Everything You Make Is An Engine
It goes without saying that I am not an expert in diversity in public radio and podcasting; I was there to listen. But it got me thinking about something related but different, which is that the people I admire the most are the ones who are best at keeping in mind that everything you make is an engine. 
community  philosophy  culture 
The Omnivore’s Agenda: An Interview with Anthony Bourdain
In his first book, Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain exposed the saucy, sometimes sordid, sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle of the restaurant business. He also guaranteed that no self-respecting foodie would eat sushi on a Monday ever again. He parlayed that success into No Reservations—the rare Travel Channel show to have a parental advisory regarding sexual innuendo—which serves up a heady mix of fine dining, street food, and irreverent and often touching ruminations on love, war, punk rock, and whether bone marrow is better than sex. It is, he admits, the best job in the world.
Anthony-Bourdain  interview  food  travel 
Best Anthony Bourdain Quotes About Life From Parts Unknown & More
We lost one of the good guys today. He was a warrior. A champion of the undervalued and overserved. He was on our side. He was Sal Paradise with a point. Rick Steves with a mission. Martha Stewart with a pint glass (or two). He was real. He was raw. He was fearless.
Anthony-Bourdain  food  travel  philosophy 
We Need to Talk About Anthony Bourdain
The world saw what he ate and how he traveled. Heard him opine often and loudly about things of which he did not approve, and maybe even louder about the things he did. He took great pains to champion the things and people he cared about deeply.
food  travel  Anthony-Bourdain 
BOURDAIN - Every Day Should Be Saturday
There are people who can see the world in all its poverty and sorrow. But there are so few who recognize themselves in it and of it, and fewer still who invite it in to sit down, to eat, and to have a few minutes of peace and appreciation at the eternal, drunken forgiving present of a dinner table. Anthony Bourdain did — and most generously, tried to show everyone else how to do it, too.
food  travel  Anthony-Bourdain 
The Insatiable and Unknowable Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain devoured the world. That’s not hyperbole. It’s not even metaphor. There was no place that he wasn’t curious to explore, no food that he wasn’t determined to try, no cap on his hunger and no ceiling, or so it always seemed, on his joy.
Anthony-Bourdain  food  travel  from instapaper
2 days ago
Why Should I Meditate?
The aim of meditation is to transform the mind. It does not have to be associated with any particular religion. Every one of us has a mind and every one of us can work on it.
meditation  buddhism 
2 days ago
The Power of Buddhism
If you ignore power, you ignore powerful Buddhist teachings. Pema Khandro Rinpoche says that Buddhism teaches us how to be powerful and compassionate at the same time.
buddhism  philosophy  society 
3 days ago
Here’s how to get the stunning Bauhaus fonts that Adobe is reviving
Even if you’re not a designer, you’ve probably heard the phrase “form follows function.” That’s how influential the school that espoused it, the Bauhaus, has become since its heyday in 1920s and ’30s Germany. Now, some of the movement’s most compelling–but largely unknown–lettering has been recreated from archival material, like original typography sketches and letter fragments, and transformed into contemporary digital typefaces.
fonts  typography  design  Adobe 
3 days ago
Gautama vs the Buddha
If you’re looking for relief from suffering, argues Buddhist scholar and author Glenn Wallis, you won’t find it in some mythical figure named the Buddha but in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama―an ordinary person like us, who became one of the world’s most gifted spiritual teachers.
buddhism  philosophy  religion 
5 days ago
Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?
My thesis here is a modest one: that prolificacy is sometimes inevitable, and has its place. The accepted definition — “producing much fruit, or foliage, or many offspring” — has an optimistic ring, at least to my ear.
writing  writers  Stephen-King 
5 days ago
Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes
Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general relativity and changes the way we think about space-time.
physics  cosmology 
28 days ago
'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander
Instead, Hampl is intrigued by the kind of instinctual, floaty, aimless daydreaming that many of us — if we were lucky — indulged in for hours and hours as children. As adults, of course, we feel like we need to have something to show for our time: achievements, chores, to-do list items crossed off.
life  psychology  book-review 
4 weeks ago
A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home | Inc.com
But Stanford professor Nicholas Bloom has definitive data that paints a very different picture and indicates it's time once and for all to embrace and enable the benefits of working from home.
