Summary of “The Story Behind Alexis Pereira’s Viral Essay Twitter Joke”

A tweet from eli!!! February 10, 2020 Monday, February 10, 5:16 p.m.: Binyamin Appelbaum, the New York Times editor who asked Pete Buttigieg about bread prices, quote-tweets my post and asks what it takes to get an F. I’ve hit 20,000 likes.
Binyamin Appelbaum February 10, 2020 Monday, February 10, 5:39 p.m.: A major account claims what I did was deeply unethical.
Tuesday, February 11, 10:15 a.m.: My boss is on vacation, and my boss’s boss visits me in my office and asks me if I teach English.
Tuesday, February 11, 12:07 p.m.: The New York Daily News asks me for a comment.
Co/MVTafUUPfM.- Daily Mail US February 11, 2020 Tuesday, February 11, 8:00 p.m.: I have an improv show at UCB. Before he asks for a suggestion, Tom Johnson asks the audience to give me a round of applause for going viral.
Thursday, February 13, 9:45 a.m.: CNN asks me to come on, and I tell them it was made up.
Thursday, February 13, 10 a.m.: My boss arrives from his vacation not knowing anything about my viral tweet.
Thursday, February 13, 11 a.m.: Twitter has moved on to whether or not it’s okay to recline your seat back on a crowded plane.

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Summary of “When Lab Experiments Carry Theological Implications”

The creation of the universe and of life within it are the two fundamental pillars of the story of divine genesis in the opening chapter of the Bible.
Suppose we were able to create a baby universe in the laboratory or produce synthetic life out of raw chemicals.
Synthetic life experiments may explain the chemistry and physics behind Darwinian evolution on Earth.
Such a realization could shape the search for extraterrestrial life in much the same way as experiments that led to the discovery of quantum mechanics guided the study of stars, galaxies and the rest of the universe.
According to the prevailing cosmological model, our universe started from a period of cosmic inflation, during which a microscopic region of space was stretched by tens of orders of magnitude because of a temporary domination of the vacuum energy density.
The vacuum density stems from the existence of a quantum field called the “Inflaton.” Physicists can study ways of artificially producing a region of space where the inflaton field is concentrated to a level that would stimulate the creation of a baby universe.
Such a baby universe will not expand into the laboratory but rather branch off from the spacetime of its creators and evolve in its own bubble.
In which case, one may ask: are there recipes for different universes that can be produced out of the same primordial ingredients? If so, we could broaden our perspective by reading the “Book of Recipes for Universes.”

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Summary of “Gig-economy apps are changing friendship.”

“What used to be favors among friends now has a price tag: the pickup from the airport, hauling clothes to the laundry, or helping to paint the apartment.”
Of course, taxis, movers, handypeople, and cleaners aren’t new, and wealthy people have always hired help.
Favors like feeding your neighbor’s cat or helping the college kids downstairs put together their new kitchen island can build social ties.
In many cases, people really enjoy helping, and our fears we’ll be rejected if we ask for a favor are overblown.
Rather than asking a friend to help me put in my air conditioner and coordinating a time that works for both of us, I paid someone to install it on my schedule.
Hesitant to ask my friends to help me move again, only eight months after they’d hauled my stuff up three flights of narrow, hard-to-maneuver stairs, I hired someone to do it instead. Outsourcing these tasks was freeing but also felt somewhat shameful: it’s a waste of money, and anyway, I should have more people in my life who can help when I need it.
“People would ask: ‘Can you help me move?’ ‘Can you run to the store?’ ‘Can you pick me up spaghetti sauce?'” a former pilot with a flexible schedule told the Wall Street Journal.
Another friend of mine who works for the foreign service says she asks for and offers help much more often when she’s living overseas.

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Summary of “Trapped in Iran”

“Mr Pelham?” asked the shortest one and presented me with a hand-written document in Farsi.
Almost automatically, I asked to see a lawyer or a diplomatic representative.
They held up a piece of paper with jottings on it from a previous trip and asked me to explain what I had written.
How could I have brought that with me? I asked myself.
The short man asked me about my family, my education, the countries I’d visited and the languages I spoke.
I made a number of attempts to ask why I was being held.
“Do you know the Koran?” asked one gruff guard, whom I would later come to know as Ali.
The doctor entered the room and asked me to write down everything I’d done in Iran, day by day, meeting by meeting.

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Summary of “The Best Mentors Ask These 8 Questions”

One of the most important characteristics the good ones have in common is their ability to ask insightful questions, says Lisa Z. Fain, CEO of The Center for Mentoring Excellence, a mentoring consultancy and coaching organization.
“For mentors, the most important thing, really, is to ask questions, to be this guide on the side, rather than the sage on the stage,” she says.
What Does Success Look Like To You? The beauty of this question, which is another version of asking about the protégé’s goals, is that it can be adapted for big-picture scenarios or specific situations, says transformation management consultant Christie Lindor, author of The MECE Muse: 100+ Selected Practices, Unwritten Rules, and Habits of Great Consultants.
What Is The Outcome You Want? Similar to the previous question about what success looks like, this question is effective for situations where there is more than one equally viable solution or course of action, says Jennifer Labin, principal at mentoring consulting firm Terp Associates, and author of Mentoring Programs That Work.
“If is facing a really complicated situation, that is often the best question you can ask to help them lift their head up and start to look at the situation from an entirely new angle,” she says.
What Can You Control? Labin likes this question because it shifts the focus from ruminating about factors that are beyond the protégé’s control and onto what they can actually do about the situation.
While not technically a question, this statement prompts the protégé for more detail about what led them to form their opinions or helped them reach a conclusion.
What Are You Reading? Lindor asks about interests, hobbies, reading habits, and other similar questions to get to know her protégés on a more personal level.

