Set Up Automatic Texts and Avoid Fights Using IFTTT

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When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were clearing out media clutter (goodbye, six-month-old New Yorker issues), weaning our Instagram addictions, and discovering the joys of white noise machines.

This week, we’re taking ballet classes for a spin, upgrading our software, creating ingenious texting shortcuts, and finding creative ways to keep our kids occupied.

What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments.

Skip barre class in favor of the real thing

I upgraded my barre class to a ballet class. There is an actual ballet studio in my city (the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater) that offers drop-in classes open to the public. Since I’ve tried barre classes at two different studios recently, and found them boring and repetitive, I thought I’d try the real thing instead. Ballet class is so much fun. The first half of class was all about practicing skills at the barre, which isn’t the same kind of burning/exhausting workout as a barre class, but it definitely challenges your body while giving your brain something to do. Then we did some fancier moves on the floor (leaping, spinning). Live piano music too, by the way. The class is a little tricky to follow if you don’t know the terminology, so for best results, read up beforehand. My instructor was super friendly to beginners, though, so I never felt too lost.

beth skwarecki, health editor

Automate your daily check-ins

Every day, when I leave work, I send a text message to my partner, who usually works from home. I’ll ask if she needs anything from the outside world while I’m on the way home, or what the dinner situation is, just in case I need to hit the grocery store for some essential ingredients. The days I forget to text her usually coincide with days where the fridge is empty, or when she’d like me to pick up a cider beer on the way home. So I employed IFTTT to help me never forget that all-important text message. Using my Android device, I created an IFTTT applet to text her every weekday at 6pm, asking if I need to grab anything on the way home.

patrick austin, staff writer

Invest in a tricked out mouse

My five-year-old Logitech G700 finally died, so I switched to the G502. While I’m learning to love wireless headphones, I don’t really need a wireless mouse, but I do need a hell of a lot of buttons. Not for gaming, but for internet browsing.

nick douglas, staff writer

Make time for “morning pages”

Inspired by Jaime Green’s recent Lifehacker post on morning pages, this week, I decided to give the process a try. The idea is to write three pages of anything, first thing in the morning, to kickstart creative ideas and clear your head. Admittedly, I’m using it more for head-clearing and as a de-facto journal than as a supplement to some greater creative project, but so far, I love it. I don’t have time to do it every day (and some days I’ve decided that writing a few short grafs is better than skipping things altogether just because I don’t have time for the full three pages). But I’ve found it’s a really nice way to organize your thoughts and center yourself, even if it starts out as stream-of-consciousness nonsense.

virginia k. smith, managing editor

Use the internet to improvise a coloring book

It’s a simple thing, but when my four-year-old comes into my home office while I’m working, I’ll ask her what character she likes, and then I’ll do a Google image search for “_ coloring page,” and print it out. The first time I printed out Minnie Mouse, her mind was blown. She ran downstairs to her dad, yelling, “Mommy can make any character!” Now she thinks the printer is some magical voodoo wonder device. The cool thing about it is that coloring keeps her occupied (and quiet) for a good 20 minutes or so.

michelle woo, parenting editor

Get your books off the floor, finally

My upgrade this week is that I finally got a bookshelf. My books were stacked in a very bohemian fashion on the floor, and it was starting to mess up their spines. They do look much better on a shelf, and now I have more floor space.

claire lower, food & beverage editor

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Sex, Power, and Consent: How to Interpret the Media Frenzy Around Sexual Assault

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The same media that covered for the rich and powerful is now delighting in throwing them one by one under the sexual assault bus.

I can’t deny that it is a joy to watch liberal elites like Al Franken and Harvey Weinstein fall from grace.

But a chill goes down my spine when I think, but why now? Why has the media suddenly done a complete 180?

Don’t get me wrong, it is great to hold sexual predators accountable. But the first thing that doesn’t feel right is “convicting” people in the court of public opinion based only on an accusation.

Okay, so for people like Weinstein and Spacey, there are enough people coming forward with enough verifiable evidence that they are beyond a reasonable doubt sexual predators. Al Franken posed in a photo that confirms his harassment.

But could this be the media’s angle? The first step is to accuse all the easy targets. Get the public whipped into a frenzy. Once everyone has the torches and pitchforks, all that will be required is an accusation, and the mob will burn the witches. And at that point, no one will wait to see if the evidence pans out. A simple accusation, true or false will condemn a man and destroy his career.

