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Weekly Highlights Nov 24

Neil Gaiman’s plea on behalf of libraries, reading, and imagination – I really like the bases that Neil touches here, saying that any book that gets kids to read is a good book, no matter what, and putting some really eloquent words towards the defense of nonfiction, which is a genre that gets left behind all too often. Some crazy nuggets in here:

  • American prisons predict how many cells to build for the next generation by looking at how many 1o year olds can’t read. Yikes.
  • Reading is superior to other art forms because it gives you a framework to begin with – then you imagine the rest, giving you a say in the process, rather than movies where it is given to you on a platter.  Reminds me of this great Quora answer arguing the same.
  • Imagination is a very necessary ingredient for innovation. Chinese can’t innovate as well because they don’t like science fiction
  • Physical books are sharks. Sharks are tough – they have stuck around for a long time, because they are very good at being sharks. Similarly, “Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand”
  • “Books are the way we communicate with the dead… make knowledge incremental rather that something relearned over and over”. This Quora answer goes into more depth there, painting writers as “ghost whisperers” then can then join in this huge cosmic conversation
  • “everything you can see around you was, at some point, imagined” One of the biggest lessons I learned from publishing my recent book was how hard the creative process was, and how much more appreciation I had for everything around me. I realized that somebody had imagined that chair, that wall, that pathway, and then put in the tremendous amount of work required to make it a reality. What an amazing world!

The ‘Mean Girls’ effect – NYT study  shows that women dressing provocatively makes other women disparage and undermine them at every chance they get. Brings up the same issue as Lean In – it’s not just men keeping women down in the world – women are being self destructive as well.

Website that auto generates clickbait articles – Priceless. With a little more variety in the keywords and phrases, this thing could well displace Buzzfeed.

10 qualities your wife/significant other should have – This list is surprisingly true for something without statistical evidence backing it up. Great list to use while evaluating potential mates, or even friends. Just like last weeks “Date a girl who doesn’t read”, why limit your selectivity to lovers?

  1. Shares your beliefs
  2. Makes you better
  3. Trustworthy
  4. Ambitious
  5. Selfless
  6. Attractive (to you, screw what others think!)
  7. Smart
  8. Loves you unconditionally (I’d replace ‘unconditionally’ with ‘for who you are’ here)
  9. Responsible
  10. Gets along with family and friends

Quote from James Altucher: “Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do, you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less  energy for the things you actually love, you will make less money, and  yet another small percentage of your life will be used up, burned up, a  smoke signal to the future saying, “I did it again.” ” Don’t do it. Be like Derek Sivers – only say  No or Hell Yes

Quora tips for striking up conversation with strangers – Seem Friendly. Find Common Ground. Talk to them about their passions. Use humor. Engage their expertise. Engage in the right locations. Break in with groups. Know when you’re not wanted.

How to Connect with Anyone Creed – “Show up and help people. That’s it. Focus on those two things, and before long you’ll have the world in your corner.”

Rob Rhinehart (creator of Soylent) offers a step by step guide to automating the dating process. I thought he was serious for the first 3 paragraphs. Hell, that whole Tinder process he goes through could actually work, and would save the world a whole lot of inane text banter. I honestly think this isn’t such a bad idea, up until the face to face interaction – you cannot automate that.