How to make your kid good at anything, according to Anders Ericsson, an expert on peak performance and originator of the 10,000-hour rule K. Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying people who are exceptional at what they do, and trying to figure out how they got to be so good. His conclusion: in most cases, talent doesn’t matter—practice does. The practice he advocates is not hitting 100,000 golf balls or spending 10,000 hours doing scales on the cello, even though it was his work that Malcolm Gladwell used to popularize the 10,000-hour benchmark in Outliers (incorrectly, Ericsson argues). A new way of blogging about Common Lisp This blog post is about to show a new way of blogging about Common Lisp. Look at a typical blog post or tutorial about any programming language: The article usually presents a couple of code snippets. As I see it, there are two pains with code snippets: they contain the input and the output but not the actual evaluation of the input it’s impossible for the reader to modify the output A long time ago, all the developers had a common dream.
Steps to Becoming a Veterinarian — Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Major — Penn State University There are 30 veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the U.S. There were nearly 6,800 applicants competing for approximately 2,700 openings in 2013. In other words, it is very competitive to gain admission to a veterinary school. Admission requirements for veterinary schools have many things in common; however the specific requirements may vary among schools. Peak Performance: Exercise science shows why we should never feel guilty about taking a break By the age of three, wealthy children hear 30 million more words than their poor counterparts, according to a landmark 1995 study (pdf) by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley. The “30 million word gap” has since become shorthand for the gaping inequalities between high and low-income children. Hart and Risley also showed that the number of words kids heard by their third birthday strongly predicted kids’ academic success when they were nine. Clearly, it was important to talk to children—a lot. But a new study from researchers at MIT, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania shows that it may not be the sheer accumulation of words that builds children’s brains and their verbal and non-verbal skills.
Voodoo Funeral Home A severed hand was discovered washed up on the shore of the Manatee River in Bradenton in November 1997. The Bradenton Police Department fingerprinted the grisly find, and a few months later, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime laboratory in Tampa successfully found a match. It was the hand of Willie Suttle of nearby Palmetto. Problem was, Suttle was listed as having died of natural causes at the age of 70 the previous summer and was buried.
How to Use Steve Jobs's Insanely Simple Strategy for Getting What You Want This article also appeared on LinkedIn. There's a video clip on YouTube of Steve Jobs telling the story of when he was 12 years old and he was looking for spare parts so he could build an electronic device known as a frequency counter. He tells how he opened the Palo Alto, California, phone book and located the number for Bill Hewlett, the founder of Hewlett-Packard, the company that made the parts he was seeking. Butterick’s Practical Typography This book was made possible by a publishing system called Pollen. I created Pollen with the Racket programming language. Racket is a descendant of Scheme, which in turn is a descendant of Lisp. So while Racket is not Lisp (in the specific Common Lisp sense), it is a Lisp (in the familial sense) which means that its core ideas—and core virtues—are shared with Lisp. So talking about Racket means talking about Lisp. In practical programming projects, Lisps are rare, and Racket especially so.
How to master a new subject — Quartz I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life. The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of the most important reasons for his success.