But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body.
…mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up with and pursue novel ideas.
Anything in excess backlashes. In the age of distraction, knowing what to read is a vital skill.
Define your interest and identify the sources help you. Ignore the rest; they’re just headlines.
Hoods are cheap instant anonymizers. They protected graffiti artists and skateboarders as they trespassed to perform their art. They protected muggers as they performed their art too.
I love the hoodie. I wear one to work at least twice a week. I don’t think of it as a rebellious symbol or a cloak, more of a convenience since you just throw it on. It also protects you for from the occasional unexpected drizzle.
The primary reason the United States is the world’s cultural hegemon is because it has a diverse population in which to mash unique ideas.
Combine this recipe on top of plentiful tools for experimentation, production and distribution supported by established marketing practices to help spread the word. Taken together, these elements are what political scientist Joseph Nye coined American soft power.
Global culture and American culture are often considered the same thing.
From music to business, America is constantly pushing new stuff in which people assimilate. Even imports into America like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” get recasted as American and spit back out into the world. What is Korean pop is also American pop. America is the remix nation.
But even remixes get stodgy; the hodgepodge won’t last forever unless America’s traditional economic and military powers remain.
We’ve all done it, skipped to the shorter line at the airport thinking the process will speed up only to see that the person who stepped in the longer line after us gets through security quicker. “Damn.” The miscalculation only adds to the already incredible frustration of waiting in line.
Lines are aggravating not only because they impede progress but because they are a waste of time. Fortunately, the mobile phone is an entertainment and social device, often saving us from boredom. However, the phone merely adds time to the queue. With more people’s heads down it compounds the line problem further simply because no one is paying attention to what’s in front of them.
The feeling of being in line is what makes New York City incredibly frustrating. There’s never a shortcut through people traffic, only a way to slither in and out of head down mobile obsessed crowds like a snake. New York has a wild pace about it but this pace gets stunted by the millions of inhabitants walking the streets each day. Lines also get worse in incompetent, careless places.
Standing at the DMV this weekend felt like entering the opening maw of hell. It’s already bad enough there’s an expected wait but the fact that DMV employees move like slow robots with little care for customer service makes it worse. They know customers are stuck at their mercy. Might as well be a 4-hour prison.
We all know that lines suck and aren’t getting any faster any time soon. The world’s population is exploding, cities are already congested, and addicting Smartphone devices slow the pace down considerably. In fact, I just missed crossing the street because I was publishing this post.
Our life revolves around food. We can’t function mentally or physically without it. Try to go the gym without eating. Your output is zilch. All you’re worrying about is consumption.
We take food for granted. We think it’s always going to be available. But when you strip it away, as Muslim folks are doing now for Ramadan, you see how indispensable food really is.
One of the tenets of international affairs is that nations will always protect their natural resources. This may be why China has spent thousands of years sitting out of the international community. China is already rich in resources.
Food powers the mind and body. If we don’t have food, we’re always thinking about it. That’s that surviving animal in us. If we go without it long enough, we’ll eventually grow weak and tired.
Food is just as psychological as it is a vital component to physical energy.
Braille has its roots in the French army. In the early eighteenth century, a soldier named Charles Barbier de la Serre invented a code for military messages that could be read in the trenches at night without light; it used patterns of twelve raised dots to represent phonemes. The system was too complicated for the beleaguered soldiers to master, but when Barbier met Louis Braille, who had been blind since boyhood, the latter simplified the system into the six-dot version used ever since. Braille is not a language per se but rather a code by which other languages, from English to Japanese to Arabic…