productivity  work 
5 weeks ago
For 46 Years, My Mum Did Everything for My Dad – Member Feature Stories
Really, this is what being a man should mean. It should mean being open-minded and resourceful. It should mean providing—but providing more than just money. This is the place Dad has started to grow into now, and it’s been beautiful to see. Hopefully, one day, I will get there too.
masculinity  relationships  productivity  life 
5 weeks ago
The Art of Calligraphy Is More Than Just Pretty Handwriting
“It’s a form of luxury,” Ouchenir says of calligraphy today, noting that envelopes adorned with it are more likely to be opened—it can make the recipient feel important. The novelty of calligraphy has made it desirable to brands, even beyond invitations; the handmade, intimate nature of hand-lettered scripts have also made the practice alluring for branding and logo design.
calligraphy  design  art  typo 
5 weeks ago
Kanye West's Twitter philosophy doesn't impress real academic philosophers — Quartz
It’s a logical fallacy to assume that, just because x implies y, y therefore also implies x. For example, all great philosophers may be geniuses, but that certainly doesn’t imply that all geniuses are great philosophers. Kanye West is a case in point.
philosophy  Kanye-West 
6 weeks ago
Why Local Newspaper Websites Are So Terrible
No designer worth their salt is actively seeking to make a frustrating user experience for an online news reader. The free web, however, is a problem for all publishers, and an acute problem for smaller ones—the ones without the design expertise or robust sales teams needed to mitigate some of the online aesthetic shitshow that was created as the bottom fell out of the print classifieds and advertising market.
publishing  news  newspapers  journalism  web-design 
6 weeks ago
We need to an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
The internet may be full of fake news, but it's also home to obsessive, deep knowledge and unlikely passions
internet  culture  podcasts 
6 weeks ago
Ned Batchelder: Do one thing
I’m all in favor of Single Responsibility. But I want people teaching it to help people more with the squishiness of it. Stop giving simplistic examples that clearly seem to violate the idea. Acknowledge the difficulty of knowing the right path.
7 weeks ago
Reconsidering the Hardware Kindle Interface
Small tweaks to incentivize engaging with a book’s content.
amazon  kindle  hardware  books  Craig-Mod 
7 weeks ago
On Using Field Notebooks
I came across a very interesting blog called Northing and Easting, which is described as “A blog about mapping, surveying, geospatial technology and the history of the topographic sciences.” Of particular interest was a post about the use of field notebooks.
field-notes  stationery  science 
7 weeks ago
Knowing and Doing: March 2018 Archives
Let me start by stating something obvious: in the last decade, technology has transformed from a tool that we use to a place where we live.
technology  culture 
7 weeks ago
Neither Victims Nor Executioners: Albert Camus on the Antidote to Violence
“If he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward.”
Albert-Camus  philosophy  psychology  culture 
7 weeks ago
So Two Stoics Walk Into a Bar…
(What follows is our imagined dialogue between Epictetus and Seneca, two essential contributors to Stoic thought, at the FS bar, presided over by an intellectually curious bartender, Kit.

Imagine: There is a slight breeze as the door opens. In walk Seneca and Epictetus. They are both dressed decently, but plainly. After taking a moment to adjust to the light, they each take a seat at the FS bar.)
life  philosophy  Stoicism 
7 weeks ago
Calendar. Not to-do lists.
Good time management is one of the handful of factors that I attribute my professional accomplishments (to the extent that I have them) to. Several people have asked me for time management advice over the years. My understanding is that they’ve found the advice useful. With some encouragement from a subset of them, I figured that writing it down could increase the number of people that might find it useful. Hence this post.
productivity  time-management 
7 weeks ago
I think I am at least somewhat more productive than average, and people sometimes ask me for productivity tips. So I decided to just write them all down in one place.

