NYT – Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/smarter-living/eisenhower-box-productivity-tips.html I'll be the first to admit I'm a 1st class procrastinator … fun article to read Your brain is working against you, and it's because of a phenomenon called the urgency effect brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards people more likely to perform urgent, smaller tasks with a deadline than more … Continue reading NYT – Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks

NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/smarter-living/how-to-finally-just-make-a-decision.html Fear of Better Options. Researchers call this phenomenon maximization -  relentless researching of all possible options for fear that you'll miss out on the "best" one maximizers tend to make better decisions less satisfied with those decisions than are people who make quicker ones based on less research (called satisficers)  maximizers less satisfied because they … Continue reading NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

NYT – Review of “In Praise of Wasting Time” Speaks Ominously of a Digital “Grid”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/business/dealbook/review-in-praise-of-wasting-time-speaks-ominously-of-a-digital-grid.html M.I.T. professor Alan Lightman's (eclectic physicist, novelist and essayist) book "In Praise of Wasting Time," proposes "that half our waking minds be designated and saved for quiet reflection."  targeting the subversive impact on civilization of the increasingly frenetic pace of life Failure results in the collective destruction of "our inner selves and our creative … Continue reading NYT – Review of “In Praise of Wasting Time” Speaks Ominously of a Digital “Grid”

WaPo – Anatole Katok, mathematician who explored chaos theory, dies at 73

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/anatole-katok-mathematician-who-explored-chaos-theory-dies-at-73/2018/05/09/09516a6c-50d5-11e8-84a0-458a1aa9ac0a_story.html?utm_term=.f2c917abdba2 American mathematician, Anatole Katok, a leader in the theoretical exploration of dynamical systems - a subject treating the way complex aspects of the real world change and develop over time, died April 30 at a medical center in Danville, Pa at 73 was director of the Center for Dynamics and Geometry at Pennsylvania State … Continue reading WaPo – Anatole Katok, mathematician who explored chaos theory, dies at 73

NYT – How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/technology/personaltech/protect-yourself-on-facebook.html Audit your Facebook apps  On Facebook, go to the settings page and click on the Apps tab I was dumbfounded to see 10 apps enabled. Multiple I knew I'd done but all were multiple years old and related to music concerts. Remove any apps that you find suspicious or no longer use Sometimes these … Continue reading NYT – How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook

Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp After having read "Hamilton" came across reference to Washington's farewell address. Further, it may be the case Hamilton had a non-trivial role in helping to form this speech. I am not doing just to picking out important phrases other than they resonate with me. Please refer to the full text in the above link. … Continue reading Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

WSJ – How Jeffrey Immelt’s ‘Success Theater’ Masked the Rot at GE

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-jeffrey-immelts-success-theater-masked-the-rot-at-ge-1519231067 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2018/02/22/a-lesson-from-ge-the-power-of-telling-hard-truths-and-the-peril-of-avoiding-them/?utm_term=.163098e3a5f9 Executives and management hate to hear “bad news” or actual aspects of being able to realistically achieve a goal (engineers especially hate being over optimistic) Immelt, the longtime boss at General Electric was a polished presenter “This is a strong, very strong company,” Mr. Immelt said at the event last May. GE’s precipitous fall, following … Continue reading WSJ – How Jeffrey Immelt’s ‘Success Theater’ Masked the Rot at GE