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Summary of “What Would it Take for an American Guy to Become Danish?”

Small talk, like smiling at strangers, is one of the Americanisms I’ll need to shed if I’m going to succeed in my quest to become Danish.
Albris, an even-tempered anthropologist who teaches Danish culture classes at the University of Copenhagen, says Danes don’t have the same switches for casual conversation.
Later that afternoon, I get some real-life lessons in the Law of Jante while indulging in a peak Danish fantasy: baking lowercase-D danishes, with Danish people, at prolific restaurateur Claus Meyer’s cooking school.
I’ve been warned the class would be in Danish but, American privilege, assumed there would be some occasional English-translation sidebars.
“We’re not on the Great Danish Bake Off.” Unlike anything else named after New York, our team moves at a mellow pace.
Browse the kaleidoscopic wall of offbeat local beers at Mikkeller, grab rosemary Danish hot dogs at Pølse Kompagniet, and pick up local fruit like currants from the produce stands.
The Local Gem: On a quiet alley in the city’s Meatpacking District, Spisehuset serves a nightly tasting menu of modernized Danish comfort food that incorporates the season’s best produce.
Klaus may just be the most Danish Dane I’ve met so far.

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Summary of “Faking it: could I go from being an introvert to an extrovert in one week?”

For a week, this introvert would put social awkwardness to one side and live as an extrovert.
So the prospect of spending a week saying yes to every social engagement that came my way was about as appealing as a root canal treatment.
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of California asked 123 people to act as extroverts for a week.
“If you spend the whole week talking about the weather, I think you’ll hate it.” Instead, go deep and be vulnerable.
I start the week by attending an Extinction Rebellion induction meeting.
“Someone joined us last week and said they didn’t have a good time and wouldn’t be coming back,” says Ed. I gulp.
It’s no bother – one of the joys of my week of extroversion has been the opportunity to chat to older people.
So what did I learn from my week of extroversion? That people are kinder than you think and it is often easier to be truthful with strangers.

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Summary of “Mister Rogers’s Enduring Wisdom”

Yet the movie, called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, seems like a culmination of the gifts that Fred Rogers gave me and all of us, gifts that fit the definition of grace because they feel, at least in my case, undeserved.
Though an indefatigably devout man, he did not attempt to characterize the shootings as an attack on the faithful; instead, he seized on the news that the 14-year-old shooter had gone to school telling his classmates that he was about to do something “Really big,” and he asked, “Oh, wouldn’t the world be a different place if he had said, ‘I’m going to do something really little tomorrow’?” Fred decided to devote a whole week of his television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, to the theme of “Little and big,” encouraging children to embrace the diminutive nature of their bodies and their endeavors-to understand that big has to start little.
It is a truism by now that there was no difference between Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers, that Fred was always Fred.
The spirit of Mister Rogers counseled her to forgive the insults, and after she told me her story in the morning, I called Fred.
I did, especially the innovation of making the entire movie an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, with the character of Fred Rogers speaking directly to the audience about the character of Tom Junod.
Who would have been Fred’s first troll? Who would have taken it upon themselves to “School” Fred, to “Call him out,” to “Educate” him? Who would have told him that his faith in us was misplaced, and informed him-and us-that Mister Rogers was wrong?
On September 5, 1998, Fred Rogers wrote an email after I asked him whether he had seen the big movie of the day, Saving Private Ryan, and whether he had ever contemplated the possibility of military service.
Tom’s presence on the set moved me, because I kept thinking of John Miller, a character in a movie Fred and Joanne Rogers couldn’t bring themselves to watch.

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Summary of “Until I Was a Man, I Had No Idea How Good Men Had It at Work”

Pretty remarkable for someone who spent 30 years being tolerated or shunned in work environments.
All this is despite the fact that I have only worked in progressive environments, places where I have heard men reflect on internalized sexism and where women occupy prominent leadership roles.
Women were more likely than men to receive what the researchers termed “Vague praise”-feedback not tied to any actual business outcome.
Men were more likely to receive praise connected to their actual contribution to the company.
Feedback for women focused intensely on communication styles, particularly the critique that the employee was “Too aggressive.” The researchers found that 76 percent of references to being “Too aggressive” was found in the women’s reviews, which left only 24 percent in the men’s.
“A performance review has an effect on your leadership brand over time, and even how you see yourself,” Simard says.
My friend, a woman who had recently come back from maternity leave to her senior-level role and successful negotiated more pay and a four-day work week, gave me the standard advice: To approach my boss rationally and unemotionally, root my ask in my accomplishments, and not feel guilty for asking for what I’m worth.
Repeated studies have found that there is a social cost for women who negotiate pay raises that doesn’t exist for men.

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Summary of “How to Get Noticed by Your Boss’s Boss”

They go above and beyond their job titles and get noticed because they demonstrate potential to do great work on a more advanced level.
While the voice of ambition may be telling you to focus on your own success, senior leadership notices those who work collaboratively and support others.
The best leaders know how to balance working “On” the business with working “In” the business.
“If you want to get good at strategic thinking,” says Chuck, “You have to practice. It’s a muscle that needs to be exercised. The more you work on it, the better you’ll get.”
Whether you are giving a presentation, working on a group project, or having a difficult conversation with your boss, it’s important to know your audience and prepare how you will communicate with them in advance.
You may want to project more confidence during a presentation, for example, but be more humble when working with peers.
“A person doesn’t need to be the most vocal or work the most hours to be noticed,” says Dave.
In doing so you are saying to others, “I’m paying attention, and I’m noting when we do great work.”

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