IT'S A BIT SCARY TOO: This HD Video From Space Is Going To Change The World.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
HOW TO CULTIVATE THE ART OF ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS:
Everyone knows about the mobile messaging app that sold for $19 billion. But have you heard about another amazing app—the one that helps you figure out what to do whenever you’re faced with a problem or a challenge? Doesn’t matter if it’s a business issue, a career decision, or a family dilemma: if you’ve mastered this app, you’re ready to tackle the problem. Did I mention it can also help you come up with brilliant ideas? Which increases your chances of success? And may lead to wealth and happiness?Keep reading at the link.
Here’s the best news about this app: you don’t have to acquire it, because you were born with it. The “app” in question is our aptitude for asking questions.
You can see this natural ability on full display in the average 4-year-old—for whom questioning is as normal as breathing, and almost as important. Constant inquiry helps young kids make sense of, and successfully navigate, the strange new world around them.
Studies show we tend to hit our questioning peak around age 4 or 5, and then ask fewer questions as we get older. Not that we’ve lost the ability to question—we just don’t exercise it as much. Teachers and bosses generally want answers, not questions.
But it’s a mistake to let that inquiry “app” go unused. Questioning can do as much for adults as for kids—helping us to explore, discover, and innovate. It’s no accident that many innovators and entrepreneurs are great questioners who use thoughtful inquiry to navigate uncertainty and find their way to breakthrough ideas and big payoffs. A number of the billion dollar tech start-ups, from Instagram to Nest, sprang from insightful questions raised and tackled by the founders.
So how do you get better at questioning?
AT LAST SOMEONE SAID IT: No, Deflation is Not a ‘Danger’.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
GREAT PIECE by Marcia Angell: a review of Alison Wolf's book The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World.
Make sure you read it.
PERHAPS A BIT TOO HARSH, but he's got a point: The Doomsday Cult of Bitcoin.
UPDATE. Related: The Face Behind Bitcoin. Fascinating reading.
THE ECONOMIST EXPLAINS: How North Korea's elections work.
I'M OFFICIALLY OLD: Adorably Perplexed Kids React to Rotary Phones.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
GREAT PIECE BY MEGAN McARDLE: Seven Easy Steps for the Downwardly Mobile.
IT TOOK FIVE YEARS to dawn on them: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy”.
Monday, March 03, 2014
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: How to Avoid Spreading Myths and Misinformation Online.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
IMPORTANT NEWS! How To Supercharge Your Coffee To Give You Even More Energy In The Morning.
It's for brewed coffee; I wonder how this works with espresso, which is the one I usually drink. Experimenting away!
Friday, February 28, 2014
THE LAST five stand-alone diners in Manhattan.
BREAST-FEEDING BENEFITS appear to be overstated, according to study of siblings;
advantages of women who choose breast-feeding likely bias findings in previous research.
BRAIN HACKS top founders use to get the job done.
8 RIDICULOUS MYTHS about eating meat.
HOMPHOBIA IS not just from white Southerners: “Harlem Church Blasts Obama for Unleashing ‘Homo Demons’”
And not just from Republicans, either: “Mississippi’s Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Got Unanimous Bipartisan Support”.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
15 UNEXPECTEDLY BARBARIC ORIGINS of modern wedding traditions.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
FROM CARACAS CHRONICLES: “The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch”.
THIS KID WILL GET FAR: “Smartest Girl Scout Ever Selling Cookies Outside a Medical Marijuana Dispensary.”
SAY IT BY SPRAYING IT: What your perfume says about you.
WELL, THEY HAD A CEASEFIRE THE DAY BEFORE AND SEE HOW FAR IT GOT: “Negotiators reach deal to end Ukraine crisis.”
Thursday, February 20, 2014
7 OTHER THINGS Facebook could have bought for $16 Billion.
NO MÁS DEMOCRACIA: “The arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez exposes Venezuela’s Potemkin democracy and Hugo Chavez’s poisonous legacy.”
LIKE WHEN SYRIA CROSSED THE RED LINE? Obama on Ukraine: ‘There will be consequences if people step over the line’
SITUATION NOT CALMING DOWN: “Despite truce, more fighting reported in Kiev”.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
VHS vs. COMMUNISM: “In Communist Romania in the 1980s, a young translator became an unlikely voice of freedom. She illicitly dubbed thousands of foreign films, distributed on VHS tapes, turning B-movie stars into heroes.”
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTACK SWITZERLAND, do so before business hours:
On the early morning of Feb. 17, the copilot of an Ethiopian Boeing 767 airliner flying from Addis Ababa to Rome hijacked the plane and its 202 passengers while the pilot was in the toilet.
Italian jet fighters intercepted the airliner and, later, French jets followed it until it landed in Geneva. The Swiss air force was unable to send its own F-18 fighters to help with the aerial policing … because Switzerland’s flying branch wasn’t yet open for business.
Most of the world’s air forces, it’s worth pointing out, work around the clock. But not the Swiss.