuary. I still eye the shuffling subclass of junkies and dealers, invisibly gliding between doorways through the gutters. I see that dereliction can survive in opulence; the abundantly wealthy with destitution in their stare.”
- history of japan [9:00]
- history of the entire world i guess [19:26]
- Deceit And I [3:26]
- Steve Jobs on “Think Different” – Internal Meeting Sept. 23, 1997 [16:01]
Adulting When Did You Become an Adult?
#Behavioral Psychology / Economics
- Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
- Unless You Are Spock, Irrelevant Things Matter in Economic Behavior “”I wanted the exam to sort out the stars, the average Joes and the duds, so it had to be hard and have a wide dispersion of scores. I succeeded in writing such an exam, but when the students got their results they were in an uproar. Their principal complaint was that the average score was only 72 points out of 100. […] Finally, an idea occurred to me. On the next exam, I raised the points available for a perfect score to 137. This exam turned out to be harder than the first. Students got only 70 percent of the answers right but the average numerical score was 96 points. The students were delighted!”
- HN – thinking / perception hacks – some clever social engineering examples
- The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
- Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
- Carl Zimmer – You’re an adult. Your brain, not so much.
- The Fixation of Belief, 1877
- Fundamental Attribution Error – we all do it
#Biographies, Profiles, Interviews
- who was Ayn Rand? – a biography, Playboy interview, 1964
- HBR: Philippe Starck
- For Arianna Huffington and Kobe Bryant: First, Success. Then Sleep.
- Kobe Bryant Will Always Be an All-Star of Talking I have friends. But being a “great friend” is something I will never be. I can be a good friend. But not a great friend. A great friend will call you every day and remember your birthday. I’ll get so wrapped up in my shit, I’ll never remember that stuff. And the people who are my friends understand this, and they’re usually the same way. You gravitate toward people who are like you. But the kind of relationships you see in movies—that’s impossible for me. I have good relationships with players around the league. LeBron and I will text every now and then. KG and I will text every now and then. But in terms of having one of those great, bonding friendships—that’s something I will probably never have. And it’s not some smug thing. It’s a weakness. It’s a weakness.
- Obama and Goodwin: The ultimate exit interview
- The Playboy Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Soul Mate: Christian Louboutin and the psychology of shoes
- Vox – Inside Peter Thiel’s Mind
- Why Amazon Is The Best Strategic Player In Tech 
- The $500 Million Battle Over Disney’s Princesses
- How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys
- The Pop Analytics ecosystem
- Why Do So Many Zippers Say YKK? [Slate] Cool story about the company that makes zippers for pretty much everybody.
- Infographic Of The Day: Walmart Dwarfs Entire Industries And Nations | Fast
- What do people with office jobs do all day?
- South Florida Man Alan Amron Says He Invented the Post-it and Lost Millions
- The Decline and Fall of Asia’s Airline Empires
- How Stockholm Became a ‘Unicorn Factory’
- The Top 10 Fiction Books for Non-Fiction Addicts Tim Ferriss
- Anthony Bourdain AMA – his reading recommendations: The Quiet American, by Graham Greene. The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins, it’s a great crime book. Joan Didion’s essays or collected Joan Didion is terrific. Patricia Highsmith, The Ripley’s series is great. True Grit! You’ve seen the movie, read the book. It is amazing, it is really amazing writing.
- Ryan Holiday – 43 books about war every man should read,
- Books you should base your life on Meditations
#Careers (for creatives in particular)
- Micropatronship: Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk – The Art Of Asking [13:47]
- Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing’s ‘hidden’ authors
- Ta-Nehisi Coates – On Homecomings
- How Writing an Advice Column Changed Heather Havrilesky’s Life
- Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed – consumption patterns, working hours, etc.
- Seeing Like A State
- Sideways Look At Time
- Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?
- Taylor Swift on People Who Call Her “Calculating”
- “I feel like a zoo animal” – The Ballad of Justin Bieber
- Kesha Opens Up About Overcoming Her Eating Disorder and How She Found Happiness
- Russell Brand
Inside the Secretive World of Elite Wealth Management “The secret point of money and power is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power’s sake…but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy.”
- Gervais, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Seinfeld – Talking Funny [49:32]
- How Wile E. Coyote explains the world
- Chris Rock interview
Louis C.K. Hates Cell Phones — “Underneath everything… you’re forever empty… that knowledge that it’s all for nothing and you’re alone. […] Life is tremendously sad just by being in it. People are willing to risk taking lives and ruining their own because they don’t want to be alone for a second because it’s so hard. […] You never feel completely sad or completely happy, you’re just feel kinda satisfied with your products and then you die.”
