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A Beautiful 1928 Letter to 16-Year-Old Jackson Pollock from His Dad – Brain Pickings
"The secret of success is concentrating interest in life, interest in sports and good times, interest in your studies, interest in your fellow students, interest in the small things of nature, insects, birds, flowers, leaves, etc. In other words to be fully awake to everything about you & the more you learn the more you can appreciate & get a full measure of joy & happiness out of life."
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In praise of slow thinking and Socratic ignorance — Quartz
"Distance and time provide perspective. To embrace slow thinking is to allow for shifts in opinion. When we’re not in a rush to reach a conclusion or take action, we’re free to explore ideas and change our minds, or just be deliberately undecided. Having no fixed position, which seems unthinkable on the internet, is actually a liberating way to navigate the world."
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The story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on • Eurogamer.net
"Most people know Pratchett as the author of Discworld, the famous fantasy series about a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants. However, what many people don't know is that the knighted author was also a massive fan of video games - so much so that he actually worked on mods for Oblivion, most of which were spearheaded by a Morrowind modder named Emma."
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Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files
Many people active in the data hoarding community take pride in tracking down esoteric files of the kind that often quietly disappear from the internet—manuals for older technologies that get taken down when manufacturers redesign their websites, obscure punk show flyers whose only physical copies have long since been pulled from telephone poles and thrown in the trash, or episodes of old TV shows too obscure for streaming services to bid on—and making them available to those who want them.
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Lessons Learned From Seven Courses in Seven Days
"Aside from learning the actual content I consumed, the challenge of taking seven courses in seven days led me to reflect on who I am, what I like, and how I spend my time. I’ve distilled this down into several key points that I think apply to any learner."
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Now, There Is Zero Proof That Alcohol Is What Makes A Great Cocktail : The Salt : NPR
She was won over, however, when she met Ben Branson, who was inspired to create Seedlip when he came across a 17th-century book, The Art of Distillation. Written by physician John French, the volume contained recipes for distilled nonalcoholic remedies for a variety of maladies — from epilepsy to kidney stones. Branson had other ideas.
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A brief history of when men sold their wives at market, and why some women enthusiastically consented to it - inews.co.uk
Flogging your wife at a cattle market may seem grotesquely abusive, but the vast majority of these sales were carried out with the full and enthusiastic consent of the wife.
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Sexuality, Disability and the Journey to Inner Freedom | The Mighty
Where does that leave you? These ideals cannot usually be achieved at all, and if they can it is for but a moment in youth. There is a serious disconnect between the media’s image of beauty and actual human biology. If you really think about it, the traditional standard of beauty in this country is a terrible standard by which to measure oneself.
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Mercury Is in Retrograde. Don’t Be Alarmed. - The New York Times
Both Ms. Miller and Ms. Nicholas said that there were positive aspects to Mercury being in retrograde, and that it was a good opportunity to look back, reflect and regroup.
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Central Park Detective Retires With the Horse He Rode In On - The New York Times
The horseman of Central Park stopped on a grassy plateau to survey the terrain, from the North Meadow to his left, the Great Lawn ahead and Strawberry Fields due south.

As cyclists and joggers plied the winding park drives, a nonstop stream of tourists approached the hard-to-miss horseman. They sought directions or a photograph of him and Trooper, his stately horse.
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The People Who Eat the Same Lunch Every Day - The Atlantic
Last year, Loomis retired from his job but not his lunch, which he still eats three or four days a week (now with sliced bananas instead of jelly). “I never stopped liking it,” he says. “I still do.”
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From Mobb Deep Rapper, A Cookbook For Healthy Eating — In Prison : The Salt : NPR
And perhaps reading Commissary Kitchen and other prison cookbooks can "give people more of an understanding of the kind of people that are locked up in jail," Prodigy says. "You have people there from all walks of life: people who made mistakes and have to deal with the consequences, mothers and fathers. You wouldn't expect them to be behind bars." But there they are, feeding themselves and just trying to get to know each other over a home-cooked meal.
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At Start-Ups, the Free Lunch Is Yours for the Making - The New York Times
Ms. Jennings is known around the office for her kitchenette cooking. Her signature dish? The personal “work pizza,” which makes use of complimentary bread, sriracha and Babybel. Jennings bakes these ingredients in the toaster oven for about four and a half minutes, until the cheese begins to brown.
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The World’s Last Blockbuster Has No Plans to Close - The New York Times
One possible explanation for the store’s long life: Bend is in a region that the city’s mayor, Sally Russell, describes as having “huge expanses with really small communities” that often do not have easy access to the high-speed internet necessary for content streaming.
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Leaving Room for the Beautiful Flowers
Nah, I said. “This is enough. It’s enough for us to eat and to have enough to share with our neighbors. This way, it still leaves room for beautiful flowers, and the beautiful yard and the shared food are like insurance payments, in a way. When hard times happen, we will have a bank of goodwill with our neighbors we are counting on to see us through.”
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Tyrannosaurus Rex: The Once and Future King - The New York Times
Dr. Norell said T. rex has helped foster a surge in dinosaur paleontology over the last 20 years, evident in the rising number of researchers and new fossils, and in the increasing sophistication of techniques to study the finds.

“In the last 30 years, the number of tyrannosaurs has increased threefold,” he said. In terms of technology, “it’s a different world.”

Dr. Erickson added: “The golden age of paleontology is right now.”
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How Marie Kondo Helped Me Sort Out My Gender - them.
"Presenting myself now, in a way that’s honest about how I’ve always mentally straddled the gender divide, I also feel the cruelty of gender-segregated spaces more sharply."

So much of myself reflected in this essay.
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Will Make You Laugh So Hard It Hurts - The New York Times
"She is so good at making people laugh that her facility for pathos can sneak up on them. While her audiences are distracted by sparkling punch lines, she is secretly messing around in the dark reaches of their psyches."
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Thread by @Foone: "If I was setting up curriculum at a university I'd make an entire semester-long class on The Challenger disaster, and make it required for a […]"
"Your friend is going through a hard time and you're trying to help, and normally that's fine, but it happens on the day when you're getting over a cold and your roommate is yelling at the cat and you get an unexpected bill and your fiancee is out of town
Each of these things on their own (or maybe with one or two others) is not a huge problem. You don't have a breakdown. You don't have a panic attack.

But sometimes the dice come up the wrong way and all of them happen at once."
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I Blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple
"These companies are unavoidable because they control internet infrastructure, online commerce, and information flows. Many of them specialize in tracking you around the web, whether you use their products or not. These companies started out selling books, offering search results, or showcasing college hotties, but they have expanded enormously and now touch almost every online interaction. These companies look a lot like modern monopolies."
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