Saturday, June 29, 2019

You Can’t Think Your Way To Being Creative. Here’s What To Do Instead

Processed foods may lead to autism, study says. “Researchers found large amounts of propionic acid used to produce processed foods can damage brain cells in a fetus, which may lead to autism, according to a study published Wednesday in Scientific Reports

Seals can copy human speech and sing Star Wars theme tune, new study says Sky News. n=3

Boeing's 737 MAX software outsourced to $12.80-an-hour engineers

The software blamed for the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines disasters was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and cutting costs.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace » ESV | Accounting and Business Advisors

Emotional Intelligence’ has become a bit of a buzz word in recent years as many researchers and HR experts have started stressing the importance of harnessing and building Emotional Intelligence in the workplace. The World Economic Forum even included Emotional Intelligence in its top 10 skills that we will need to possess to thrive in the workplace of 2020 - it didn’t even feature in the top 10 in 2015! So, what exactly is Emotional Intelligence and how can it play a role in your business?

Melinda Smith

You Can’t Think Your Way To Being Creative. Here’s What To Do Instead

Some of the earliest scientific studies of creativity focused on personality. And some evidence suggests that innovation comes easier to people with certain personality types. A 1998 review of dozens of creativity studies found that overall, creative people tend to be more driven, impulsive, and self-confident. They also tend to be less conventional and conscientious. – Nautilus

110 Journalism Movies, Ranked | Quill
 I cannot imagine watching that many films 

New York Times – “The voice is instantly, almost violently recognizable — aloof, amused and melancholy. The metaphors are sparse and ordinary; the language plain, but every word load-bearing. Short sentences detonate into scenes of shocking cruelty. Even in middling translations, it is a style that cannot be subsumed; Natalia Ginzburg can only sound like herself. Ginzburg died in 1991, celebrated as one of the great Italian writers. Her work is making its way again into the Anglophone world, encouraged, perhaps, by the popularity of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. Ginzburg’s 1963 autobiographical novel, “Family Lexicon,” was published in an agile new translation by Jenny McPhee two years ago, and two other works of fiction, “The Dry Heart” and “Happiness, as Such,” have just been reissued, one in a new translation. The family was her great obsession; it is “where everything starts,” she once said, “where the germs grow.” The families in these newly available books are petri dishes of fizzing dysfunction…”

gizmodo – “Thanks to the internet and all the apps and services that run on top of it, we can now ping someone on the other side of the world instantly—but that person doesn’t necessarily want to hear from you in the middle of the night. The same goes for social media sharing, because the time when inspiration strikes may not be the best time for sharing

From @legalnomads, Meditation for Beginners: 10 Weeks of Free Guided Tracks

From Dina Litovsky, photos of Amish and Mennonite families on their annual Florida getaway. Her photos were recently featured in The New Yorker. I first read about Amish spring break in 2012 in the NY Times.

Walking around Pinecraft is like entering an idyllic time warp. White bungalows and honeybell orange trees line streets named after Amish families: Kaufman, Schrock, Yoder. The local Laundromat keeps lines outside to hang clothes to dry. (You have to bring your own pins.) And the techiest piece of equipment at the post office is a calculator. The Sarasota county government plans to designate the village, which spreads out over 178 acres, as a cultural heritage district.
Many travelers I spoke to jokingly call it the “Amish Las Vegas,” riffing off the cliché that what happens in Pinecraft stays in Pinecraft. Cellphone and cameras, normally off-limits to Amish, occasionally make appearances, and almost everyone uses electricity in their rental homes. Three-wheeled bicycles, instead of horses and buggies, are ubiquitous.