Kerouac sent one such letter to his first wife, Edie Kerouac Parker, in late January of 1957, a decade after their marriage had been annulled.
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Kerouac sent one such letter to his first wife, Edie Kerouac Parker, in late January of 1957, a decade after their marriage had been annulled.
Science predicts only the predictable, ignoring most of our chaotic universe.Collage by Marina Sun / Shutterstock; PixabayScientists look around the universe and see amazing structure. There are objects and processes of fantastic complexity.
From books on history and philosophy to novels and biographies. For the past few years, I’ve formed a habit of asking everyone for book recommendations. It’s one of the habits that has truly changed my life.
Only a good dog owner. People love to tell me how lucky I am to have a good dog like Wiley. But they’re dead wrong—there was no luck involved. Wiley’s good behavior and good temperament are products of four years of hard work, nothing else.
Because nothing in life is free. Anyone who has ever taken an economics class has heard the phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” It means that everything has a cost, even if that cost is not always immediately apparent. To achieve anything, you must give up something else.
Walter Pitts rose from the streets to MIT, but couldn’t escape himself. Walter Pitts was used to being bullied. He’d been born into a tough family in Prohibition-era Detroit, where his father, a boiler-maker, had no trouble raising his fists to get his way.
More and larger companies keep jumping on the trend that’s been growing since the start of the decade. A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems.
Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime. On public-access TV in 1985, Bernie Sanders defended an element of Fidel Castro’s regime: It was rarely mentioned that Castro provided health care to his country. Sanders grumbled that the same could not be said of then-President Reagan.
Embrace these three concepts to make sure your true value is recognized. For years, I’ve been grappling with the question of how professionals in an increasingly noisy and frenetic world can ensure their expertise is recognized.
Face-to-face interactions and positive relationships have long been seen as beneficial, but the digital world of social media may be having the opposite effect.
At APF in the 1970s, as the second-known African-American video game engineer, he helped create an industry. Thirty-seven years ago, New York-based APF Electronics, Inc.
Most self-help books are filled with useless fluff. Shave that off and actually learn something valuable. How many books do you have on your reading list? If you’re like me, there are way more books on your list than you can ever read in your lifetime.
California’s third-largest city by area is an urban-planning disaster, a sprawl of empty grids that aspired to become a megacity—and failed. But as the desert works to reclaim the land, it’s become a mecca of another kind. It was June in the Mojave desert and the sun was blistering.
Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience. One of the most memorable scenes of the Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook revolves around Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, a novel that does not end well, to put it mildly.Patrizio Solitano Jr.
It doesn’t have to be all kale salads and quinoa. Photo from When in dietary doubt, we ask nutrition experts to show us how to leverage our food for optimal performance. This time, we asked seven of our go-to diet and sports nutrition gurus to dish on their go-to meals.
You’ve probably never heard of many of these, but in this list may be the exact word you’ve been looking for. Given that it runs to more than a quarter of a million words, there’s a good chance that the English language will probably have the word you’re looking for.
Chance encounters in the life of Andrei Kolmogorov. If two statisticians were to lose each other in an infinite forest, the first thing they would do is get drunk. That way, they would walk more or less randomly, which would give them the best chance of finding each other.
No one ever pictures themselves becoming a workaholic. Here are a few ways to cut back the time you spend thinking about your job. For many of us, working simply feels good. But just because it feeds your ego or makes you feel important, that doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you.
Adam Leith Gollner on the sun-drenched island’s agrodolce flavors. Seen from the sky—which is to say, observed on the in-flight video map during our final approach—the island appears as a triangularish football being punted toward the Maghreb by Italy's boot.
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
If your language had no words to describe “the future,” would you still stress over it? I went to my neighbor’s house for something to eat yesterday. Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what it means.
You do all kinds of life things—you buy groceries, read articles, get haircuts. But as you do these things day after day and year after year, are you improving as a human in a meaningful way? The mind…can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Morning people and night owls are born that way. It's time we accepted that. If Cassidy Sokolis ever needs to wake up before 11 am, she scatters three alarm clocks throughout her bedroom. Even then, she still often sleeps through the clamor.
UC San Diego and Yale researchers shared their surprising results. Want to stay healthy, both emotionally and physically? Researchers from UC San Diego and Yale have some simple advice for you: Limit the amount of time you spend on Facebook.
