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How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”
The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the great Athenian general Themistocles. Before the battle of Salamis, he was locked in a vigorous debate with a Spartan general about potential strategies for defeating the Persians. Themistocles was clearly in the minority with his views (but which ultimately turned out to be right and saved Western Civilization). He continued to interrupt and contradict the other generals. Finally, the Spartan general threatened to strike Themistocles if he didn’t shut up and stop. When I read this, I immediately began a ritual that I have practiced for many years–and that others have done for centuries before me–I marked down the passage and later transferred it to my “commonplace book.” In other posts, we’ve talked about how to read more, which books to read, how to read books above your level and how to write. What is a Commonplace book? Some of the greatest men and women in history have kept these books. Related:  Download books/ imagesDéveloppement Personnel

Download or Read Online - Free Books from Classicly. Crispy Baked Beet Chips Recipe The other day, I got a new vegetable slicer and I have been slicing up any vegetable I have in the fridge ever since. I had a bunch of beets in the crisper and remembered tasting beet chips a long time ago. Thin, crispy, sweet and salty, beet chips are a great healthy snack. To make sure that you do not have purple stained hands when working with beets, peel them under cold water. I sliced them 1/16 inch thick which, after baking, created the perfect crispy beet chip. They were baked low and slow so that they dry out. Baked Beet Chips Total time 4-6 beets, small or medium sizecooking spray (ie: Pam)salt Preheat oven to 300FPeel the beets under cold water.Slice the beets into 1/16 inch slices using a food slicer or mandoline.Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.

These are the most common life mistakes that young people make I quit college and used the money to buy a car. The car was a used Honda Civic. I drove around for a few hours and then I dropped the car back off at the dealership and cancelled the check and went back to college. Two huge mistakes in one day. There’s two types of mistakes: ones that eventually make you a better person. Some mistakes are out of your control. Having them and complaining about them and blaming others and not learning from them is the worst mistake a young person can make. And here are some other mistakes that young people (i.e. me) make: What opinion can you possibly have? War? She/He should treat me better! A friend of mine works at The New Yorker and no longer speaks to me (so maybe she is not my friend). Oh really? “Manure” 4.5 million tons of manure were being dropped on the streets of Manhattan in 1890, EVERY YEAR, by horses carrying people to work. That was the big environmental problem of the day. It doesn’t matter what your opinion about this was. Problem solved.

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Google Ranking Factors: A Discreetly Cleaner, More Social Web & An Ever Dominating Search Engine Recently, Search Metrics released a white paper on their findings for Google’s SEO Ranking Factors in 2013. It displays the correlation between particular metrics such as ‘Facebook Likes’ and ‘Backlinks’ and the rank ability of a page within Google. Also available in the 70 page document are comparisons with 2012’s data, where that data is available. Not to many marketers surprise, a lot has changed. According to Search Metrics, it’s time to get social! *The data from search metrics is based on research and is not 100% factual. On-Site: Coding & Meta Data Length of URL In this graph you can see that the Length of URL is the highest on-page ranking factor. One might just say that this is proof of Google’s underlying attempt to educate and clean up the web. With great power, comes great responsibility – something Google have in abundance. Touché Google, touché. Existence of Description I found this one particularly interesting. I’ll let you make your own decisions on the others.

Hot Dogs And Economics: How Great Teachers Guarantee Learning “When I go to a baseball game, I can eat six, maybe seven hot dogs. I love hot dogs more than anything on Earth.” This is the opening line from Mr. Hourigan, my high school Economics teacher. We’re learning the law of diminishing returns. He goes on to explain how, though his love for brats runs deeper than human understanding, he starts to get tired of them after a while. Admittedly, a strange comparison. The law of diminishing returns, put simply, describes how you can’t achieve endless efficiency in any system. As a 17-year-old student, I didn’t care about construction projects or assembly lines. He compared something I already understood to something I didn’t and, suddenly, I understood it, too. You’re (probably) not an economics teacher. So, it’s critical you understand how to communicate your ideas using schema learning because there is no better tool to not only educate someone quickly but also persuade them to make smart decisions and accept good advice. Let’s play a quick game.

Primary Sources: Overview of Collections One of the nation’s top collections of rare law books is housed in the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room of the Lillian Goldman Library at the Yale Law School. The collection is particularly strong in Anglo-American common law materials, including case reports, digests, statutes, trials, treatises, and popular works on the law. Other strengths include Roman and canon law, international law (especially the works of Hugo Grotius and Samuel Pufendorf), and early law books from most European countries. Of special interest ... Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Location: Sterling Law Building, 127 Wall St., Level L2, Room 003 Phone: 203 432-4494 Web site: (back to top)

Run-n-Read As Featured In Reading from an electronic display is difficult for people while performing cardiovascular activities or while riding in a moving vehicle. Run-n-Read, a cool clip-on device, makes reading possible in such dynamic scenarios. Run-n-Read can be used with most cardiovascular workout machines, such as treadmills, elliptical trainers, stepmills, stairmasters, and stationary bikes. It can also help reduce eye strain while riding in a train, bus, or car. You can clip it to your headband or to your shirt. The device tracks your head movements and then moves the text on the screen in real time to always be in sync with your eyes. It's packed with sophisticated electronics - an accelerometer, a low-power micro-controller, and a low energy Bluetooth module - to provide the best experience. Run-n-Read comes with a free mobile application and is compatible with all new generation iOS and Android devices. Run-n-Read also comes with its own gesture recognition system!

Study Hacks - Decoding Patterns of Success - Cal Newport On Sam Harris and Stephen Fry’s Meditation Debate February 19th, 2019 · 44 comments A few weeks ago, on his podcast, Sam Harris interviewed the actor and comedian Stephen Fry. Harris, of course, is a longtime proponent of this practice. What sparked the diversion in the first place is when, early in the conversation, Fry expressed skepticism about meditation. Typically when we find ourselves in a chronic state of ill health it’s because we’ve moved away from something natural that our bodies have evolved to expect.Paleolithic man didn’t need gyms and diets because he naturally exercised and didn’t have access to an overabundance of bad food.Mindfulness mediation, by contrast, doesn’t seem to be replicating something natural that we’ve lost, but is instead itself a relatively contrived and complicated activity. Harris’s response was to compare meditation to reading. I wonder, however, whether Fry should have persisted. Read more » Minimalism Grows… February 8th, 2019 · 31 comments Read more »

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How To Make Difficult Conversations Easy - Barking Up The Wrong Tree Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs. Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise. Or maybe they’re sobbing so hard you can barely understand what they’re saying. We’ve all been there. Problem is, these moments are often critical because they’re usually with people we care about. What’s the best way to handle these difficult conversations? I called someone who knows: Dr. Dinosaur Brains: Dealing with All Those Impossible People at Work Am I The Only Sane One Working Here? Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry Here’s what you’ll learn in this post: The magic phrase that gets people to stop yelling.How to stop making the most common mistake in these kind of discussions.How to switch people from being emotional to being rational.The mindset that makes dealing with hysterical people easy.And a lot more. Okay, time to wage war with the crazy. 1) First, You Need To Keep Calm You already have one person overreacting. What to do here? Sum Up Tags:

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