Summary of “The Strangeness of Black Holes”

Before we shed more light on the strangeness of black holes, let us try to get some intuition for the circumstances under which black holes can appear.
Let us for example consider an object with the mass of earth, then its Schwarzschild radius is given by only about 9 millimeters! No physical process is known in which all of earth can be compressed that much and it seams quite unlikely that there are many black holes with the mass of earth.
The formation of black holes becomes easier the heavier they are.
Even heavier black holes can for example develop when stellar ones merge.
Let us return to the promised strangeness of black holes.
There really is no way back! Not even the most powerful rocket that we could imagine can prevent us from finally reaching the very center of the black hole, where gravitational forces become immeasurably strong and at the latest there the quantum features of black holes and gravity itself must show their face.
Finding a convincing and self-consistent description of black holes in contact with the quantum world will probably be an important step toward a quantum description of gravity itself.
Hawking, S.W. Particle creation by black holes.

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Summary of “Taming the Epic To-Do List”

Most of us fail to do this, and so our lists are crammed with urgent priorities we must get done immediately, important tasks we’re afraid of forgetting because they have no specific due date, and basic tasks that we add to the list because it makes us feel good to check something off.
List #2 is for items that need to be completed today.
The third list is a not-to-do list, to remind me of things I’ve consciously decided aren’t worth my time.
Taking the time to develop a clear mission – your personal purpose – and a vision of what success looks like is essential if you are to be judicious about determining what is important enough to get on your list in the first place.
Once your list is pruned and prioritized, estimate how long you expect each task will take to complete.
Most people find it energizing to cross items off their list and why wouldn’t they? Accomplishing tasks causes your brain to release dopamine, which is also known as the “Feel-good neurotransmitter.” If getting started is a challenge for you, look for a task that will be quick to complete and, as the Nike ads famously say, just do it.
For more complex projects, create a list of the critical success factors you will need to complete them and tackle them one at a time.
Does gaining more control over how you spend your time feel both urgent and important? If so, put an appointment on your calendar to review and prioritize your to-do list according to these criteria.

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Summary of “4 Steps to Reset Your Goals for the Rest of the Year”

If you’re like more than half of people, those early-year goals you set were jettisoned months ago.
You still have months to make significant accomplishments toward changes you want to make by the end of the year, says career and transition coach Allison Task, author of Personalevolution: How to Be Happy, Change Your Life, and Do That Thing You’ve Always Wanted to Do. Ready to get back on track with your goals? Dust off that list and apply these four steps for a mid-year reboot.
“So much of the work of pursuing the goal happens when you set the right goal,” she says.
What feels possible and exciting versus overwhelming? The answer can give you valuable insight into the goals you can accomplish with the time you have left.
“Staying with a goal for 12 months or longer requires a ton of discipline and effort-and much of the effort happens in the second half of the year. The effort has to nearly double to reach that goal in the last six months of the year,” she says.
What, specifically, will you have to do to reach your goal and by when? What will the outcome need to be? Understanding these answers will help you scale your goal accordingly and recognize what you need to scale back.
The S.M.A.R.T. goals approach-making your goals specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time sensitive-is useful for helping you make progress within the time window you have, she says.
With businesses and other demands on her time, she says getting everything done and moving herself closer to bigger goals “Is a struggle I face and think about every day,” she says.

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Summary of “The Psychological Importance of Wasting Time”

There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted.
“Wasted” time is highly fulfilling and necessary.
Two years later, he abandoned the project and instead posted a blog post on how he’d spent so long focusing on how to spend time well, he’d ended up missing valuable moments with his daughter.
We put off sleeping in, or going for a long walk, or reading by the window-and, even if we do manage time away from the grind, it comes with a looming awareness of the things we should be doing, and so the experience is weighed down by guilt.
Plus, says Guttridge, we’re missing out on the mental and physical benefits of time spent focused on ourselves.
The truth is, work expands to fill the time it’s given and, for most of us, we could spend considerably fewer hours at the office and still get the same amount done.
Taking time to be totally, gloriously, proudly unproductive will ultimately make you better at your job, says Guttridge.
At the end of the day, all of us have the urge to while away time flicking through a magazine, walking around the block, or simply doing nothing.

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Summary of “An Accidental Sailor vs. the Storm of the Century”

“We’re sailing Anne Kristine down to Bermuda, and we need hands. Come sail with us!”.
Anne Kristine – the oldest continuously sailing ship in the world.
We went straight from the Norman Baker lecture to the firm to announce we’d be out for the next two weeks sailing to Bermuda.
We unfurled the sails and began what everyone agreed was a perfect day for sailing.
The second mate said to me, “You sail a lot of crummy days for one day like this.” I stood on the deck and turned slowly, 360 degrees.
The storm was far away, and Anne Kristine was sailing well.
We hadn’t lowered any sails, and as I looked around at people’s faces, they didn’t seem worried.
We struck the sails, gradually, over the course of the day.

