EURO COMPANY CULTURE: SAME DATE DELIVERY… NO, VACATIONS

LOGISTICS / MANAGEMENT / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-08-14

What is an Express Delivery by a  European company, within the EU (no customs)? Ordered: Thursday 14:00, courier picked up on Friday, delivered next week on Wednesday 18:00. 🙄 Similar service name by an American company, also in the EU: picked up same day 20:00,  + 

I CAN’T THINK OF A TITLE FOR THIS STORY OF WARPED MOTHERHOOD

ECONOMICS / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-08-09

In the US state of Nebraska, a 17-year-old girl got pregnant, decided to abort but couldn’t because of local laws, received help from her mother to buy and administer mifepristone and misoprostol, miscarried, buried the fetus… and discussed the details on Facebook Messenger… The private  + 

THE FEAR OF THE WORLD GOVERNMENT

ECONOMICS / LOGISTICS / POLITICS / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2022-07-25

The observable universe is a sphere of 93 billion light years in diameter. Our Universe contains 200 billion trillion stars (with their planets). And yet, people are against a “World Government” for a puny rock that you can fly around under 45 hours in a  + 

JORDAN PETERSON’S OPINION ABOUT THE RU-UA CONFLICT IS HYSTERICAL & WRONG

ECONOMICS / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-07-18

Impressive to watch such a hysterical Descent of Man. Despite decades of his “studies” of Russian literature and totalitarianism, Jordan Peterson completely misunderstands what’s going on in Russia, NATO, rouble (un)currency, global economy, and uses a real war killing real people to talk about a  + 

BIZARRE GOOGLE REVIEWS OF EUROPEAN LOGISTICS CENTERS

LOGISTICS / SOCIETY / TRANSPORTATION / ESSAYS / 2022-07-15

Bizarre Google Reviews of European logistics centers, such as Dachser, Geodis, Kuehne+Nagel… 4-5 stars from truckers — hauling the semi-trailer 1-2 stars from end-customers — businesses and consumers unable to schedule a pick-up or delivery 🤷🏻‍♂️ Truck drivers commenting the tidy toilets and lacking space  + 

“FOR ALL MANKIND” SEASON 1

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2022-07-12

Finally got to watch “For All Mankind” season 1… well, Ronald Moore sure is consistent with his regular soap opera vibe. Or rather, alcohol+tobacco opera — the amount of drinking and smoking easily surpasses the amount of RP-1 burning and space flying. It ticks all  + 

THE END OF THE WORLD IS JUST THE BEGINNING

ECONOMICS / FINANCE / LOGISTICS / REVIEWS / 2022-07-11

“The End of the World is Just the Beginning” is a weird book by Peter Zeihan — self-described as an “optimist, green, internationalist, and democrat” — who retells us a mix-mash of history, geography, economy and chemistry lessons taught in school, then declares that the  + 

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR RUNNING SHOES OR SANDALS?

RUNNING / ESSAYS / 2022-06-19

How to choose your running shoes or sandals after you’ve done your homework and narrowed the choice to 3-4 pairs? run in each pair — which one gives you the childish sensation of flight? reduce to 2 pairs — put a different shoe on each  + 

CAR-CENTRIC CITIES OF AMERICA CREATE NATIONS OF STAY-AT-HOME-GAMERS

EDUCATION / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / LINKS / 2022-06-10

Car-centric urban planning in North America creates nations of stay-at-home-gamers “under adequate supervision” that fail to acquire social interaction skills till the age of 16 (when they can get a driver’s license)… So their 20′s and 30′s are spent being a teenager, “discovering the world  + 

“ORDER OF TIME” BY CARLO ROVELLI

PHYSICS / REVIEWS / 2022-06-06

Disappointed by Carlo Rovelli’s “Order of Time”. Reads more like a physicist’s hobby project in creative writing (though quite a poetic one)… rather than a container of eye-opening, bleeding-edge information. Main ideas: time is quantized, entropy increases with time, time is local and relative, we  + 