Compound growth gets discussed as a financial concept, but it works in careers as well, and it is magic. A small productivity gain, compounded over 50 years, is worth a lot. So it’s worth figuring out how to optimize productivity. If you get 10% more done and 1% better every day compared to someone else, the compounded difference is massive.
productivity  advice  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
Alan Kay's answer to Why is functional programming seen as the opposite of OOP rather than an addition to it? - Quora
So: both OOP and functional computation can be completely compatible (and should be!). There is no reason to munge state in objects, and there is no reason to invent “monads” in FP. We just have to realize that “computers are simulators” and figure out what to simulate.
functional-programming  object-orientation  scheme  lisp  programming-language 
10 weeks ago
RE: What's so cool about Scheme?
Given this tension between opposites, I maintain that the question of
closures vs. objects should really be a koan. I'll take some koanic license
and combine Norman Adams (alleged source of "objects are a poor man's
closures") and Christian Queinnec ("closures are a poor man's objects") into
a single great Zen language master named Qc Na.
programming  scheme  functional-programming 
10 weeks ago
It Would Be a Pity to Waste A Good Crisis - Lion's Roar
Not wasting the crisis might mean finding happiness without having to change the outer circumstances. If we are at risk of being blown up, well, today is a good day to be happy. If we are poor, the same.
meditation  happiness  advice  life 
12 weeks ago
My Secondhand Lonely
I’m throwing away these secondhand burdens to avoid handing them to the daughter I may have in the future. I don’t want her to think it’s her duty to hold the fractured pieces of herself together long enough to fool others into thinking that her strength is unmatched. I’m prying open the vicious clamp of my lonely trap and pointing it out to other people in my effort to rid it of its power. No, I’m not okay. Can you please talk to me? 
loneliness  psychology  relationships 
12 weeks ago
If You Don't Like Being Single, You Need To Read This
When did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone? Those are some questions you might want to think about.
relationships  huffington-post  loneliness 
12 weeks ago
The Calculus of Grit
The keys to this reconstruction project are: the much-abused idea of 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, the notion of grit, and an approach to keeping track of your journey through life in terms of an intrinsic coordinate system. Think of it as replacing compass or GPS-based extrinsic navigation with accelerometer and gyroscope-based inertial navigation.

I call the result “the calculus of grit.” It is my idea of an inertial navigation system for an age of anomie, where the external world has too little usable structure to navigate by.
grit  psychology  culture  from instapaper
12 weeks ago
Wakanda by Patrick Patterson
Like, all those Black Panther costumes, those aren’t just going to be the costumes the black kids want. Those are going to be the costumes the whole school wants. And for once, that experience — of being the default setting, of being the standard, of being right at the center of mainstream American culture — is going to belong to these young black kids.
12 weeks ago
The Classics Scholar Redefining What Twitter Can Do
The tweets of the classics scholar and translator Emily Wilson offer a rare window into the process of translating ancient texts.
twitter  classics  Homer  The-Odyssey  from instapaper
12 weeks ago
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Final text neatly arranged
Welcome to gdpr-info.eu. Here you can find the official PDF of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) as a neatly arranged website. All Articles of the GDPR are linked with suitable recitals. The European Data Protection Regulation will be applicable as of May 25th, 2018 in all member states to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe. If you find the page useful, feel free to support us by sharing the project.
12 weeks ago
Ask Polly: I'm 33 And Single. What Am I Doing Wrong?
I’m not really sure why I’m writing you. Actually I am. I need to feel ok with being single at 33 while still maintaining hope that I can find a solid, real, lasting relationship. Every time I read one of your columns on this subject, I feel empowered. I apologize for being unoriginal but this stuff is hard and I am at a loss!
relationships  love  advice  selfhelp 
march 2018
Naomi Whittel Says Anti-Inflammatory Diet Cured Her Eczema
In short: A poor diet can throw off the good bacteria in your gut, causing system-wide inflammation that can affect your skin, Bowe says. (Eczema is an inflammatory condition, so a poor diet or food allergy can certainly trigger a flareup.)

Naomi says changing her diet has left her feeling (and looking) amazing.
nutrition  diet  disease  health 
march 2018
Facebook is using us. It is actively giving away our information. It is creating an echo chamber in the name of connection. It surfaces the divisive and destroys the real reason we began using social media in the first place – human connection.

