How the psychology of the England football team could change your life | Football | The Guardian
“I’d like to turn this unhealthy preoccupation with success on its head and put it on the record that I think failure is really useful. For without failure we cannot progress longer, higher or faster. It’s a funny paradox – our successes are achieved through trying, and trying most often ends in failure. Every day in our general lives and our sporting lives we will win some and lose some; it’s just part of the way life should be. It could be missing out on a promotion, being pipped at the line in a running race or bombing out in an exam – it doesn’t matter – the important lesson is to learn from our failures, reassess, rethink, move forward (sometimes in a different direction) and keep those dreams and goals alive.”


Five top tips for success

• Don’t fear failure. “Part of what it takes to be courageous is overcoming the constant battle between the desire for what we want and the fear of failure. Most of us don’t expose ourselves because we are fearful,” writes Grange.

• Reframe emotions: you’re not “nervous”, you’re “excited”; a penalty shootout/job interview/important speech is not something to dread, it’s an “opportunity”.

• Positive thinking is unhelpful if you’re simply fantasising about achieving an Oscar/the World Cup/a fuller social life. Instead, focus – positively – on the steps that could get you to your goal.

• Treat your employees/children/customers as individuals rather than a homogenous group. Different approaches will work for different people.

• Kindness, listening and empathy will take you further than barking orders. Use praise to motivate people.
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1 hour ago
Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricity - BBC News
Ghanaian brothers James and Kwesi Ansah have come up with a novel way to use waste generated from cassavas.

They use the root vegetables to create electricity that can power radios and mobile phones in their village in eastern Ghana.
electricity  energy  africa  inspiration  inspiring  environment  food 
2 hours ago
The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters — ProPublica
Chicago police and City Hall tracked anti-Trump demonstrators — and now state legislators want to let them use drones.
chicago  activism  protest  police  surveillance 
6 hours ago
The Seeds of Media Self-Sabotage | Crooked Media
We would be better off as a political culture and a country if conservative media mirrored liberal media in its relative commitment to empiricism and fair-mindedness. But while we can’t control the way Trump’s enablers conduct themselves, we should recognize that they pocket unearned credibility when we collapse the moral distinction between partisan hypocrisy and concerted propaganda, treating their illiberal commitments as “classic politics.”
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2 days ago
I have an idea. For more than a decade, I was involved in a grassroots media activis…
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"If Kavanaugh is confirmed...will we be living in a very different world? ... The answer depends more on us than it…
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First Album, First Side, First Song | MetaFilter
NPR compiles a Spotify playlist of their 150 favorite First Album, First Side, First Song tracks across history.
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5 days ago
Public buckets by grayhatwarfare
How to search for public buckets and their contents on AWS's S3 service.
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7 days ago
A seven-note riff written by a songwriter born in my home state has been introducing every match this year in the w…
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BASIC Engine
The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily available components for under 10 Euros in parts, or mass-produced for even less.
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11 days ago
The trouble with charitable billionaires | News | The Guardian
The statistics are alarming, with the world’s 10 biggest corporations having revenues that exceed the total combined revenues of the 180 least wealthy nations. Corporate social responsibility is not making any real difference. The report states: “When corporations increasingly work for the rich, the benefits of economic growth are denied to those who need them most. In pursuit of delivering high returns to those at the top, corporations are driven to squeeze their workers and producers ever harder – and to avoid paying taxes which would benefit everyone, and the poorest people in particular.”

Neither the philanthropy of the super-rich nor socially directed corporate programmes have any real effect on combating this trend, in the same way that Zuckerberg’s handout of $3m will have a negligible effect on the San Francisco housing crisis. Instead, vast fortunes in the hands of the few, whether earned through inheritance, commerce or crime, continue to grow at the expense of the poor.