THE OPAQUE AND CONVOLUTED ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION

ARCHITECTURE / LINGUISTICS / ESSAYS / 2022-05-29

I wonder how much time architects spend writing instead of designing? The typical text that describes a random contemporary house is something else… “Architecture, specifically the house, is an act of enabling shelter, a vessel through which in turn enables habitation and the ongoing experience  + 

CIGARETTE SMOKERS HAVE LOWER IQ THAN NON-SMOKERS

HEALTH / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-03-29

I’ve been wondering about indirect IQ measurements. One of them, is… smoking. Yes, people still smoke tobacco in 2022. A lot of people. 🤢 Cigarette smokers have lower IQs than non-smokers, and the more a person smokes, the lower their IQ. For example, this study  + 

SPECIAL OPERATIONS

CINEMA / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-03-01

You know what’s “special” about “an operation”? It’s when it CREATES something new. A piece of art: a film, a book, a soundtrack. A scientific discovery. A technological breakthrough. A medical procedure that allows us to walk hours after appendectomy. A business that transforms us  + 

HOW TO SPOT SOMEONE SERIOUS ABOUT YOGA?

HEALTH / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / SPIRIT / ESSAYS / 2022-02-10

They: don’t go to a “studio” — they practice at home / office / traveling… daily, wearing whatever or semi-naked (no “yoga” apparel) sit in siddhasana / padmasana casually “because it’s comfy” while talking / eating / typing — optimize for meditation, not circus acrobatics  + 

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE AN APPLE MACOS DEVELOPER?

COMPUTERS / MANAGEMENT / PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2022-02-01

I’ve always wondered: how does it feel to be an Apple macOS developer? You can’t isolate yourself from the ‘official’ bug reports, or the ‘unofficial’, but very vocal and public grudges on Twitter, about the character / emojis palette random misbehavior since, when, 2014? Or  + 

UNDERSTANDING NEUROTYPICALITY — BY UNKNOWN AUTHOR

SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-01-24

“Neurotypicality is a pervasive developmental condition, probably present since birth, in which the affected person sees the world in a very strange manner. It is a puzzle; a enigma that traps those so affected in a lifelong struggle for social status and recognition. Neurotypical individuals  + 

DEBRIEFING INCIDENTS AND ACCIDENTS IN RELATIONSHIPS?

PSYCHOLOGY / TRANSPORTATION / ESSAYS / 2022-01-22

Do you know how the aviation industry improved to become the safest mode of transportation? Debriefings of incidents and accidents. Do we debrief our failed relationships? No. Do we improve? No. We get into the same cockpit of a 1970′s McDonnell Douglas DC-10 saying “oh,  + 

COPY TEXT FROM EBOOKS WITHOUT APPLE’S TRUNCATING “EXCERPT FROM”

COMPUTERS / PRODUCTIVITY / REVIEWS / 2022-01-16

Annoyed by Apple’s Books.app quoting, trimming and appending an “Excerpt From” when copying a small passage from an ePub? Did you know ePubs are a collection of HTML files? 🤓 Open the folder containing the books. If you use iCloud, type open ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/Documents/ in  + 

DRESS LESS FOR SUCCESS… AND A PAIN-FREE LIFE

HEALTH / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2021-08-06

We, humans, have a physical body problem. And it’s not a postmodern “obese body positivity” problem. It’s a “people are either over-clothed (men), or under-dressed (women)” problem.  + 

“THE ART OF IMPOSSIBLE” BY STEVEN KOTLER REVIEW

BIOLOGY / JOURNALISM / LITERATURE / REVIEWS / 2021-06-08

“The Art of Impossible” by Steven Kotler is a perfect example of a book by a journalist who does punchy write-ups of other books written by other punchy journalists who cite popular self-hack writers (like Tim Ferriss, whose advice is retold several times), who talk  + 

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