August was a busy month for me. Some things I did outside of the blog:
Noise in my Head E207 on Network Ops
Noise in my Head E208 no sugar for 500+ days
New writings on Medium
Now, for a review of the posts over the last 3+ weeks!
How Languages Evolve: Visual Guide – A four minute video that illustrates how languages evolve
Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter – 23 things you can do each day to get and be smarter
Tourists beware: scams to watch out for – An infographic of 40 common tourist scams from around the world
Advice for job seekers: Why you need to be interesting – Because sadly, you’re probably not as precious a snowflake as you might hope
Perspective on labels and fixed mindset thinking – Another post about fundamental attribution error, and a good example to help you understand why it matters
Warning signs of bad company culture – More from the user beware realm
Clever way to bridge the language divide – And connect people!
Want (or need) a 3D printing pen? They make those now
Sole power: charge gadgets while you walk – Forward, March!
Want to help animals? Can’t adopt? Here are some other ways – There are always more ways to help than you might think
Gender Marketing aka Why is there a male and female version of everything? – A video (with transcript) that might open your eyes to just how dumb advertisers basically think we are
Functioning Labels and Person First may do more harm than good – Something I’ve posted about before and had to post a correction/update now that I’ve learned better
Terms to Know if Your Child Struggles With Executive Functioning Issues – Identify the signs and get help to give your child the best chance to function effectively
To “Like” or not to “Like”, turns out there’s really no question – Two separate experiments, and the lessons that can be learned from interacting with content via the “Like” button on Facebook
Rethink Homelessness – If you think homeless people are all just lazy and aren’t trying to be useful to society, you may want to think again
Playing violin during brain surgery – Because that’s how the doctor would be able to find the root of the problem
The Gender Map: How well do we really understand gender? (not very) – A short little video (and transcript) that helps us navigate the complex world of gender, hopefully just a bit more effectively
How the sun sees you, and why you should wear sunscreen! – UV light is not a friend of our skin, this is a pretty startling demonstration of what some innocent sunlight exposure does to us
Glitch Textiles: hacking a circuit board to make unique art – The first entry into a new category here on the site: “Art Driven by Curiosity”!
Learn about some very cool physics phenomena with Derek Muller – Veritasium does some of my absolute most favourite videos. Come, watch magnetic cereal, and other cool stuff!
There are no stupid questions when you are learning something new – A poster (and soon to be t-shirt) that fits in with the philosophy and spirit of this site!
Cell Fate Conversion in the form of a subway map – Seeing it in this form makes it a lot easier for my puny mind to begin to “understand”
Humans Need Not Apply – Will automation render humanity “unemployable”? CGP Grey seems to think so, and he makes a very strong case
Body Acceptance like you’re probably never seen before – A true instance of leading by example
This concert is for the birds – When nature decides to be a part of human art
Last month’s recap – July 20, 2014
Things have been slower here for a few weeks while my attention has been bluehost优惠码 pulled elsewhere, and the focus of the blog may change again, but for good reasons.
Also, I just published my latest piece .
– Still pondering this question, shared some new ideas and insight
– a quote graphic to help those just trying to get by
– my prior Medium article
– Another “update from the field” so to speak. I briefly review a few self organization/productivity apps and the has been overhauled
– An image from social media inspires me to write a post about writing, and ‘getting over the hump’
– A second, more comprehensive post about Soylent, and another similar (arguably more “natural”) product called 100%Food.
– a few pieces I’ve come across in my travels that you might enjoy
– I found an article detailing why Myers-Briggs is both unscientific and inaccurate, so look into that
Stay tuned for some new podcast episodes soon. Scheduling has been making them difficult to record, but they are coming.
Sorry for breaking routine folks, doing my best to roll with some punches and shifting priorities. This blog will be morphing slightly going forward as I begin working on some new projects, which I’ll be very excited to announce when I can. Also, the latest episode of Noise in my Head is a two parter full of all kinds of good information.
In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been posting about on here for the last few weeks:
The Deepest Hole on the Planet – What we learned from drilling 0.02% of the way into the earth’s crust
How or why does a hot shower clear your sinuses? – I reflect on the nuisance of having a headcold, and one simple, but brief remedy
Listen to Adam Savage talk about hearing loss and the state of hearing aids – Some wisdom from one half of the Mythbusters
Soylent: An alternative to food if you’re looking for one – Do you consider having to stop being productive to cook, and eat? If so, this might be a solution for you
Consumer Awareness: Don’t fall for the decoy! – Something from the psych files here, the more you know, the less you get conned out of your hard earned money!
Five creatures that aren’t dinosaurs – Just what the title implies. We mistake a lot of creatures for dinosaurs
Are some animals psychic? Spoiler alert: No – Another podcast spotlight to teach us about our psychological fallibility and biases
Multiply big numbers easily, using lines (not calculators!) – A really simple, easy math trick that made me go “heck yes!”
Ten things everyone should know about science – including shortened, tweetable versions
Pink and Blue and Other Colours Too – An entrepreneur spotlight, a look at gender issues, solutions, and the latest episode of my podcast
Reviving Old Technologies – time to dig out your old cassette tapes – Sony is bringing back magnetic tape, and putting blu-ray to shame in the process
Some words of inspiration for the students out there – One teacher tells you what good teachers are really thinking, and it may surprise you
Why it’s good to be a Jack of all Trades – Tim Ferriss gives us 5 great arguments in favour of not specializing. Polymaths rejoice
Previous Recap – May 4, 2014.
I have switched to doing these recaps every 2 weeks as I don’t get to post as much anymore and it seems a bit silly to me to do a recap of just a handful of posts.
Eyeball floaters – If you’ve ever wondered about them, wonder no more!
Adrienn Banhegyi Master Jump Roper – you’ve never seen someone jump rope like this!
Thinking about a new computer or hard drive? – A review of 3 top hard drive manufacturer’s and their failure rates. Hooray consumer protection!
The problem with Facebook – Veritasium on YouTube breaks down how the social network works, and how it is actually doing you a disservice
The energy we use is the energy it loses – how energy works in chemical bonds, some logic problems, and some things you didn’t know about skunks
22 Amazing natural land formations around the world – planning to go travelling? Check this out
When clever quotes don’t hold up – no matter how clever, no quote frees you up from having to be a decent human being
Casual Love – a blog post about taking some of the pressure off the word love, and how to approach someone you’re interested in if you’re not necessarily looking to get serious right away
You can’t re-invent the wheel, but you can re-invent table tennis – One man does a pretty good job of having as much fun during competition as he can, and manages to get others to join him
Some interesting ways to hack your home – here are 33 neat ideas for upgrading your living space, though most of them probably aren’t especially cheap
Browser extension to stop clickbait headlines – Downworthy aims to help make the internet less sensationalistic
Not your average book club – I attend a book club based around science and philosophy, and get my mind bent in a fun way
Consciousness and Music – learn a little bit more about consciousness through this video
When the going gets tough, the tough get going – 19 hard things that can help you be more successful if you do them
Curious about Geology? Listen to this – I find a new podcast about science, and a particularly good episode about geology
Beat procrastination, gamify productivity? – if you like games but have trouble getting things done, maybe HabitRPG can help
Petroleum Jelly – more interesting than you’d think – I got randomly curious and researched petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline), and was pleasantly surprised