We Grow Accustomed to the Dark: Emily Dickinson’s Stunning Ode to Resilience, Animated – Brain Pickings
Loss visits every human life. The degree of our acceptance and the grace with which we adapt to the sudden descent of darkness — that is, to borrow the splendid term William James borrowed from Margaret Fuller, “the manner of our acceptance of the universe” — may be the greatest measure of skillful living.
brainpickings  mastery  stress 
4 minutes ago
Ex Machina Has a Serious Fembot Problem | WIRED
Ava demonstrates her consciousness/intelligence in a form and with a sensuality that David in Prometheus never had to. *Short Circuit'*s Number 5/Johnny Five was cute, but he never had to employ it for survival the way Pris did in Blade Runner. Even AIs with no physical form at all seem to get sexualized based simply on their voices. It's not like HAL 9000 ever sparked up a relationship with Dave in 2001: A Space Odyssey the way Samantha did in Her. "Her is playing on the fact that the audience knows what [Scarlett Johansson] looks like," Richardson says. "No one really needs to know who the voice of HAL was, because HAL was an intelligent machine. We need to know about the disembodied voices of our AI avatars if they're female so that males can buy into the ideas of the sexualized person behind the representation."

...This ongoing discourse is the reason thing like the Bechdel Test, which started out just as a comic trip referencing Alien, struck a nerve and stuck around. The thrust of Mulvey's argument is that the bulk of films are seen from a male perspective—that a woman in a film is often "tied to her place as bearer of meaning, not maker of meaning."
wired  gender  science  technology  film 
2 days ago
TheJoker1432 comments on Teachers with 20+ experience, what's the difference between the kids then vs the kids now?
The better perfoming students often tell about their weekend trips with family or friends while the violent or lazy students often remain silent or say they played games
2 days ago
How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity – Brain Pickings
“The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less.”
brainpickings  procrastination  productivity 
3 days ago
RR: Banner ads for physicians | Copy Chief
Jimmy has a brilliant, emotional fix to some really boring ads. He really knows how to get inside somebody's head and bring the pain.

"I’m freaked out, I’m exhausted, and I think I hate being a doctor."
They said my foundation years would be different...
But they never warned me about the brutal mental torture.
Yet the hardest part wasn't the patients...
It was the bureaucracy. The hospital. The leadership...
I wasn't a "Doctor" anymore... I was a DOORMAT.
My life was hell, until I stumbled across a simple solution:
"Why has nobody told me about this before!?"
It only took a few easy tweaks to what I was doing...
And it gave me instant control of my life and career again.
You deserve the career of your dreams, don't you?
Click Here, and I'll show you how it works by tonight:
medicine  copychief  ads 
3 days ago
Junot Díaz allegations and the male self-pardon.
Maybe women are simply exhausted from being insincerely managed—treated like alien entities you appease with roses and Neruda rather than human beings whose rather modest desire is not to be lied to by people they love.
slate  sexism 
4 days ago
Brett Kavanaugh assault allegation: The locker room is now the bedroom.
It is a remarkable fact of American life that hordes of men are now defending sexual assault. It’s not immediately clear why. It seems like the very definition of an unforced error. But a substantial group, many of them in politics, has taken to the internet to argue that a 17-year-old football player should get to do as he likes to a 15-year-old girl—say, for example, trap her in a bedroom, violently attempt to remove her clothes, and cover her mouth to muffle her screams—without consequences to his life or reputation. The “locker room” once invoked to normalize Trump’s language (every man talks this way behind closed doors!) has expanded into a locked American bedroom with a woman trapped inside.

Here’s the most surprising part: They’ve launched this peculiar defense despite the fact that the accused party denies it ever happened.

