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2014.08.16 No Time To Think - NYT.com

No Time To Think - NYT.com

Wow:

In 11 experiments involving more than 700 people, the majority of participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just 6 to 15 minutes.

Moreover, in one experiment, 64 percent of men and 15 percent of women began self-administering electric shocks when left alone to think. These same people, by the way, had previously said they would pay money to avoid receiving the painful jolt

What a fascinating set of results. As a personal fan of journaling, and the forced introspection that provides, I find it baffling that people don't value (and take) the time to look inward. A couple more tidbits:

But you can’t solve or let go of problems if you don’t allow yourself time to think about them. It’s an imperative ignored by our culture, which values doing more than thinking and believes answers are in the palm of your hand rather than in your own head.

... Hard as they sometimes are, negative feelings are a part of everyone’s life, arguably more so if you are crazy busy. But it’s those same deep and troubling feelings, and how you deal with them, that make you the person you are. While busyness may stanch welling sadness, it may also limit your ability to be overcome with joy.

Have I mentioned how much I love Day One (iOS/OS X)? Because you should know I love it. #

2014.08.04 Stuart Scott Accepts Jimmy V Award

Stuart Scott Accepts Jimmy V Award

Cancer sucks. I've already seen too many people die from it, and unfortunately, I anticipate losing more. Anybody who watches ESPN has watched him battle, and this speech is pointed and well spoken.

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live." #

2014.07.31 Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean

Here I've ventured yet again into the world of VPS. I'm okay with DreamHost, but the general slowness of sites is frustrating. Admittedly, my needs are a bit complex, especially for a blogger. I enjoy the flexibility of having multiple domains, and a web hosting account. Digital Ocean's pricing, and options were/are fantastic. I'm diving back in. Check out their hosting options, and see if one makes sense for you. Get ready to get your nerd on. #

2014.07.25 Jian Guo - Lord of the Rings Covers

Jian Guo - Lord of the Rings Covers

These are gorgeous designs submitted for a contest for Chinese versions of The Lord of the Rings. There are so many nice touches. Looking around Jian's other work, these seem slightly out of style for him, yet still close enough. I'd probably buy a nice trio of these if they were prints, even if only available in Chinese. #

2014.07.24 You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister

You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister

Simple, straightforward input on people like you who are clearly under the wrong impression that you're a storyteller. You're not. Probably. #

2014.07.11 US Trade Emblems by Arno Kathollnig

US Trade Emblems by Arno Kathollnig

Really clever design, especially on that upper-right one. Sure, it has a hint of renaissance-era type, but I love how the type hints at that classic shield form. The added bonus here is the accompanying vector files. Awesome. I came upon these after seeing Arno's stamps in the Dribbble 5th Anniversary blog post. Looking through his work on here, I see these aren't a fluke. Well done. #

2014.07.08 Tweet Nest

Tweet Nest

Ever since Twitter switched to their new API I have wanted to find a new way to get a self-hosted Twitter archive of my own tweets. Thankfully, I stumbled upon this great tool. I am now again hosting my own tweets, which can be updated automatically through a cron job. #

2014.07.07 Visualizing Algorithms

Visualizing Algorithms

Mike Bostock gives a thoroughly fascinating view into a few different types of algorithms. Some of it was way over my head, but I still really enjoyed the essay. I was particularly drawn to the organic feel of Bridson’s algorithm for Poisson-disc sampling, the innate story-telling nature of the colored thread visualization for sorting, and the creeper-like reaching of Wilson's Algorithm for maze generation. #

2014.07.07 The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

This was a great, and rather quick read about some of the history of a company that makes some of my favorite products. This is an excerpt of Console Wars, by Blake Harris. I knew Nintendo started as a playing card "company", but didn't know the pieces in between (nor the interesting lawsuit by MCA Universal in regards to King Kong). I'd be curious to know if the book is as good as this one excerpt. (credit to my brother for sending me this article nearly two months ago) #

2014.07.07 Tap In

Tap In

I've had this tab open in my browser for weeks now, as the World Cup has been going on. I love the design, and responsive nature of the site. It has clear information presented in a perfect way. Love it. #

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