27 Writing Lessons & Hacks From Some of the Best Writers on the Planet
"When we control for the influence of wealth, then alcohol’s apparent health benefit is much reduced [or] disappears completely."
TL;DR - Don't drink for your health!
What do you really want to do with your life? Are you doing what you really want to do? Whatever the answers, he suggested basic income was the means to achieve those goals. The idea is as simple as it is radical: Rather than concern itself with managing myriad social welfare and unemployment insurance programs, the government would instead regularly cut a no-strings-attached check to each citizen. No conditions. No questions. Everyone, rich or poor, employed or out of work would get the same amount of money. This arrangement would provide a path toward a new way of living: If people no longer had to worry about making ends meet, they could pursue the lives they want to live.
high-calcium carrots, antioxidant tomatoes, nonallergenic nuts, bacteria-resistant oranges, water-conserving wheat, corn and cassava loaded with extra nutrients, and a flaxlike plant that produces the healthy oil formerly available only in fish.
That’s what genetic engineering can do for health and for our planet. The reason it hasn’t is that we’ve been stuck in a stupid, wasteful fight over GMOs. On one side is an army of quacks and pseudo-environmentalists waging a leftist war on science. On the other side are corporate cowards who would rather stick to profitable weed-killing than invest in products that might offend a suspicious public
The essentials of 10-20-30 training are simple. Run, ride or perhaps row on a rowing machine gently for 30 seconds, accelerate to a moderate pace for 20 seconds, then sprint as hard as you can for 10 seconds. (It should be called 30-20-10 training, obviously, but that is not as catchy.) Repeat.
This post by my friend Jennifer on marriage and illness is so, so beautiful.
"The velociraptor bowed deeply.
“Welcome to the Henn-na Hotel,” it said in an understated clinical growl."
"they did it by tapping into the essence of what makes content shareable: Here Is A Feeling You Thought Only You Felt But Is Actually Universal"
16-year-olds on Tumblr make it in this fascinating article on Tumblr teen culture.
by the fall So-Relatable had more than 200,000 followers and was making a couple thousand dollars a month. In October, they filed as an S-corporation, So Relatable Inc., and split the shares 50-50.
Soon, Lilley and Greenfield told me, they were getting 15 million page views a month. They had more than 450,000 followers on So-Relatable and were growing several other blogs. It was an enormous reach for two teenagers from a Rust Belt town of 88,000 people
"Neurons that fire together, wire together."
We think particular thoughts—obsessive ones, anxious ones, all those elements of cultural programming that we accept without questioning—and then it gets chemically easier and easier to think them. It’s like wearing ruts into a carpet.
Neurosurgeon and writer Oliver Sacks reflected on his time on this planet, and how he planned to spend what remained.
A poignant essay by Paul Graham on the shortness of life... and what we *must* do about it.
Cultivate a habit of impatience about the things you most want to do. Don't wait before climbing that mountain or writing that book or visiting your mother. You don't need to be constantly reminding yourself why you shouldn't wait. Just don't wait.
Increase your awareness of how limited your time really is, increase your happiness in everyday activities.
you can still practice some of the Buddha’s wisdom resolving to live as if 2016 were your last year. Then remorselessly root out activities, small and large, that don’t pass the “last-year test.”
Interesting read on post-millennial use of Facebook (little), Instagram (some), Snapchat (more), and the myriad of new apps on their home screens.
one girl said she showed Instagram ideas to at least three people before posting. Another said she deleted any post that did not garner enough likes. “I post and I just delete, because I don’t want to have, like, never mind,” she said, too ashamed to announce the precise number of likes
“Finally, Sheryl [Sandberg] said, ‘You know, Kim, I can tell I'm not really getting through to you. I'm going to have to be clearer here. When you say um every third word, it makes you sound stupid.’”
Financial advisor on the benefits of spending money on something you really love.
Buying things is agonizing. The cognitive expense of switching, replacing and constantly thinking about whether you need a new bike or not has a cost associated with it, too.
Ear protectors cost about $20 from amazon, quiet the whole world, and are as comfortable as a down comforter. One of the best purchases I've made.
Our collective quest for privacy sometimes reaches comedic levels: Pierce Crosby, 25, once witnessed a man talking into his headphones at a Midtown cafe, despite the disconnected wire dangling below the man’s chair. “It was quite interesting,” he said, “and I took my time pretending to text while listening in on his conversation.”
Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds. And middle age may be a critical time to get the process rollin
If you think you’re going to regret not doing something, you should probably do it. Regret is the worst, and most people regret far more things they didn’t do than things they did do. When in doubt, kiss the boy/girl.
train your ability to focus and then fight to make time for real intense focused work in your schedule, you are absolutely going to thrive in this economy while the people sitting next to you are going to look up one day from their Facebook feed and realize they’ve been left behind.
with each passing day offline, I felt more relaxed, less anxious, more able to focus and less hungry for the next shot of instant but short-lived stimulation. What happened to my brain is exactly what I hoped would happen: It began to quiet down.