Ponderful pieces and so forth.
Think Less, Think Better
“In general, there is a tension in our brains between exploration and exploitation. When we are exploratory, we attend to things with a wide scope, curious and desiring to learn. Other times, we rely on, or “exploit,” what we already know, leaning on our expectations, trusting the comfort of a predictable environment. We tend to be more exploratory when traveling to a new country, whereas we are more inclined toward exploitation when returning home after a hard day at work.”
The Language Rules We Know
– But Don’t Know We Know
“You are utterly familiar with the rule of ablaut reduplication. You’ve been using it all your life. It’s just that you’ve never heard of it. But if somebody said the words zag-zig, or ‘cross-criss you would know, deep down in your loins, that they were breaking a sacred rule of language. You just wouldn’t know which one.”
Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear
“And here’s the thing. Sometimes following your curiosity will lead you to your passion. Sometimes it won’t, and then guess what? That’s still totally fine. You’ve lived a life following your curiosity. You’ve created a life that is a very interesting thing, different from anybody else’s. And your life itself then becomes the work of art, not so much contingent upon what you produced, but about a certain spirit of being that I think is a lot more interesting and also a lot more sustainable.”
Curiosities & Delights
Some things to be glad about.
Donkeys don’t judge.
Hello, fidget cube.
The History of Literature podcast.
Human alarm clocks of days gone by.
An extensive collection of found grocery lists.
Great news for pandas.
And tiny snowshoes for a mockingbird.
Also, a handy list of good words going wrong.