Unfortunately, these conditions will make liars and exploiters come out of the woodwork. It’s now trendy to accuse someone, and a consensual one night stand might turn into borderline rape in decades-old retrospect. You will have some people who want attention and money. You will also have some people who simply want to ruin a famous person.

And you will have elites picking targets in their games of power. Just consider how Julian Assange and Dominique Strauss-Kahn were accused of rape at opportune times to ruin them. Both charges were later dropped. Perhaps today in the witch-hunt mindset, the charges would have been further pursued.

Is the Media Offering a Solution?

It is great that men and women who have been victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment can now come forward and expect mainstream support. It is a serious problem. And just because some will abuse the witch-hunt for their own ends does not mean it is fair to the real victims to ignore or marginalize anyone who comes forward.

In this sense, it seems like the reporting from the media is beneficial. Most of the cases focus on a disparity of power. It is rich and famous people taking advantage of young fans, their students, aspiring actors, interns, or employees.

Maybe people with power will think twice. They may think of their careers, their marriages, their future, and decide it’s not worth it to be a creep.

But doesn’t it also divide society further? It creates suspicion and tension between multiple groups. Men versus women. Rich versus poor. Celebrity versus normie. Politician versus citizen.

And it is worth noting that many accused have been politicians. Unfortunately, the underlying fabric of a society is woven by politicians. They have the power to pass laws and regulations which drastically alter behavior. People even take cues from their government. Debt-laden governments produce debt-laden citizens.

Doesn’t that say something about what kind of society these sexual predators have created? It certainly won’t be one based on consent.

The Solution is Consent.

Sounds obvious, right? Sex requires consent at every level.

But on other subjects besides sex, consent is not held in such high esteem. Consent in general, in every aspect of our lives, should be held as the golden standard. Under these conditions, we will see consent respected in all aspects of life, including sex.

This is not a new concept. You’ll know the tree by the fruit it bears. In a society based on consent, fewer people will be taken advantage of sexually.

The root of the issue is a coercive society. It starts with people wanting their kids to be obedient to authority or elders, without ever explaining why. But obedience is not a virtue. As annoying as it can be for kids to constantly ask why, or assert their own attitudes and desires, this is a good thing. It doesn’t mean giving in to every demand of a child. It means recognizing their autonomy and largely allowing them to make their own decisions.

I have discussed how a coercive society breeds psychological distress on those forced to act a certain way. But missing was an assessment of the psychological conditions of those who exert the coercion. The actual coercive agents of the state go equally crazy. But they go crazy with power instead of crazy with desperation to be an individual.

And the rich, powerful, and famous have access to the power of the government. They have access to the same coercion they use against their victims.

The way the government treats the citizens is the exact same way sexual predators treat their victims.

There are different levels of manipulation. Some victims are groomed with gifts and kindness. Sometimes the abuser uses intimidation and threats. Sometimes victims are enticed by the promise of being elevated to the position of the abuser, with all the power that comes with it. Sometimes the abuser downright rapes the victims who won’t comply.

And our political structure is not based on consent. Democracy is not consent, it is mob rule. It is the will of the majority dominating the will of the minority. Nor does living in a society mean you consent to be governed. It should not be up to victims to flee in the face of a threat. Saying everything the government does is fine because you continue to live in a country is like saying if a victim of sexual assault didn’t want it, they wouldn’t put themselves in that situation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have an organized society based on consent. After all, if the government services are truly desired by the people, why do they have to be forced on them? Why do we have to be forced to pay taxes, instead of enticed with a good offer?

I am not saying ending the abusive relationship between government and citizen will eliminate sexual violence. I am simply saying it will set a consistent precedent for behavior. By acknowledging that all interactions must be consensual, there would be no double standard. These abusers would not get used to operating without the consent of others.

Yes, what I am suggesting means a vast restructuring of society. It certainly wouldn’t happen overnight. But as victims begin to stand up to their abusers, it is time all non-consensual relationships are called out for what they are.

If we really want to get to the root of this issue, we will examine the fundamental nature of the relationship between governments and citizens.

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How Many Americans Are Millionaires? New Report Says It’s Now A Whopping 1 In 20 People

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Ever wondered how many Americans are millionaires? I have and now I wished that I hadn’t. Because a new report by Credit Suisse says that not only were 1.1 million new millionaires created in the U.S. in 2017, freaking 1 out of every 20 Americans, or approximately 15,356,000 of them, can now call themselves millionaires.

So yeah, enjoy that PB&J sandwich you packed for lunch today.