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Summary of “How to ‘Grease the Groove’ and Exercise Easy”

Over time, greasing the groove has trickled down through the fitness realm, with each lifter and CrossFit champ who practices it slightly changing its meaning.
Greasing the groove has become something of a catchphrase for people who don’t have the time or ability to do a full workout, but still want to squeeze in a little exercise.
One way to grease the groove is to just do the exercise whenever you think of it.
Ben Greenfield, in Beyond Training, describes how he would do three to five pull-ups every time he walked under a pull-up bar installed in his office doorway.
McKay opted for something similar: He set up a pull-up bar in his door frame, and every time he walked under it, he would do one.
“If you’re constantly thrashing your body, doing max sets every time you do a pull-up, you’re gonna have a bad time.” Anyone who has tried to climb the stairs to their apartment on achy quads after an ambitious leg day knows the risks of overexertion.
Brad Schoenfeld, an associate professor of exercise science at CUNY’s Lehman College, also sees a potential benefit.
Because of how the brain learns, he says, doing four sets of an exercise over five days rather than 20 sets in one day might be a way to improve technique or form, which could result in getting stronger even if you don’t add additional weight.

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Summary of “How to Cancel Plans Without Losing Friends and Feeling Like a Jerk”

How are you actually feeling right now? What is it that’s making you want to cancel?
If you don’t cancel how would you feel during and after the get-together?
Note who the plans were with, what feelings made you want to opt out, and how you felt after the fact.
If you find that you’re breaking more plans than you’re keeping or you feel drained all the time, it might be time to talk to a health-care provider or therapist.
“Hey, friend, I’m completely exhausted and broke right now, and am honestly feeling very stressed about our plans for tomorrow night. I really want to catch up with you, though-would you be up for coming to my place and letting me cook you dinner instead of us going all the way to New Jersey? And we could still plan to go to Medieval Times next month, once I’ve finished this big project and my bonus paycheck has hit.”
I’m also realizing that a lot can change in a few weeks! The giddy optimism you felt when texting all your friends to make happy-hour plans on a gorgeous day in late October can feel foreign come mid-November when, suddenly, Thanksgiving is apparently??? next week???? and it’s been raining for 10 days straight.
The more time that passes between making plans and doing the thing, the more time you have to dread the hangout-which is a bummer, even if you ultimately go and enjoy yourself!
While making impromptu plans won’t always work out, there’s something to be said for occasionally reaching out to friends a day or two in advance to do something fairly low-key.

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Summary of “I Stopped Working Out Daily. Here’s What Happened.”

In 2014, I wanted to work abroad and travel as much as I could.
In 2016, I wanted to work out every day of the year.
I love setting a yearly focus because it gives you a clear idea of what you want to do with your time.
At the same time, I also don’t want to stop reading and working out.
I managed to get the minimum amount of work that’s necessary done.
If you want to get in shape too, it’s important to understand what you’re aiming for.
So if you’re not working out every day, you’re not doing yourself a favor.
The quality of life decreases when you stop working out.

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Summary of “Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Dorsey, Marianne Williamson and the New Wellness Aristocracy”

Last November, Jack Dorsey, the brains behind Twitter, declared that he had gone on a 10-day silent retreat in Myanmar to practice Vipassana, considered the oldest form of Buddhist meditation.
Sounding more like the Monk of Silicon Valley than the Disruptor of Wall Street, Dorsey explained that giving up “Devices, reading, writing, physical exercise, music, intoxicants, meat, talking, or even eye contact with others” was a “Detox of all the noise in the world.”
Sam ­Lipsyte’s new novel, Hark, satirizes an unwitting guru who gains a mass following with what he calls “Mental archery” and inane mantras like “Unstring your bow.”
The higher beings walking among us have taken self-care to new heights, sometimes literally.
In the Himalayas, the Ananda Spa offers a seven-night Dhyāna self-realization retreat that guides participants through daily meditation sessions including “Yoga Nidra, Ajapa Japa, Antar Mouna, and Trataka.” The Ashram in Calabasas offers a $6,000 hike to Santiago de Compostela that includes daily yoga and massages.
Amassing avid followers is much easier for gurus now than in the old days, when they had to self-publish pamphlets and advertise in the back of New Dawn magazine.
Their contentment humble­brags on social media, the Runic scripts of our time, telegraph piety and double as a recruitment tool the way word-of-mouth testimonials once drew stressed suburbanites to EST. The difference is that these hyperconnected soothsayers can’t be automatically labeled hucksters.
“There is no magic pill from Big Pharma to prevent stress and trauma, although there are tons of medications for managing it. They just don’t get to the ‘tumor’ of stress. Now, 50 years later, we are getting close to finding reasonable ways to deal with it, and it’s the ancient meditation practices that will stand tall.”

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Summary of “Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on how he and Serena Williams balance career and parenthood”

Ahead of Serena Williams 38th “Cake day” on Thursday, her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, talked to espnW about the importance of paternity leave.
Ohanian, the managing partner of Initialized Capital, also spoke on the difference between “Dads doing dad things” and babysitting, his work with the Mom Project and raising the couple’s young daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
My dad took one day off when I was born and then went back to work.
Not long after that, Dove Men+Care reached out and wanted to launch a $1 million fund to help dads who can’t take paternity leave to be able to do so.
There’s the dumb dad trope of not knowing how to do basic stuff.
It’s like: “Oh no, Dad has to feed the baby today.” It’s very manufactured, and frankly, condescending.
What social media has done is normalize dads doing dad things.
Dads are posting selfies of themselves with their kids strapped to their chest while they go out for a coffee or even the dad reflexes memes.

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