By Jonathan Deamer. Follow me on Twitter or take a random shot.
Time has various levels of quality. If I’m walking to the subway station and I’ve forgotten my notebook, then it’s pretty hard for me to write more than a couple paragraphs. And it’s tough to focus when you keep getting interrupted. There’s also a mental component: sometimes I feel happy and motivated and ready to work on something, but other times I feel so sad and tired I can only watch TV. HOWTO: Be more productive (Aaron Swartz’s Raw Thought)
In one study German and Spanish speakers were asked to describe objects having opposite gender assignment in those two languages. The descriptions they gave differed in a way predicted by grammatical gender. For example, when asked to describe a “key” — a word that is masculine in German and feminine in Spanish — the German speakers were more likely to use words like “hard,” “heavy,” “jagged,” “metal,” “serrated,” and “useful,” whereas Spanish speakers were more likely to say “golden,” “intricate,” “little,” “lovely,” “shiny,” and “tiny.” To describe a “bridge,” which is feminine in German and masculine in Spanish, the German speakers said “beautiful,” “elegant,” “fragile,” “peaceful,” “pretty,” and “slender,” and the Spanish speakers said “big,” “dangerous,” “long,” “strong,” “sturdy,” and “towering.” This was the case even though all testing was done in English, a language without grammatical gender. Philosophy of language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
We can’t depend on being faddish in Silicon Valley. The ease with which you get product adoption in the IT sector does make you naive when you move into non-IT sectors, including energy, about the life cycles, reliability, regulatory framework. Bill Gates on His Foundation’s Health and Education Campaigns - Businessweek
It also encouraged men of a certain age - who didn’t visit their GP - to talk their doctor; this led to other problems being identified and treated. Interesting brief mention of the unintended consequences of Viagra’s popularity in an otherwise fairly dull BBC News piece about the drug’s patent ending.
My process is thinking…thinking…and thinking. If you have a better way, please let me know. Hayao Miyazaki
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