Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science
The violence that comes when capitalism meets a lawless state
He is one of 18 human rights and indigenous “defenders” to have been murdered so far this year in a wave of rural violence. Of these, 13 were involved in land conflicts and nine were Codeca leaders. Two were journalists investigating disputes and of the seven people killed in the month following Marroquín’s death, one died in a church, another was rammed by a truck and a third was murdered while doing the shopping. Others were stabbed or hacked to death. Few people have been arrested, let alone convicted.
But enlightenment, I decided by the end of the retreat, is banal. It means simply appreciating each moment, no matter how mundane and annoying, as an end in itself, not as a means to another end, like making money or impressing others. Like, be here now, Dude.
Easy to say, hard to do. Most of us see our lives as a series of chores to be completed, not moments to be cherished. I certainly do. An insidious effect of being a blogger is that my life becomes fodder for my writing. I’m not complaining, I love this gig, but there is a price.
tl;dr: the earth is in constant motion throughout an expanding universe, so to travel in time while staying in the same place *on earth* requires mindbogglingly precise spatial navigation and also probably an immense amount of energy just for the spatial part alone. Imagine travelling from December to June; you're gonna be on the other side of the sun if you don't change your actual position.
Food for my thoughts
“Such supplements come with a significant cost,” he said, “so to anyone buying them in the hope that they reduce the risk of heart disease, I’d advise them to spend their money on vegetables instead.”
Really gripping stuff. Good job for a first article.
tl;dr: a healthy outlook on life is actually biologically good for your longevity
one of the coolest things I've read this week
Life is not gonna give you what you want all the time. You'd agree with that, right? Then why are we so frustrated when we don't get what we want? We take pleasures for granted and are frustrated by the difficulties. Yet we readily admit difficulties are inevitable and pleasures must be worked for. It's totally inconsistent — and the source of most of our bad feelings.
I knew Trump was daft, but this a special kind of stupid
Farming doesn't have to be unsustainable and industrial.
Agricultural landscapes may not be as good for bees as urban ones
Palm oil may be a problem, but alternative oils aren't the answer.
"When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea’s preferred five-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it’s mindful that Pyongyang may view a U.S. payment as insulting. As a result, U.S. planners are considering asking Singapore, the host country, to pay for the North Korean delegation’s bill."
If a civilization uses fossil fuels, the climate change they trigger can lead to a large decrease in ocean oxygen levels. These low oxygen levels (called ocean anoxia) help trigger the conditions needed for making fossil fuels like oil and coal in the first place. In this way, a civilization and its demise might sow the seed for new civilizations in the future.
Bitcoin is not an investment.
- Hans Rosling
Remember that the media and activists rely on drama to grab your attention; that negative stories are more dramatic than positive ones; and how simple it is to construct a story of crisis from a temporary dip pulled out of its context of a long-term improvement.
An intriguing cult of personality
A challenging lifestyle in more ways than one
A fascinating history of trying to corral the English language
Strange urban phenomena still exist
Folklore used to be morally ambiguous, compared to modern fairy tales
In its elegantly retro pages, often rather posh men wrote about the pleasures of laziness – while on the side busily producing books and newspaper articles, and running a creative consultancy with corporate clients, Idle Industries.
Here's a tangible example of a consumer product derived from forests. In this case, fungi-based enzymes for detergents that can improve stain removal and reduce energy usage in washing machines.
From a Singaporean perspective
I'm not a vegan and probably won't become one anytime soon, but this writer's a really affable vegan who makes her new lifestyle sound so sensible and reasonable.
A bacon sandwich would, of course, still taste delicious. But then, keeping a slave in one’s house would also be very handy. It’s just not something any sane person is going to do.
A new culprit
Privilege is not always clear cut.
“You can look at it and think, ‘Oh, the white child probably had the better childhood in this ritzy, tony suburb,’” Ms. Roost said. “But then again, peel it back a layer and you’ll see it was a horrible childhood.”
Singapore's educational system is just Harrison Bergeron's world realized
And therein lies the paradox. In Singapore, gifted children are expected to be completely different, yet utterly the same.
As riveting as a car crash
I'm actually quite scared about this. It sounds like a potential ice-9.
Being able to nudge evolution one way or the other would be a powerful tool for combating everything from disease to climate change. They’re being considered for wiping out malaria-causing mosquitoes, and eradicating harmful invasive species. But out in the wild, they have the potential to spread out of control, with perhaps dire consequences.
In the old brown house on the corner, a mile from the middle of the city, we ate bacon for breakfast every morning of our lives.
If you are reading this essay, you’re a reader. You probably know this sentence, and if you don’t, you are comfortable with interpreting it. You can hear a character beginning to form: its romantic, optimistic, nostalgic voice; a voice yearning for simplicity; probably, in its deliberate imitation of a child’s singsong, the voice of a woman, a mother. You know it might take a few pages to learn just who this woman is. You’re skilled in this sort of patience.
But if you have never read anything more difficult than a Harry Potter book, how are you meant to proceed?
While Singapore continues to wayang smart nation, another tiny nation-state becomes an actual smart nation
Well done, maesters
The first floor, above the hubbub of the street but conveniently accessed by a single flight of stairs, was the floor most sought after—the piano nobile or bel étage.
Elaborated well with scrolling graphics
Why do I gravitate to unprofitable industries?