Existential Riddles “A man turned off the light and went to bed. Because of this, several people died. Why?” “The man lives in a lighthouse; when he turned off the light, two ships crashed. For months, the man is wracked with guilt — how could he forget to keep the light on? What was he thinking? Years pass. The man moves to a small inland town. He attends group therapy regularly. At one session, he meets a widow of three years. She is beautiful in a quiet way. They get married. She never questions why he refuses to turn off the lights at night. Days become decades. They don’t have children, but they are happy together. One day, the man visits an antique shop and breaks down sobbing when he sees a ship in a bottle. He asks his wife to drive him to the ocean. She does. She knows not to ask why. They arrive. The man forgives himself. He finally forgives himself.”
How to tell a mother her child is dead. – I will show you: If it were my mother you would say, “Mrs. Rosenberg. I have terrible, terrible news. Naomi died today.” You say it out loud until you can say it clearly and loudly. How loudly? Loudly enough. If it takes you fewer than five tries you are rushing it and you will not do it right. You take your time.
Suicide notes “These suicide notes were gathered at the coroners’ offices by a suicidologist/psychiatrist who asked to be anonymous. He edited identifying details out of the compiled manuscript, and we changed the names. But the text of each letter plus the age and sex given are real. All these people did kill themselves. Were they ambivalent about it? About half the hundred or so letters we saw seemed to have some element of doubt.”
Learning to Measure Time in Love and Loss “I’m constantly aware of lost opportunities. I used to think such lost opportunities were beautiful towns flashing by my train windows, but now I imagine they are lanterns from the past, casting light on what’s ahead.”
On Mother’s Day, my Mom asked me to help end her life “If I were your mother, would you advise me to do these things?” After a long pause, he replied, “No.”
#Drawing, Photography, Visual Design, Film
- Understanding Comics TEDtalk by Scott McCloud [17:08]
- An examination of the use of light in movies
- The cinematography of The Incredibles
- Film/architecture – Nakatomi Space
- Michael Babwahsingh’s Visual Thinking (related: Bret Victor recommends a book about comics)
- Essay about animation, Line of Action, visual vocabulary
- Helpful Drawing Tips – Imgur
- Drawing tutorials and references http://imgur.com/gallery/yKd0Y
- creative work John Berger: For the artist, drawing is discovery
- photography Quick intro to photography
- design How ‘design thinking’ became a buzzword at school
- Eat Pray Roll
- Generation Adderall
- The Trip Treatment
- The Man Who Invented the Drug Memoir
- Legalize It All
- A Natural Fix for ADHD
- Atlantic – The Science of Choice in Addiction
- Chris Arnaude’s photo-essays on addiction, mcdonald’s
- Summary of Learning how to Learn
- Why can some kids handle pressure while others fall apart?
- How people learn to become resilient
- How to survive solitary confinement
- The Art of Learning Summary
- Teaching 1984 in 2016
- Lost in the Meritocracy [long/good read]
- How Children Fail
- WorryDream – Some Thoughts on Teaching “Real teaching is not about transferring “the material”, as if knowledge were some sort of mass-produced commodity that ships from Amazon. Real teaching is about conveying a way of thinking. How can a teacher convey a way of thinking when he doesn’t genuinely think that way?”
- Learning Positive Reinforcement Helps Surgeons Learn “When Levy analyzed two specific behaviors, tying and locking, sliding knot, and making a low-angle drill hole, he found that residents in an operant learning group and a traditional learning group could perform the two tasks at about the same speed. However the students in the operant group were more precise in their movements, and performed the tasks more proficiently.”
- The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten
- The ultimate food guide that you probably won’t use
- 26 foods you should learn to cook in your 20s
- How to Make Eggs
- 10 Blow your mind dipping sauce recipes.
- Recipies You Absolutely Can’t Fuck Up. By: The best goddamned sister in the whole mother fucking world
- Reddit, what is your favorite poor man’s food?
- Coffee / Green curry / potato salad / pancakes / tuna salad / omelettes with sausage and cheese / keto pizza / western breakfast with bacon and shrooms
- Book Review: Why We Get Fat, By Gary Taubes | Summer Tomato
- The truth about fat and sugar is finally explained – Men’s Health
- Food companies should stop fighting the obvious: Sugar is ruining our health
- How sugar affects the brain — Nicole Avena
- How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain
- A month without sugar
- How the sugar industry shifted the glame to fat
- A Big tobacco moment for the sugar industry
- Is sugar the world’s most popular drug?
