The pen is mightier than the keyboard, #Writing

At last, proof for the offspring that you need to take hand-written notes. This is an interesting article on how taking hand-written notes results in deeper learning than taking similar notes using a keyboard. The researchers conclude that rich sensory-motor experiences seem to facilitate learning, or put simply, it is the physical movement of the […]

On the benefits of forest bathing

To walk in the woods, feel your pace slow, your shoulders loosen and the fresh forest air wash your worries clean. This piece, from the World Economic Forum no less, has proof that “forest bathing” is good for you. But, we knew that all along. Forests I remember: somewhere primeval in the rainforest of Washington’s […]

When science gets politicised – @mattwridley

“In 2013, you may recall, the European Union banned some uses of neonicotinoid insecticides to save bees. The verdict on this policy has now come in, from the commission’s own Joint Research Centre (JRC)…Its conclusion is that the ban has been disastrously counterproductive, resulting in an increased use throughout the continent of more damaging pesticides, […]

Andrew Marr

The dark-shadowed sweet shop of the internet – @AndrewMarr9 #Writing

An Oakeshottian* conservative’s view of the world, per Andrew Marr: “Superabundance is foisted upon us as the only sure route to happiness. And from the dark-shadowed sweet shop of the internet to the imminent arrival of driverless cars, we prefer the untried to the tried every time.” A thought-provoking column from Andrew Marr in yesterday’s […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: Searching for a Heart

“They say love conquers all You can’t start it like a car You can’t stop it with a gun.” Searching for a Heart (Zevon), Warren Zevon What a great line. Everyone, since the Roman poet Virgil, knows that love conquers all, but no-one explains why … until Zevon states the obvious, timeless truth in his […]

Elmore Leonard

10 x 29 = many rules for writing fiction #writing

The Guardian (in 2010) asked 29 authors for their ten rules: Part One, here Part Two, here Some random selections: “if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” “You see more sitting still than chasing after.” “Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.” “1. Write. 2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. […]

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science by Diane Stanley

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science – @brainpicker

The BrainPickings blog highlights this engaging children’s book about mathematician, computing pioneer (and much more), Ada Lovelace: Sounds like it should be required reading to small children everywhere. By the way, reading this I learn that Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron; something I feel I should have known already.

Queen's College, Cambridge

The long view

A trip to Cambridge (for an early orientation as we embark on the great university search for son and heir) made me ponder the immeasurable benefits of a long-term perspective. The university dates back nearly 800 years. Cambridge city on a sunny Saturday bustles and buzzes with tourists, but inside their ancient walls each college […]

Knives, tell them well – @thisisseth

Seth Godin on knives: “Cooks know that a sharp knife is less likely to cause injury, because it goes where you point it. It does what you tell it to do, which means you can focus on what you want the outcome to be. The challenge of a sharp knife is that it puts ever […]

Career 7 – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate offers succinct but invaluable career advice: 1. Money doesn’t motivate; lack of money demotivates. … 7. Once a month, ask the tough question: why would anyone need my skills? The rest, here.

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