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How to Live: Lessons from Montaigne, Godfather of Blogging

<i>“Living has yet to be generally recognized as one of the arts,”</i> Karl De Schweinitz wrote in his 1924 guide to the art of living. But this is an art best understood not as a set of prescriptive techniques but, per Susan Sontag’s definition of art, a form of consciousness — which means an …

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at a chosen endeavor — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries. Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ, while psychologists have admonished against the …

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

The Nurture Assumption

• <b>Author:</b> Judith Rich Harris<p><b>A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK</b><p>How much credit do parents deserve when their children turn out welt? How much blame when they turn out badly? Judith Rich Harris has a message that will change parents' lives: The "nurture assumption" -- the belief that what makes children …

This Explains Everything

• <b>Author:</b> John Brockman<p>In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we …

The Greatest Show on Earth

• <b>Author:</b> Richard Dawkins<p>Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, <i>The God Delusion,</i> which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller <i>The Selfish Gene</i>. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack …

Packing for Mars

• <b>Author:</b> Mary Roach<p>“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.<br>Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, …

How to Create a Mind

• <b>Author:</b> Ray Kurzweil<p><b>The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain</b><p>Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In <i>How to Create a Mind</i>, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most …

Free Will

• <b>Author:</b> Sam Harris<p>A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the …

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Kwikset Kevo review: This brainy smart lock just isn't brawny enough - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Kwikset Kevo</b> packs a lot of subtle smarts into a little device. The indoor/outdoor sensor worked flawlessly, never once letting us in when it shouldn't have.<p><b>The Bad</b> The SmartKey deadbolt at the heart of the Kevo is too easy to break for a lock that costs $219. Also, phones that aren't …

Home Automation

Use Windows 8 Picture Passwords to Learn Information

Windows: In the newest version of Windows, you can create a picture password that you unlock with a series of taps or drags. Try using this to drill …

Lab-quality microscope now mounts onto most Apple iOS devices

To my fellow geeks who've long dreamed of having a lab-quality digital microscope that mounts to your phone, the time has come.<p>Oregon-based optics manufacturer Bodelin will begin shipping its brand-new ProScope Micro Mobile on May 1. One version fits the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, and iPod Touch; another the …

Lenovo’s Really Ridiculously Big-Looking Table PC to Ship in Late June

Remember this guy — the giant “table PC” Lenovo showed off at International CES this year?<p>It’s now this much closer to your coffee table — or, …

Intel Corporation

How I use GTD with Evernote

The Faithful Executioner

• <b>Author:</b> Joel F. Harrington<p>Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's <i>The Faithful Executioner</i> takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg, who, during forty-five years as a …

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen Greenblatt<p>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction <br>Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction<br>One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one …

The Borgias

• <b>Author:</b> G. J. Meyer<p>The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of <i>The Tudors</i> and <i>A World Undone</i>. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer …

Flipboard 2.0 adds new social features, lets users create own digital magazines

Users of Flipboard, the app that transforms all sorts of content sources into full-blown digital magazines, are in for a very special treat once version 2.0 finally rolls around for Android. How do we know this? Because Flipboard 2.0 is already available for iOS and, though we aren’t that …

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How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Economics