Assorted brainy things related to being a human

January 26, 2014


It's been a while; I have an assortment of things that I'm not sure what to do with. Here they all are pretty much at random.

###Including You

There was this awesome reading on Radiolab half a year ago, and it definitely deserves a listen. It's by Jenny Hollowell and it starts about 3 and a half minutes in. It's called "A History Of Everything, Including You".

###Universal Inner Child

Check out this piece from BrainPickings on Ted Hughes and a letter he wrote his son. It's dense, but worth it. My notes: Ted writes that we build a secondary self, as armor to cope with the world, and that our inner child never grows up, unless we let it. When that armor is pierced, we are scared, or angry, emotional in some way. Those times, that is when we grow.

###How to Stay Sane

Another Brain Picking. Philippa Perry tells us to be careful what stories we expose ourselves to:

If we do not have a mind used to hearing good news, we do not have the neural pathways to process such news.

That's something to think about, what with all these dramatic headlines competing for clicks.

There's a really great bit about optimism too:

I am not advocating the kind of optimism that means you blow all your savings on a horse running at a hundred to one; I am talking about being optimistic enough to sow some seeds in the hope that some of them will germinate and grow into flowers.

Sow some seeds!

###Derailed - Social Currency

A very honest piece about the cost of putting value into the emptiness of gamified social websites.

###As a Man Thinketh

One of my grandfather's favorites, with some empowering arguments. You control your destiny and actions, at the very root of your thoughts and through the use of your time.

(Pending macro-economic influences, of course.)

###Such a Worry-Wart

I worry, but I also believe worrying doesn't help much of anything. This post had a great piece of advice: set aside time for worrying, and do your worrying then. Maybe 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 more at night if you need it. Otherwise, forgeddabouttit.

###Some exposure to Paul Graham

From this post on what modern business can learn from open-source.

On "bloggers" as a "fad":

Actually, the fad is the word "blog," at least the way the print media now use it. What they mean by "blogger" is not someone who publishes in a weblog format, but anyone who publishes online. That's going to become a problem as the Web becomes the default medium for publication. So I'd like to suggest an alternative word for someone who publishes online. How about "writer?"


Those in the print media who dismiss the writing online

because of its low average quality are missing an important point: no one reads the average blog. In the old world of channels, it meant something to talk about average quality, because that's what you were getting whether you liked it or not. But now you can read any writer you want. So the average quality of writing online isn't what the print media are competing against. They're competing against the best writing online.

Russell Matney

Russell Matney

Writing, Stories, Software, Indie Games


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