I never thought I would see a group that has spent years laughing at the very idea of anything like “rape culture” suddenly not just admitting that it exists but arguing that it should—nothing should be done about it; male malfeasance is an unstoppable cocktail of culture and biology. The subtext—stripped of all chivalric pretense thanks to the recent panic—is that victims don’t matter. They’re invisible because they’re unimportant, and women’s pain is irrelevant.
slate  politics  sexism 
4 days ago
After the Kavanaugh Allegations, Republicans Offer a Shocking Defense: Sexual Assault Isn’t a Big Deal | The New Yorker
Men are so afraid, in this moment, that they will suddenly be held accountable for things they always thought they could get away with. But look at how profoundly inertia is on their side. After this party, which took place not even a decade and a half ago, I told one friend and my boyfriend, about what happened. I didn’t tell anyone else. I knew, without anyone having to explain it to me, that this was a common and unremarkable incident—that everyone, including me, had been shaped by the disgraceful understanding that he had the right to make me uncomfortable but that I did not have the right to make him uncomfortable by telling them what he did. I think of Ford not telling anyone—“in any detail,” the Post reported—about what happened to her until 2012. Why would you tell someone about a stupid high-school party where some stupid kid pushed you down on a bed and groped you when you can summon a hundred voices reminding you that tons of guys do this, that it’s no big deal? I am certain that the boy who pulled me onto the bed has no memory of it now. I hope, sincerely, that he has a good life. But I wouldn’t put him on the Supreme Court.
newyorker  politics  sexism  men  women 
4 days ago
Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 32 Actors' Accents | WIRED - YouTube
Phenomenal breakdown of accents in Hollywood movies by a dialect coach.
languages  acting  film 
9 days ago
Is my boyfriend (24/m) insane? : relationships
It is ridiculous that people tell women that men like this are 'salvageable' or whatever. No, NOT. YOUR. JOB.

It is your responsibility to come into the dating world and enter relationships as a well rounded, mostly sane person with a solid grasp on who you are and what you want. You are responsible for making yourself datable. Just like HES responsible to make HIMSELF datable.
relationships  gender  narcissism 
9 days ago
How To Create A Flagship Offer | Copy Chief
Here's a dirty little marketing secret:

Coming up with a compelling "flagship" offer is all about trial and error until you find something that works.

But it all starts with picking a single target market, and then discovering what value you can provide to satisfy a demand.

What you need help in is correct: 1. Market, 2. Service, 3. Compelling, Irresistible Offer.

Sadly, this isn't going to be found on an internet forum. You're only going to find the answers to these in the market.

Start by asking, who's the most valuable client you could serve? Who's most likely to pay you the checks that you want to receive?

Barring that, who's the best fit that you have the most immediate access to right now?

I don't suggest that anyone ever think about "finding a niche."
rossolochlainn  offers  productdevelopment  copychief 
11 days ago
Kimra Luna... and [Most] Business Coaches: Where Are Your Ethics?
The value you place on something is subjective.

I might think that the new iPhone is worth $250 and pass… but you might wait in line and happily shell out that $1000 because of the way it makes you feel.

Like many other online course creators, Kimra Luna’s audience is primarily made up of dreamers. These are people who want so badly to get out of a bad situation (like she did) to find success their own way (like she did).

These willing customers make the assumption that the prominent figure behind a course will somehow rub off on them, sometime during the process of going through a series of recorded video lessons. Ok, and maybe some extra learning resources and group calls.

...The people who buy $2k+ online courses tend not to be the same people who make rational business decisions.

...“You can fool losers, but you won’t trick the people that are winning.”

...I think what I’m ultimately trying to get at with this article is that you, as a consumer, need to be smarter than the average online course/business coaching scarcity-induced promotional tactic.

...Offer a minimum 30 day no questions money back guarantee (note that Kimra Luna’s Be True, Brand You neither offers a refund or money back guarantee over any period of time). If you’re worried that people will take advantage of you, consider adding a level of completion limit. For example, if someone has made it through 75% of your course, they are no longer eligible for any refund. Make sure this policy is clear to all who purchase your course.

scammers  pricing  psychology  business  refunds  education  content 
11 days ago
A sad day. - In Search of New Dreams
It's hard to say without divulging extremely personal details.

I have memories of falling asleep to his music throughout high school. The joy he brought into my life was so infectious. Sheer perfection. His music reminded me of home, though I wasn't sure where home was.

Bowie was one of the few constants I had. I didn't have the easiest start in life, and at one point I figured I'd be dead by 18, then 25, then 30 ... then one day I looked up and realized the storm had settled, I was healthy and happy, and I had a good life. Somehow, I'd made it, with Bowie riding shotgun the whole way. The man had gotten me through all of it, like a lighthouse guiding me through the darkness.

I often think of Bowie that way, honestly. I believe all of us, at some point or another, need a candle to light our way. Bowie was that light for many people. He held that space.

