This made me chuckle

It’s a quote I stumbled upon this morning from Scott Scanlon:  I logged into Facebook yesterday and a few of my friends shared pictures of their dinner. It made me think… before social media did people take pictures of their dinner and then when you came over they said… “you got to see this, here’s what I ate last night… …

Algorithms know what you’re going to do before you do

Take a gander down this list of 22 Ways Algorithms Know How You’ll Behave Before You Do and you’ll see that a future not unlike that of Tom Cruise’s in Minority Report isn’t too far fetched. As ERIC SIEGEL writes: Prediction as a capability is booming. It reinvents industries and runs the world. More and more, predictive analytics drives commerce, manufacturing, healthcare, …

Tech’s latest cash cow

Last night at about 8:30PM my wife’s iPhone suddenly starts pinging.  She got a text message. Then another and another. I think in the end she received something like 25 text messages in the space of about 30 minutes. For some people, this might be normal. But for my wife, it’s out of character.  She uses her iPhone less than …

Understanding other places

“One place comprehended can make us understand other places better.” So wrote Southern novelist Eudora Welty in her essay “Place in Fiction,” and it’s a concept well worth thinking about in an era in which communities and countries feel paradoxically fractured and all-encompassing, in which people feel torn apart and thrown together, all at once. At times like these, it is not a …

Meditation 101 – An animated beginner’s guide

I love this: Despite what you may have heard, meditation does not involve joining a group, paying any fees, wearing any special outfits, sitting in a funny position, or believing in anything in particular.

What I’ve been listening to this week

Hmm…lazy Sunday.  But hold on a minute, I had a lazy Saturday.  I probably should unhinge myself from this chair and move my body about today.  Although, saying that, my body is in need of some downtime.  I did move some heavy weights this week, 180kg on the benchpress: 4 plates today! | #Stayfit #benchpress A video posted by @soulcruzer …

Let’s Tweetup!

Art is for everybody. It’s not about going to an art gallery where you have to ring the bell to get in.  We don’t want it to feel like it’s prescriptive.  We want you to walk in and look at something and have it resonate and think I love that. – Kate Bramwell The @leamTweetUp was back in action last …

Steal stuff

You say, ‘I’m going to write something completely new and original and very funny.’ You can’t do it. It’s like trying to fly a plane without having any lessons. You’ve got to start somewhere and the best way to start is by copying something that is really good. Some good advice from John Cleese for us creative types.  Watch the …

What role does outcomes play in your choice of careers?

Ok. Imagine you have just won £10 million in the lottery.  Would you quit your current job or would stay on as if nothing  has changed? We recorded the next episode of the Havana Cafe Sessions podcast today and our topic was about work and why people do it.  During my conversation with Sarah, I mentioned that a lot of people …

Things I got rid of

He he…I suppose I could have put my daughter on this list seeing how we sent her off to university on Saturday.  But  you never really get rid of your kids do you?! Now comes the period of adjustment where we have to get used to being empty nesters. I’m sure I’ll cope just fine, in fact, I’m already starting …

What I’ve been listening to this week

The weeks are rolling by fast.  I saw someone post yesterday that we’re now into the hundredth day countdown to Christmas! Dude, where did the year go?! Where did time go? Today I’m taking my daughter off to her first year of university and my son has started his last year of university! I was thinking a lot about life …

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They say you can never go home again

For many years I have traveled in many parts of the world.  In America I live in New York, or dip into Chicago or San Francisco.  But New York is no more America than Paris is France or London is England.  Thus I discovered that I did not know my own country. I, an American writer, writing about America, was …

The tragedy of Tupac

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When there is no concern

Today’s wisdom is from the Chinese philosopher, Wu Hsin. The greatest enjoyment is experienced when there is no concern for its duration. Be in the moment. Enjoy what it is you’re doing without trying to hold on to it or make it last longer or wondering when it’s going to end. A good example of this is when we’re on …