This Is Your Night Brain

I’m not a player, I just blog a lot. Below are 7 articles that interested me this week, along with some new jams. Sign up here to receive all this every Sunday via email.

Defending Technology

People complain that the Internet’s withering their attention span, destroying their memory, and ruining real conversation. But this piece defends Internet technology. “Every day now there’s something new to replace the old way of doing a crucial thing that was hard to do.” There’s never been a better time to connect with the world and learn from each other. I’d never want to go back to pre-Internet.

This Is Your Night Brain

Sleeping through the night is a missed opportunity for peak creativity, which occurs halfway through the night when the brain is already in a dream-like state. Here’s why broken sleep is a golden time for productivity. Reconsider the 4AM wakeup call.

Unclogging the Mind’s Arteries

“This is going to be a very busy day. I won’t be able to meditate for an hour. I’ll have to meditate for two.”

So said Mahatma Gandhi. The same people that are creating Internet connected devices are the same ones doing all the unplugging. Technology induces stress. So try to be still.*

+ The Atlantic: Would anyone notice if you ever stopped working at work?

The Wooping Technique

The brain can’t distinguish between imagination and reality. So dream away. But know such trickery can also beget disappointment. Perhaps a more pragmatic way of approaching positive thinking: The Wooping technique.

Call Me, Maybe?

Why do people fav your tweet/like your IG photo but never text you back? This is the conundrum of 21st communication. I wrote about a similar issue earlier this well. It’s good to see I’m thinking straight.

“10 Years of Silence”

It takes 10 years of silence or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to be successful. That is, if you’re “practicing deliberately.” Don’t worry about the end goal, just practice.

Here’s a word of caution for the Internet-connected Amafessionals.


ADHD is just a symptom of boredom. Apparently the natural fix for A.D.H.D. is to join a startup. What a way to medicate your problems away.

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Tunes of the week

  1. Billie Black – I Waited For You
  2. Arca – Thievery
  3. We Are Shining – Hey You!
  4. Al Dobson Jr – Columbian Special
  5. Moire – Mix on the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Show

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Thought of the week

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”- Picasso

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.