Pu-erh is the Helen of Troy of tea that gets aged like whiskey, dosed like drugs, and coveted by millionaires. And it only comes from this one mountainous corner of China. All photos by Palani MohanAt 4,000 feet, the paved part of the road stops.
Contrary to popular belief, peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head. One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making a remote and medium-sized country a world-famous tourist destination.
There’s not much that will make you panic after ten years of dogsledding in the wilderness. And there are lots of ways to feel equally calm in all kinds of outdoor emergencies. When I started dogsledding ten years ago, I dreamed of one clean run.
More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images “I don’t even know how to start this,” Adele wrote in an online letter to fans on June 30, 2017.
Inside a quiet revolution in the study of the world’s other great kingdom. Mimosa pudica, with its leaves open … Photo from Bluemoose/ CC BY-SA 3.0.Monica Gagliano began to study plant behavior because she was tired of killing animals.
Or, if you like, try them all. They work. Science says so.
As our lifespans have increased, so too have our active years. Can that go on? Created with images from Dorling Kindersley / Getty Image and Vvoe / ShutterstockImmortality: Trust us, you wouldn’t like it. It’s a comforting message, in a sour-grapes sort of way.
Basically, how to be good at life. What’s your definition of a good life? Ask 100 different people, and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. However, there are also a few universal pieces to a good life. Take happiness and health. We all want it.
“Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.” Olivia Laing.“You are born alone. You die alone.
Perspective from the right on Trump’s political challenge for the left. Fourteen years ago, I found myself an unexpected micro-target of a left-liberal protest demonstration. I had visited London to watch the debate and subsequent vote in the House of Commons over the Iraq war resolution.
The purpose of memory might not be to record everything. Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing. So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal Neuron.
The first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity. The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor, but not in the knowledge working world we now live in.
There’s always a trade-off and a choice to be made. I saw a story on Facebook the other day. Like most stories that get passed around Facebook, it’s probably only 38% true and written by a 16-year-old. But regardless, I found it cool, and at the very least, thought-provoking.
There is no known physics theory that is true at every scale—there may never be. Whenever you say anything about your daily life, a scale is implied. Try it out. “I’m too busy” only works for an assumed time scale: today, for example, or this week. Not this century or this nanosecond.
How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place. Here’s a little parable. A friend of mine was so enamored of Google Reader that he built a clone when it died. It was just like the original, except that you could add pictures to your posts, and you could Like comments.
A growing body of research suggests certain types of development activities can effectively build the capacity for resilience. It can be tough enough to manage your own stress.
Dogs are children for a growing number of Americans—and that’s putting new pressures on pup-friendly space.From the thin shade of a pine tree at Laurel Canyon Dog Park, Amber Freeman, a contractor for a local dog-walking company, keeps an eye on her 30 canine charges.
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution. A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers.
You shouldn’t feel tied down to one profession. If something interests you, go for it. It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer.
Be respectful, practice moderation, and set reasonable expectations. Mark Manson shares a few life lessons. On my 20th birthday, I got drunk and peed on some old ladies’ front lawn. A cop saw me and stopped me. Fortunately, I talked my way out of going to jail that night.
Big Data has transformed everything from sports to politics to education. It could transform mental-health treatment, too—if only psychologists would stop ignoring it. Grace was a heroin addict who had been clean for about six months; I was a 34-year-old therapist in training.
By documenting the little things, Robert Frank changed an entire nation’s image of itself.On a hot September day in 1957, Jack Kerouac sat on a New York City sidewalk holding America in his hands. At least, that’s how it felt.
Stuck in his research, a cosmologist finds a hint in an intricate drawing.My aim as a theoretical physicist is to unite quantum theory with Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
A teacher argues that helping students analyze the stories they care so much about is more effective than pushing pure fact-checking. When I was in high school, one of my history teachers was also the football coach. “Coach Mac,” we called him.
Choosing a routine is easy. Sticking to it, less so. Here's a few tips to get you started. Click here to download a copy of the drawing.I used to be a chubby kid. Most people thought that was cute. But it got out of hand when I was in my early teens.At age 15 I weighed 230 pounds (105 kg).
If you do it right, racing always hurts. But a select few running events are in a league of their own. From the lows of Death Valley to the peaks of the Alps and San Juans, some races are so tough that they nearly destroy the best in the world.