- Carbohydrates and glucose, 1964 tv show [0:34]
- The Mediterranean Diet: Is it the Food or the Lifestyle?
- An internal crisis – the changing place of offal – why liver, kidneys etc aren’t as popular as muscle cuts
Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan
Strengtheory – how to deadlift, squat
Pavel on Tim Ferriss
- Body Endocrine System, part 1 — Glands & Hormones: Crash Course A&P #23
- Adrenal Glands and Feeling Lethargic: Why You Are Experiencing Fatigue Symp
- How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body – The Atlantic
- ELI5: what exactly happens to your brain when you feel mentally exhausted?
- How to increase testosterone naturally
- TRP guide for increasing testosterone
- Naturally increase testosterone levels
- Intermittent Fasting and Testosterone: Does IF Increase Test Levels Naturally?
- Jonathan Haidt – The Happiness Hypothesis
- 4 Agreements– Keep Your Word, Do Your Best, Avoid Destroy Assumptions, Don’t Take It Personally
- A Spectre’s Life for Me: Why I Like ‘Mass Effect’ Better than ‘Star Wars’ (or any other sci-fi) #SciFi
- Simcity that I used to know
- Play chess against a transparent intelligence
- Lessons from Game Design, by Will Wright [1:42:10]
- ELI5: How can multiplayer games send information back and forth to players in split-second combat (including processing time), but it takes 2 seconds to load a basic webpage?
- The lessons of Henry Kissinger
- 5 maps that explain China’s strategy
- Chinese Maternity Tourists and the Business of Being Born American
- Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
- Contrary India
- The India-Bangladesh border is a strange place
- Life in authoritarian regimes is mostly boring and tolerable
- Summary of Seeing like a State – vgr reccommended
- Extrastatecraft – vgr recommended
- Vox – 38 maps that explain the global economy
- 26 time-management tricks I wish I’d known at 20
- Goals — A quick guide on how to attain them (Be specific, measurable, tracking, practicality, staying on track)
- Tame Your Inner Routine Rebel by Recognizing These Roadblocks (Desire for control, resentment, guilty pleasures)
- 18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick Scott Young – 30 Days, Daily, Small, Simple, Reminders, Consistency, Buddy, Trigger, Replace, Role Models, Experiment, Visualize,
- Procedural Knowledge Gaps – Less Wrong (Reread!)
- How I Design My Day To Maximize Mental Energy — Brian Balfour’s Coelevate
- GTD as algorithm – Getting Things Done Forums
- 10 GTD “holes” (and how to plug them) – The Experiment-Driven Life Blog – M
- Michael Whatcott – GTD: Mastering Workflow – Processing (as an algorithm) –
- Alternatives to GTD? (Malcolm Ocean)
- Final Version (Mark Foster)
- When Finishing is Easier than Starting basically the pain of accumulated defeats. so you want to accumulate defeats as fast as possible. what stops me from moving faster? fear of pain. how to avoid that? think bigger, see the greater pain. learn to internalise the current pain as superior.
- Bullet Journal (video)
My chemical romance – about quitting smoking
China – Xi Jinping
Italian history – The Prince, Borgias, Medici
Simon Bolivar, Spanish Colonies
East India Company
Atlantic slave trade
Liberating Iraq “Violence is not a way of getting where you want to go, only more quickly. Its existence changes your destination.
Everything is yours, everything is not yours – powerful story of a woman who escaped genocide
‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’ – GWB after 9/11
philosophy existential philosophers & fatherhood
Cafe Hopping: Four Weekends With My Mother-in-law – a blogpost by Jayne, who used to work in the office next to mine. I love how sincerely and passionately Jayne loves food, and almost anything she writes about it is just delicious to read. Enjoy.
Bret Easton Ellis on Living in the Cult of Likability “No matter how genuine or authentic we think we are, we are still manufacturing a construct.”
- The Internet Has An Oral Culture
- Why you should quit the internet (Supernormal Stimuli)
- How the web was won 
- Fuck you and die: An oral history of Something Awful
- How a Small Group of Devotees Are Saving Neopets From Extinction
- I Used to Be a Human Being
- The secret rules of the internet
- When Memes Are Therapy (for people of color and queer folk)
- A Culture Gap the Size of an Ocean, Bridged by Facebook
- The Internet has an Oral Culture
- Bits of Me “She is a pastiche of my patched-together digital detritus.”