As sad as I am, I find it so fitting that he even turned his death into art with his last album. He really skidded into the grave at the very end. I like to think he isn't gone. He merely went ahead to blaze the way for us, as he's always done.
davidbowie  writing  art 
11 days ago
Labyrinth remake/sequel - In Search of New Dreams
That's part of the risk with making art: some of it will naturally suck. Even Bowie made shit that didn't do well commercially. There's always a risk.

But we can't let that stop us from making art, or else we'll never make anything, let alone anything good
davidbowie  art 
11 days ago
O hai, we're celebrating David Bowie this weekend, aren't we? - In Search of New Dreams
Bowie was freakishly well read. Everyone who ever met him frequently mentioned that. Bowie could analyze a painting, insert the most random references into his music videos, carry a conversation about philosophy, you name it. I mean, you never expect intelligent conversations from Ozzy Osbourne or Mick Jagger. Bowie once said that he was scared his friends would steal his library when he moved to America in the 70s, so he shipped 400 books over from England and lugged them around with him. And this was even during his early days when he was high all the time. Bowie was intelligent. People are still picking apart the obscure occult references he left behind in Blackstar.
11 days ago
Steve Schapiro Bowie - Rare Photos of David Bowie by Photographer Steve Schapiro
David was such an intriguing person. He was so charismatic. So unique. He never kept with one thing. So many of the celebrities I've worked with have just kind of stayed the same. David was different. He knew who he was and what he was doing, and he actually enjoyed becoming different people. Playing different characters. I wouldn't say he was an alien, but he definitely had a very unique mentality.
davidbowie  elle 
11 days ago
My (26f) friend (25f) just dropped out of being a bridesmaid. : relationships
You do not get to decide how people feel about this sort of thing, especially right now when America is going through yet another period of major racial upheaval and we are confronting the darkest parts of our history through an even darker lens.
history  racism 
15 days ago
A Linguist Explains What Old-School British Accents Sounded Like - The Toast
As a matter of fact, there are actually very good reasons to think that neither Shakespeare nor Ichabod should be speaking with what we currently think of as a “British” accent at all.
language  history 
22 days ago
TheGlen comments on What are the worse Hollywood abuses of historical facts that you can name?
Battle of the Bulge. So historically inaccurate President Eisenhower actually called the studio to yell at how bad it was.

He didn't just call them, he held a press conference.

Imagine fucking up so bad your president brings his entire day to a halt just to chew your ass out in front of the world.
history  funny  war  military 
22 days ago
What You Need to Stand Out in a Noisy World
Social proof enables others to “relax” about you; they don’t need to be so vigilant in evaluating your credentials because you’ve already been vetted by others. That primes them to listen to your ideas more carefully and with an open mind.
hbr  dorieclark  socialproof  content 
24 days ago
Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf | Opinion | The Guardian
When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age
education  guardian  neuroscience  books 
25 days ago
How Frankenstein and Its Writer Mary Shelley Created the Horror Genre
Mary Shelley combined science and the supernatural to write Frankenstein, the world’s first science-fiction novel.
horror  fiction  history  nationalgeographic 
26 days ago
Conversion Tracking Masters Course
Better metric projection. Recommended by Mike Rinard.
data  funnels  education 
27 days ago
Bad News - HumbleDollar
WHEN I WAS a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, I repeatedly heard two complaints from editors, especially those with little understanding of personal finance: “Our readers want something more sophisticated” and “Where’s the news hook?”

That, in a nutshell, explains why the media can be so bad for our financial health.
finance  media  money  bullshit 
29 days ago
54 year old father has no 401k option - how do I set up an IRA for him? : personalfinance
Is Vanguard typically the best choice?

One of the best, yes. Check out Fidelity and Schwab too and see which one of the three you like best. Can't go wrong with any of these.

Can we make it so a portion of his paycheck goes into the IRA, similar to a 401k?

Sure, if he has a direct deposit option, you can give HR a form that shows X% going to the IRA and Y% going to his normal bank account. If he doesn't have DD, you may have to do it manually (though if he can afford to dump the full $6500 in now, you won't have to worry about periodic payment, just the 1-time $6500 payment every January 1 (and now ASAP if he hasn't done one for 2018).

How do I make sure his portfolio is not as risky since he is older?

