"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control." - Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb "When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and […]
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Science education vs. high-profile ignorance | Ars Technica In what passes for political discourse in the US these days, state school board hearings provided citizens with the opportunity to accuse the new standards of being simultaneously fascism and socialism. The Courier-Journal quotes a Baptist minister as saying, "Outsiders are telling public school families that we […]
When you're old, things seem to rush by. Why? Possible answer: because we stop learning. It’s simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again. Learn something that requires sustained effort; do something novel.
Steve Jobs did it. Einstein supposedly did it. Even Charlie Brown did it. So did this woman, for a year, and she wrote about it.
I've never cared for the "everyody wins" nature of modern youth sports, and I care quite a bit less for the fact that girls are excluded from sport by way of people looking down on them competing as if it's not "lady-like" or some such nonsense. This article explores the link between successful women and […]
Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, […]
There are some particularly good letters among the tens published by ESPN.
McDonald's Theory I use a trick with co-workers when we're trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald's. An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can't possibly go to McDonald's, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic! This is often why brainstorming works. The goal […]
NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay, and the fact that this rates as news shows just how far behind we are where we should be when it comes to this kind of stuff. This kind of stuff will not be news in 20 years. Hopefully it won't be news in ten, or five. […]
a show :: thoughts on the creative career This applies to more than the creative career, though as Ze points out, it probably doesn't apply to being a surgeon. A golf instructor, though, would qualify. As Nike used to say: just do it.
Chuq: Now having successfully buried the lede, it turns out that a decade ago I weighed 367. Today I weighed in at 398.4. That means over the last decade I’ve gained a net 31.4 pounds, which translates do 3.14 pounds a year (Mmmm…. Pi!), or a mere 1/4 of a pound a month (sorry about […]
Correct me where I'm wrong. There's a strong biological component to homosexuality in human beings. Nature (or "choice") plays a small role. There's no one "gay gene" or anything, but human sexuality is a complex mix of things, but genetics and biology play an incredibly large role in determining someone's hetero- or homo-sexuality.
Funny. But then again xkcd almost always is.