Reports Money magazine

The rise in the stock market is the biggest reason for the gains, which in turn were driven by both stronger underlying economic conditions and the prospect of lower taxes and deregulation, Credit Suisse reported.

“Wealth per adult has now fully recovered [from financial crisis lows], and is 30% above the 2006 level,” the bank says. “There is some uncertainty about future interest rates and stock market prospects, but otherwise the signs are mostly positive for household wealth.”

Americans now account for 43 percent of the world’s millionaires.

Unfortunately, for the rest of the world, and the Americans who are NOT millionaires, things aren’t quite so rosy.

Credit Suisse also reports that in every region of the world except for China, median wealth has actually gone down.

And despite America having 43 percent of the world’s millionaires, the United States’ median wealth is just $55,876, placing it 21st in the world. 21st…America is 21st. That ain’t right, people.

By comparison, here are the top 10 countries in the world based on median wealth…

1. Switzerland: $229,000
2. Australia: $195,400
3. Belgium: $161,000
4. New Zealand: $147,600
5. Japan: $123,700
6. France: $119,700
7. Singapore: $108,900
8. United Kingdom: $102,600
9. Canada: $91,058
10. Taiwan: $87,257

Be right back… gonna go check out the available housing and jobs here…

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Manhattan Retail: The New Rust Belt

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Bleecker Street, said Faith Hope Consolo, the chairwoman of the retail group for the real estate firm Douglas Elliman, “had a real European panache. People associated it with something special, something different.” Ms. Consolo, who has negotiated several deals on the street, added: “We had visitors from all over that said, ‘We’ve got to get to Bleecker Street.’ It became a must-see, a must-go.”

 

Early on, Ms. Consolo said, rents on the street were around $75 per square foot. By the mid-to-late 2000s, they had risen to $300. Those rates were unaffordable for many shop owners like Mr. Nusraty, who was forced out in 2008 when, he said, his lease was up and his monthly rent skyrocketed to $45,000, from $7,000. 

 

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Retail is not just being Amazoned in Manhattan, retailers are being priced out of business by exorbitant rents.

Note to commercial landlords:  Lower your rents!  But,  God forbid, that would be deflationary!

Empty Retail Storefronts – Midtown & Upper Manhattan

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Empty Retail Storefronts – Lower Manhattan

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Source:  Donut Shorts

One response to the neoclassical argument is that, in fact, prices are not perfectly flexible (they exhibit “stickiness”). For this reason, the economy is not self-correcting, at least not in the short run. Wages and prices may be “too high” (and, therefore, result in suppliers offering larger quantities for sale than demanders are able and willing to buy), but not come down quickly and eliminate the market surplus. This view has been widely attributed to John Maynard Keynes, and is, in fact, a key argument in what is known as “New Keynesian” economic theory.

–  Dollars & Sense

During its incarnation as a fashion theme park, Bleecker Street hosted no fewer than six Marc Jacobs boutiques on a four-block stretch, including a women’s store, a men’s store and a Little Marc for high-end children’s clothing. Ralph Lauren operated three stores in this leafy, charming area, and Coach had stores at 370 and 372-374 Bleecker. Joining those brands, at various points, were Comptoir des Cotonniers (345 Bleecker Street), Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (351), MM6 by Maison Margiela (363), Juicy Couture (368), Mulberry (387) and Lulu Guinness (394).

Today, every one of those clothing and accessories shops is closed.

Mr. Sietsema, the senior critic at Eater NY, has watched with mild schadenfreude but greater alarm as his neighborhood has undergone yet another transformation from a famed retail corridor whose commercial rents and exclusivity rivaled Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif., to a street that “looks like a Rust Belt city,” with all these empty storefronts, as a friend of Mr. Sietsema’s put it to him recently.

In the heart of the former shoppers’ paradise — the five-block stretch running from Christopher Street to Bank Street — more than a dozen retail spaces sit empty. Where textured-leather totes and cashmere scarves once beckoned to passers-by, the windows are now covered with brown construction paper, with “For Lease” signs and directives to “Please visit us at our other locations.”
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These Questions Will Improve Your Relationships

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Have you ever had a moment of connection with a stranger? I’m not talking about a romantic or sexual connection (though those are nice too), but more of a quick smile as you pass on the street, or a one-off joke shared while waiting in the grocery-store line, or some other brief, shared experience that made you feel that stranger was actually special and could have, in other circumstances, been a friend? I love those moments, which are few and far between, because they make me feel like the universe of potential friends is bigger than I’d thought. I’ve always wondered why those moments happen—why they happen with one person and not another, or at one time and not another.

