Weekend Reading

My Name Is Paul, And I Don’t Have Depression Before I start, let me paint you a picture of my Dad. Imagine you are looking at a newspaper clipping of a workers strike from the 1970’s. My dad is the third guy on the left. In his prime he worked three jobs, seven days a week. Monday to Friday he would work 6.30am – 6pm as a factory foreman. Touching article, proof you never know how mental health might kick in Winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest The winning entries of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced. The 2016 Photo of the Year is a haunting nighttime image of refugees climbing through razor …

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KING: Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies Thirteen years ago, USA Today obtained 74 pages of explosive court documents on Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the University of Tennessee, and Florida Southern College that revealed allegations of a sexual-assault scandal, cover up, and smear campaign of the victim that was so deep, so widespread. Horrific, and not the only example of this type of cover-up. PR and Marketing over … decency? How People Learn to Become Resilient Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent …

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My family of four uses Slack and now we can’t imagine life without it Everything changed for the better when we started using Slack at work. We’ve made countless custom integrations; doorbells, intercoms, travel cards, Reddit, lunch menus, git hooks, server monitoring, you name it—we have it. My family has been using Google Calendar for a few years. My poly ‘family’ has used Google Calendar for ages, invaluable when working across four schedules. The geek in me thinks Slack could be a fun thing to try too. Where the bodies are buried Even before she became an anatomy student, Sue Black was used to death. From the age of 13 she had worked every Saturday at a local butcher’s shop. …

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The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. Science continues to boggle my mind (ha, geddit!) New York Is Going to Turn Off Niagara Falls. Here’s How After the construction of a cofferdam, the American Falls (left center) was significantly reduced, while the Horseshoe Falls (right) roared louder than ever. Engineering continues to amaze me. Anatomy of a good sticky note For many of our teams, the ‘unit of data’ in qualitative user research is the sticky note – or, more precisely, units of information captured onto sticky notes. People often …

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Weekend Reading

The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy Years ago, my mother complained about a terrible earache. The pain was unbearable. And it wouldn’t go away — for a week, she walked around with a debilitating ringing in her head. I always find articles about everyday items like these fascinating; how does the usage change? You’ll Spend 3.5 Days of Your Life Untangling Headphones Now instead of just being frustrated that my headphones are always tangled, now I’ll get to enjoy knowing I’m wasting a few days of my life. Untangle 4 times a day. I dunno, the estimates seem a bit light. Should Fiction Be Timeless? Pop Culture References in Contemporary Novels Should fiction be timeless? …

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A long week, or so it felt, as the lurgy caught me. Not so much reading, a lot of sleeping! 12 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But An Anxious Mind Outgoing people with anxious minds – or minds that overthink – tend to feel anxiety the most intensely, often because we don’t talk about it. And by “often” I mean never. Our anxiety is a contrast to our big, bold personalities. Strangers would never guess it. I manage to keep most of my anxiety squashed down, not always though. Never presume you know someone from the A Neuroscientist on the Calming Powers of the To-Do List 1. Those who make lists. 2. Those who don’t. And, as one scientist …

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Morning constant reader, another swathe of random posts. Enjoy!! How We Learn Fairness A pair of brown capuchin monkeys is sitting in a cage. From time to time, their caretakers give them tokens, which they can then exchange for food. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that capuchin monkeys prefer grapes to cucumbers. I love this kind of article, helps me understand myself better How could I read more books? Agatha Christie read 200 books every year, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets through a book a fortnight. President Theodore Roosevelt read a book a day, and increased this to two or three when he had a quiet night. But how can mere mortals get through more? Yup, I’m doing Goodreads …

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Weekend Reading

A bumper issue this week because I’ve had a little more time to read (because I’m making more time). I think I’ll be more selective moving forward though, but here is what I found interesting this week. Thicker Than Water In the 1986 John Hughes-penned film Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald plays Andie Walsh, a quick-witted, externally tough, yet entirely sympathetic fashion-savvy teenager with a preference for New Wave. In the way of teenage movie clichés, Andie is from the “wrong side of the tracks. http://ift.tt/1TDPzMS 19 Books To Read Before The Movie Comes Out In 2016 What it’s about: This is the true account of six soldiers and what they braved during 13 hours when the U.S. State Department …

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Weekend Reading

Happy New Year to you all! A shorter list this week, being posted via my phone on (barely) a 3G signal from the banks of Loch Lomond – I can see the Loch from where I’m sitting – enjoy!! The Believer – Destroy All Monsters This article is divided into two parts: a manual and a scenario. The first part, the manual, is an exposition of the game Dungeons & Dragons: what it is, how… http://ift.tt/16Of6xi I have never played D&D, but always found the idea of it fascinating. Going Pro I’ve been wanting to do this for five years now and it’s finally happened. I sold my MacBook Pro to go all-in on iPad as my main personal computer. …

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Boxing Day Reading

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, now it’s time to sit back and relax, grab that turkey sandwich, and maybe a few of the following will help get you through until it’s time for a nap. Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, some of whom knew him as a lecturer who taught psychology, holding forth in a deep baritone voice. Read: http://ift.tt/1GG2bPP Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams Sometime in July 2012, Suzan Russaw and her husband, James, received a letter from their landlord asking them to vacate …

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