Fort Médoc

My brother lives in the Médoc region of France. I’ve just been to visit for a long weekend with my friend, Tim, who was my best man too many years ago. The weather has been as miserable there as at home, but the sun came out on Sunday, so we took a little cultural jaunt to visit Fort Médoc.

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The English expressions coined in WW1

BBC News – The English expressions coined in WW1.

Interesting read on the BBC.

An Animated Argument Against Passion

An Animated Argument Against Passion – Study Hacks – Cal Newport.

I’ve been reading old posts on Cal Newport’s blog since I found it. For the background, read this post. This one contains a really great animation on the topic of work and passion.

Passion Is Bullshit

A recent post on Farnam Street drew my attention to a video of a talk by Cal Newport, ‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Bad Advice. I was reminded of Scott Adams’ book, How To Fail, etc. that I recently reviewed. Scott rather more bluntly (and with greater entertainment value, hence, my chosen title) writes “passion is bullshit”. While Scott writes about his own life, Cal according to the blurb about his book, distilled his ideas from talking to people from many different occupations. There’s a great deal of consonance in their thinking.

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Scappling The Cave

As I’ve mentioned before, I often buy apps that seem like a good idea. I have the notion that I will find a use for it some time. One such example is Scapple from Literature & Latte whose main claim to fame is that they make the writing tool, Scrivener. That is not an app that I’ve ever used—it’s for “anyone who works on long and difficult writing projects”, which is not me. However, it has a strong reputation, so I decided to take a look at Scapple.

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Review: MnmlRdr Feed Reader

For the last few weeks, I have been using MnmlRdr as my feed reader. It’s really excellent. The developer, Jordan Sherer, describes it as “lightweight and minimal… you’ll want to use [it] everyday”. I’m more than inclined to agree. I have tried a number of different feed readers, mainly on the iPad. Until MnmlRdr, the reigning champ was Pulse. I’d tried Flipboard—very pretty, but too much hassle to cover material quickly. Instapaper and Pocket are two more that came and went. MnmlRdr, I should say, runs in a browser—there’s nothing to install.

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Why it took a year to make, and then break down, an amazing puzzle game

Why it took a year to make, and then break down, an amazing puzzle game | Polygon.

This game is keeping me awake at night.

Review: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

I have not read many self-help books. Something I pondered as I was writing this review and decided that’s because they are probably read by people who are more dissatisfied with their life than I have been—I am, by and large, content. So my motivation to read How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert was more to find entertainment than inspiration to drive self-improvement. Right away, I’ll say the book is an entertaining and interesting read on, at least, two levels. How To Fail… is not a biography, but there are ample illustrations and examples drawn from the author’s own life and career from which we learn a lot about Scott.

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BBC News – EA faces criticism over mobile Dungeon Keeper game

BBC News – EA faces criticism over mobile Dungeon Keeper game.

More huckster behaviour from EA. It seems they got worse since my grumble a few months back.

22 Responses To Buzzfeed’s 22 Messages From Creationists On Evolution And The Origin Of Life

22 Responses To Buzzfeed’s 22 Messages From Creationists On Evolution And The Origin Of Life.

A very, interesting and well-reasoned piece.