Don't invest in individual stocks (or if you do, only do a very minimal amount after you get your main funds taken care of). He could do something like S&P 500 Index or Total Stock Market index @ 50-60%, International Stock Index @ 20%, Bond Index @ 20-30%. If you want a one-stop-shop that does this for you, I'd do a 2030 or 2035 Target Date fund, that should be perfect too.
retirement  401k  roth  investing 
4 weeks ago
Analysis of a Jay Abraham Letter - Business Growth Strategies
Similes and metaphors, when used well, can be quite persuasive. Rather than describing a product, it can be much faster and often more effective to compare it to something bigger or better.
jayabraham  copywriting  directmail  writing 
4 weeks ago
My Misspent Youth | The New Yorker
As it turned out, I did go to Vassar, and although it would be five years until I entered my debting era, my time there did more than expand my intellect: it expanded my sense of entitlement so much that, by the end, I had no ability to distinguish myself from the many extremely wealthy people I encountered there. A sense of entitlement can certainly be an asset, but it has also played a supporting role in my financial demise—mostly because it made it hard to recognize where ambition and chutzpah end and potential bankruptcy begins.
newyorker  debt  money  writing  education 
4 weeks ago
SEP IRA vs. Solo 401(k) | Which Retirement Plan Is Better for You?
With a solo 401(k), as long as your compensation exceeds the $18,000/$24,000 annual limits, you can contribute the full amount. So if you’re really looking to save for your retirement big-time, a solo 401(k) might be your best bet.
retirement  401k  investing 
4 weeks ago
investing - personalfinance
How to allocate your index funds.
4 weeks ago
iras - personalfinance
If you're just getting started, these are good options for an IRA:

At Vanguard, use a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund ($1,000 minimum).
At Fidelity, use a Fidelity Freedom Index Fund ($0 minimum, be careful to avoid the similarly named Fidelity Freedom Funds without the word "Index" in the name)
At Schwab, use a Schwab Target Index Fund ($100 minimum, be careful to avoid the similarly named Schwab Target Funds without the word "Index" in the name).
retirement  investing  rothira 
4 weeks ago
I am eligible for both Roth and SEP IRA. Should I max out the Roth before contributing to the SEP? - NerdWallet Community
Since you mentioned SEP IRA I'm assuming that you are self-employed. If this is the case then you should consider Solo 401k 1 (also known as Individual 401k or Owner-only 401k). It has contribution limits similar to SEP IRA, but is much better than SEP. Here is why:

It has Elective Deferral component allowing you to contribute first $18,000 of your earnings up to 100% so the net result is that you can get to the max. much quicker (with lower income) comparing to SEP IRA.
It also has Roth component allowing you to contribute up to $18,000 into Roth sub-account under your 401k, which is not dependent on your income (as you may or may not know some people with income of over $191,000 are not eligible to contribute to Roth IRA).
Self-directed Solo 401k allows you to make non-traditional investments outside of the stock market such as real estate, metals, tax-liens, trust deeds, and much more. In other words it allows you to have true diversification across different asset classes and not just diversify within one asset class. 
nerdwallet  rothira  retirement  investing  401k 
4 weeks ago
What Are the Advantages of SEP vs. Roth?
Tax-free withdrawals: Contributing to a Roth IRA allows you to "lock in" your current tax rate. In other words, if you're in a higher tax bracket when you retire, you won't have to pay a dime in taxes on the money in your Roth IRA.
Flexibility: Since you've already paid taxes on your contributions, you are free to withdraw them (but not any investment gains) at any time without an early withdrawal penalty. For this reason, Roth IRAs can be great ways to build up an emergency fund, as well as for retirement savings.
retirement  investing  motleyfool  rothira 
4 weeks ago
Origin of the domestic dog - Wikipedia
In 2002, a study proposed that immediate human ancestors and wolves may have domesticated each other through a strategic alliance that would change both respectively into humans and dogs. The effects of human psychology, hunting practices, territoriality and social behavior would have been profound.[155] Wolves and dogs mark their territory with scent; however, humans do not have a keen sense of smell and may have begun to mark their territories with symbols, which became the first art and may have been generative of human culture.[155][156] Wolves hunt large game; however, there is no evidence of pre-sapiens hunting large game. Early humans moved from scavenging and small-game hunting to big-game hunting by living in larger, socially more-complex groups, learning to hunt in packs, and developing powers of cooperation and negotiation in complex situations. As these are characteristics of wolves, dogs and humans, it can be argued that these behaviors were enhanced once wolves and humans began to cohabit. Communal hunting led to communal defense. Wolves actively patrol and defend their scent-marked territory, and perhaps humans had their sense of territoriality enhanced by living with wolves.[155] One of the keys to recent human survival has been the forming of partnerships. Strong bonds exist between same-sex wolves, dogs and humans and these bonds are stronger than exist between other same-sex animal pairs. Today, the most widespread form of inter-species bonding occurs between humans and dogs. The concept of friendship has ancient origins but it may have been enhanced through the inter-species relationship to give a survival advantage.

