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This way of framing approaches to the world really appeals to me. Now how to instill this worldview in my kids...
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I love this and Dweck's work in general. My main problem is the binary framing. I do see that she's trying in this visual to show each of these facets as existing on continua, but referring to her paradigm as "2 Mindsets" unfortunately cements the notion of either/or.  
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I loathe the Oscars. I like some of the movies made just for the Oscars, and the people nominated are often talented actors... but the Oscar event itself?

I laughed myself to tears several times while reading this. If some part of you harbors a secret suspicion that the Oscars might just be the best dressed circle jerk each and every year, you'll think it's funny too.
Every year, the Oscars come along, and it becomes more evident that the Oscars are the worst live event on television. Other award shows are smart enough to jettison technical categories, get the nominees shitfaced, and encourage poor wardrobe choices. Meanwhile, these things are still as self-important as ever and staged like the second night of a fucking political convention. It is the final, tiresome act of an increasingly crowded award season...
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Son of a... well there's someone who really took an interest to it's logical extreme. Watch the whole thing. It's amazing.
 
This video is nearly six minutes long. I understand that asking you, dear reader, to watch a six-minute video of some dude doing archery tricks in his garage and the woods by his house is a tall order, but you need to do this. You need to watch Lars Andersen, master of ancient and long-forgotten bow skills, do his damn thing.
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Tribalism is at the root of a huge number of our worst behaviors. We do better for humanity, our country, our neighbors, families, and ultimately ourselves when we make a deliberate effort to look beyond the easy ingroup/outgroup labels.
 
I'd hoped to post this earlier but didn't get the opportunity. This is my message for 2015 and I'll repost this every month or so. When people start understanding and practicing this, we'll start moving past our deeply embedded warrior/tribal mentality. 

http://youtu.be/BG46IwVfSu8
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How to raise decent, caring human beings.

I absolutely feel that the most important responsibility in my life is to raise my children well. Fine goal. Shared by many. But do we agree on what "raising them well" means? And even if we come to agreement on which measures we'll use for success or failure, how many of us are consciously trying to raise good people?
Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.
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A judge just struck down this troll's absurd patent on accessing online medical records.
You must comply with a new law that was just passed, but doing so means you are probably violating one of our patents. So you might as well pay up now. 
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I haven't thought a lot about tips, but some recent discussion has made me aware of what a really vile cultural norm they always were (and still remain):

Our culture demands the right to withhold payment (tips) so that we can "punish the help when they don't behave".

This article goes into a critic's truly vile behavior when the critic couldn't withhold the tip to punish a server who made a mistake.

At this point, I want to start behaving in a way that incentivizes restaurants to stop tipping. Any specific ideas on how to do that? My wife and I are going to go out to a swanky place this week, so I might have a chance to put it into action right away...
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Perhaps just tell your server ahead of time that you've adopted a flat-xx% tip policy, and you'd like that added to the bill for you?
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Real food

On my mother's side, my grandparents lived in the countryside and worked in farms, he a blacksmith and she a field worker. They didn't have much, but they rented a piece of land on which they maintained a huge fruit and vegetable garden, and they had poultry and rabbits in the yard. The village also had dairy and cattle farms. I saw vegetables get harvested. I saw animals get caught, slaughtered, gutted, their skin or feathers removed.

At home, my mom also maintained a large vegetable garden. On some week-ends, my father would fish for semi-wild trouts. He still does, occasionally. Some uncles would hunt.

I grew up with the notion that I should know where my food comes from and how it's made. Heck, even when my mom prepared ground beef, she'd buy a chunk of meat and grind it at home. I didn't eat in a fast-food restaurant until I was a teen.

I also grew up eating offal, including parts that aren't legal in he US ;-) Even today, I look forward to a good piece of heart, liver, kidney, stomach or tongue more than to a piece of plain muscle.

A big difficulty in cuisine is about seasoning. It's hard, it takes ingredients and practice.

There are still some things I rarely eat, typically because I didn't grow up learning those tastes. Specifically, I have a hard time with ginger and cinnamon.
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We don't buy that much packaged food, but we still find it easier to give the kids a smaller menu, and they, predictably, are picky.
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For fuck's sake, Obama. One of the most spectacularly stupid statements in the history of a free and open society and you agree?

[edit: Maybe the statement was just statesmanship? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/16/obama_and_cameron_cybersecurity_partnership/]

A well-informed response: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/10/more_crypto_war.html

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President Obama said police and spies should not be locked out of encrypted smartphones and messaging apps, taking his first public stance in a simmering battle over private communications in the digital age.
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Hm, may have just been unwilling to contradict Cameron when standing next to him. See new link in OP for another article showing that Obama didn't agree to very much at all.
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I'm still shocked at how little coverage Obama's plan has gotten in the mainstream news. Of course, FOX has an article panning it (because Obama) but other than that I've only seen focused attention on HuffPo and Christian Science Monitor.

What's wrong with the rest of the media?
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This looks like a satire article. Though I would not be surprised if they thought like that. #followthemoney. People will hear what they want to hear. 
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If you care about who's watching you, watch this.

It's the most recent interview with Edward Snowden that's effectively banned in the US (not visible from the German news site in the US, multiple attempts to post it to YouTube have been taken down.
 
A def must watch interview with #snowden which get taken down on youtube and stuff. 
This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube. …
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