Introspection as Escapism

Oh what a week it has been.  I used to retreat into the news for knowledge, awareness, maybe a little entertainment, but the politics have really started to wear me down.

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Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster
Tim Harford | The Guardian

computers

I cannot wait for self-driving cars, but it’s hard to deny the concerns around computers taking over everything and how we will evolve to manage it.

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Our Supreme Meme Leader
Justin Charity | The Ringer

normalcy

I thought we were laughing so we wouldn’t start crying, but maybe making a joke of it isn’t helping.

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When drifting off to exile inside yourself reaches a point of diminishing returns
Nametagscott | Medium

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What will be your “agent of transformation”?

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Electrical Currents Could Heal Cavities, No Drill Needed
Hannah Poindexter | OMGFacts

Just a quick read on advancements in dental care.  While I don’t have a phobia of going to the dentist I have had some bad experiences so I am always thrilled when any improvements are made!

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Seventeen photos of the stunning inaugural ball gowns worn by first ladies over the last 50 years
Sarah Jacobs | Business Insider

An interesting snapshot into history.

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MUSIC FIND

Just for fun I thought I would share a song each week that I stumbled upon.

Defending Democracy, Dissent, and A Little Music

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Post-Fascist Europe Tells Us Exactly How to Defend Our Democracy
Timothy Snyder | YES! Magazine

Watching the inauguration I felt the same wave of dread I felt when Trump was announced the winner last year.  I haven’t always liked who was elected but this feels different.  I do feel worried and I can’t tell if I’m being paranoid or if this too shall pass.  Right now it feels like it can’t pass quickly enough.  In the meantime, I’m rather not be complacent and this list from Timothy Snyder is worth a read.

A few things stood out for me:

  1. Always have a passport at the ready.  I’ve always stood by this.  But I realized today, my two-year-old daughter still needs one.  Now may be the time…
  2. Subscribe to print media.  This week I signed up for three separate news outlets that are behind a subscription firewall.  I wanted to keep telling myself that news should be free, but real journalism needs funding and so I am doing my small part.  I hope you consider doing so too.
  3. For consideration…one of the comments at the end of the article reads: “I would suggest that all the people saying “wait and see, maybe he will not be so bad” are practicing anticipatory obedience. Those people must be refuted at every opportunity.”  What do you think?

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Donald Trump Takes the Fourth
Dave Pell | NextDraft | Medium

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Yes! Please yes!

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True Leaders Believe Dissent Is an Obligation
Bill Taylor | Harvard Business Review

I’m usually the one in the office raising my hand and asking “why” when the rest of the room is silent.  I don’t know if dissent is an obligation, but I’ve always felt questioning is –either because you don’t understand or because you think others don’t (or maybe just haven’t thought through everything)….

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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

Emma Young | Mosaic

“The main principle was that drug education doesn’t work because nobody pays attention to it.  What is needed, are the life skills to act on that information.” – Harvey Milkman, American psychology professor who teaches at Reykjavik University.

I found this story about how Iceland has improved teen behavior fascinating.  It would be great to see a bigger country (*cough* USA) actually invest and fund this type of program.

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You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question
Mark Manson | Quartz

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Mark Manson makes the case for asking what are you willing to struggle for to find out what you really want in your life.

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Music Find

Just for fun I thought I would share a song each week that I stumbled upon.

Reading, LSD, the Good Life

Hebdomadal – (heb-DOM-uh-dl), adjective; taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly.  WotD.

In no particular order…

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The Way Each Myers-Briggs Type Feels About Reading
Personality Growth

Myers-Briggs summaries always a feel a bit like a horoscope reading, but as an INFJ I do completely agree with this summary.  I am constantly reading, both online and off, as well as audiobooks.  I’ve usually got 3-4 going at any given time.  I would love to hear what book you last read that left an impression.  Don’t be shy, leave a comment!

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How LSD Saved One Woman’s Marriage
Alex Williams | The New York Times

lsd

This sounds awesome.  So, er, how does one procure LSD?

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What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life
Sebastian Purcell | Aeon

happy

What is the good life?

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12 Things About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Tell You
Caitlin Moran | Esquire

This write-up is surprisingly right-on.  (Not having anything to wear for who I need to be today is especially true.)  I was surprised to learn this one myself:

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Does Rh Negative Blood Type Equal Alien Heritage?
Humans are Free

Ready for a little deep dive into crazy?  I happen to be Rh negative and while investigating what exactly that meant I came across this gem.  Enjoy.

#BSC (apparently), Burnout, Post-Secret

I like “old news.” I capture and store it, to reflect on it later.  I figure, if it still resonates when I get around it, then the message is just as good as the day it was published.  I used to use Evernote, then later OneNote to grab quotes as they came along, but I find Highly is my new go-to.

The Feminist Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club
Brooke Hauser | The New Yorker

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A little nostalgia if you ever read Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” series.  Also, did you know it was referred to as “BSC”?  My friends never did…

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The Surprising Way to Protect Yourself from Burnout 
Michael Lee Stallard | SmartBrief

burnout
I keep thinking back to this article because it goes against everything we’re told about burnout. Burnout is from the stress of overwork. Or is it?

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15 of Carrie Fisher’s Best, Most Honest Feminist Quotes
The Cut

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Let’s take a moment and really appreciate what’s being said here.  Youth and beauty so often are considered accomplishments.  It’s something all American women strive for (or at least are told to strive for).  The young, simply celebrated for what it is; the old, for aging in a way that’s still deemed youthful.  It’s so ingrained that we hardly question what we’re doing.

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PostSecret
postsecret

I have been a longtime PostSecret fan.  I can definitely appreciate the feeling of being “post-secret” after checking in each week, even if the secret is not one that I share.  I tend to save the ones that are personally meaningful and have a whole collection of not-my-secrets-but-could be.

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Only 2 Ways to Fight Gentrification (you’re not going to like one of them)
Adam Hengels | Market Urbanism

gentrification

Talk of gentrification always makes me a little nervous.  Why? Because I’m a gentrifier.