Web Miscellany: Compilation #7

Hey there! How has your week been? Mine has challenged to practice patience as I navigate the consequences of other peoples’ mistakes. I keep thinking of the book Bird By Bird, in which Anne Lamott states the importance of taking everything one step at a time. This mindfulness has helped me seek out, and find, small instances of joy in each day.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m planning to sleep in, check out the farmer’s market, visit my parents, and hopefully catch up with a friend or two.

  1. The Risk of Discovery. “Maybe the smartness and the craziness were not as separate as we think.”
  2. The new formula for intelligenceGrit + Imagination + Skills = Intelligence
  3. AI can now manipulate people’s movements in fake videos. Simply terrifying.
  4. How do you feel about implanted RFID chips?
  5. Abridged Classics: Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read (But Probably Didn’t)
  6. The NSA recently declassified it’s internal security promotion posters. They’re fascinating, bizarre, and made me realize that security has been of huge importance in the US for at least 70 years.
  7. I’ve been listening to one of my favorite instrumental albums this week, Eluvium’s Copia. Check out Reciting the Airships, Radio Ballet, and Indoor Swimming at the Space Station.
  8. Quote I’m thinking about: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy
  9. “If you base a society on a conception of self that is about achievement, not character, you will wind up with a society that is demoralized; that puts little emphasis on the sorts of moral systems that create harmony within people, harmony between people and harmony between people and their ultimate purpose.” From David Brooks.
  10. Life expectancy may be predicted by the size of a tiny structure at the center of a cell that called nucleoli. The smaller the size the longer the lifespan. Food restriction and exercise have been shown to shrink nucleoli in humans.
  11. Do you have a cat? Does he whine an hour after being fed? If so, you’ll appreciate this.
  12. Fascinating Rube Golberg machine.

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