It is a cancer.
technology  facebook  culture  society 
march 2018
The best weekend activities are most likely not the ones you're currently doing — Quartz
Instead, the weekend goal should be “eudaimonic” happiness, which is a sense of well-being that arises from meaningful, challenging activities that cause you to grow as a person. This means spending the weekend on serious leisure activities that require the regular refinement of skills: your barbershop-quartet singing, your stamp collecting, or slightly less dorky, but still equally in-depth, projects. You pursue serious leisure with the earnest tenor of a professional, even if the pursuit is amateur.
leisure  recreation 
march 2018
What If We Just Decided We're Doing A Good Job?
After more than a decade of lifting each other up after every misstep and heartbreak, we’ve pruned all of our gushy best friend affirmations down to one simple concept, and we now end most of our (many, many) texts and phone calls with the phrase, “You’re doing a good job.” I love you, and you’re doing a good job. I’m proud of you, because you’re doing a good job.
psychology  selfhelp  relationships 
march 2018
Craig Mod Offscreen Magazine Interview
In the end I’ve found that understanding how you define respect for life itself is a really good organizing function for thinking about how to live, how to spend your days.
advice  life  creativity  productivity  philosophy 
march 2018
The Executable Dreamtime: Language, Magic, and the Universe as Code
A recent issue of New Scientist celebrated William S. Burroughs’ most famous maxim: “Language is a virus.” It seems that language, our ability to apprehend and manipulate symbols and signs, has evolved to fill a unique ecological niche – the space between our ears.
technology  magic  from instapaper
march 2018
Guidelines for future hypertext systems
Since 1992, the web has been the only hypertext system most of us have known (outside of occasional hypertext systems built on top of the web, such as mediawiki). However, the web is merely the most popular of hundreds of earlier systems, most of which were technically superior.
technology  web  social-media  from instapaper
march 2018
The Secret Power of ‘Read It Later’ Apps
What has become exceedingly scarce (and therefore, valuable) is the physical, emotional, attentional, and mental capability to sit quietly and direct focused attention for sustained periods of time.
reading  web  internet  social-media  from instapaper
march 2018
Why I'm Writing Captain America
For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title Black Panther. I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one—the world of Captain America.
Captain-America  Ta-Nehisi-Coates  USA  culture  comics  from instapaper
march 2018
We need new ways of treating depression
“Regrettably, recent decades have been marked with excessive medicalization of mental health and the overuse of biomedical interventions, including in the treatment of depression and suicide prevention,” he said. While there is a role for medications, he added, we need to stop using them “to address issues which are closely related to social problems.”
depression  psychology  society  culture 
march 2018
Notebook Turducken
This morning I looked and it had several thousand hearts and dozens of comments, many of them questions about my process and what brand of notebook I use.
notebook  productivity 
march 2018
How Marvel’s Go-To Team Created The Futuristic Tech Of “Black Panther”
The goal was to create a technological landscape that would completely supersede anything from Tony Stark/Iron Man, the Marvel universe’s former reigning tech genius.
technology  movies  Black-Panther 
february 2018
Hierarchy of Needs
Our independence, says the Declaration of Independence, guarantees a right to pursue happiness and bypasses the needs in Maslow’s hierarchy entirely. Though the document assures life and liberty in imprecise, yet enthusiastic terms, it cites no explicit guarantee of basic needs such as drinkable water or fresh air. Those are assumed here. For now.
happiness  psychology 
february 2018
LPT: After working with terminally ill cancer patients, here's a list of what they say you should appreciate while you're alive : LifeProTips
It's human to human (or animals/nature) interaction, something we need more of in world that's becoming more fast paced and less human every day.
So revamp your bucket list. Live in the moment. Put down your phone. Notice the people around you.
psychology  depression  happiness 
february 2018
Why It’s so Hard to Actually Work in Shared Offices
WeWork offers freelancers a chic workspace and beer on tap—but are people productive?
productivity  office-space  from instapaper
february 2018
'Black Panther' Breakout Star Winston Duke Is Here to Call You Out
It takes a lot to stand out in a movie with a cast as stacked as Black Panther. But somehow newcomer Winston Duke manages to steal the show as M’Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe.
