Depression Part Two I remember being endlessly entertained by the adventures of my toys. Some days they died repeated, violent deaths, other days they traveled to space or discussed my swim lessons and how I absolutely should be allowed in the deep end of the pool, especially since I was such a talented doggy-paddler. I didn't understand why it was fun for me, it just was. But as I grew older, it became harder and harder to access that expansive imaginary space that made my toys fun. I remember looking at them and feeling sort of frustrated and confused that things weren't the same. I played out all the same story lines that had been fun before, but the meaning had disappeared. Depression feels almost exactly like that, except about everything. At first, though, the invulnerability that accompanied the detachment was exhilarating. The beginning of my depression had been nothing but feelings, so the emotional deadening that followed was a welcome relief. Which leads to horrible, soul-decaying boredom.
Ever Imagined a World Without Internet? [INFOGRAPHIC] Steve Carrell may be seeking a friend for the end of the world, but here at Mashable, we're more concerned with the end of the Internet. Can you imagine it? Instead of an iPad, you'd be clutching a weighty $1,200 Encyclopedia Brittanica as you rock yourself to sleep. And instead of tweeting with pals halfway around the world, we'd be licking stamps that would total $6.3 trillion in the United States alone. SEE ALSO: The Internet Is Ruining Your Brain [INFOGRAPHIC] Online Education created this graphic detailing the nightmare that would be the world without Internet. What would be your biggest nightmare in a world without Internet? Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, JamesBrey
Interview with Nader Khalili, Cal-Earth Architect Nader Khalili began his career in Iran. By the 1970’s he headed a thriving practice specializing in skyscrapers with offices in Tehran and Los Angeles. But as the decade came to a close, he felt he'd lost his center. He gave up his lucrative practice and spent five years traveling the desert regions studying the vernacular architecture of his native country. In this interview, conducted in March 2005, Khalili talks about designing Lunar housing, working with the U.N., and his decision to abandon conventional wisdom and run his own race. Q: How did you start doing this kind of work? I really had a dream in my mind. I said ‘What if I set fire to earth buildings? When I closed my business I already had ten years of experience. Then I thought, why can't he race alone? Ceramic houses that was what I went after. When Iraq was bombing Iran, I was firing a school, and we were not supposed to have any light at night because of air raids. It’s not the time that arrives with an idea.
Domesticated silver fox The result of over 50 years of experiments in the Soviet Union and Russia, the breeding project was set up in 1959 by Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev. It continues today at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk, under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut. Initial experimentation In a time when centralized political control exercised over genetics and agriculture was an official state doctrine, known as Lysenkoism, Belyaev's commitment to classical genetics had cost him his job as head of the Department of Fur Animal Breeding at the Central Research Laboratory of Fur Breeding in Moscow in 1948. During the 1950s, he continued to conduct genetic research under the guise of studying animal physiology. Belyaev believed that the key factor selected for in the domestication of dogs was not size or reproduction, but behavior; specifically, tameability. The project also investigated breeding vicious foxes to study aggressive behavior. Current project status
A Father's Advice: F. Scott Fitzgerald on What to Worry About In the hundreds of letters authored by F. Scott Fitzgerald that have been collected, we have this one dated August 8, 1933. In it, he offered the following advice to his 11-year-old daughter Scottie, while she was away at camp. It is still good advice today. I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. Half-wit, I will conclude. With dearest love, On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein, Illustrated by the Great Vladimir Radunsky by Maria Popova The charming visual tale of an introverted little boy who grew up to become the quintessential modern genius. Given my soft spot for picture-book and graphic-novel accounts of famous lives, including Charles Darwin, Julia Child, Hunter S. The story begins with Albert’s birth — a beautiful but odd baby boy who turns one and doesn’t say a word, turns two, then three, and nary a word. Instead, he “just looked around with his big curious eyes,” wondering about the world. One day, when Albert was sick in bed, his father brought him a compass — a small round case with a magnetic needle inside. This was that pivotal spark of curiosity that catapulted his young mind into a lifetime of exploring those mysteries. Young Albert began asking countless questions at home and at school — so much so, that his teachers chastised him for being a disturbance, admonishing the little boy that he would get nowhere in life unless he learned to follow the rules and behave like the other kids.
Egocide and suicide | The Psychology of Me Lately, I’ve been thinking about egocide. (Why does my autocorrect want to change that to “geocode”??) I’m at the end of my rope and climbing back up is not an option. I’ve got to change. David Rosen, in his book Transforming Depression, describes egocide as “a symbolic killing of the ego that is experienced as ego death: a sacrifice of the ego to the Self, a higher principle.” The other day, as I was starting this post, I found a blog post about Buckminster Fuller’s egocide. Then, I was watching the last episode of Top of the Lake (streaming on Netflix) and there was the following conversation between Robin, the protagonist, and GJ, a guru-type. Robin: I don’t know how to keep living.GJ: So, you’re on your knees? Egocide is about death. The real question is: what images of myself, exactly, do I need to sacrifice? I don’t think there has to be something there to fill the gaping hole left by the sacrificed ego.
Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog This is a post by David Dotlich, Chairman and CEO of Pivot Leadership. He is a co-author of The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems with Peter Cairo and Cade Cowan. To be a leader today in almost any organization means you are daily, if not hourly, bombarded with problems and challenges that don’t have clear-cut “right” answers. Just to be clear: I am not talking about conflict as it refers to disagreement over how to make a decision in which the facts point to a clear outcome, or personal disputes in which one or the other party feels slighted or bruised. In my 30+ years of work as a leadership executive and coach for Fortune 500 companies, as well as through interviews with 100 CEOs and top leaders, I’ve identified five effective ways to successfully manage conflict when faced with paradox:
YC Sim's Blog - Making the Jump: my journey from Flash games to desktop games! The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. A few years ago, I made the huge decision to leave a comfortable, well-paying engineering job with a fairly large oil and gas firm to pursue a career as a game developer. In my country, Malaysia, that's a pretty strange career choice, in a land where many parents consider engineering and medicine as coveted jobs for their children. I don't make a life decision like that very lightly, of course, and I was already making sponsored games in my spare time by the time I left my job. First, a quick summary of my understanding of the Flash game market and the game developer's place in it, for those who are considering it as a career choice. I read in a PC Gamer article about the existence of Kongregate back when it first started in 2007, and decided to try my luck with a few unsponsored games.
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