‘Sleep is the cousin of death’

“I never sleep because sleep is the cousin of death,” spits Nas in his Illmatic track ‘N.Y. State of Mind.’ What he may have overlooked is that sleep, and indeed rest can make you even more productive. It’s a canard to think that all successful people do is just work. It’s more complicated than that. […]

Newsletter: In search of micro-moments 👫

web gems Seinfeld: “If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that’s just about the coolest thing that there is.” It was National Walking Day this week. Studies show that walking is more powerful than meditation. Author Rebecca Solnit wrote a fantastic book on the history of […]

One infinite loop

Smart watches Kindle books Spotify streams The newest technologies erode their physical counterparts, but they also revitalize interest in the old stuff. The sensory, tactile experience of analog items as those listed above literally feel more special. They are stimulants: the subtle noise of a telltale “tick-tock,” the fresh smell of an unopened book, or […]

Love and science

The micro-moment is an interaction, between you and hugging your neighbor, between you and smiling at the baby on a plane, between you and the temporary connection to the stranger in the UPS delivery truck. The warmth of everyday greetings makes you healthier, says Professor Barbara Fredrickson in her book Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and […]

A History of the 3 x 5 Index Card

Before Google archived the web and made everything searchable there was the 3″ x 5″ index card used to classify “every known animal, plant, and mineral in the world.” By the 19th century, libraries used index cards as the standard way to store books. “It’s amazing how much the information revolution we’re still living in […]

Pockets of attention

Issac Asimov used to spend four hours a day writing. He wrote nearly five hundred books in his lifetime. Warren Buffet says he spends hours a day reading in his office. What does this say? There’s a time for consuming and a time for producing. Those that will thrive in the 21st century are those […]

Newsletter: Social media divides democracy 😔

web gems “Mindfullness needs a redesign.” I’m reading Rohan Gunatillake’s new book Modern Mindfulness so I can learn how to better use technology to help me relax on-the-go. How do you define war? “If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of those two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both.” A […]