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Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Highlights From A Never-Before-Published Interview With Henri Matisse

Design Observer has published an illuminating, long-lost interview with French artist Henri Matisse. Read some highlights here.<p>In August of 1946, after the end of World War II, an art-obsessed American soldier named Jerome Seckler interviewed legendary French painter Henri Matisse. At the time, …

30 Python Language Features and Tricks You May Not Know About

1 Introduction<p>Since I started learning Python, I decided to maintain an often visited list of "tricks". Any time I saw a piece of code (in an …

How-To: Turn your Raspberry Pi into a AirPlay receiver to stream music from your iPhone

Raspberry Pi – Connected to Receiver<p>Wouldn’t it be cool if you can stream your music directly from your iPhone to your speakers or audio receiver …

I Employed a Team of 'Virtual Dating Assistants' to Manage My Online Love Life

Scott Valdez, 30, the CEO of VirtualDatingAssistants.com, charges anywhere from $380 to $1,320 a month for this service, depending on which package and how many "guaranteed dates" his clients buy.<p>A photo of the author altered by virtual dating assistants​<p>I recently hired an international team of …

Peter Thiel Explains How An Esoteric Philosophy Book Shaped His Worldview

Billionaire Peter Thiel is as well known for being the cofounder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook as he is for his free …

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The Day Dostoyevsky Discovered the Meaning of Life in a Dream

One November night in the 1870s, legendary Russian writer <b>Fyodor Dostoyevsky</b> (November 11, 1821–February 9, 1881) discovered the meaning of life in a dream — or, at least, the protagonist in his final short story did. The piece, which first appeared in the altogether revelatory <b>A Writer’s Diary</b></i> …

Kierkegaard on Our Greatest Source of Unhappiness

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard memorably wrote in reflecting on why presence matters more than productivity. <i>“On how one orients himself to the moment depends the failure or fruitfulness of it,”</i> Henry Miller asserted in his beautiful meditation on the …

The Science of Dreams and Why We Have Nightmares

<i>“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind,”</i> Freud argued in his influential treatise <i>The Interpretation of Dreams</i> in 1900. <i>“The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1940. <i>“In the olden days, people</i> …

This is why you never end up hiring good developers

You are bad at giving technical interviews. Yes, you. You’re looking for the wrong skills, hiring the wrong people, and actively screwing yourself and your company. Without changing anything about your applicant pool, you can hire different people and your company will do better and you will enjoy …

How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload

Decades before Carl Sagan published his now-legendary Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking, the great philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer <b>John Dewey</b> (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) penned the definitive treatise on the subject — a subject all the more urgently relevant today, in …

Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews

<b>Jorge Luis Borges</b> (August 24, 1899–June 14, 1986) is the most celebrated and influential Latin-American author of the twentieth century, his literary legacy resounding loud as ever and exuding far-reaching philosophical reverberations. In 1972, when Borges was in his seventies and completely blind, …

Hunter S. Thompson's Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

In April of 1958, Hunter S. Thompson was 22 years old when he wrote this letter to his friend Hume Logan in response to a request for life …

Ten Life Lessons From a Navy SEAL

Naval Adm. William H. McRaven delivers an amazing University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address.<p>Returning to his alma mater last week, he …

An Honest Voice in Israel

Shortly before the announcement Thursday night of the ceasefire in Gaza that went into effect Friday morning and was immediately broken, the Deutsche Welle, the German radio station, posted the transcript of an interview with the Israeli novelist Amos Oz. Here’s how it started:<p><i>OZ</i>: I would like to …

Overcoming Shame: Forgive Yourself and Let Go

<b>“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” ~Unknown</b><p>I haven’t always been …

Don’t!

The secret of self-control.<p>In the late nineteen-sixties, Carolyn Weisz, a four-year-old with long brown hair, was invited into a “game room” at the Bing Nursery School, on the campus of Stanford University. The room was little more than a large closet, containing a desk and a chair. Carolyn was …

Japan Is Back As a Consequential Power

PM Abe is making great strides on the economic and diplomatic fronts<p><b>Shake on it</b> Under Shinzo Abe, Japan has actively repositioned itself at the …

5 Ways To Stay Focused In A World Full Of Distractions

There are tons of things lying in wait to distract you from your ultimate goal. Here’s how to put the kibosh on their attack.<p>In every success story, the longest chapter is the one about determination.<p>While success demands many things from us, willpower and determination always come up at the top of …

The Tweaker

The real genius of Steve Jobs.<p>Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto. Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He …

Quentin Tarantino Lists His Favorite Records: Bob Dylan, Freda Payne, Phil Ochs and More

Quentin Tarantino cares about music, as you can tell from watching any of his films, from his maximally discomfiting use of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck …

Mistakes You Should Never Make

I was walking to a team meeting where I was going to announce that we would likely have to lay off nearly all of our employees because we …

Worldly-Wisdom from Charlie Munger

I'm a huge fan of <b>Charlie Munger</b> — Warren Buffett's right-hand man at Berkshire Hathaway.<p>For those of you unfamiliar with him, listening to his famous …

I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work

Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of …

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