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Archive for November 1st, 2020

30 Clever Cleaning Hacks

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The original article has a more breathless title, but the hacks are definitely good. Here’s one:

Here’s what you need: a glass baking dish lined with aluminum foil or an aluminum baking dish, baking soda, salt, and boiling water. The science-project-like reaction should begin to remove the tarnish immediately, although heavily tarnished pieces may need to soak a little longer.

Written by Leisureguy

1 November 2020 at 3:32 am

Posted in Daily life

RIP Sean Connery, 1930-2020

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The full 22nd Kennedy Center Honors program in 1999 celebrated Victor Borge, Sean Connery, Judith Jamison, Jason Robards, and Stevie Wonder. This is the Sean Connery segment.

Written by Leisureguy

1 November 2020 at 3:13 am

Posted in Daily life, Movies & TV

Design your life

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Here’s an interesting TEDx talk by a guy in Stanford University’s design school on designing one’s life — making deliberate choices toward a satisfying and fulfilling life. The talk seems to be derived from the book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life(I will note that Burnett finds arrogant condescension much more entertaining than do I.)

In the film he mentions the importance of involving one’s emotions/gut-feeling in making big decisions (such as changing careers, moving to a new city, choosing whether to accept a new job). This is not to say a rational process is not important — and I highly recommend Russo and Schoemaker’s books Decision Traps and Winning Decisions, in which they discuss the process of making big decisions well and describe common pitfalls to avoid. But Antonion Demasio, in his book Descartes’ Error, points out the centrality of emotions in decision-making.

In that book Demasio describes how some people suffer a brain injury to the amygdala, and as a result they can no longer feel emotions. They retain the power of speech and logic and and things they’ve learned, including skills; they simply no longer feel emotions. They have, in effect, become Dr. Spock. The interesting result: they no longer can make decisions. Other research has shown those whose amygdala is damaged still can make decisions, but they make terrible decisions, which have disastrous consequences.

See also this article on making decisions.

Written by Leisureguy

1 November 2020 at 2:53 am

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