Saturday, November 05, 2022

Resound: Choosing Your Next Book

I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.

— Jean Giraudoux, born in 1882

The dreariness of book clubs. They are boring because we avoid uncomfortable questions.    ... Cold Rivers »

One painting from every year of the 19th century

In 1473, Polish pirates boarded a ship that was en route to Florence. They walked away with Hans Memling’s The Last Judgement (1467–71), an intricately rendered triptych envisioning the second coming of Christ, and hauled it back to their homeland, in what is now considered the first recorded art heist. The painting today resides at the National Museum in Gdańsk, Poland, and Italians have been seeking its recovery ever since.

The 25 Greatest Art Heists of All Time

Erika Krouse’s memoir Tell Me Everything challenges readers to dig deeper into who the person telling the story really is.

Jeremiasz Hirschhorn was for a time quite a good chess player - but stopped playing when beaten by his grandson Jeremy aged 15 - canasta player and Scrabble player.

10 Quotes That Make You Say Yes to Life

 Time magazine on Ken Regan and chess cheating.  With two cameos by yours truly.

Repentance, Repair, and What True Forgiveness Takes: Lessons from Maimonides for the Modern World

“Sometimes we are hurt. Sometimes we hurt others, whether intentionally or not. The path of repentance is one that can help us not only to repair what we have broken, to the fullest extent possible, but to grow in the process of doing so.”

Choosing Your Next Book FS Blog – “Improving what you get out of reading starts with choosing the right books. Most books are a waste of time. This article gives you two simple ideas that you can stop wasting time on books that you forget in a few days and pick the most valuable book every time. Spending a little time filtering books, dramatically improves the quality of the raw material you put into your mind. Here is a simple two-step process you can use…

The multidisciplinary mind understands the basic ideas. Acquiring the basic mental models from multiple disciplinesallows you to see things that other people can’t. You don’t need to understand the latest study in biology, but you sure as heck better understand the concept of evolution because it applies to so much more than animals…”

Should you log in with Facebook or Google on other sites or apps? Short answer: No.

 Washington Post: “…This month, Facebook warned a million Facebook users their accounts might have been compromised by 400 malicious apps that were designed to trick them into handing over their Facebook log-in information. Criminals were making fake log-in buttons. And I’d like to share a doozy of a cautionary tale: A Washington Post reader wrote to me recently about a Google log-in button on a job portal called iCIMS designed — at least in theory — to help people upload their résumés. Turns out, using it inadvertently grants the site access to your entire collection of digital files. 

You might not know the name iCIMS, but many people applying for jobs do: It has 2.4 million users and is used for recruitment by companies including Microsoft, Uber, UPS, Target and IBM. The iCIMS job application site offered The Post reader’s daughter the ability to upload her résumé directly from Google Drive, the online storage service. Sounds convenient, but when she clicked on the Google Drive button, a message popped up: “This will allow iCIMS to: See and download all your Google Drive files.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Staring at boobs is just one of six easy ways men can live longer.

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find; The University of Montreal has found that men who had sex with more than 20 women lower their prostate cancer risk. “Men who had slept with more than 20 women lowered their risk of developing cancer by almost one third, and were 19 per cent less likely to develop the most aggressive form. In contrast, men who slept with 20 men doubled their risk of developing prostate cancer compared with men who have never had sex with another man.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  The Hordes of Microbes Inside Your Body Are Your Friends. Which is a good thing, because they’ve got you outnumbered.

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  6 Ways Good Guys Screw Up in Self-Defense Situations.

Taylor Swift makes history as first artist to claim entire top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 with new album Midnights

Graphic novel of Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men

Taleb on how Taleb writes

David Brooks on Bono (Atlantic)