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Robert Pirsig dies at 88; wrote counterculture classic 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

In the nearly five years it took Robert Pirsig to sell "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," 121 publishers rejected the rambling novel.<p>The 122nd gently warned Pirsig, a former rhetoric professor who had a job writing technical manuals, not to expect more than his $3,000 advance.<p>"The book is …

Don't use email unsubscription services that sell your data - try this instead

A report from The New York Times on newly uncovered malpractice at Uber pointed to the company buying data about people’s Lyft ride usage through Unroll.me, a free service that helps you unsubscribe from email lists and newsletters.<p>Unroll.me isn’t the only one; you’ll find others like Unsubscriber …

When Vladimir Nabokov Taught Ruth Bader Ginsburg, His Most Famous Student, To Care Deeply About Writing

There are a few ways to get a glimpse of Vladimir Nabokov as a teacher, a role he occupied for almost twenty years at Wellesley and Cornell. We can …

Men Recommend David Foster Wallace to Me

Late to the Party: Reading ‘<i>Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’ for the first time</i><i>Editor’s Note: Late to the Party is a new Electric Literature series</i> …

Treating Addiction with an App - MIT Technology Review

When I spoke to Tasha Hedstrom this winter, she had been sober for more than 61 days. After struggling with opioid addiction for 15 years, Hedstrom …

The Vast Majority of Analytics Is Still Reporting -- And That's Not So Bad...

Despite the rise of agile analytic tools and platforms, the vast majority of "analytics" is still descriptive reporting -- but that can still provide …

Big Data

The Complete Beginner's Guide To Big Data Everyone Can Understand

Big Data is a term that has been around for some time now but there is still confusion about what it actually is. The concept is continuing to evolve and to be reconsidered, as it remains the driving force behind many ongoing waves of digital transformation, including artificial intelligence, data …

Big Data

Mississippi school district ends segregation fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a settlement five decades in the making: Beginning in August, students in Cleveland, Mississippi, will no longer attend segregated schools.<p>A US federal court has accepted a settlement with the Cleveland School District, by which the district's high schools and middle schools will be …

U.S. Federal Courts

Best 19 Free Data Mining Tools

It is rightfully said that data is money in today’s world. Along with the transition to an app-based world comes the exponential growth of data. …

Manage Your Big Data With These 4 Pointers

As big data becomes more accessible, one needs to master it.<p>Big Data can be defined as the massive amount of structured and unstructured information that a business accumulates daily, spanning anywhere from business transactions to social networking insights. Without the proper management tools, …

Big Data

Many people keep taking prescription opioids during addiction treatment

The grip of opioid addiction is so strong that many people who undergo treatment relapse repeatedly. Now a study by Johns Hopkins University researchers offers new clues about why treatment is so difficult.<p>The researchers discovered that 43 percent of people receiving buprenorphine, a widely used …

John Cleese's 6 favorite books

<b>The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist</b> (Yale, $30).<p>This is probably the most interesting, most important book I've ever read. McGilchrist is …

5 Science-Based Strategies to Quiet Your Mind When Your Brain Is Buzzing

Your brain isn't designed to work at full steam all the time, so regularly simmering down with a few science hacks is a brilliant move for your well-being and career.<p>There's something to be said about the energizing hum that comes along with doing, succeeding, producing. But a peculiar phenomenon …

Brainwaves

Trump Creates Ten Million Jobs for Fact Checkers

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In less than a week as President, Donald J. Trump has created ten million jobs for fact checkers, the Department of Labor has confirmed.<p>Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of HonestyWatch, a Minnesota-based fact-checking organization, called the pace of hiring …

Radical ketamine therapy could treat alcohol addiction

A one-off dose of the drug could help alcohol addicts reduce their intake by ‘erasing’ drink-related memories, say psychologists testing treatment<p>Scientists believe that a radical treatment involving the tranquilliser ketamine could help overcome alcohol addiction by “erasing” drink-related …

Alcohol

The provocative maps that tell Britain’s history

Map-making is usually considered a serious, objective endeavour. But these whimsical creations aren’t just fun – they also give surprising insight into the British psyche.<p>Maps are more than a reflection of geography. They tell us as much about ourselves – or the map-maker – as they do the place …

Liberal Party

Python Data Science Handbook

This repository contains the entire Python Data Science Handbook, in the form of (free!) Jupyter notebooks.<p>How to Use this Book<p>Read the book in its …

How Black America Saw Obama

I stood in Grant Park on election night 2008, along with more than 200,000 other people, and watched as a man I’d known as a fellow member of a Chicago church, a man I’d worked to help get elected, took to the stage. He would be the first black president of the United States of America. My joy at …

Black History

The Netflix ID Bible – Every Category on Netflix - What's on Netflix

The revision strategies of 12 different writers are revealing and totally fascinating

As you read this, I will have pulled off a miraculous accomplishment: escapingwinter. I will be sitting on a tropical beach, gently caressed by sunlight and ocean breezes, reading as many galleys as I can fit into my carry-on.<p>For you, gentle reader, whether you’re trapped in snowy January weather …

Books

One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft

Whether you are a writer of fiction or essays, or want to explore poetry or memoir, Tiberghien's twelve fundamental lessons will help you discover …

Download 243 Free eBooks on Design, Data, Software, Web Development & Business from O’Reilly Media

Last week we highlighted for you 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media. Little did we know that we were just scratching the surface of the …

Top 50 Netflix movies available now

There are some brilliant award-winning, genre-changing, thought-provoking movies streaming right now on Netflix – UPDATED<p>Struggling to find a movie …

What’s New On Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, And HBO: January 2017’s Top Shows And Movies

It’s the first of the year. You can finally say goodbye to 2016 and work on making 2017 the absolute best year possible. We can’t really help you …

10 Must-Read Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2016

While 2016 saw its share of chaos, it also produced some outstanding brain science and psych research. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive (and it’s not in any particular order), but is rather a curation of great studies covered here at <i>Neuropsyched</i>. It’s also a preview of things to come in the …

Watch Free Documentaries at Top Documentary Films

Top Documentary Films<p>Hundreds of Full-Length, Free Documentaries<p>Updated March 03, 2018<p>If you’re looking for free online movies or more specifically …

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner: A Free Yale Course

This course taught by Yale professor Wai Chee Dimock examines major works by three iconic American authors--Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, …

Literature

Getting Started With Agile Marketing Measurement

The benefits of agile measurement and marketing are clear. As an example, a McKinsey study published in Harvard Business Review rated the analytics and agility capabilities of various companies’ marketing orgs on a scale of 1 to 7; they found that being 3 points higher on the scale corresponded to …

The Science Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Break Negative Thought Patterns

Remember that time you really embarrassed yourself, and you play it over and over in your head, cringing a little each time? Or how about your inability to ask for a raise or promotion you deserve because you have told yourself so many times you are not worth it? You let it stew, creating …

Mindfulness