- My So-Called (Instagram) Life
- askreddit – what are the best forgotten things on the internet?
Liminal spaces – places where reality is a little altered
Breaking Smart Newsletter: Ambiguity vs Uncertainty – I’ve always liked thinking about how creative work feels different in different contexts and under different constraints. Venkat really explores this well with his classic 2×2 graphs, distinguishing between ambiguity (do I know what I’m looking at?) and uncertainty (is there a clear answer?). Play happens when things are the right amount of ambiguous and the right amount of uncertain. Too much or too little of either and it gets boring, frustrating, etc.
Learning Arabic from Egypt’s Revolution
Top Hacker News Submissions by Category: 2006–2015 some good reads.
#Mindfulness, Mindset, Mind, Cognition
- Hacking the attention economy
- How I got my attention back
- The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership – William Deresiewicz
- How to be a stoic
- How to Develop Mental Toughness: Lessons From 8 Titans
- Life as a non-violent psychopath
- Why Walking Helps Us Think
- ReferralCandy: How We Manage – my team has put together a document about our management principles. It’s loosely influenced in parts by Ray Dalio’s Principles and Andy Grove’s High Output Management. We’re proud of it, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
- Scale yourself
- Killing over-communication: an internal memo from our founders — The Asana Blog
- Startup Lessons from WP Engine founder, Jason Cohen
- 10 Key Andy Grove Quotes on Leadership from High Output Management
- The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give “I only wish I could tell them they will suffer occasionally in this marriage — and not only sitcom-grade squabbles, but possibly even dark-night-of-the-soul despair.”
- What romance really means after 10 years of marriage “Because survival is ugly. Survival means sometimes smelling and sounding the wrong way. It’s one thing for a person to buy you flowers, to purchase a nice dinner, to PROVE that they truly, deeply want to have some good sweet-talky time and some touching time alone with you, and maybe they’d like to do that whole routine forever and ever and ever. […] Once you have kids, even in a first-world country, you enter a kind of simulation of third-world living. You’re feeding one kid with your body while your husband crouches on the floor of a dressing room at the mall, wiping excrement off the other kid’s butt. You and your spouse are slogging through the slop of survival together.”
- How we end up marrying the wrong people
- She Divorced Me Because I Left Dishes by the Sink “The wife doesn’t want to divorce her husband because he leaves used drinking glasses by the sink. She wants to divorce him because she feels like he doesn’t respect or appreciate her, which suggests he doesn’t love her, and she can’t count on him to be her lifelong partner. She can’t trust him. She can’t be safe with him. Thus, she must leave and find a new situation in which she can feel content and secure.”
- The Secret to Love Is Just Kindness
- Lasting relationships are about kindness and generosity – The bit about bids is very interesting
- Esther Perel – The secret to desire in long-term relationships “So we come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide. Give me belonging, give me identity, give me continuity, but give me transcendence and mystery and awe all in one. Give me comfort, give me edge. Give me novelty, give me familiarity. Give me predictability, give me surprise. And we think it’s a given, and toys and lingerie are going to save us with that.”
- Esther Perel – What’s wrong with infidelity? “It’s because fidelity is the last thing left that defines a marriage,” she says. “You don’t need to wait to have sex, you don’t need kids. You don’t even need marriage anymore. The only thing that distinguishes it is that, after years of sexual nomadism, you suddenly say ‘I have finally found the one. You are so extraordinary that I am no longer looking for anything else. For you I promise to be suddenly exclusively monogamous’.” The only hitch, says Perel, is that sexual nomadism doesn’t prepare you for exclusivity. “It’s not as though you got it out of your system. Love and desire aren’t the same thing.”
- Daily Mail – How the Obamas almost split up – not sure how accurate this stuff is, but it reads quite accurately to me.
- I Wasn’t Treating My Husband Fairly, And It Wasn’t Fair
- Quora answers from a divorce lawyer
- The Calculus of Divorce
- How Much Ambition Can a Marriage Sustain?
- The globalization of marriage markets
- ‘I Only Read It For The Interviews’ | Hazlitt Magazine
- Why I Blame TV for Trump – A former cable host says the industry utterly caved to the candidate. “I know from personal experience that it is common practice for TV anchors to have substantial bonuses written into their contracts if they hit ratings marks. With this 2016 presidential soap opera, they are almost surely hitting those marks. So, we get all Trump, all the time.”