I recently came across Katherine Schafler’s post How to Change Your Life in One Second Flat, in which she discusses her belief that we are always asking four questions of everyone in our midst—everyone we have relationships with, from casual acquaintances to our romantic partners. These questions, which she says come from Maya Angelou (though she doesn’t cite exactly where), are constant requests for acknowledgement and affirmation on a large and small scale.

The four questions are:

  1. Do you see me?
  2. Do you care that I’m here?
  3. Am I enough for you, or do you need me to be better in some way?
  4. Can I tell that I’m special to you by the way that you look at me?

Anyone who’s ever been in a romantic relationship with someone who’s slowly checking out will understand what she means by these questions: I have had relationships with people who, as the romance neared the end, didn’t seem to care whether I was even in the room or not, or cared if we together to a party or apart, or only spoke to me to say something critical. I’ve done the same to partners that I was slowly pulling away from.

Schafler notes that patients from her practice come in and complain that they walk into the bedroom and their partner barely looks up from the phone. Or they get their kid dressed and ready for school without really acknowledging them or making eye contact. Taking a moment to let someone know that you see them, that you care that they’re there, that they’re enough, and that you think they’re special is the nitty-gritty of what makes a good relationship good.

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I have a friend who is a master at making me feel good about myself—she asks me questions, seems sincerely interested in the answers, and treats me like I am a special person who has unique things to offer her as a friend. I’ve always thought she had unusually good social skills, but now I realize that she is (unconsciously) always answering these four questions that I’m (unconsciously) asking.

Schafler is not the first psychologist to note that these kinds of requests are the foundation of solid relationships. John Gottman, a psychotherapist whose research can be used to predict which couples will stay together and which will divorce, calls these requests bids: “any attempt from one partner to another for attention, affirmation, affection, or any other positive connection.” Not every bid will be answered, but what matters, according to his research, is that you answer the bid affirmatively 85%-ish percent of the time. (Couples likely to divorce were at more like 33%.)

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This holds for all kind of relationships, even fleeting ones. For whatever reason, one of you made a bid, and the other person gave their full attention for a moment or two. I like this strategy because it helps you consider what you give, rather than what you take, and helps you take control of improving your relationships. It might not change your life in one second flat, but it might make the wait in the grocery-store line a little more fun.

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As Bitcoin Nears $8000, American Investors Plan To ‘HODL’ Until It Hits $196,000

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Overnight saw the price of Bitcoin surge to $7997 following Zimbabwe chaos and defaults in Venezuela, rebounding from ‘the world is ending’ $5555 last weekend.

However, if American investors are to be believed, the cryptocurrency has a long way to go before they are selling

As CoinTelegraph reports, a new survey among Americans indicates that the average investor will not coimpletely exit Bitcoin until its price hits $196,000…

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LendEdu commissioned a survey in November 2017 of 564 Americans who had invested in Bitcoin. While surveys have been done in the past to gauge the awareness of the general public about Bitcoin, this survey focused on American Bitcoin investors and their sentiments.

We have come a long way from 2015, when 65% of Americans surveyed didn’t know what Bitcoin was. The questions asked in the survey ranged from their reasons for investing in Bitcoin to when they would sell all their Bitcoins.

Sell all your Bitcoin?

The average price at which the survey respondents said that they will sell all their Bitcoins is $196,166 per Bitcoin. This represents 30x the value of Bitcoin prevailing at the time of the survey. It is to be noted that this is the price at which the respondents will sell all their Bitcoins. Almost a third (32.62%) have sold some of their Bitcoins since they started investing. It is tempting to book profits, given how the price of Bitcoin has rallied in the last year.

Most of the respondents plan to hold their Bitcoins at least one year, with only 16.49% planning to sell sooner than that. According to the survey, 21% of Bitcoin investors plan to hold on to their coins for at least seven years, and 11.7% say they will hold the currency for 10 years or longer.

Store of value or speculative investment?

While pundits debate whether people are investing in Bitcoin because they treat it as a store of value or as a speculative investment, the survey results indicate something completely different. According to LendEdu:

“The most popular selection, chosen by 40.78 percent of respondents, was "I believe Bitcoin is a world changing technology." It is interesting to see that the plurality of Bitcoin investors are backing the technology as the primary reason for investing. Often, financial professionals speculate that Bitcoin investors are chasing a big payout.”

