4 hours ago

A quote from http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/how-a-hero-narrative-can-transform-the-self/

"The American psychologist Roy Baumeister writes: ‘People may claim they are inspired by the Delphic command to “know thyself” but the self they tend to seek is one that is uniquely superior to others and in control of outcomes.’ There is something in that which connects people such as me to those who are more optimistic and confident. I’ve sought this knowledge about change, in the first place, because facts bring order. Once I know how change works, I can decide, I can act, I can attempt to calm the chattering dissonance. (…) The only thing I ever wanted was the illusion of control."

22 hours ago

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A quote from John Henry Newman, The Definition of a Gentleman (via senecasredoubt)

"He never speaks of himself except when compelled, never defends himself by a mere retort; he has no ears for slander or gossip, is scrupulous in imputing motives to those who interfere with him, and interprets everything for the best. He is never mean or little in his disputes, never takes unfair advantage, never mistakes personalities or sharp saying for arguments, or insinuates evil which he dare not say out. From a long-sighted prudence, he observes the maxim of the ancient sage, that we should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend. He has too much good sense to be affronted at insults, he is too well employed to remember injuries, and too indolent to bear malice. He is patient, forbearing, and resigned, on philosophical principles; he submits to pain, because it is inevitable, to bereavement, because it is irreparable, and to death, because it is his destiny."

1 day ago

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A quote from

The Love of Books Philobiblon of Richard De Bury


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"A library of wisdom, then, is more precious than all wealth, and all things desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever, therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, aye even of the faith, must needs become a lover of books."

1 week ago

A quote from http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/in-our-digital-world-are-young-people-losing-the-ability-to-read-emotions

"Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs,” said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the UCLA College and senior author of the study. “Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues — losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people — is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills."

1 month ago

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Audiobook for HOMELAND, read by Wil Wheaton, DRM-free in Itunes!


I’d really appreciate it if you’d reblog this.

Normally, Itunes will only sell you DRM-crippled audiobooks that are locked to it and to Amazon’s Audible service. However, by listing my independently produced audiobook for HOMELAND (the sequel to Little Brother) as a “spoken word” title, I’ve…

2 months ago

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A quote from Franz Kafka

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief."

2 months ago

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A cartoon by William Haefeli. For more cartoons from this week’s issue of the magazine: http://nyr.kr/S8nR0r


A cartoon by William Haefeli. For more cartoons from this week’s issue of the magazine: http://nyr.kr/S8nR0r

3 months ago

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4:25-4:50 “…you only see the loudmouths, sometimes you forget  that there’s someone in the back who’s been waiting for a year to her you play “skyway“ or something. Those are the ones that are too shy to come up and talk to you. Those are the ones you wanna run out and hug and say-we did it for you!“

3 months ago

XX reasons why you should be cheering for…Buzzfeed revenue?


Scrolling my newsfeed I’ve noticed a status update that Davor Bruketa of Bruketa&Zinic posted tagging some of his friends. It’s a link to 11 Reasons Why You Should Cheer For Croatia, a typical buzzfeed list. But what struck my attention is why would a tech savy professional share such click-bait material? As it turns out, Buzzfeed has a World Cup feed over at Buzzfeed.com/worldcup and every few days they make up a pretty noninteresting list of facts about national teams that will be participating in the Cup such as 15 Reasons You Should Be Cheering For Uruguay During The World Cup, 11 Things You Need To Know About Russia’s World Cup Team etc., you get it. This is nothing new for Buzzfeed, an exploiter of all things interesting, viral and noteworthy. By saying that, I mean that I sometimes find myself relating to some of their lists and saying to myself: “of course! “,“Spot on!“. The list maker, myself and other connoisseurs of 36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die are on the same wavelength because some of those lists are made by insiders of that topic. This is not the case with these World Cup lists, Americans are not soccer (football) people. They might be developing a sports culture of that sort but I doubt that Conz Preti, Luke Bailey and Matt Kiebus etc. really know what they are doing here, as they have compiled most of these lists for every one of these World Cup national teams. That’s their job and we can’t blame them for trying but it just doesn’t seem to justify the uninterestingness. Maybe Buzzfeed readership doesn’t care about soccer? Their 51.3% American percentage of visitors shure indicates something, but whatever it indicates, Americans (as they so often do, to generalize) should not get lousy info about something that they initially know little about, and international readers should not joyously perpetuate Buzzfeed’s weak spots. Or am I just expecting waaaaaay too much out of a site like Buzzfeed?! Am i just obsessed with analyzing my feeds?! Either way-just because your National team got mentioned on Buzzfeed doesn’t make it cool.

Written by: Luka Tomas

3 months ago

40 maps that explain the internet

The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it’s used by people around the world.