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Remove the legend to become one When I started my first job at Amazon.com, as the first analyst in the strategic planning department, I inherited the work of producing the Analytics Package. From little acorns, mighty rainforests are borne. Have you tried making yourself a more interesting person? Another passed-down tale: a student getting her story back from Barry, with the honest criticism on it: This just isn’t interesting. As I understand it, the student, a whiner, complained, What can I do to make it be interesting? Chimes with some ideas from the book The Charisma Myth (worth a look as well). THIS → Social media is keeping us stuck in the moment The next time you look at social media, I …

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These Are The 8 Friends You Need To Be Happy In Life Do your friends sometimes disappoint you? Ever feel like there is something missing in your relationships? You’re not alone. The real question is, which friend are YOU? This could be a fun Xmas party game… (not really) Over 400 of the world’s most popular websites record your every keystroke, Princeton researchers find The idea of websites tracking users isn’t new, but research from Princeton University released last week indicates that online tracking is far more invasive than most users understand. If this sort of thing worries you, and it should, take action. No-one else cares about your privacy. Inspiring Britain: Glasgow’s cheerful litter-picker on a mission to make …

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Good News Thanksgiving Extravaganza Welcome to the first ever NextDraft Good News Only Thanksgiving Extravaganza. (OK, the name needs work, but candidly, good news is not something I have a ton of experience with.) These stories were submitted by NextDraft readers. If you only want tales full of love, hope, and inspiration. Stop here. What to expect from NHS cervical screening If you live in the UK and have a cervix, chances are you’ll either have already been invited to visit your GP for cervical screening (also known as a ‘smear test’), or you will be aware that you’ll be getting a letter once you reach the age of 25. These are important. Please, if you need to get one …

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Science Is Far Too Often Communicated as a One-Sided Conversation A 17-year-old named Gwen remained in my head after I read a recent story centered around the challenges of teaching climate science — i.e. our human contribution to climate change — to students already skeptical of its existence in rural, post-coal, post-manufacturing America. As with most things, communication is the make or break it seems. In Defense of Coldplay The other day, a friend and I were chatting away and when Coldplay came up — she immediately bashed the band that I secretly and publicly adore. They do get a hard time, I too have been a Coldplay basher but more and more find myself NOT skipping tracks when they come on… …

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The Unforgiving Minute Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon. If you are a man, and you only read one thing from this list. READ THIS. LEGO Lawnmower Man Kinetic Sculpture A kinetic LEGO sculpture of a man pushing a lawnmower. Inspired by Josh David’s lawnmower model (https://youtu.be/_1T15UydfEs), I decided it needed a figure, so combined it with the figure from my Sisyphus model. If you are a man and you haven’t read the previous article, sod off Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor …

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Why Is It You Can Sense When Someone’s Staring at You? Say you’re engrossed in a task, scrolling through your phone or reading a book. Suddenly that creepy, prickly feeling grabs hold of you. Someone’s staring. You turn to find out who it is. Be they friend or foe, the feeling itself seems like an eerie sort of 6th sense. Wait, what, you mean this isn’t just me?! 80+ Epic Design Fails You’ll Find Hard To Believe Actually Happened For the LOLs How Can We Live Beautifully in an Age of Vitriol? These are days of snark and bluster. How do we live better and communicate more beautifully? Social media is amazing. Social media sucks. Like anything, balance can be …

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Single, Unemployed and Suddenly Myself I was 37, single, unemployed and depressed because in a couple of months I was going to be moving out of my studio apartment on East 23rd Street in Manhattan and in with my mother in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Reading more and more articles about this kinda thing. Resonating. Dogs have pet facial expressions to use on humans, study finds Showing tongues and puppy eyes, and facial movement in general, was more likely when scientists faced the animals, suggesting conscious communication. But LOOKIT SOOOO CUTE WIF DEM EYES!!! Kids? Just say no In 2006, I published a book called Better Never to Have Been. I argued that coming into existence is always a serious harm. …

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I don’t often muck about with the order of what follows, I tend to list things in the order I’ve read/bookmarked them. But given there was one topic that dominated and resonated I’ve bumped them all together. I’d urge any men to read the first few links in particular, especially if you’ve missed the horrifying build of the #metoo on social media this week (horrifying in terms of the numbers as they rose and rose through the week). Two alternatives to #WomenBoycottTwitter that don’t rely on women’s silencing After Twitter extending their risible “abuse” policy to a suspension of a celebrity white woman speaking out against sexual violence, the problems in their model have been laid bare, and to my …

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag, Star Wars and presenting this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards When Phoebe Waller-Bridge was writing Fleabag, her show about a chaotic twentysomething woman who, as she winningly puts it, “w**ks down the barrel of the camera”, she had just started dating the man who is now her husband. Massive fan of this very talented person. If you haven’t seen Fleabag, find it, watch it now. I’m getting really fed up recommending it to people WHO HAVEN’T WATCHED IT YET!! ’Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on …

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Infertility and Me: Part One Where do you start telling people life hasn’t been too swell for the last couple of years? That you didn’t want to push anyone away but that keeping your head down and getting on with it felt like the only way to survive? A series of posts that you should read. Brave and honest writing, the more voices on this the easier it should be for others. 7 Pieces of Wisdom That Will Change the Way You Work “If wisdom were offered me on the one condition that I should keep it shut away and not divulge it to anyone,” said Roman philosopher Seneca, “I should reject it. There is no enjoying the possession of …

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