Black-Panther  interview  movies 
february 2018
How Black Panther Asks Us to Examine Who We Are To One Another
Rahawa Haile considers how, by sliding between the real and unreal, Black Panther frees us to imagine the possibilities — and the limitations — of an Africa that does not yet exist.
africa  movies  Black-Panther 
february 2018
'Black Panther': Erik Killmonger Is a Profound, Tragic Villain - The Atlantic
The revolutionary ideals of Black Panther’s profound and complex villain have been twisted into a desire for hegemony.
february 2018
Composable Error Handling in OCaml
Let’s discuss common ways to handle errors in OCaml, their shortcomings and, finally, how polymorphic variants may help. The discussion applies equally well to Reason ML.
ocaml  programming 
february 2018
Typing Practice | Barbara Ehrenreich
I didn’t start my journal with the idea of recording my progress toward the ultimate truth. I was nowhere near bombastic enough to think I had anything important to say, even to my future self. 
writing  thinking  psychology 
february 2018
Mental models
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental models are useful to quickly and correctly reason about seemingly intractable problems. They require quite a bit of intuition to properly internalize, but once you’ve internalized them they’re relatively easy to apply.
management  productivity  psychology 
february 2018
The Four Healing Powers Of Mind
The four healing powers are also applicable to daily life. We can see the positive in ourselves and around us, confirm this quality in our minds by recognizing it, rejoice in any positive or peaceful feelings, and believe in the healing power of this way of looking at the world. This approach to life can reap a great harvest of benefits.
meditation  buddhism  psychology 
february 2018
Using colours in LaTeX
There are several elements in LATEX whose colour can be changed to improve the appearance of the document. Colours can be manually defined to a desired tone using several models, this article explains how.
latex  documentation  typography 
february 2018
The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance
A suitably versatile definition that I like, borrowing from researcher Samuele Marcora, is that endurance is “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop.” That’s actually Marcora’s description of “effort” rather than endurance, but it captures both the physical and mental aspects of endurance.
philosophy  psychology  exercise 
february 2018
GADTs: Wizardry for a Typesafe Age
Generalized algebraic data types (or GADTs) are a powerful tool that can augment algebraic type systems enabling them to be far more expressive. In addition to enabling polymorphic recursion, they also serve as a fundamental unit for existential types. In this post we will look at what all of those phrases mean, and how GADTs can be used in practice.
programming  ocaml  gadt  functional-programming 
february 2018
10 Signs of Walking Depression: When You’re Really Unhappy But Keep Going Anyway
Walking depression can be hard to recognize because it doesn’t fit the more common picture of severe depression. But it can be just as dangerous to our well-being when left unacknowledged.
depression  health 
february 2018
No Alternative — Real Life
But my point is less to mourn the death of the open web than to confront how the political valence of the normative ideals it embodied — an independent, homemade, anti-commercial “alternative” culture with a flippant orientation toward established media — have shifted. As the web was emerging from its adolescence, these ideals seemed inherently “progressive,” to use a shopworn term, but they have quickly deteriorated. Now they are suspect. What changed?
culture  internet  politics 
february 2018
Artificial Intelligence: Douglas Hofstadter on why AI is far from intelligent
Through all of these shifts in AI, Hofstadter, a professor of cognitive science and comparative literature at Indiana University, has been trying to understand how thinking works. He doesn’t believe the AI we have right now is “intelligent” at all, and he fears the field has taken humanity down a dangerous path. Quartz spoke to Hofstadter about the current state of AI, what it is doing wrong, and what dangers lie ahead.
AI  machine-learning  intelligence  programming  interview 
february 2018
Announcing Alacritty, a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator
Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.
terminals  software  GPU 
february 2018
Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data
Federated Learning allows for smarter models, lower latency, and less power consumption, all while ensuring privacy. And this approach has another immediate benefit: in addition to providing an update to the shared model, the improved model on your phone can also be used immediately, powering experiences personalized by the way you use your phone.
machine-learning  google  mobile 
january 2018
Why Field Notes Have Remained Curiously Addictive for a Decade
A decade ago, Chicago-based Coudal Partners
turned a designer’s holiday gift of small handmade
notebooks into an uber-popular business.
field-notes  Chicago  stationery 
january 2018
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