US spending on science, space, and technology
Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation
Constantly to chase after what’s interesting is to miss something crucial about life.
Interestingness gives the mind something to chew on – but the best experiences come when you stop chewing.
When you’re watching a stunning sunset, Eckhart Tolle asks, “could you say, ‘This sunset is interesting’? Only if you were trying to write a PhD about sunsets… Truly look, and then what you’re looking at goes beyond interesting… There’s nothing interesting about it, and yet it’s awe-inspiring.”
How Google Responds to US Government Requests for User Data
”..When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend.”
A nice quote from a nice NYT article (note to self: Google what else you can say in place of “article”). Long story —which you should read in my opinion, short: you learn how not to give a shit to what people think of you.
via NYT: What You Learn In Your 40s
Remember: If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat!
”..Every morning I tell myself, Today has to be productive — and then something happens that prevents me from writing… Something always happens. Each morning I already know I will be able to waste the whole day. There is always something to do: go to the bank, the post office, pay some bills … always some bureaucratic tangle I have to deal with..” - Italo Calvino
via Brain Pickings
During ordinary life, time appears to pass at a normal pace, and we use markers like the start of the workday, weekends, and bedtime to assess the rhythm of things. But once we go on vacation, the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and experiences injects a disproportionate amount of novelty that causes these two types of time to misalign. The result is a warped perception of time.
via brain pickings
Incredible world built into a language: Stephen Wolfram’s Introduction to the Wolfram Language
She said something about a book that she was reading; words and spaces. I don’t get it… Whatever..
We’re all good! Just dress up as a bush.
The short answer is “no” with 99.9% confidence rate. However, I like the study (read below) and the potential of turning this methodology into an easy-to-use tool like “spell checker” in MS Words for politics, movies, advertising…
”..Scientists have developed an algorithm which can analyse a book and predict with 84 per cent accuracy whether or not it will be a commercial success. A technique called statistical stylometry, which mathematically examines the use of words and grammar, was found to be “surprisingly effective” in determining how popular a book would be..”
Read more at Telegraph