What I learned this week, July 15, 2022

Recycled Books Denton, Texas

A Century of Reading: The 10 Books That Defined the 1970s

I’m not too surprised – but I have read all of these. What’s odd is that I’ve also read all the ones from the 1960s – all but one from the 1950s – all but two from the 1940s – all from the 1930s – seven from the 1920s – but only one from the 1910s (though I think I’m going to read Peter and Wendy – didn’t think about how relevant it is today).

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

How to Tackle a Mountain of Tasks

I learned a lot in the past week about this kind of challenge — some of it was re-learning things I’ve learned before, but some of it was new learnings. I’d like to share here for anyone who is facing a daunting, overwhelming, discouraging mountain of tasks, messages and emails.

Bicycle Drag Racer on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Vigorous Exercise Could Add Years to Your Life, Study Suggests

All activity is helpful, but throwing in some intense workouts could give your health an extra boost.

How to make your anxiety work for you instead of against you

Anxiety is energy, and you can strike the right balance if you know what to look for.

Mayan Flint Knife from the Dallas Museum of Art

How to Sharpen a Knife

A dull knife is a dangerous knife; keep yourself and those around you safe by learning how to properly sharpen your blade.

Imaginary numbers are real

These odd values were long dismissed as bookkeeping. Now physicists are proving that they describe the hidden shape of nature

Employee engagement is out. This is the new goal

Leaders must inspire their people with a strong and achievable vision, an inclusive culture, personal growth opportunities, and competitive rewards.  

I know I’m a boring useless old man. But you need to give me (and my generation) a break. This is the stuff we were forced to watch when we were little kids. I remember watching the Red Skelton show. Young brains are impressionable – the amount of damage this sort of thing does in unimaginable.