The best things in life can sometimes be ugly. If you find what you love, then you’ll also find all the pain and struggle that comes with it. “We’re all going to die, all of us. What a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t.
Mastering the Japanese buckwheat noodles is notoriously tricky; Francis Lam picks up tips from a former Hollywood movie producer who gave up the fast life for the slow knead. All photos by Dylan + JeniI had the first line of this story written before I even got out of the car.
Methods to make even simple, ever-day choices easy to tackle. I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way.Maybe I should order them all . . .Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe.
Hating exercise isn’t the same as being lazy. Exercise motivation is a complicated subject, but if getting off the couch is the hardest part for you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to finally start working out, no matter how much you might hate it.
Sometimes setting an unreasonable goal is the only way to jump-start your fitness. I was watching the 1,500-meter Olympic final last summer at a bar, a few months before my 35th birthday, when I first wondered if a middle-distance runner lurked within. It was a strange thought.
Deciding a level of importance for each task you have allows you to quickly organize which to do first, and which not to do at all.
In the current fast-paced and technology driven world, a good night’s sleep is more important than ever. As a child, I was a terrible sleeper. My parents would often find me awake at 3 AM with a flashlight under the covers reading a Hardy Boy, Nancy Drew, or Tom Swift book.
Estoril, which was once the wartime home of royalty seeking sanctuary—and the spies who watched them—enjoys an enchanting faded glamour today. I don't order dry martinis anywhere except in Estoril. Usually, I like my gin wet.
While the popular press talks of stress as a negative to be avoided, seasoned managers know better. If you’re trying to drum up new business, get a customer’s order out on time, or hit your numbers for the quarter, a little stress goes a long way.
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
To-do lists get a lot of flack, but the simple act of planning has some psychological and productivity benefits all by itself. For a long time, I resisted to-do lists. I wanted the flexibility. I felt that if I kept a list, it would tie me down to a particular set of tasks.
“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.”
“For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.” Shortly after turning fifty, Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis.
Pantone has been formulating hues since the ’60s. What happens when they want to add to their pallet of more than 2300 colors?
Some concern is beneficial but obsessing is often futile. News articles over the past few years have implicated everything from sunlight’s ultraviolet radiation to burnt toast as potential carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
With every conversation I have, book I read, mistake I make, and new knowledge I acquire, I feel less sure about everything. When I got my first degree in business, nine years ago, I was certain I knew nothing. So I got a master’s degree after that.
Like the questionable legality of that little bumper sticker. Though we can’t pick your friends, we strongly encourage you to ostracize anyone who expresses disinterest or disdain for Calvin and Hobbes, the brilliant comic strip illustrated by Bill Watterson from 1985 to 1995.
On wood-fired griddles, Maya home cooks keep ancient traditions alive with recipes even their neighbors wouldn’t recognize. Photos by Christopher Bagley unless otherwise noted.
Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner.
The Ivy Lee Method of prioritizing your to-do list seems deceptively simple. It’s also been working for more than a century. By 1918, Charles M. Schwab was one of the richest men in the world.
When I grew up, it wasn’t cool to read. These days, every coffee shop is packed with folks that are reading a book while sipping on a latte. That’s a great shift. I’m also reading more books than ever. When I grew up, it wasn’t cool to read.
Focus instead on the struggle of finding your own path. Have you seen them? Articles and books that promise you the secrets to success? Save yourself some time and stop reading them. I’ll tell you why in a minute. There are many kinds of those “success-articles.
Near-miss math provides exact representations of almost-right answers. Using stiff paper and transparent tape, Craig Kaplan assembles a beautiful roundish shape that looks like a Buckminster Fuller creation or a fancy new kind of soccer ball.
With three times as many neurons, why doesn’t the elephant brain outperform ours? We have long deemed ourselves to be at the pinnacle of cognitive abilities among animals. But that is different from being at the pinnacle of evolution in a number of very important ways.
How Freud’s nephew shaped today's advertising industry. In the 1920s, women didn’t smoke. Or if they did, they were severely judged for it. It was taboo. Like graduating from college or getting elected to Congress, people believed women should leave the smoking to men.
Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she? A woman knitting, Washington DC, 1941. Photo from the Library of Congress/LC-USF34-014621-D.During World War I, a grandmother in Belgium knitted at her window, watching the passing trains.
