Pocketed Articles – June 24, 2016

Want followers? Then Here’s a Life Lesson for You: Learn How to Fucking Write – I am opening this edition with a friendly advice 🙂 Here is how the author is opening the piece:

It’s official, the content marketers have invaded Medium. Yes, we’ve already seen a bunch of self help, listicle shit here, to the point that half the community complained about it. Only just now though, am I seeing posts like “how to gain followers on Medium”. The information contained in these posts is the generic stuff: a click bait headline, including inspirational quotes (here’s a hint, if you need quotes in your work to move people, you suck and need to get better), and offering life advice, or if we want to flog a dead horse even further “add value”.

Bionic leaf converts energy from our sun better than nature does – Researchers are getting better and better at emulating nature to improve technology. It’s not a very technical article, it’s just informational and a good read overall.

I rarely read stuff from Bill Gates except for his book recommendations, but this one had an interesting title: Why I Would Raise Chickens. I am not all that :

If you were living on $2 a day, what would you do to improve your life?

That’s a real question for the nearly 1 billion people living in extreme poverty today. There’s no single right answer, of course, and poverty looks different in different places. But through my work with the foundation, I’ve met many people in poor countries who raise chickens, and I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of owning these birds. (As a city boy from Seattle, I had a lot to learn!) It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.

The future of podcasting – I started listening to podcasts a while back and it’s really interesting to me to see where this is going. I believe podcasting has a bright future. I hear more and more people every week that they found a good podcast they are listening to on the road, on their way to and from work etc. This reminds me, I have to write a post with a list of the podcasts I listen. Maybe you’ll find something interesting there.

5 things publishers can learn from how Jeff Bezos is running The Washington Post – the news business is changing and a lot of people in this business are not following suit. The New York Times found a way to make it work and, as it seems, so did The Washington Post. I am sure that even businesses without this kind of budgets have something to learn from these people.

“I think he’s helping us as a business,” Woodward said. “It’s a better website. I find things much more authoritative, quite frankly, than The New York Times.” Times partisans would surely disagree, but Woodward is nothing if not a loyal employee. He continued: “Bezos is good news for the newspaper, The Washington Post. I think he has a long-range view, staying in for 15 or 20 years and making sure The Washington Post is one of the surviving news sources in the country.”

Selfishness Is Learned – we are still figuring out a lot of stuff about how our own minds work, and this article is shedding a bit of light on the subject of selfishness.

“It feels good to be nice—unless the other person is a jerk,” he says. “And then it feels good to be mean.”

Many people cheat on taxes—no mystery there. But many people don’t, even if they wouldn’t be caught—now, that’s weird. Or is it? Psychologists are deeply perplexed by human moral behavior, because it often doesn’t seem to make any logical sense. You might think that we should just be grateful for it. But if we could understand these seemingly irrational acts, perhaps we could encourage more of them.

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