How Meditation Is Like Weight Lifting | Philip Brewer

You don’t meditate to prove that you have great focus. You meditate to get better at noticing when you’re thinking and better at letting your thoughts go.

Meditation and mindfulness has really bad PR. It’s not all rainbows, Silicon Valley douches and yoga. It’s the simple act of getting better at focusing on yourself and letting your thoughts go.

There is no pressure to do it for any length of time, or a particular way. But the more you do it the better your focus will become and you will begin to recognise how much time you spend not present at all. Think of it as a bicep curl for the mind.

Sunday Firesides: Dependence To Independence | The Art Of Manliness

Unfortunately, many people don’t outgrow this phase of infantile dependence. They still primarily try to get what they want by manipulating others, by having a “tantrum,” by metaphorically quivering their lip or pooping in their pants and then waiting for someone to notice. They wait for a solution to their problems to arrive from the outside.

Do you ever just nod your head whilst reading a post that nails a thought you share. I meet so many people like this that I have started referring to the as adodlers.

People that are full grown adults that still behave like emotional toddlers. What’s worse is that I meet people with parents that are like this! Adodlers looking after adodlers, it’s mayhem.

Putting on some wait | Signal v. Noise

Whenever there’s an opportunity to pick the wait, I’m picking it. And I’m not filling my time with other things I have to do while waiting – I’m genuinely waiting. Waiting while doing nothing. Idling. If I’m in line, and it’s moving slowly, I’m not reflexively reaching for my phone to soak up the dead space. I’m just enjoying having absolutely nothing to do.

Over the last few weeks I have been pondering a post in which I encourage people to be bored. It is one of the biggest things that has increased my mental health and also my creativity.

Taking extra time is key. Taking in your environment when waiting at a checkout, appreciating noises and smells when out and about, and just taking your time.

I often enjoy nothing else but focusing on what is actually going on around me. Sure we all often know, but do we take time to study it? Put in some wait in your own life and you will be glad you did - I promise.

Mental Models - The Best Way To Make Intelligent Decisions

When ego and not competence drives what we undertake, we have blind spots. If you know what you understand, you know where you have an edge over others. When you are honest about where your knowledge is lacking you know where you are vulnerable and where you can improve. Understanding your circle of competence improves decision making and outcomes.

This is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. I think it’s natural to not want to appear ‘weak’ by admitting you can’t do something. It leaves you feeling a little exposed and vulnerable - if you’re doing something serious.

But far too many times have I felt inadequate because someone else is better at a task than me. Yet we all have strengths and weaknesses and there is nothing wrong with admiring this to yourself.

What Is An Instagram Party Account | The Atlantic

The switch to Instagram allows kids to escape the ever-watchful eye of parents and other adults like school administrators or police. “When you think Facebook, you think, your grandma and mom are on that,” says Jason, who is also 18. “They’re probably following you. Insta is different.”

I get the feeling that Facebook is becoming the network that your parents use. For some strange reason Instagram seems to appeal to everyone. Much like Twitter it does not focus on friends and more like minded people, it builds echo chambers and not networks you feel forced into.

On Blogs In The Social Media Age | Study Hacks

As I noted in Deep Work, if you took the contents of the standard Facebook or Instagram feed and published it on a blog, it wouldn’t attract any readers, or comments, or links. But put this content on a Facebook wall and there’s an implicit social contract in place to motivate the people you know to click a like button, or leave a nice comment in the anticipation that you’ll do the same.

This is actually one of the most interesting points I have come across in a long time. If you used 99% the content posted to social media and put it on a blog - no one would read it. Yet why are people so interested in consuming bits of other peoples lives?

I have absolutely no idea - but I have a feeling that Facebook is pulling on something that we will never understand. The vast majority of these posts don’t offer value, they are posted so others can get a hit of dopamine from a like or a retweet. Does that make us drug dealers?

A More Deliberate Way Of Living | Zen Habits

One activity at a time. If you’re going to write, close all other tabs and just write. If you’re going to brush your teeth, just do that. If the activity is important enough to include in the limited container of your life, it’s important enough to give it your full focus.  Treat it as if it might be your last act on earth.

I have read loads of these types of posts, often in the hope of pulling out some gem of wisdom. This one is mostly like all the others, obvious pointers that don’t really tell you anything. But this little paragraph struck a chord with me following my chat with Matt Gemmell. In order to get something done just simply sit in the chair and do it.

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret | The New York Times

Brian Wong, chief executive of Kiip, a mobile ad firm that has also sold anonymous data from some of the apps it works with, says users give apps permission to use and share their data. “You are receiving these services for free because advertisers are helping monetize and pay for it,” he said, adding, “You would have to be pretty oblivious if you are not aware that this is going on.”

This is the most worrying part for me. The attitude, in fact down right arrogance, that people should be aware of where their data goes when they are not explicitly told. “Expect adverts unless you are told otherwise” is the excuse of the worst type of profiteering, it makes me sick to my stomach to see the attitudes of some tech companies.

Top 10 iPad features we’d like to see in iOS 13 | Macworld

Time for an overhaul, so that—at minimum—two apps can access the audio input at one time. That would let me talk to someone on Skype while recording the conversation with a different app.

This would be huge for me, recording podcasts is the single thing that keeps a MacBook hanging around. I would still edit with keyboard and mouse but it’s 100% time for better audio on an iPad.

Here are the five biggest iPad Pro problems, because no device is perfect

The iPad Pro packs in an astounding amount of processing power, doubling the benchmark scores of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in multiple tests, and even exporting a 4K HEVC video in less than half the time. Here’s the issue: that power is going to waste.

I agree with some of the points in this post, but I don’t really see a downside here. Many apps don’t take advantage of the power, they simply don’t need to. But is this really a ‘problem’?