I sent out the call the week before my wedding: Anyone who has been married for 10+ years and is still happy in their relationship, what lessons would you pass down to others if you could?
You decide what you believe. Do you believe that you can, or can’t live the life you want? I know what you’re thinking. “This guy probably read a motivational quote on social media and now he’s telling us that nothing is impossible. Yeah right.
Employees like a boss who knows what they’re talking about and understands the business as much as they understand their own role. “People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw.
Mid-career crises are a widespread regularity. But here’s the good news: In the second half of people’s working lives, job satisfaction increases again. A mid-career crisis can happen to anyone. It can hit even those who objectively have the most fulfilling jobs.
Most of us believe that success happens all at once. Real life is different. Do you have a long list of goals, desires, and wants for your life? Do you want to learn more? Earn more? Improve your skills? Get the most out of your relationships? Live better?All those things are good.
Don’t discount the power of a schedule. Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute.
If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think. In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn.
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
Implausibility is not a reason to completely dismiss empirical findings, but impossibility is. I was listening to a recent Radiolab episode on blame and guilt, where the guest Robert Sapolsky mentioned a famous study on judges handing out harsher sentences before lunch than after lunch.
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises. Women are woven deeply into the history of science, stretching back to ancient Egypt, over 4,000 years ago.
“Why does the rest of this prideful country allow this one city to proclaim itself as The Gastronomic Capital of France without putting up a fight?” Bistro: a term deprived of meaning, splashed about globally, indiscriminately. Toulouse has bistros. So, too, Tuscaloosa and all points in between.
New insights into mitochondria reveal how life expends energy. Nick Lane is an evolutionary biochemist at University College London who thinks about the big questions of life: how it began, how it is maintained, why we age and die, and why we have sex.
Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic. I had a tough time in high school. Like many other young adolescents, I saw myself as fundamentally flawed, and felt a searing isolation. Nothing I looked forward to brought any hope. I stopped getting out of bed. I cut myself.
The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. The history of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II.
Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey? I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, I don’t know what the Scandal is, and I couldn’t name a single “real” housewife.
Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy. On paper alone you would never guess that I grew up poor and hungry.My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed. "Do you hate crowds, especially at supermarkets and restaurants?"I avoided eye contact, which I knew I wasn't supposed to do. "Yes."If Dr. P.
This mental disorder gives us a unique insight into the digital age.We start with the case of a woman who experienced unbearable tragedy. In 1899, this Parisian bride, Madame M., had her first child. Shockingly, the child was abducted and substituted with a different infant, who soon died.
What a close study of “inner speech” reveals about why humans talk to themselves. Language is the hallmark of humanity—it allows us to form deep relationships and complex societies. But we also use it when we’re all alone; it shapes even our silent relationships with ourselves.
How the unlikely and unexplainable, strange and terrifying, spawned the age of science. Finding regularity in nature is the bread and butter of science. We know that reptiles lay eggs, while mammals bear live young; the Earth revolves around the sun every 365.
Daniel Dennett (b. March 28, 1942), whom artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky has called “our best current philosopher” and “the next Bertrand Russell,” poses an apt question that probes some of the basic tendencies and dynamics of today’s everyone-is-a-critic culture:
I sit down at the table, move my napkin to my lap, and put my phone on the table face-down. I am at a restaurant, I am relaxed, and I am about to start lying to myself. I’m not going to check my phone, I tell myself. (My companion’s phone has appeared face-down on the table, too.
If you’re a human and you have a brain, then you probably like using your brain. And if you like using your brain, then you love having those epiphany moments where your hair blows back and you go “Whoa” like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix when he learns Kung Fu from a USB drive in his neck.
It may not be as simple as just saying “don’t worry about it,” but stress is a byproduct of overthinking. When I was in my late twenties, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors operated and told me to hope for the best.
Deciding if a habit is worth it to you is critical in forming new ones. Where you are in your life is a result of your habits. Will Durant said it best: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I think that’s also true for the opposite of excellence.
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival. Last night, most of us went to the safety and comfort of our beds before drifting off to a night’s sleep. For some, this was the last conscious action before an episode of sleepwalking.
How to terraform a room-temperature Mars in 100 years. Mars is currently inhabited by an estimated 1 million microbes. They coat the surfaces and crowd the innards of our robotic landers and rovers, which international policy requires to be cleaned, but not fully sterilized.
