Larry Port is presenting on “Hacking Your Mind” at MILOfest. He mentioned a some of things I’ve written about before as well as new items. This provides a good chance to review some of the things that make us happy in our lives.
First up is Martin Seligman’s TED talk revealing the importance of meaning, engagement and having pleasure in one’s life.
Next up is Simon Sinek’s presentation on the importance of “Why” – the need to have purpose and how it inspires others.
Finally, is Teresa Amabile’s presentation on how doing one very simple thing, keeping a journal, can keep you happy.
Here are some of my favorite presentation and commencement addresses. I watch them about once a year to help me remember doing good art, having fun trying new thing, and doing something new is important (even if you cannot connect how it will translate to paying the mortgage). Read the rest of this entry »
I really enjoyed watching Michael Norton’s TED prevention on How to Buy Happiness (aka if money can’t buy happiness, you’re spending it wrong). It’s a light hearted and fun, yet empirical, talk on how spending your money in different ways can greatly improve your sex life (or at least your overall happiness). Give it a watch:
Watching the Sunday “talking head” shows is truly an exercise in frustration. Big name politicos repeatedly hit their talking points and the hosts wont ask tough questions for fear that the politico wont come back on. I contrast that with this discussion of the shift of global power from a single pole (the United States) to a multi-polar world in the new century and from nations to transnational groups.
I don’t agree with everything in this discussion. I do not share Ashdown’s faith that transnational treaties can to bring law and curb the power of transnational groups. WIPO being one example where the proposed treaties seem designed to promote large rights-holder interests, exclude critics, and short-circuit democratic involvement via secret discussion. However, compared to the fare on Sunday morning news shows, the piece is still a breath of fresh and frank discussion.
How do you make home-made marshmallows? The Cali Lewis way, of course!
Ever since Cali showed her recipe for marshmallows on the late lamented Geekbrief.tv (I know, I know. It’s Geekbeat.tv now), making marshmallows “the Cali way” has been a holiday tradition at my house. There’s a legacy for you: hundreds of episodes, and what sticks? Marshmallows!
Sadly, Cali Lewis’ recipe for marshmallows did not make the transfer to her new home at Geekbeat.tv. This means that while the original video is still floating around the interwebs (like the links below), the written recipe has disappeared into the ether. So, let’s rectify that right now! Note: I’m not trying to steal content from Cali. The written recipe has dropped off the radar, so I am just trying to make it available again. I hope Cali approves.
Here’s a funny video to put you in the mood for Christmas. That is, if Christmas is all about competition and unrealized desires. Which, after all, is the true meaning of Christmas. Right? Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone does a Michael Caine impersonation. Well, why not go directly to the source. While I’m on a British kick, here is Michael Caine doing… a Michael Caine impersonation. It’s not new, but it’s still very funny!
Listen to one of the best voices in the world: Alex Kingston reads bedtime stories for CBeebies. Terrific for your kids, or just for yourself. Because, well, who can resist hearing Alex Kingston purr. And for my wife, David Tenant.