Pocketed articles – July 25, 2016

Today’s recommendations are:

The End of Reflection – now tell me that you are not guilty of this yourself :

There are many moments throughout my average day that, lacking print reading material in a previous era, were once occupied by thinking or observing my surroundings: walking or waiting somewhere, riding the subway, lying in bed unable to sleep or before mustering the energy to get up.

Now, though, I often find myself in these situations picking up my phone to check a notification, browse and read the internet, text, use an app or listen to audio (or, on rare occasions, engage in an old-fashioned “telephone call”). The last remaining place I’m guaranteed to be alone with my thoughts is in the shower.

Whether we want to admit it or not, most people no longer just reflect on anything whenever they find themselves with some free time on their hands. As the author says, most would rather pull out the phone and make themselves busy. We have less patience. I, for instance, find myself even skipping through movies or tv-shows when the action dies down or when the characters start long, boring monologues. Technology has changed us ( or maybe its just me ).

Being A Developer After 40 – a good read for both new and old developers alike. It would be a pity if you weren’t to read this piece. The man share a lot of wisdom here from a long time working in the tech world, and I am sure this will be a worthwhile read even if you are not in this space.

Firing people – a really good article by Zach Holman on working and then getting fired from GitHub. I enjoyed it and hope you will too.

Why I turned down $500K, Pissed off my investors, and Shut down my startup – sometimes these things happen.

Why is everyone covering up their laptop cameras? – well, mostly because we are all a bit paranoid. Then again, if THEY really are after you, is it still paranoia ?

The UN’s Weather Agency Warns of ‘Fundamental Change’ in Climate – and there are still people who don’t consider global warming to be real.

Getting smarter -Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time:

For training to be effective, you have to stick with it, and it is much easier to do so if the training is fun, and if it embeds regular rewards along the way

We’re already smarter than our grandparents. And if we live an active lifestyle, we can get smarter and stay smart throughout our lives

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