Summary of “28 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Easier”

Hey, I’m right there with you-which is why I’ve pulled together this helpful list of 28 simple ways that you can make the day to day a little more painless.
Whether you want to improve your productivity or take your stress levels down, these handy tips and tricks will make a big difference-without a ton of time and elbow grease.
Used canned responses to auto-fill those emails you find yourself writing time and time again.
A number of other Word hacks can help you shave some time off your workday too!
Block off some untouchable time in your calendar when you can forego any meetings, zone in, and keep your head down in your most important work.
Find your golden hours and then use that highly motivated time to crank through the most important things on your plate.
When things get overwhelming in the office, try one of these 12 simple tricks to take some time out and inject a little more happy in your day.
Give any of these simple tricks a try? Let me know on Twitter just how much easier your life is!

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Summary of “The Whispered Warnings of Radiohead’s “OK Computer” Have Come True”

I’ve noticed a nugget of embarrassment buried in the recent avalanche of critical reappraisals and retroactive interrogations of Radiohead’s “OK Computer,” a record that was released in 1997 and is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this summer.
To mark the anniversary, the band has just released “OKNOTOK,” which includes a remastered version of the original album, plus eight B-sides and three previously unreleased tracks: “I Promise,” “Man of War,” and “Lift.” None of the extraneous material is exactly revelatory-live versions of “Lift” and “I Promise” have been drifting about the Internet for years-though it does help complete a portrait of a band bucking against itself, and learning how to express its fear effectively.
By the time the band started writing “OK Computer,” Radiohead had already released two very good guitar records, but it was not yet clear that it would be the band to rewire everybody’s expectations of contemporary rock.
Though Yorke insists that “OK Computer” was inspired by the dislocation and paranoia of non-stop travel, it’s now largely understood as a record about how unchecked consumerism and an overreliance on technology can lead to automation and, eventually, alienation.
Musically, “OK Computer” was inspired by Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew,” an aggressive and beautiful jazz-fusion album from 1970.
Now, in 2017, the anxieties expressed on “OK Computer” feel comically prescient of course, fear of technology is hardly new.
In an essay for the Times, the novelist Thomas Pynchon suggested that Luddites were acting in response to two stimuli: “One was the concentration of capital that each machine represented, and the other was the ability of each machine to put a certain number of humans out of work-to be ‘worth’ that many human souls.” It’s the latter that seems to preoccupy “OK Computer.”
The dread expressed by “OK Computer” is universal.

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Summary of “New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves”

How this behavior can spread and lead to the long-term emergence of cooperation as the dominant behavior is a conundrum that has stumped evolutionary biologists for decades.
They have created a simple mathematical model using well understood physical principles to show how cooperation emerges during evolution.
Their model suggests that the balance between cooperation and selfish behavior, called defection, can undergo rapid phase transitions, in which individuals match their behavior to their neighbors.
This new approach has the potential to change the way evolutionary biologists, economists, and computer scientists think about cooperation and the role that punishment plays in encouraging it.
There is a relatively simple mathematical model called an Ising spin model that intuitively explains how magnetic domains form.
The question that Adami and Hintze investigate is whether an Ising spin model can throw some light on the way cooperation evolves.
To find out, they created an Ising spin model in which each “Atom” interacts with its neighbors by either cooperating or defecting in a game of prisoner’s dilemma.
It turns out that the strategies of cooperation and defection are in a delicate balance, but that in some circumstances, a phase transition occurs in which cooperation spreads through the population like wildfire.

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Summary of “Don’t Put it Off: Procrastination”

When assigned an article on procrastination, I put it off for various reasons: not enough time, laziness, or just a chance to tell people we were supposed to be writing an article about procrastinating but kept putting it off.
Downfall, the idea that being so good at something that we’re promoted to the point of our own incompetence, which is our third fear.
It’s a fear that the final product, no matter how much effort we put into it, won’t end up as perfect as we want.
Everyone wants to do something great, and no one wants to show off something miserable.
How many times have we either seen something that was obviously slap-dash and thought “Well, they didn’t put much work into that.”? How much better to put just a little more effort into something and get a result that far exceeds what we envisioned?
Even if you’re waiting for something that is truly out of your control, are there parts of the project you can still pursue? Sections you can write? Research that isn’t dependent on external factors? There’s always some part of a project that you can get out of the way.
If you have to find something out to let someone else know about it, that information will be much more interesting because it has your unique spin on it.
Obviously, if we’re doing something we’re not totally invested in, we’ll be looking for something – anything.

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Summary of “Dan Rather On Why America Needs More Empathy”

A half block down lived a family who didn’t even have a house, just a corrugated tin roof held up by four posts in the corners and one in the middle.
The father of the family in the dilapidated house had lost a leg.
The neighborhood tried as best it could to help these families stay alive.
On Christmas Eve, my father and uncle pooled their money, meager though it was, and bought toys for the families living in the dilapidated house and under the tin roof.
In another family in our neighborhood, the father had a part-time job as a watchman.
Perhaps those authoritarians, who felt no empathy for their own people or those they conquered, underestimated the strength of our empathy.
The responsibility for these divisions should fall more squarely on the shoulders of the powerful, those who need to be empathetic, than on those who need our empathy.
Very few families escaped the wounds of the Great Depression and World War II. In the intervening decades the wealthy and the powerful largely have been protected from economic, social, and military upheavals by a shield of immunity.

