15 Things overachievers do

From Penelope Trunk (Hat tip: Althouse)—a great list. As a retiree, I still follow some of the items on the list (1, 5, 11, 13, and 15), at least so far; but since I see myself a writer, # 12 made me wince. Perhaps I should embrace the “people who are serious about ideas are blogging” advice a little more, however:

12. They don’t write books. The book industry is dead. They have no control over distribution channels and they have no control over author publicity, so the value publishers add in the book business is pretty much zero. Amazon so completely dominates the book industry that Forbes declared that Amazon is now ripe for disruption—they are the publishing model to beat. So for now, if you have an idea, put it in a blog. Harvard Business Review says that people who are serious about ideas are blogging.

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“Cleaning up science”

From The New Yorker—the opening line:

A lot of scientists have been busted recently for making up data and fudging statistics.

It ought to be cleaned up…since too many people take every word from the scientific community as gospel (particularly when it supports their political agenda).

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“Well-chosen words”

The guardians of English may be unable to resist linguistic change but they do have the power to influence it.

A reference to books on grammar and spelling…and a poem:

I have a spelling checker,

It came with my PC.

It plane lee marks four my revue

Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

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On “Preppers”

From BuzzFeed—hmmmm, preppers—well now, I did enjoy the Mad Max trilogy and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. But, I don’t think I’m ready to build an elaborate arsenal or invest in a bomb shelter.

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Self-Deprecating Quotes from Your Favorite Authors

From Flavorwire, where the original title was “Hilariously Self-Deprecating Quotes from Your Favorite Authors.” I didn’t use the word, “hilariously” because I found them interesting and of some value, but they were not “extremely amusing” or “boisterously merry,” which is what “hilarious” means.

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Free Will…again

Reading the article God, Rape and Free Will in Talking Philosophy, I couldn’t help but think that these discussions have been going on for thousands of years, in one form or another, and they are not likely to ever be settled, except for people who think they have the answers.

Beware of people who think they know all the answers to life’s big questions…

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12 Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story (Even Though You’ve Seen It 90 Times)

From mental_floss

Well, I haven’t seen it ninety times, but I’ve seen it more than ten times and have always enjoyed the film.

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Simone de Beauvoir on Ambiguity, Vitality, and Freedom

From brain pickings:

The drama of original choice is that it goes on moment by moment for an entire lifetime.

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Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

deadseascrolls.org looks like a fascinating web site, if one is interested in that sort of study.

The discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls in a remote Judean Desert cave in 1947 is widely considered the greatest archaeological event of the twentieth century. Bedouin treasure hunters and archaeologists ultimately found the remains of hundreds of ancient scrolls. These fragile pieces of parchment and papyrus, including the oldest existing copies of the Hebrew Bible, were preserved for two thousand years by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves where they were placed. The scrolls provide an unprecedented picture of the diverse religious beliefs of ancient Judaism, and of daily life during the turbulent Second Temple period when Jesus lived and preached.

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Scott Turow on Legal Novels

From The Browser—FiveBook Interviews:

The author tells us about his favourite novels with legal themes and the issues of justice, morality and human mess they bring to light.

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