Inside the song – @Fender

Sultans of Swing, Smoke on the Water, With or Without You? All recorded with Fender Strats. I’ve just discovered this seemingly ad hoc series on the Fender.com site: Inside the Song. Each post looks inside an iconic song recorded with a Fender guitar, with interviews, performances and recordings. Ones I’ve enjoyed so far: Sultans of Swing […]

Echoes through time: wide views over the sea – #Writing

“It is reason and wisdom which take away cares, not places affording wide views over the sea.” Horace (65BC – 8BC), Epistles I, xi,25-6

Science isn’t something to believe or not believe. It’s something to do – @thisisseth

Another from Seth Godin: “Science is a process. It’s not pretending it has the right answer, it merely has the best process to get closer to that right answer. Science is an ongoing argument, one where you show your work and make a prediction about what’s going to happen next.” We desperately need more science, […]

Taking it for granite – @thisisseth

Sound advice from Seth, here. And who can resist a tasty pun: “Those bedrock institutions, the foundational supports you take for granted–they rarely last forever. Nurturing and investing in the things we need and count on needs to be higher on the agenda.”    

5 Ways to write faster – @ProBlogger #Writing

Psychologist Ellen Jackson offers five tips – along with the psychology behind them – to beat the demon of procrastination. “1. Have a plan 2. Make planning a separate exercise 3. … I love the fact that she explains WHY these work.

Echoes through time: Vex not thy spirit

“Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; They heed not thy vexation.” Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180), Meditations (Book 7)

The pen is mightier than the keyboard, #Writing

At last, proof for the offspring that you need to take hand-written notes. This is an interesting article on how taking hand-written notes results in deeper learning than taking similar notes using a keyboard. The researchers conclude that rich sensory-motor experiences seem to facilitate learning, or put simply, it is the physical movement of the […]

On the benefits of forest bathing

To walk in the woods, feel your pace slow, your shoulders loosen and the fresh forest air wash your worries clean. This piece, from the World Economic Forum no less, has proof that “forest bathing” is good for you. But, we knew that all along. Forests I remember: somewhere primeval in the rainforest of Washington’s […]

When science gets politicised – @mattwridley

“In 2013, you may recall, the European Union banned some uses of neonicotinoid insecticides to save bees. The verdict on this policy has now come in, from the commission’s own Joint Research Centre (JRC)…Its conclusion is that the ban has been disastrously counterproductive, resulting in an increased use throughout the continent of more damaging pesticides, […]

Andrew Marr

The dark-shadowed sweet shop of the internet – @AndrewMarr9 #Writing

An Oakeshottian* conservative’s view of the world, per Andrew Marr: “Superabundance is foisted upon us as the only sure route to happiness. And from the dark-shadowed sweet shop of the internet to the imminent arrival of driverless cars, we prefer the untried to the tried every time.” A thought-provoking column from Andrew Marr in yesterday’s […]

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