It seems that the naysayers are wrong, and these aren’t merely “greater fools” chasing huge gains. Instead, American Bitcoin investors are apparently sophisticated enough to realize the value of the project’s technology.

The next largest group of respondents see Bitcoin as something akin to digital gold:

“The second most popular reason why investors liked Bitcoin, chosen by 21.81 percent of respondents, was for the possibility of long term storage of value of it. Many financial professionals often compare Bitcoin to precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum. For centuries, investors have used precious metals as a way to diversify away from government backed currency.”

Worried About Safety

Another big takeaway from the survey is that almost half (44.15%) of the respondents were worried about the technological safety of their Bitcoins. This isn’t surprising, considering high profile cases such as Mt. Gox. That exchange, the largest in the world by volume, went bust and its former CEO was arrested in Japan on embezzlement charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

In addition to the ill-fated Mt. Gox, numerous other exchanges have faced security problems. Multiple exchanges have been hacked and their customers’ Bitcoins have been lost. While Bitcoin holders can follow certain practices like keeping their Bitcoins in cold storage to increase security, the survey shows that ordinary investors continue to worry about the safety of their coins.

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Humans just tried to make contact with aliens — world leading scientists tell us what would happen if they reply

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Humans just tried to contact intelligent aliens. There’s a fiery debate in the scientific community. Should we actively try to contact aliens?

Pros: We could make first contact with intelligent aliens.
Cons: We could contact hostile aliens who come and destroy Earth.

Now, a collaboration between musicians and scientists just added fuel to the fire. They sent a radio message to potential aliens on a nearby exoplanet. Is this a good idea? We asked three scientists what they thought.

Brian Greene, Co-founder of the World Science Festival and theoretical physicist at Columbia:

I think we should be all shouting and cheering to the heavens. Let’s join the community of cosmic life if there’s anything out there.

Jill Tarter, Former Director of the Center for SETI Research:

I think it’s probably not the best idea. I think that transmissions should only happen as the result of the consensus, and after there’s been a discussion about whether we should. But not only that, if we decide to, then who should speak for Earth and what should they say?

Caleb Scharf, author of "The Zoomable Universe" and Director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center at Columbia: 

There is a slightly reckless edge to this because you have to think about, suppose we received a message like this. The message itself may be friendly, full of information, request for communication but it would be incredibly disruptive for us to receive this as a species, as a civilization. The truth is we don’t know whether is this very risky. We don’t know.

What are the odds of actually making contact?

Jill Tarter: It does no good as they have done to transmit for 33 minutes and not again. Because it means that the receiver is going to have to be looking at you, at us, at exactly the right time in exactly the right way during those 33 minutes when the signal goes on past. To me it seems like this is a strategy with very limited ability to succeed.

Brian Greene: I certainly do agree with Jill — the odds that the alien civilization is listening in at just the right moment when a 33 minute signal wafts by is somewhat unlikely unless they have a dedicated system that’s scanning the heavens and looking for signs of life out there.

Caleb Scharf: The odds of a relatively nearby star to us hosting a civilization capable of detecting this message but a civilization that we have not heard from ourselves, it seems like those odds are a bit of a stretch. It’s one star out of 200 billion stars in our galaxy. So one does question the odds of that one being a good one.

Are we all going to die from a hostile alien invasion?

Caleb Scharf: Even with reasonable concerns raised by people saying "Well, is it sensible to announce our existence here?" I think the flip side to that would be that to say, any civilization capable of receiving a signal, capable of doing anything about it, of actually deciding to come and eat us all, that level of sophistication — those civilizations would already know that we exist.

Jill Tarter: If they’re going to be able to get here then they are, in fact by definition, significantly more technologically advanced than we are on Earth today. They also might have figured out a way to manage their planet and their civilization sustainably for long periods. That seems to me that aggression is not likely to be their main characteristic in that case.

Brian Greene: It’s just too unlikely a scenario to concern ourselves with. We need to be bold, we need to be strong, we need to be visionary and those qualities have defined the best of us across millennia and we need to allow those qualities to define the best of us going to the future.

What’s the next step?

Jill Tarter: What I’m hoping is that this will cause more discussion. I’d like to hear what the rest of the world has to say.

Join the conversation about this story »

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Boston Dynamics robot is ready to get backflipping revenge on tormentors

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Atlas has been working on its moves. 

The humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics that was once beat up by a jerk human and later stumbled on stage during an important presentation is now jumping and flipping like it’s nothing.

