Why We Gain Weight Over the Holidays

Stephan Guyenet, an obesity researcher whose work I’ve linked to in the past, on why we tend to get fat over Thanksgiving and Christmas: Thanksgiving is a special time in the United States when we gather our loved ones and celebrate the abundance of fall with a rich palette of traditional foods. Yet a new […]

Video: How Human Population Has Exploded Over Time

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Human Population Through Time,” a video from the American Museum of Natural History. From the description: It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will […]

How to Achieve Musical Success, According to a Map from 1913

Atlas Obscura: When it comes to finding success, practice does really make perfect. That’s the message behind this 1913 allegorical map entitled “The Road to Success,” a drawing that turns the figurative journey towards artistic triumph into a cartographic depiction of an actual climb towards victory. The map appeared first in an October 1913 edition […]

Some news: WE MOVED TO INDIA!

More on this in future posts, but…A and I moved to India! I’m penning this post from New Delhi, our new home after two and a half years in Singapore. Above is a Tweet I posted sharing the news. Below is the Newley Notes missive in which I explain a bit more. I’m very excited […]

Book Notes — ‘Deep Work,’ by Cal Newport

Note: For some time I have kept, on index cards, written notes about the books I’ve read. I decided to share some of these thoughts here, and will be posting them, one by one on individual books, in no particular order. I’ll group them all together on a central page later. For now I’m assigning […]

Short Film: Guy Who Built Enormous Model Train Set

Some Kind Of Quest from Andrew Wilcox on Vimeo. Embedded above is “Some Kind of Quest,” a short documentary about Bruce Zaccagnino and Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train setup he created in New Jersey over a period of four years. Dedication, pure and simple. Related video: the Belgian gentleman who is really into marbles.

5 Questions That Will Help You Figure Out Your Purpose in Life

I came across this video, embedded above and on YouTube here, and wanted to share it. But first, a caveat: I belive that “follow your passion” — or worse yet, follow your bliss — is often terrible advice for life and careers. What if following your passion provides no value to the world? Or if doesn’t make you enough […]

2015 Media Picks: My Favorite Book, Album, Movie, TV Show — and Goal and Save

Book: “Waking Up” I read a lot of really great books this year, most of which were published prior to 2015. The one that comes closest to qualifying for this list, however, since it was published in late 2014, is Sam Harris’s Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Harris, a neuroscientist, illustrates that our perception of the world […]

Derek Sivers: ‘Relax for the Same Result’

I like this anecdote from Derek Sivers* about effort, stress, and the importance of relaxation while working: A few years ago, I lived in Santa Monica, California, right on the beach. There’s a great bike path that goes along the ocean for 7½ miles. So, 15 miles round trip. On weekday afternoons, it’s almost empty. […]