What I learned this week, Jun 4, 2021

The full mural (previous photo center bottom) – Ace Parking, Dallas, “The Storm” Art Mural on Ace Parking Garage at 717 Leonard Street

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Everyone faces stress at work, but some people are able to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that wards off burnout. You can get better at handling stress by making several mental shifts:

  • Don’t be the source of your stress. Resist your perfectionist tendencies and your drive for constant high achievement. Recognize when you’re being too hard on yourself, and let go.
  • Recognize your limitations. Don’t try to be a hero. If you don’t have the ability or bandwidth to do something, be honest with yourself and ask for help.
  • Reevaluate your perspective. Do you view a particular situation as a threat to something you value? Or do you view it as a problem to be solved? Change how you see the situation to bring your stress levels down.

My Raspberry Pi writing machine sitting on top of my secretary. The top folds shut holding the wireless keyboard and mouse inside. I still can use the secretary for handwriting, note vintage Saheaffer Triumph nib fountain desk pen.

How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body

Decades before ‘Zoom fatigue’ broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind.

Artwork in the Braindead Brewing Company, Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

The Brain-Changing Magic of New Experiences

There is a connection between novelty and happiness.

Amedeo Modigliani. Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz. 1916. Oil on canvas, 81.3 x 54.3 cm. Art Institute of Chicago.

170 Hypothetical Questions That’ll Give Your Brain a Workout 

1. If you had the chance, would you want to be pain-free for the rest of your life?

2. Would you take a $70k/week job offer where you get paid to sit in a pitch-black room and do nothing for 20 hours a day?

3. What would I hear if I asked a group of people who know you for five adjectives to describe you?

4. Which place on the planet would you never want to live, and why?

5. Which famous person’s body would you take over if you were a zombie?

The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen – idled by the virus on the riverfront, New Orleans

Now proven against coronavirus, mRNA can do so much more

The mRNA technology — developed for its speed and flexibility as opposed to expectations it would provide strong protection against an infectious disease– has pleased and astonished even those who already advocated for it.

Pedestrian bridge, Tipton Park, Dallas, Texas (click for full sized version on Flickr)

Who Killed the Recumbent Bicycle?

Recumbent bicycles, ridden from a reclined position, are faster than standard upright bikes, and many people find them more comfortable, too. So why are they such a rare sight on the road today?

Apartment Building, The Cedars, Dallas, Texas

Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same

Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires.

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