Quote of the Day

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day uN1PVbxas if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
—Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

How plagues really work

A controversial piece from  aeon:

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps, and cities.

Also, read the comments, some of which question the conclusions of the article.

WELCOME TO UTOPIA

Welcome to Utopia

On a remote island, a rich former executive and his wife wait for the world to end. they want others to join—but it’s a one-way trip.

We all have our little utopias, but this doesn’t seem to be it for me, For one, there’s no place to bicycle.  As I tend to say in such circumstances, “to each his own,” or “live and let live.”

7 Absurd Lawsuits of the Past 5 Years

From Daddu:

History has had its fair share of bizarre court cases, but within the last five years, we’ve seen several absurd lawsuits that leave us asking, “Is this for real?” If this world is coming to anything, it’s that you can be sued for being too pretty or too smart. Want to see what else you can be sued for? Take a look at these absurd lawsuits that have taken place in recent years.

30 Things You Need To Stop Doing

From Amazing Facts Undefined.  I found the advice fairly good, in that most of it is “common sense,” all too uncommon. However, the instructive tone of addressing it to “you” is a bit of a turn-off. I wonder if the author takes his or her own advice?

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