...Hunting dogs make major contributions to forager societies and the ethnographic record shows them being given proper names, treated as family members, and considered separate to other types of dogs.[169][170] This special treatment includes separate burials with markers and grave-goods,[169][171][172] with those that were exceptional hunters or that were killed on the hunt often venerated.[169][173] A dog's value as a hunting partner gives them status as a living weapon and the most skilled elevated to taking on a "personhood", with their social position in life and in death similar to that of the skilled hunters.
dogs  animals  evolution  science  history  art 
5 weeks ago
Lev Grossman, ‘The Magicians’ Author, Talks SyFy, Depression, and Magic | | Observer
I felt like if you were going to have magic powers, you should pay for them. You should earn them. And I wanted my characters to earn them. And you know, I made them work for it.

... I was retelling Brideshead Revisited, the story of getting this idyllic, utopian education with hints of darkness and then going out in the world and being clobbered flat.
levgrossman  writing 
5 weeks ago
Can the Self-Employed Have a 401(k)? | The TurboTax Blog
A solo 401(k) is like a regular 401(k) plan except it is for cases where you are the only employee of your business. If your spouse works in the business, he or she can also be included in the plan too. If you already have employees, you can’t use a solo 401(k). If you eventually hire any employees, the solo 401(k) simply converts to a regular, employer 401(k) plan.

There are three primary factors that differentiate the solo 401(k) from an employer 401(k):

As the business owner, you are both the employer and employee on the plan
The contributions that you make to a solo 401(k) are generally more generous than they will be for an employee participant in typical large company 401(k) plans
A solo 401(k) can be set up for any type of self-employment, including if you are an independent contractor or a freelancer

A solo 401(k) plan can also be a self-directed plan since you can choose to invest the money with any investment broker trustee that you choose. You can even set up a solo Roth 401(k) within the plan, and contribute up to $5,500 toward that portion of the plan each (or $6,500 if you are 50 or older). However, any employer matching contributions on the solo Roth 401(k) portion of the plan will need to be contributed to the regular solo 401(k) part of the plan.

Contribution Amounts
As an “employee” of your business, you can contribute up to $18,000 per year to your solo 401(k) plan. If you are 50 or older, you can contribute up to $24,000. This is the same contribution limits that apply to employer-sponsored 401(k) plans. You can contribute up to 100% of your earned income, up to these contribution limits.
401k  rothira  investing  retirement 
5 weeks ago
How the Self-Employed Can Have a 401(k) | Investing | US News
If a solo 401(k) sounds appealing, get moving. A plan must be set up by the end of your business's fiscal year, probably Dec. 31, for you to deduct contributions for that year. The contributions, however, can be made up to your income-tax filing deadline: April 18 for the 2016 return.
401k  investing  retirement 
5 weeks ago
Understanding the Self-Employed 401(k) - Fidelity
The highlight of the Self-Employed 401(k) is the ability to contribute to the plan in two ways. For 2017, as an employee, you can make salary deferral contributions equal to the lesser of $18,000, or 100% of your compensation. If you're at least 50 years old, your savings options are even higher because you can add an extra $6,000 in catch-up contributions each year.
investing  401k  retirement 
5 weeks ago
What Is a Roth IRA? - NerdWallet
In 2018, Roth IRA income limits mean the amount you can contribute begins to dwindle at $120,000 in income for single filers and $189,000 for those married filing jointly. The contribution limit then slowly phases down until your ability to contribute is eliminated completely.
rothira  investing  retirement  money  finance  nerdwallet 
5 weeks ago
IRA vs. 401(k): How to Choose - NerdWallet
If your employer doesn’t offer a company match: Skip the 401(k) at first and start with an IRA. After contributing up to the limit, fund your 401(k) for the pre-tax benefit it offers.
401k  investing  retirement  nerdwallet 
5 weeks ago
I work for a hospital and none one received a payday today. : personalfinance
Lifeprotip: Autopay all bills on a rewards/cashback CC....pay the balance monthly at your convenience. I have made $1000s in rewards doing this
credit  benefits  finance  money 
5 weeks ago
No Contact Success Stories? : NarcissisticAbuse
I was tapped out with my ex and one day I said enough. I went no contact and it led to where I am today. I love myself.
5 weeks ago
Studying philosophy cultivates a healthy scepticism about the moral opinions, political and scientific concepts with which we are daily bombarded. It teaches one to detect ‘higher forms of nonsense' | Peter Hacker : philosophy
Philosophy teaches us to raise questions about questions. In this way it gives us a distance from passion-provoking issues – a degree of detachment that is conducive to reason and reasonableness.
5 weeks ago
Why Study Philosophy? » IAI TV
One great task of philosophy is to function as a Tribunal of Sense before which scientists may be arraigned when they transgress the bounds of sense. For when a neuroscientist tells us that the mind is the brain or that thinking is a neural process; when an economist tells us that to act rationally is to pursue one’s desire-satisfaction, or that human felicity is the maximization of utility; when a psychologist claims that autism is the consequence of the neonates’ failure to develop a theory of mind, then we need philosophy to constrain science run amok.
5 weeks ago
How do you handle your client not caring? | Copy Chief
When a client or anyone has to get back to me,
it doesn't have to be about business.
I will track them down to the ends of the Earth.
Samples for you:
Hi John,
Here's the first draft.
Please send any feedback you have by ____.

