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 […]

Richard Scarry, 1963 vs. 1991

These photos from Flickr user alan taylor show how editions of the popular book for children, “Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever,” changed between 1963 and 1991. Males in the kitchen, less overtly obedient kids, fewer “handsome” airline pilots, the addition of menorahs, gender neutral professional titles and more. A fascinating study. Via Kottke. There’s […]

Productivity Tip: ‘Iterate Toward Perfection,’ But Forget Perfection Exists

Matt Might, whose account of having a disabled child I mentioned previously, also has an interesting post on productivity tips for academics. The advice can be applied to people working in many professions, though, not just academia. I really like this bit: Iterate toward perfection Treat perfection like a process, not an achievable state. Perfectionism […]

Moving Account of Having a Disabled Child — and What’s Important in Life

This post from University of Utah Computer Science professor Matt Might is very much worth reading. Might saw a question on Quora from a 16-year-old who said he wanted to have a successful career in computer science or medicine, but feared getting married and having a disabled child. Might wrote: First, your question is trivial […]

Ann Friedman’s Visual Guide to Dealing with Criticism

Journalist Ann Friedman created this excellent graphic, which she calls the “Disapproval Matrix.” It helps determine how you should deal with criticism based on who’s giving it. As she writes: The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about […]

College basketball’s oldest player

NY Times: “A 73-Year-Old Gives Basketball a Second Shot” Before Sunday’s basketball game, Coach Yogi Woods gathered the junior varsity at Lambuth University. Watch out for 73 on the other team, he said. He did not mean the player’s number. He meant his age. The visitors, Roane State Community College, had a septuagenarian guard, Ken […]

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Google’s new LIFE photo archive is an impressive online collection of recently-digitized images dating back to the 1750s. A search for “1975,” the year I was born, yields some interesting results. Some notable TIME covers from 33 years ago that prove there’s nothing new under the sun: “Can Capitalism Survive?” (see: the global money crisis) […]