Brene Brown gave a number of very powerful presentations about how to be vulnerable and listen to others. Check out these animated shorts on Empathy and Blame that are taken from her presentation at the Royal Society of the Arts. She also gave some great TED talks on The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame.
Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation — The first 12 or so lectures on Mindfulness from the Great Courses is the best introduction to mindfulness that I’ve seen. After lecture 12 it gets a bit too Zen for me. Get it for to get for $15 with an Audible membership.&
After college I did some magazine writing including an imaginary history of Christmas, a visit to Geoge Lucas’s ILM right before the release of Star Wars: Episode 1, the world’s most entertaining calculus professor, a guide to the Great American Movie Theaters and an interview with the Editor of The Onion.
Fitstar is a wonderful app that keeps me doing 20 minutes of exercise each day. Since starting with Fitstar I’m much stronger and am in much better shape than I’ve been in for years.
If you were in college or thereabouts in the late 90’s, no doubt you’ve heard The Sunscreen Song based on the fictitious MIT commencement address by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s simple, humble advice for everyone and only a few minutes long. It actually wasn’t by Kurt Vonnegut but a hypothetical address (if she were to give one) by a Chicago writer named Mary Schmich. It was later turned into an international hit song by Baz Luhrmann. I like to listen to it for advice every so often. Remember that many things in this site are my opinion, trust me on the sunscreen.
We found it fun to have some reference materials for the kids to look at while they eat. Some of our favorites are: Addition and Subtraction, Presidents, sight words, map of the world, and map of the US . It’s not quite a placemat but I’ve found the the most useful thing for teaching kids basic math is a Hundreds Board (get 10 for $5 here).
Another favorite in our family is Snap Circuits. We have the basic kit, the extreme kit (with case, learning guides and almost everything you can imagine — though missing some light and sound items) and the deluxe rover. The Snap Circuits Jr. (basic kit) has plenty to get started. Snap Circuits Jr. Select looks even better but seems harder to find (it’s not available on Amazon).
Ashwin Shivaikar from Citi’s Equity Research group and I joined forces to write two reports Upwardly Mobile I and Upwardly Mobile II. The pieces were very well received and we had the honor of giving out 2000 of these at Money 2020. I also gave a 10 minute summary of the paper at a payments conference. Kate Fitzgerald wrote it up in surprising detail in American Banker in an article called Simplicity, Usefulness Should Guide Mobile Wallet Development.
Radiolab is a more sciency take on podcasts (“lab” is short for laboratory). They do episodes on hard topics like logarithms and chirality. They’ve also done more lighthearted bits like the transformation of Professional Wrestling. They also did a great episode on a man who took a very different approach to the prisoner’s dilemma (for anyone who loves game theory, you’ll really love this!) Abigail and I saw them live. It was amazing. I learned about Radiolab from This American Life – Ira really likes them.
This one is from Mark Hurst. Buy two umbrellas, and keep one at home and the other at work or school. (Perhaps store another in the car.) Then grab an umbrella whenever it’s raining, and – this is the only hard part – remember to put the umbrella back in its place afterward. I find it best to leave the umbrella with my bag or whatever I’m taking back in the other direction.