Saturday, November 18, 2006
USATODAY.com - Sports Scope
NOW with David Brancaccio | PBS
Dating - washingtonpost.com
Discover the Wisdom of Mankind on BlinkBits.com
Friday, November 17, 2006
The Jason Calacanis Weblog
Jersey Todd show The hardest working lawyer in podcasting
PhysOrg.com: latest science and technology news
henrybuilt : crafting the modern environment
Apartment Therapy - New York
Monkeys For Helping
Life Begins at Sixty-Five
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The Lede - Breaking News - New York Times Blog
About The Lede
In the news business, the opening sentences of a story are referred to as its "lede" -- spelled that way, journalism lore has it, to avoid confusion with the lead typesetting that once dominated newspaper printing presses. Although a tightly focused narrative typically follows the lede, every sentence in a news story has the potential to spiral off in new directions, and each paragraph leaves behind unexplored angles. That's where The Lede's mission begins.http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
EurekAlert! - Science News
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Currently, I blog about topics that interest me. I also launched my own YouTube channel.
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Monday, November 13, 2006
Newark 2006: The Race for Mayor - New York Times Blog
New York Social Diary - your link to society
Find the famous quotes you need, ThinkExist.com Quotations.
WireImage.com – The Largest Entertainment Photo & Video Archive
the will to exist
The Must-Reads About Iraq - Newsweek Books - MSNBC.com
Like Visual Search - Find things by Appearance with our new Likeness technology
For fashionistas in lower tax brackets, reproducing the latest hip look from Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton can mean endless clicking through online retail sites and hit-or-miss searches on Google or shopping engines like Shopping.com.
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Sunday, November 12, 2006
Roll Call Newspaper Online
Deadline Hollywood Daily
CNN.com - Podcasting
Times for the Times
puzzlinks.com: An all-purpose puzzle blog
Diary of a Crossword Fiend
Make Puzzles and Use your Own Words: Word Searches, Crossword Puzzles, and much more!
Variety Magazine Online
News of the World - Online Edition
The things we tell ourselves inside our heads may be a form of self sabotage (Canada.com)
Mental Traps is André Kukla’s immensely enjoyable and down-to-earth catalogue of the everyday blunders we make in our thinking habits, how these traps can affect our entire lives, and what we can do about it.
Ever find yourself putting off even relatively minor tasks because of the many other little jobs that you’d have to tackle first? Or spending far too much time worrying about things you can’t change? Or living for the future, not for today? Truth is, we all do — and we all recognize that sometimes our ways of thinking just aren’t productive. When it comes to our daily lives, we often laugh off habits like procrastination as being human nature and just resolve to approach things differently next time. Or, when the issues facing us are enormous or traumatic, we might recognize that we’re dwelling on our problems, or otherwise spending our time on fruitless thinking, but have no idea how to get out of that miserable rut. Either way, it takes up a lot of our mental energy.
But as André Kukla makes clear in Mental Traps, what we don’t recognize — or at least admit to ourselves! — is how thinking unproductively about even the smallest elements of everyday life can mount up and keep us from being happy, from living life to the fullest. For what appear to be minor lapses are actually “habitual modes of thinking that disturb our ease, waste enormous amounts of our time, and deplete our energy without accomplishing anything of value for us or anyone else.” So whether we’re dealing with how to attain our major career goals or deciding when to serve the salad course at dinnertime, the end results can be much the same: readily identifiable patterns of wasteful thinking. These, in Kukla’s view, are the mental traps.
PERSISTENCE. Continuing to work on projects that have lost their meaning to us. This trap is often regarded by our society as a value. Example: Watching a bad television program to the end because since we've started it we should finish it.
AMPLIFICATION. Working harder than necessary to achieve something. The means exceed what's required. Example: Rehearsing a speech so many times it becomes dull.
FIXATION. Otherwise known as "killing time." Progress toward a certain goal is blocked. We continue to attend to a task that doesn't need attention. Example: Everything's ready for an 8 p.m. party, but it's 7:30. Instead of doing chores that need attention, we watch the clock for arrivals.
REVERSION. Otherwise known as the "I should have" disease. Our plans have fallen through but we continue to think about them to the point of obsession. Example: We plan to see a film, and arrive at the theatre in time, only to find it cancelled. Whatever else we do, our thoughts constantly revert to the movie we didn't see.
ANTICIPATION. We begin a task too soon. This trap opens up the door to overwork. Example: We're waiting for a letter of either rejection or acceptance and we already have two manufactured responses. If we had waited until the letter actually came, we would only have had to work half as much.
RESISTANCE. Also known as the "let me just" disease. Our attention gets diverted, but we try to hold on to our familiar course of action. Example: We're grading papers while knowing we have to get to the store before it closes. Instead of letting the marking wait, we tell ourselves that we only have a couple left, we can rush to finish them. By the time we get to the store it's closed. We pay the price for resisting change.
PROCRASTINATION. We decide to get something done, but have an incredible amount of difficulty in starting it. Example: We have to write a report, but we first organize our papers, then we clean our entire desk, and then do stretching. We have distracted ourselves from our primary task.
DIVISION. Trying to do two things that require our attention together. Example: We are in the middle of a conversation while solving a financial problem. Neither task is given proper focus.
ACCELERATION. Acting faster than the pace which is most advantageous to our task. Example: We try to fix a broken pipe in such a rush that it immediately breaks again. All our work has gone to waste, because we rushed.
REGULATION. Instead of letting impulse guide us, we adjust our behaviour to what we think is proper. Example: It's 6 p.m. and we eat dinner, because it's "dinner-time", regardless of whether we're hungry.
FORMULATION. We think or say something simply because it seems to be true. Example: We're watching a sunset and feel the need to say, "what a beautiful sunset." We are not content to just enjoy it.