- Inside the secret sisterhood of the women who worked at Playboy Turns out Playboy was a really great place to work, even for the women
Motivation (moving forward)
Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion “I suppose that people who live with passion start out with an especially intense desire to complete themselves. We are the only animals who are naturally unfinished. We have to bring ourselves to fulfillment, to integration and to coherence.”
#Money / Finance / $$$$
- ELI5:If I had $10 trillion and wanted to pay off the U.S.’s national debt, whom do i pay?
- Can someone explain why McDonalds stock is only $99.56, and Chipotle’s is $
- a1988eli comments on What do insanely wealthy people buy, that ordinary peo
- How Should You Manage Your Money? And Keep It Short – The New York Times
- Money How Helicopter money works
- Days in the life of a financial advisor
- Universal Basic Income
- The race to retirement
- Early retirement extreme
- Economics-Comics – TPP
- Art Of Money Getting – 20 steps by PT Barnum, 1880
- Ribbonfarm money series
- Learn The Guitar Fingerboard Thoroughly in 16 Days – StumbleUpon
- Guitar Lessons : Steve Vai’s 30 Hour Workout – 30 hour path to virtuoso enl
- “How to Write Chord Progressions in Every Key: The Quick and Easy Equation.
- Music How SimCity made me fall in love with Jazz
- Read more about Mick Gordon’s work on the Doom soundtrack
- How Bass Players Interact with Drummers: Being Conversational with the Kick [10:00] Scott’s Bass Lessons
- Phil X Teaches Rock Soloing Lesson w Pentatonic Scale – Guitar Lessons Rock [8:11]
- John Mayer Guitar Lesson on Periscope 2015 [15:11]
- Lupita Nyong’o and Trevor Noah, and Their Meaningful Roles Trevor Noah: “But you know the irony of #OscarsSoWhite? If you were talking with two white people, they would get to discuss their achievements, their hopes and dreams, maybe a passion project. But we can’t not talk about the Oscars, or we get, “Don’t you care?” But if we do, we get, “Is that all you talk about?” It’s a vicious cycle.”
- I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.
- Why Do We Humanize White Guys Who Kill People?
- What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood (*If you’re not a straight white man.)
- The Two Asian Americas — The New Yorker
- ‘You look like the help’: the disturbing link between Asian skin color and status. – ” I have graciously thanked strangers for insisting that I have mixed heritage and that I don’t look like the typical Filipino. Given the global disdain for our darker skin and our roles as caregivers, it’s no wonder we find comfort in being mistaken for someone we’re not.”
- Atlantic – Letter to my Son, by Ta-Nehisi Coates A black father writes to his 15 year old son.
Math concepts intuitively explained at http://betterexplained.com
Ways of seeing – “A woman is always accompanied, except when quite alone, and perhaps even then, by her own image of herself. While she is walking across a room or weeping at the death of her father, she cannot avoid envisioning herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she is taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does, because how she appears to others – and particularly how she appears to men – is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life.”
BBC: China bans ‘erotic’ banana-eating live streams I found this piece of news really entertaining. Basically young girls are eating bananas erotically for horny men to jerk off to, and presumably they must be getting good money for it.
The foul reign of the biological clock It seems like the concept of the biological clock has been with us forever. In fact, the metaphor was invented in the late 1970s. And it has been used to reinforce sexist ideas ever since
The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness “In pop culture we have “the bachelor pad,” and “the bachelor lifestyle,” but no such phrases for women.”
What does it mean when we call women girls? “When you become a woman is when people come out of your vagina and step on your dreams.”
Bottom-Of-The-Barrel Cuckold Fetishist, Or Spinster Hoax? As I write this, my children are asleep in their room, Loretta Lynn is on the stereo, and my wife is out on a date with a man named Paulo. It’s her second date this week; her fourth this month so far. If it goes like the others, she’ll come home in the middle of the night, crawl into bed beside me, and tell me all about how she and Paulo had sex. I won’t explode with anger or seethe with resentment. I’ll tell her it’s a hot story and I’m glad she had fun. It’s hot because she’s excited, and I’m glad because I’m a feminist.
Recommendations from FemalePersuasion: Faludi’s Backlash, @LizzieWurtzel’s Bitch, @naomirwolf’s The Beauty Myth, Eve Ensler
Loving Machines — Dorothy Howard “Does sleeping with your laptop make you feel less alone?”
Hipsters broke my gaydar “But since you now all wear carabiners as key chains, we lesbians no longer have any private signals to each other. We’re all screwed, except none of us are, because we can’t find one another anymore.”