Practicing paying attention can boost performance on a new task, and change the way the brain processes information, a new study says.
The recipes, tools, and tips you need for the endlessly adaptable one-bite marvel. Dumplings may be the perfect food: protein, vegetable, and seasoning all wrapped in a tidy parcel of starch. There's a reason nearly every culture on Earth makes them. Now, if only they weren't so tricky to construct.
The history of science has been distorted by a longstanding conviction that correct theories about nature are always the most elegant ones. Imagine you’re a scientist with a set of results that are equally well predicted by two different theories.
As a cuke deckhand, your job first and foremost consists of making sure your diver survives. Hunter Mann-Dempster, professional sea cucumber diver, lives on Baranof Island in a house built on cedar pilings, a short ramble to the ocean through a copse of spruce and hemlock.
Tips for avoiding rash decisions and reaching thoughtful conclusions. Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.
Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs. For many years I lived in Eugene, Oregon, also known as “track-town USA” for its long tradition in track and field.
In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths. Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
Human are wired with an over-the-top obsession with what others think of them. Here’s how to bring it under control.
A quick nap before the caffeine kicks in can give you an extra bit of energy that might just be what you need to get through the rest of your day.
It seems like everything in the grocery store is labeled "super." We dove into which foods are actually proven, by science, to be good for you and which ones are all hype. Food marketers know that if they call their product a superfood, it’s sure to sell. Take quinoa, for example.
While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance. In some circles, Ben Hogan is credited with “inventing practice.
The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed. The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.
You’d never confuse them for the Rockefellers. But you also wouldn’t have curling without ’em. Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images1. The RosenwachsPower: Hydrating Wall Street, Broadway, and the media Look up in New York City and you’ll no doubt see a wooden water tower topping a roof.
Think you can read people’s emotions? Think again. You’ve probably met people who are experts at mastering their emotions and understanding the emotions of others. When all hell breaks loose, somehow these individuals remain calm.
Small changes. Big results. Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." But we can all work smarter, too.
The market has evolved a lot in the past few decades. Maybe your approach to it should too. The conventional wisdom of how most of us should invest our money is clear—avoid paying high fees to money managers for their supposed stock-picking expertise.
First of all, stop taking everything so personally. Imagine for a second that I’m your father. I know that may bring up all sorts of awkward and unpleasant connotations, but stay with me here — and until we’re done, just call me “Dad.
On a seafood pilgrimage to south Florida, Jamie Feldmar catches wind of drug-runners, false-bottom crab boats, and a tale so bizarre it could only be true. Maybe.Disclaimer: What I am about to tell you is all true...ish, though names have been changed to protect the guilty.
The private life of the African giant offers a remarkable view on evolution. The first time I saw a free-living giraffe was in Tanzania’s Arusha National Park, where I was astounded by a yellow-and-brown head gliding gracefully and, it seemed, impossibly high above the tops of tall acacia trees.
Psychologists say using willpower to achieve goals is overhyped. Here’s what actually works. As the Bible tells it, the first crime committed was a lapse of self-control. Eve was forbidden from tasting the fruit on the tree of knowledge. But the temptation was too much.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
Steve Brown was working his shift at Olsson’s Bookstore in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1985 when he heard his name come over the store intercom. There was a call waiting for him.
There’s always a dirtier side to a luxurious lifestyle and they get more predictable the more you see. Photo by: ShutterstockLet me tell you something you already know: Your housekeeper spies on you.We work alone. We get bored.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
Happiness as an achievable goal is an illusion, but that doesn't mean happiness itself is not attainable.
Alex Halberstadt scores a bag of the creamiest, most coveted stuff on earth and ponders a question: can you put a price tag on outstanding dairy? If you've never been in the presence of a day-old calf, they happen to be disconcertingly large.
Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.By now, the idea that gut bacteria affect a person’s health is not revolutionary. Many people know that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism.
Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health.
An eight-step plan for rebooting your career and finding a job that you love. In a job market transformed by turmoil and rebirth, there are suddenly all kinds of opportunities for adventurous souls. But if you're going to transcend the cubicle, you need to think big and dare to start over.
If you decide to see more, click on this story. Reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book can feel like being lost in a maze and running through twists and turns only to find dead ends, switchbacks, and disappointment.
