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Life

March 02, 2015

"If anything I exult in the quantity of decisions."

Amen, James Lileks, Amen.

I know where everything is. I have never felt overwhelmed by the quantity of decisions I am required to make, because I have in my head a set of standards: price, quality, how the excesses in this item will be offset by the virtues in this other one, and so on. If anything I exult in the quantity of decisions. To live in a land with 17 types of canned corn! 

February 24, 2015

"Why We Need to See the Stars"

Good argument.

Throughout all of history, the stars have served as humanity's quintessential source of curiosity.

What happens when we are shielded from celestial inspiration, and from truly seeing our place in the Cosmos? Do we look down and wonder less? Do we lose our sense of scale? Does our ingrained drive to explore dwindle?

Oscar Wilde: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

February 19, 2015

"The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai"

Very interesting, but it sounds easier said than done.

February 17, 2015

"My neighborhood revolution, one letter at a time"

Outstanding. Pass it along to your favorite do-gooding Liberal with the suggestion that instead of plumping for more big government, he or she should spend some time teaching a little kid to read. Or even better, an adult.

The number of illiterate people in our country is criminal. The number of people who are aware of the literacy rate and choose to do nothing is even more criminal. Convincing people to read in a society where the primary use for books is decorations and drink coasters will be extremely difficult; however, I think we can do it if we work together collectively and just take it one word, one sentence, one paragraph and one book at a time.

February 03, 2015

"17 things I wish they taught in college"

Simply fabulous. I recommend the whole thing, but here are five of the ones I liked best:

An introduction to brevity: Student turns in an essay, professor deletes every other word and shows them how much better it sounds. . . . 

Things you were taught but should quickly forget: A group of business owners tells students what theories their business professors taught that are theoretical nonsense and should be disregarded as soon as possible. . . .

Statistics for real people: Regardless of major. And practical statistics, with real-world problems that you'd actually encounter and can solve with a calculator or Excel. . . .

An examination of the easiest ways to ruin your life: Course has three parts: debt, diet, and exercise. . . . 

Understanding compound interest 101: Students are given one homework assignment on the first day, two on the next day, four on the next, then eight, 16, 32. Once someone points out how absurd this is the professor says, "Yes, it's completely absurd. Now go invest your money."

February 02, 2015

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck"

Hugely better than I expected from the title.

January 29, 2015

"11 Things You'll Regret In Your 30s"

For my money, a fine list

January 14, 2015

"This List Proves You're Never Too Old To Do Something Amazing"

An example from every age from 1 to 100.

January 05, 2015

"I Didn’t Want Kids, But I’m Glad I Got Them"

Moving.

I don’t regret finally coming home to be the primary caretaker for our children, who are four, two, and 10 months. But sometimes being with them does make me angry. At least once every day, without fail, all three scream at me simultaneously while I can’t attend to them momentarily because I need to handle something else, like muffins burning in the oven or changing a tomato-covered shirt. Or, like now, they’re hooting up their bedroom at 10 o’clock although I’ve been in there threatening them four times already. The very first time, I took away their nightlight after I found them in the bathroom, “going potty” and smearing liquid soap all over the mirror. It’s taken me no less than a half hour to write these 150 words.

In such moments, however, I never find myself wishing I were back at the office, wearing clean clothes and working for more than three minutes without interruption. Truly. And I’m more surprised than anyone to find this my new reality. I do wish the kids would shut up already, but not to be away from them, doing something more important. I did not expect that. Nor did I expect to feel, when complaining about their aggravating and never-ending antics, simultaneously that I adore them.

In my family we had an acronym for the feeling Ms. Pullman describes: TMB. It stood for "Too much baby".

December 23, 2014

"What I learned about America by eating my way around the country"

A "West Coast liberal" discovers good fellowship and truth at the Redneck Riviera:

“It’s very hard to have an argument when you have a mouthful of ribs.”

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