Economics of sex
Self-Made Man, Norah Vincent [18:42]
A graphic history of sex “It is difficult to live intimately, because we want perfect love and perfect sex and that is very difficult in a long-term relationship. We want a lot more than a reliable person to raise kids with.”
Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels – They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.
Girlboss – is Sophia Amoruso a feminist icon?
$trategic KPI + %Synergy% = Love by Mary-Jane Leo. Published in Ceriph 4, available at BooksActually, Kinokuniya, and GRAPHEME zine lab.
/r/singapore – A Rant on National Service from an NSF – some good stories from an NSF in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, talking about the difficult life-and-death cases they have to deal with.
Vimeo The Lion City II – Majulah [04:42] – a beautiful video of the Singapore cityscape.
Straits Times: Singapore has picked the wrong target in its balance of powers strategy: Global Times commentary – An interesting opinion piece about the future of Singapore’s foreign policy amidst big picture changes – what will happen to us as China becomes more influential in the region? I’m not sure if the author is correct, but it’s worth thinking and talking about.
IPS-Nathan Lectures: Dealing with An Ambiguous World: Can Singapore Cope? A comprehensive lecture by Bilahari Kausikan, talking about the historical and global contexts that Singapore is a part of, and the challenges we’re going to face as a Nation-State moving forward. There are some interesting hints and insights in here– particularly about how other countries think about Singapore.
- Entrepreneurs Are The New Labor
- Employee #1: Dropbox
- tech How Stockholm became a unicorn factory Volvo, IKEA, H&M, Absolut, Ericsson, King
- What makes an entrepreneurial ecosystem? — Welcome to TheFamily
- Amazon – Venkat on Forbes
technology The Deployment Age
https://sites.google.com/site/steveyegge2/tour-de-babel about the various programming languages. check out steve yegge in general, he also has a great post about borderlands 2 and the token economy. and the amazon posts, of course. see also ‘you should write a blog‘.
- BetterExplained – Rote details are the arrows, intuition is the bow
- Disintermediation Theory (And, 5 reasons people complain instead of seeking disintermediation) — Taylor Pearson
- Michel Foucault’s Concepts
- How to become better at smelling and avoiding the many varieties of bullshit
- BetterExplained — Quick Reference Guide
- The Socratic Method How to teach Binary to children.
- Why Do Students Struggle So Much in Math Class?
- Michel Foucault’s concepts
#Time (the nature of)
- A Stranger at the Family Table — The New Yorker Tash Aw
- What Emotions Are (and Aren’t) (NYT)
- Human Emotion: The One Thing the Internet Can’t Buy
- SMBC — ”Each group is some percent crazy assholes.”
- Persuasion – first tell people how they are right
- 1. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the social function of humor (in literature & film) and here’s the thing about “just joking.”
- The Truth About Black Twitter
- “I think you’re fat” – Radical Honesty, AJ Jacobs
- Small talk should be banned – here’s why – to think about, re: dinner parties
- Marketing, Innovation and the Creation of Customers
- Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking
- scams / branding The untold story of Napoleon Hill
- The Price is Right – What advertising does to TV
- Don’t sell a product, sell a whole new way of thinking
- Chickenhawk Nation – The Tragedy of the American Military – “We love our troops but we’d rather not think about them”. “If I were writing such a history now, I would call it Chickenhawk Nation, based on the derisive term for those eager to go to war, as long as someone else is going. It would be the story of a country willing to do anything for its military except take it seriously.”
- Army Deploys Old Tactic in PR War – body counts – can victory be measured by counting the enemy dead?
- VGR: How to become a thoughtful writer
- “Writing is an act of pride”: A conversation with Elena Ferrante
- Why Is Academic Writing So Needlessly Complex?
- how to write for interfaces, by Nicole Fenton
- The origin story of Obama’s “Fired Up, Ready to go” chant
- The Dark Knight – Creating the Ultimate Antagonist [11:00]
- Yale senior wins the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship
- eloquent whining Elizabeth Wurtzel on her one-night-stand life, part 2
- /lit/ guide to Literature http://imgur.com/gallery/U4OHY
- Medieval Fantasy City Generator
- Theory of literary compression
- New Yorker – How to beat writers block, by Maria Konnikova
- Advice to Writers
- How Culture Influences Our Minds in Profound Ways We Don’t Even Realize – how different people around the world think differently – analytic vs holistic, east vs west
- Alan Watts – 8 quotes
- The Idea Of Owning Land (1985, 1997) territoriality