The young physicist’s quest to prove the theories of Ernst Mach. When they met, Einstein wasn’t Einstein yet. He was just Albert Einstein, a kid, about 17, with a dark cloud of teenage angst and a violin. Michele Besso was older, 23, but a kindred spirit.
The goal of Life is simple: It is to Level Up as much as possible. Welcome, Player One, to a strategy guide for the game known as Life. As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, the game of Life is often quite difficult. You will face unexpected challenges and long periods of frustration.
The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom. ‘The longer the trip, the more healing occurs,’ says the geologist Peter Winn, who has been leading expeditions down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon since the 1960s.
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help. In the future, he wrote, high-speed wireless networks and low-cost mobile devices will break the link between occupation and location.
Colors can come from art, chemistry, flowers, and even horses. The name is just the beginning. Throughout history, a variety of famous people have lent their names to shades of brilliant blue, shocking purple, grassy green, muddy brown, and other hues.
Alien life could be so advanced it becomes indistinguishable from physics. Perhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He once pointed out that any sufficiently advanced technology is going to be indistinguishable from magic.
There’s often too much to read and too little time. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of what you read as quickly as possible. Whether you skim a blog post, peruse files for work, or browse through a book, you most likely do some type of reading every day.
How relationships affect our immune system. Illustration by Maurice Sendak for ‘Open House for Butterflies’ by Ruth Krauss. Click here for more. Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out, refine our immune systems.
An eclectic community of chefs, poets, publicans, artists, and ice cream makers have turned a once sleepy seaside village into an unlikely food destination. There's a type of person who travels to the Dingle peninsula to build a village from scratch, one with a schoolhouse and cobblestone streets.
Comparison and the desire for status are innate parts of our nature, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. But what can change is the basis of those comparisons. Photo by DVIDSHUB/flickrIn the early 1980s, a talented young guitarist was kicked out of his band.
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art. For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act.
An ex-convict on how to set your mind free. With a sigh, Johnny Perez rises from his plastic chair, unfolds his lanky frame and extends his wingspan until the tips of his middle fingers graze the walls. “It was from here to here,” he says. “I know because I used to do this all the time.
Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Change is difficult for most people. Left to our own devices, most of us would rather carry on as we are.
Michael Jordan was about to ditch Nike — until an inexperienced designer created the shoe he’d always dreamed of. Something strange was in the air at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. It wasn’t just that deadlines loomed—that was typical.
When television was first starting out, many producers treated it like a live service, one that doesn’t require copies to be replayed in the future.
What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it.
Improving how you live, how you serve, and how you relate. 1. Stop consuming caffeineAlthough people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo.
Some of the blame for high employee turnover can be traced right back to their first day on the job. Your new hire’s first day usually involves a lot of paperwork, setting up passwords and logins, meeting new people whose names they’ll inevitably forget, and similar odds and ends.
Everyone knows a Nguyen, but how did that come to be? 1829 map of former Indochina, Vietnam along the east coast of the peninsula. Inset is the 1821 seal of the Nguyen Dynasty. Photo from Pierre M. Lapie/Public Domain.In the United States, the most popular last name is Smith.
Setting limits for yourself — whether that involves the time you have to work out, the money you have to start a business, or the number of words you can use in a book — often delivers better results than “keeping your options open.” Theodor Geisel. Courtesy of Dr.
Essential reading material for any self-starter. Do you want to start a new business or grow your existing business? Being an entrepreneur is a lonely job. But fortunately, you can always rely on books. Forget about going to networking events, meetups, or browsing the internet for useful advice.
From our knees to our eyeballs, our bodies are full of hack solutions. The Greeks were obsessed with the mathematically perfect body. But unfortunately for anyone chasing that ideal, we were designed not by Pygmalion, the mythical sculptor who carved a flawless woman, but by MacGyver.
“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Elizabeth Gilbert asked in framing her catalyst for creative magic.
Tips to improve your skills and how you approach challenging situations. It doesn't matter how good your strategy is, if you're not skilled at what you do, that strategy won't take you very far. As Jason Fried and DHH have said: "Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs.
Practical thinking is a valuable skill that has helped me to solve complex problems in my life and career. Life is complicated. And I find it fascinating that people tend to make it even more complicated by not thinking practically.One of the things that we never think about is the way we think.