After that date,
Hi John,
Let's schedule a quick call to go over the first draft.
Even if you haven't had a chance to go over it,
let's touch base.
robertgibson  clients  copychief  communication 
5 weeks ago
Silicon Valley’s weapon of choice against women: shoddy science | Angela Saini | Opinion | The Guardian
Indeed, psychological studies show that there are only the tiniest gaps, if any, between the sexes, including areas such as mathematical ability and verbal fluency. Navigating this complicated field for my latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, I was told by a prominent American researcher into sex difference that he no longer refers to brains as sexually dimorphic, because the science simply doesn’t support this. There isn’t a neuroscientist alive who can say with confidence which sex any given brain belongs to.

... What [evo psych fans] fail to understand is that there are published scientific papers out there to support every possible opinion, even that black people are intellectually inferior to white people. Getting published doesn’t make an idea true, it only means that someone has managed to get it into print. In evolutionary psychology, theories are sometimes little more than speculation strung together with scant evidence.
guardian  gender  sex  science  psychology  sexism 
5 weeks ago
Ethical OS Helps Tech Startups Avert Moral Disasters | WIRED
A new guidebook shows tech companies companies that it's possible to predict future changes to humans' relationship with technology, and that they can tweak their products so they'll do less damage when those eventual days arrive.
futurology  technology  ethics 
5 weeks ago
What did supply lines look like in Antiquity? : history
Within the Roman Empire pre-built supply depots were common, so that the Roman army could march further without waiting for supplies. But this was naturally only a thing in territories already owned by the Romans, so it doesn't help them much once they went beyond their borders.

The best way to supply an army in ancient time was over water, ships can carry a lot of supplies and the route is often very straightforward. Not to mention water transportation took considerably less time than land transportation. But supply from rivers or seas wasn't always a possibility, so yes carts delivering supplies to armies was a thing, but realize it was very expensive and time consuming compared to sea travel. If supplies could not reach the armies in time, the armies would have to depend on local trade or farmers for food, and if that wasn't a possibility either, they essentially had to live off the land, foraging, hunting and sometimes plundering in order to maintain their army, but it's not like an army could operate without supplies from the homeland entirely. The Romans also maintained an extensive road network that allowed for faster travel, that helped them greatly when it came to being supplied over land as well as reducing army deployment time.
history  ancienthistory 
6 weeks ago
The RANT | Free & damn good insight, advice, cross-talk & mutterings from the most respected & ripped-off marketing guru alive…
The trick to knowing how to set and achieve goals involves much guesswork at first…

