29 Life Lessons From Traveling -
Everyone just wants validation, love, security, enjoyment and hopes for a better future. The way they verbalise this and work towards it is where things branch off, but we all have the same basic desires. You can relate to everyone in the world if you look past the superficial things that separate you.
Intelligent Videogames -
Gaming’s ongoing push into the mainstream consciousness has entered a bold new phase – by appealing to the players’ intelligence and imagination, it’s starting to make Hollywood look embarrassing.
With Portal 2, LA Noire, and great TV series like Game of Thrones and Fringe, I’m feeling less and less inclined to watch movies these days.
Studies show very clearly that in our country, in the college-educated part of the population, men are more ambitious than women. They’re more ambitious the day they graduate from college; they remain more ambitious every step along their career path. We will never close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap. — Sheryl Sandberg
Beyond Happiness -
In his 2008 book, “Gross National Happiness,” Dr. Brooks argues that what’s crucial to well-being is not how cheerful you feel, not how much money you make, but rather the meaning you find in life and your sense of “earned success” — the belief that you have created value in your life or others’ lives.
Seems obvious enough, but I think this accounts for more than typical happiness psychology gives it credit for.
Dizzy yet? (via NotCot)
Life, except for the obvious physical needs, is not so much defined by the external situation as by the inner one. Having money won’t change your internal makeup. If you’re an anxious sonofabitch without money, you’re going to be an anxious sonofabitch with a lot of money. — Jacob Needleman, Money and the Meaning of Life
Bookstore Compulsions -
An endearing list of strange things that the author does in his favorite used book store:
Suggesting books to strangers: This compulsion is linked to another urge, the compulsion to look at what people are buying. If I see someone picking up a Philip K. Dick novel, I nosily ask about China Miéville, because I know that there’s a copy of Perdido Street Station that still hasn’t found a home. On the “B” aisle once, my awareness of a used copy of 2666 became so distressing (why hadn’t someone already picked it up!) that I waited until someone else strolled down the aisle and tried to casually mention how awesome the book was, and that that person could not do wrong to buy it. Weird look ensues.
I’ll share one of my own - I like to read all of the staff recommendation cards for books I’ve read and loved, hoping to find common ground.
Lava shoots from an Icelandic volcano in this dramatic image by Skarphedinn Thrainsson, who regularly risks injury from falling rocks and lava to get his pictures
If someone suggested the idea of public libraries now, they’d be considered insane. If you said you were going to take a little bit of money from every taxpayer, buy a whole load of books and music and games, stick them on a shelf and tell everyone, ‘These are yours to borrow and all you’ve got to do is bring them back,’ they’d be laughed out of government. — Peter Collins, The Secret Life of Libraries