August 2010

Aug 31, 2010 5

Book review: Influence

How out-of-date is the library-sale copy of Influence: The Power of Persuasion I finished recently? When my 1984-minted paperback was printed, its subtitle was “The New Psychology of Modern Persuasion.” (Italics mine, of course.) Today, the psychology Robert Cialdini outlines in his now-classic book is so not-new, it’s almost shocking to think that anyone could ever have […]

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When does a boon become a curse? A trick question, of course: as any good Buddhist will tell you, a “boon” is just a thing, a fulcrum upon which other things can tilt one way or another. Like the Chinese Farmer story that’s haunted me since I first heard of it, what is your blessing […]

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An end-of-weekly roundup collecting fffffive of the fffffantabulous things I find stumbling around the web during the week here, but which I post on one of the many other Internet outlets I stop by (or tweet at) during my travels. More about the genesis here. I will never stop loving Ira Glass. [Facebook-ed] Want to […]

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Your shit didn’t break all at once or in order, you could argue that it never broke at all, that you were just you, fixing yourself the best way you knew how, splinting your own leg up there on the mountain, miles and miles from a trained professional. So go. Roll out a doughy stretch […]

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(on an iPhone/iPad/non-Flash-friendly device? Click here to watch on Vimeo, I think.) In an effort to wrangle my ever-growing list of books I’d like to read, I’ve played with everything from hard-copy lists in pocket notebooks to Evernote, with a thousand .txt files in between. My ideal list is: easiest to use on my computer […]

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Dan Owen loves it when I write about my workaholism. So this is going to be a banner week for Dan, something I’m happy to give him, for all he gives back via his thoughtful comments, and who knows? Maybe, just maybe, if I can chip away at some scaly mass getting in the way […]

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While I’ve spent most of what I’m coming to call my “Sabbatical from Sabbatical” holed up alone, I have made occasional runs back into L.A. for various types of interpersonal reinforcements. A Biznik meetup. Some Nei Kung lessons, to get a particularly complex bonus-extra move down pat, successfully, fingers crossed. And, of course, for shrinkage. […]

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An end-of-weekly roundup collecting fffffive of the fffffantabulous things I find stumbling around the web during the week here, but which I post on one of the many other Internet outlets I stop by (or tweet at) during my travels. More about the genesis here. What can you make with an iPad? Only the world’s […]

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I did it! Earlier this week, I finished reading my 52nd book for the year. As I confess in the video above, as well as on the goal-tracking page itself, I started several of these books before 2010, some well before, which is one of the reasons I decided to take on this reading thing […]

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I came to Meghan Daum’s writing backwards, or sideways, or at least, highly out of order, my fault, entirely. While she was living in Manhattan, getting published in The New Yorker, I was going off the deep end in Los Angeles, and had let my subscription lapse. By the time she’d moved to Los Angeles and […]

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