… because almost no one really knows what will make them happy, at first.
johncarlton  happiness  goals 
6 weeks ago
Lee Thé's answer to Why do many Trump supporters sound angry? They have got the White House and the Congress. Shouldn't they be happy? - Quora
Slaver culture seeks to confer advantage by right of birth—for example, as a white (man). It’s fundamentally not just undemocratic but hostile to democracy. And to a slaver, not being allowed to be a slaver feels like unbearable tyranny. Hence the Alt Right and all that.
history  racism  politics 
6 weeks ago
Generation wealth: how the modern world fell in love with money | Global | The Guardian
“When 'timeshare king' David Siegel loses billions in the 2008 financial crisis, the family are forced to travel by commercial jet and one of the children turns and asks, ‘Mommy, what are all these people doing on our plane?’”
guardian  money  wtf 
6 weeks ago
Painful Sex Isn't Normal—Let's Put This Damaging Myth to Bed | SELF
“Pain is not what women should experience ever,” Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, tells SELF. Even first-time sex can be completely pain free, so long as you take things slow, don’t push yourself too hard, and listen to your body when it tells you to stop.
woman  health  sex 
7 weeks ago
40 Ways to Stop Wasting Time and Get More Done | Christopher Ming Blog
Hard stop at day's end. Put phone on airplane mode while working.
chrisming  productivity 
7 weeks ago
Don’t despair – climate change catastrophe can still be averted | Simon Lewis | Opinion | The Guardian
However, taking a step back from the gloom, we face the same three choices in response to climate change as we did before this scorching summer: reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), make changes to reduce the adverse impacts of the new conditions we create (adaptation), or suffer the consequences of what we fail to mitigate or adapt to. It is useful to come back to these three options, and settle on the formula that serious mitigation and wise adaptation means little suffering.
guardian  science  futurology  disasters 
7 weeks ago
What we learned from 2 months of promotion and 0 sales | Copy Chief
Unintended neglect
costs real money.
Just because people
don't see the damage being done
doesn't mean it's not happening.
I get paid well in part
because I see
the damage people
don’t see or take seriously.
The same potential damage
applies to everyone on your team.
And everyone has a team whether they acknowledge it or not.
The small touches do
what the big ones can't.
robertgibson  relationships  copychief  customers  gifts 
7 weeks ago
munificent comments on Trump ‘Sad’ Over Removal of ‘Our Beautiful Statues’
Likewise, reality and truth have no bearing on his behavior. He is constantly in 100% ego repair mode. The actual world beyond the boundary of his ego simply does not exist for Trump.
narcissism  politics 
7 weeks ago
The next Silicon Valley is likely in China, Amazon HQ2 won’t be a jobs miracle, and more top insights | LinkedIn
“You can always have more, sure. But it's really useful to know what ‘enough’ is, and to always keep that in perspective.”
career  siliconvalley  linkedin  hiring 
7 weeks ago
Don't be afraid to invest in yourself
Marcella joined Bo Eason's storytelling and Brian Kurtz's Titans' masterminds.

"Whether it's a mastermind or just a book: it's critical that you reinvest in yourself, your learning, and your business, because nothing stands still. If you're not growing, you're stagnating, and you're gonna look to your side and someone's gonna pass you. You need to always be looking at the cutting edge and where you need to grow. For me, it was putting myself in a room with the smartest entrepreneurs I've ever met, and now they're pulling me forward."
marcellaallison  masterminds 
7 weeks ago
MBA: Full-time, Evening, and Flex | McDonough School of Business | Georgetown University
You already know you’re capable of greatness. But wondering just how much you could achieve isn’t enough. To truly have an impact on the world, you have to go find out exactly what you’re made of. When you earn your MBA here, you’ll no longer wonder how much you could accomplish. Instead, you’ll know.
georgetown  hooks 
7 weeks ago
Arabic: more accessible than you think | British Council
Culturally speaking, modern Europe wouldn’t be what it is today without the impact of medieval Arab civilisation, which had preserved, translated and expanded on texts in various science and humanities disciplines. For example, it is largely due to the scholars of Baghdad’s House of Wisdom that much of Aristotle survived to be reintroduced in Europe.
arabic  education  europe  history 
7 weeks ago
Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth | News | The Guardian
Denialism is therefore not just hard work – finding ways to discredit mountains of evidence is a tremendous labour – but also involves suppressing the expression of one’s desires. Denialists are “trapped” into byzantine modes of argument because they have few other options in pursuing their goals.
psychology  politics  culture 
7 weeks ago
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