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How Google Responds to US Government Requests for User Data


10:54 pm
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What Will I Learn in My 40s?

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”..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


10:24 am
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Remember: If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat!


12:20 pm
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Distraction and Procrastination

”..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


11:42 pm
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Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

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


04:15 pm
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Incredible world built into a language: Stephen Wolfram’s Introduction to the Wolfram Language


12:44 am
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Super cool Daft Punk - Get Lucky cover by Daughter

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10:33 pm
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Siri just broke up with me!

She said something about a book that she was reading; words and spaces. I don’t get it… Whatever..


12:21 am
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New Algorithm Can Recognize Objects Without Any Human Help

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We’re all good! Just dress up as a bush. 

Via ScienceDaily


05:55 pm
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What do you think you get if you add 1+2+3+4+5+… all the way on up to infinity? Probably a massively huge number, right? Nope. You get a small negative number: -1/12

Via Jason via Kottke


09:50 am
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Will Your Novel Be a Best-Seller?

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


12:32 am
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You Should Sleep in Total Darkness

You might want to think about the light that bleeds in to your bedroom from street lights.

"The part of your brain that controls your biological clock is the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN), a group of cells in the hypothalamus. These cells respond to light and dark signals. The optic nerves in our eyes senses light and transmits a signal to the SCN telling the brain that it’s time to wake up. It also kickstarts other processes, like raising body temperature and producing hormones like cortisol.

Our cortisol levels are relatively low at night, allowing us to sleep, and higher during the day, allowing for the stabilization of energy levels and the modulation of immune function. But LAN unnaturally elevates cortisol levels at night, which disrupts sleep and introduces a host of problems relating to body-fat levels, insulin resistance, and systemic inflammation. It also contributes to sleep debt and a disruption the neuroregulation of appetite.

But if our rooms are dark at night, there’s no optic signal to the SCN, so our bodies pump out the much needed melatonin. Moreover, our melatonin levels are regulated according to the amount of exposure we had to light during the previous day.”

Via io9: Why we need to sleep in total darkness


03:39 pm
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Snapping Photos Distracts You From Living Your Life

Snapping photographs rather than just taking in an experience prevents memories from fully sinking in, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science. 

I am also in agreement with this argument entirely:

”..By fetishizing the frame of a photo and the act of recording, you take yourself out of the moment. It’s not that you’re not paying attention, it’s that you’re viewing reality through a conceptual framework of “media.”

Being out of the moment is rarely good. There are probably a ton of things you could realize or understand when watching a sunset sans camera that you’d never think of when you were paying attention to it through a screen. You’re mediating reality.

It’s not wrong to take photos, but it is wrong to constantly want to record everything and to make a habit of putting borders around your world, to make reality infinitely and ambiguously editable in your mind.

In addition, it’s completely insane to never want to have a private moment. Private moments with something noteworthy add to our sense of identity.

One more thing, you look like a fucking moron most of the time you’re holding your phone up to something beautiful. Just the act of putting an object between yourself and what ever you’re interacting with is both an “all too human” act and “inhumane” act. Body language matters.”


05:41 pm
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How Language Seems To Shape One’s View Of The World

"Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right. She says the difference lies in language. Boroditsky, an associate professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego, says the Australian aboriginal language doesn’t use words like left or right. It uses compass points, so they say things like "that girl to the east of you is my sister."

Read the whole thing at NPR


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The dentist’s office should just put a sign in the lobby that says “You’re not flossing enough” and be done with it.