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Summary of “Jobs: Nine online jobs that you can do from home”

Whether you’re looking for a respite from your 9 to 5, are unable to commute to work, are a stay at-home parent, or have some other constraint that prevents you from finding a full-time job, there’s no need to waste your earning potential.
While being fluent in English and one or two Indian languages might serve you well enough, taking a language course can add significantly to your earning potential.
Potential earnings : Ads can pay Rs 2,000-15,000 a month for a 2″x2″ space, depending on your niche and readership.
Potential earnings : Earnings vary according to products and pricing.
You have to create a YouTube channel, which works on a similar model as a blog-as you make your channel popular and the number of subscribers grows, so will your earning potential.
Potential earnings : Depending on the client and job, a single project can fetch you anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 1 lakh.
Potential earnings : Beginners earn Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000 per month.
Online tutoring If you already have some tutoring experience or are an expert in a particular subject, you can earn by tutoring people online.

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Summary of “All Models Are Wrong”

How is your journey towards understanding Farnam Street’s latticework of mental models going? Is it proving useful? Changing your view of the world? If the answer is that it’s going well that’s good.
Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.
It’s crucial for us to understand as many mental models as possible.
In the same way, our simplest mental models tend to be the most useful.
The same goes for mental models – they are always evolving, being revised – never really achieving perfection.
Many mental models are based upon scientific and mathematical concepts.
How long has this model been around? As a general rule, mental models which have been around for a long time will have been subjected to a great deal of scrutiny.
Mental models are a way of thinking about the world that prepares us to make good decisions in the first place.

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Summary of “Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years?”

In the weeks since the attack, Zaghba’s role has shone a light on the differences between how terror suspects are handled in Italy and the UK. Upon his arrival in London, Zaghba’s mother said, he was never once stopped at the airport or interrogated, even though Italian officials had warned British counterparts that he was a threat.
Italy has suffered from its share of political violence in recent decades, including the murder of two prominent anti-mafia judges in the 1990s.
Is Italy just lucky? Have the country’s counter-terrorism policies – born out of years of anti-mafia policing and intelligence work and a decade of bloody political violence in the 1970s – given Italian officials an edge in the age of Isis? Or are there other factors at play?
Two recent incidents – the case of Zaghba, and another, non-fatal terror incident in Milan in which a soldier and police officer were stabbed by an Italian whose father was north African – point to a potential shift in the threat profile in Italy.
Giampiero Massolo, who served as the director of Italian intelligence from 2012 to 2016, said there was not a particular “Italian way” to combat terrorism.
Much like the fight against Italian organised crime – the Camorra around Naples, the Cosa Nostra in Sicily, and the ‘NdrĂ ngheta in the south – infiltrating and disrupting terror networks requires breaking close social and even family relationships.
While Italians authorities are seen as having broad powers, police do not have special powers to detain terror suspects without charge.
The broad use of surveillance – including intercepted communication – is seen as sufficiently targeted to terror and mafia suspects, unlike public criticism in Italy of sweeping data collection methods used in the US and UK..

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Summary of “The secret lives of IS fighters”

The men fighting in the battle for Mosul alternate between two states – the hyper vigilance of the battlefield and a swallowing exhaustion barely touched by a few hours sleep at night.
Driving to the front, watching as they dodge mortar and rocket fire, avoid roadside bombs and drones.
On November 11, the Islamic State’s Minister for War calls for more special forces recruits.
By mid-December, new orders are issued to prevent desertion from the front.
Their clothes, and much more besides, lie scattered across the floor.
A few pages of detailed handwritten notes and diagrams are carefully folded.
He notes practice runs in converting coordinates from Google Maps to actual targeting coordinates.
There are mottos: “Islamic State: Along the Prophet’s Methodology” and “Islamic State remains, in spite of the haters”.

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Summary of “California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it”

California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.
California also has paid other states to take power.
The number of days that California dumped its unused solar electricity would have been even higher if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production – even as natural gas power plants, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, continued generating electricity.
With a glut of solar power at times, CAISO has two main options to avoid a system overload: order some solar and wind farms to temporarily halt operations or divert the excess power to other states.
California has excess power on a growing number of days when neighboring states don’t need it, so California has to pay them to take it.
On days that Arizona is paid to take California’s excess solar power, Arizona Public Service says it has cut its own solar generation rather than fossil fuel power.
Its recent oversupply report indicated that it frequently paid buyers as much as $25 per megawatt-hour to get them to take excess power, according to the Energy Information Administration.
With solar power surging so much that it is sometimes curtailed, does California need to spend $6 billion to $8 billion to build or refurbish eight natural gas power plants that have received preliminary approval from regulators, especially as legislative leaders want to accelerate the move away from fossil fuel energy?

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