In the end, it is capitalism that is at the heart of philanthrocapitalism, and the corporation that is at the heart of corporate social responsibility, with even well-meaning endeavours serving to justify a system that is rigged in favour of the rich.
capitalism  economics  money  economy  market  markets  wealth  parecon 
13 days ago
RT : So much cheaper to just treat black folks like actual humans. I guess I'm asking for too much. SMH....
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15 days ago
This! With actions like this, seemingly small, but continuing across time, and steadily (or dramaticall…
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17 days ago
gigasquid/clojure-mxnet: Clojure Package for MXNET
A Clojure packages to the MXNet deep learning library, chosen by AWS as its official library.
ai  deeplearning  code  software  clojure  programming  amazon  aws  machinelearning 
19 days ago
Authoritarians, Plutocrats, and the Fight for Racial Justice
Like every social movement, these efforts represent a threat to those who benefit most from the status quo. Atop that list are Trump himself and other tremendously wealthy Americans who choose to exploit their political power in order to advance selfish interests at the expense of the greater good. For them, billionaire tax cuts are worth any price and outspoken celebrities, including professional athletes, are a serious annoyance. That’s because they turn the public’s attention away from the mass consumerism that one-percenters work hard to cultivate and also give voice to the mistreatment of millions who, in light of their circumstances, might otherwise never be heard.
racism  politics  usa  political  activism  protest  race  wealth 
21 days ago
Suumer School 2017: Topic Explorations
Topic Explorations are computational essays exploring wide ranging subject areas expressed through the Wolfram Language as succinct representations of high-level ideas, and formatted in a way that is easy to read and understand. The Topic Explorations in this collection were produced by students at the 2017 Wolfram Summer School, reflecting each of their individual areas of interest.
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21 days ago
EarthTime enables users to interact with visualizations of the Earth's transformation over time. Combining huge data sets with images captured by NASA satellites between 1984 and 2016, EarthTime brings to life patterns of natural change and human impact.
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21 days ago
Design Bias - Motherboard
A column that probes products, research, and conclusions drawn from a world where the "normal" user always looks exactly the same.
bias  design  psychology  research  science  algorithm  algorithms 
22 days ago
How to spot a perfect fake: the world’s top art forgery detective | News | The Guardian
Science has a habit, though, of showing up the sagacity of scholars. In a 1932 trial in Berlin – the first in which a forensic exam was used to scrutinise art – two connoisseurs squabbled about the authenticity of a set of 33 canvases, all purportedly by Vincent van Gogh, all sold by an art dealer named Otto Wacker. It took a chemist, Martin de Wild, to trace resins in the paint that Van Gogh had never used, and to prove the paintings fake. Since then, the science has improved, even as human judgment has remained the same, vulnerable to the potential thrill of discovering new work, and to market pressures. During the Knoedler trial, Cahill remembered, one expert admitted that he couldn’t tell one Rothko canvas from another, or indeed whether a Rothko had been hung upside-down or right side up.

In any case, however fond he is of the three-legged stool, Martin may have to think soon of a different item of furniture. The humanities are in decline everywhere; in England, the art history A-level course came close to being abolished altogether in 2016. The populace of connoisseurs is thinning out. “In British art now, for a major artist like George Stubbs, there’s no recognised figure that we can all go to and say: ‘Is this by George Stubbs or not?’ Because various specialists have died recently, and there’s no one to replace them,” Bendor Grosvenor, the art historian, said. Meanwhile, researchers at Rutgers University have developed an AI system that, in tests, detected forged paintings with 100% accuracy by scanning and comparing individual brushstrokes. One leg is growing longer, another growing shorter, the stool becoming decidedly imbalanced. And so, if the art market wants to beat back the threats posed by sophisticated forgeries – if it wants to preserve its financial vigour, rooted as it is so absolutely in the notion of authenticity – it will have to turn more and more to the resources of science.
science  art  market  markets  economy  economics  research  painting 
22 days ago
RT : Officials have been forcibly injecting detained migrant children with powerful psychiatric drugs that left them "di…
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23 days ago
Welcome to Monoskop, a wiki for collaborative studies of the arts, media and humanities.
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25 days ago
RT : On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow breaks down in tears while reading a report on "tender-age" facilities for separated childr…
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25 days ago
Sorry to say: It probably won’t help. The ratings for these shows are already ab…
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27 days ago
Zines - Julia Evans
I’ve published 8 (!!) zines about systems & debugging tools.
zines  linux  learning  education  programming  code  sysadmin  system  systems 
4 weeks ago
How does the literary canon reinforce the logic of the incel? | Books | The Guardian
"I’m not saying that we need to divest entirely from the mid-century authors like Pinter, Bellow, Updike and Roth who have so shaped American literary culture (though I’d personally be cool with letting Hemingway, Ellis and Wallace drift into obscurity). But I do think it’s time to be done with this particular story, which treats white male rage as a ceaseless source of interest. Perhaps we already are done with this story, and instead of representing a generation-wide crisis in masculinity, the incels are just the dudes who haven’t gotten over the fact that we’ve gotten over them. In that case, we might view their terrorism (or even the affront to civil rights represented by Trump’s win) not as the beginning of an uprising but as the last gasps of a defeated army."
sexism  lit  literature  women  men  usa 
4 weeks ago
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect | MetaFilter
To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect (Quanta) - "Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? Teach machines to understand the question why."
psychology  mind  ai  software  programming  machinelearning  deeplearning  philosophyofmind  philosophy 
4 weeks ago
I just donated to the Larry Duncan Memorial fund; Larry and I were organizers with for several year…
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SARAH DITUM: Women should say goodbye to a sexist Left | Latest Brexit news and top stories - The New European
Women should look at what the brocialist left is offering – the sexist abuse, the devaluing of women’s work, the absence of any alternative to a male-dominated society – and say, like Morgan, goodbye to all that.
left  politics  women  feminism  inspiration  activism  protest  future  life  success 
5 weeks ago
All the Answers | The New Yorker
The quiz-show scandals -- and the aftermath
gameshows  television  games  quiz  history  media  longreads 
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