With its slick new moves, Atlas may just be plotting its revenge for that ill-conceived abuse from its handler last year. 

Earlier this week, Boston Dynamics shared a video of its dog-like SpotMini smoothly trotting through a backyard, kneeling, and looking right at the camera. It was creepy.

The only clue about what’s going on with Boston Dynamics in the latest video is the video headline: “What’s new, Atlas?” It seems to hint that the robot is undergoing upgrades and major improvements.

Just look at that landing! 

Be sure to stick around for the whole 54-second video for outtakes of Atlas not-so-gracefully recovering from the backflip — all in good fun, of course. 

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Podcast #257: How to Be a Creative Genius Like da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci has become the ultimate archetype of the creative genius. Besides his famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa, da Vinci had insights into anatomy and optics that would take science a few hundred years to verify. While Leonardo’s genius seems like a gift from the gods, my guest today argues that it was actually the result of years of human effort and toil. 

Today on the show I have the pleasure of speaking with famed author Walter Isaacson about his latest biography called Leonardo da Vinci. We begin the show talking about what has drawn Isaacson to write about innovative individuals like da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs, and how Isaacson has discovered that it’s at the intersection of science and the humanities that all great innovations are made. 

We then dig into the life of da Vinci and lessons we can take away from him. Walter tells us about da Vinci’s famous notebooks and what he kept in them, and makes the case that all of us should be carrying around a little notebook for ideas too. We then dig into the the myth of the solitary genius and how Leonardo collaborated all throughout his life on some of his greatest works. We then discuss one of the great paradoxes of da Vinci’s life: that he could be both intensely focused and hugely flighty, and how both sides of this character were key to his genius. We end our conversation talking about how we can develop the same kind of power of intense concentration that da Vinci wielded, even in our distracted, digital world.

Show Highlights

  • What is Isaacson’s draw to writing biographies about innovators?
  • Why writing about Leonardo da Vinci was not as challenging as it might seem
  • Da Vinci’s thousands and thousands of pages of notebooks
  • Why every man should follow his example and jot down notes throughout the day
  • How Leonardo honed his genius (and how he was just like us)
  • Cultivating and exploring our own curiosities
  • The ways in which Leonardo collaborated with other people
  • Did da Vinci care about getting credit for his works?
  • Contrasting da Vinci and Michelangelo
  • The ways in which da Vinci’s scientific pursuits informed his art
  • The interplay of direct experience and theory in da Vinci’s life
  • Why it was actually fortunate that Leonardo was born out of wedlock
  • How Leonardo used analogy to form new insights
  • The ways in which Leonardo actually fights being a painter
  • How Leonardo balanced economics and art/creativity
  • Why we need to be tolerant and accepting of people who think different
  • How to appreciate the quirkiness in ourselves
  • Honing our powers of observation and focus in a digital world

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Leonardo da Vinci is a tome of a book, but like other Isaacson biographies, you get sucked in and lose track of how long you’ve been reading because of how engaging and interesting it is. I learned a lot, not just about da Vinci, but also about Renaissance Italy.

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Tesla just revealed its new Roadster and it’s a complete game-changer (TSLA)

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  • Tesla unveiled its new Roadster Thursday evening.
  • The new Roadster will feature Plaid mode, which will enable it to do 0- 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds. This will make it the world’s fastest production vehicle, the company claims. 
  • The base model of the vehicle will cost $200,000. 

Tesla surprised everyone and unveiled a new Roadster on Thursday evening. 

"The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made, period," CEO Elon Musk said. 

The base model of the Roadster will do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. 

"It will be the first time any car has broken two seconds at 0-60," Musk said. "It will be the fastest to 100 mph, 4.2 seconds to 100 mph," Musk said. 

Tesla Roadster_Hero

It will do a quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds, Musk said. 

"This will be the first time any production car has broken nine seconds in a quarter-mile. These are all world records, This is what we are achieving in the prototype. 

Musk said the car will have a top speed of about 250 mph and a 250 kWh battery pack, which gives it a 620-mile range. 

Tesla Roadster Rear

The four-seater vehicle will also feature a glass roof that is removable and stores in the trunk. 

Needless to say, this incredible vehicle won’t come cheap. 

Tesla roadster

The base model of the new Roadster will begin pricing at $200,000. A reservation for the base model will set you back $50,000 and if you want a Founder’s Series version of the vehicle, you’ll have to shell out $250,000. 

 

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