Wisdom Quotes

It’s not what you have that determines who you are, but what you do with what you have.

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. (Vince Lombardi)

Your roots are like that of a tree, without it you’re weak and easy to push over.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. (Marcus Garvey)

Big Think Newsletter

Weds 03 June, 2020

Allosaurus dabbled in cannibalism according to new fossil evidence. // Cannabis discovered at an ancient biblical shrine. /

Paradigm shift

You can’t jump over the difficult personal work required to examine your role in racism’s presence in our society, says writer and consultant Robin DiAngelo.

Relying on easy answers from people around you won’t solve the problem. DiAngelo compares this to your doctor delivering a diagnosis without an explanation. Wouldn’t you take it upon yourself to learn about the ailment? Racism should be treated the same way. Receiving feedback with grace, reflecting on it, and seeking to change the behavior should be the modus operandi for all white people. This process should not be revolutionary.

Meteorite wedding bands

This startup is making wedding rings out of the rare Gibeon meteorite.

Using shards from the Gibeon meteorite, which crashed into Namibia in prehistoric times, Manly Bands combines materials like carbon fiber, tungsten and even real dinosaur bone to make truly unique—and exciting—rings. After the Gibeon meteorite was discovered in 1838, pieces began to circulate the globe until 1950, when Namibia declared the meteorite a national monument and banned all exports. Wedding band shopping just got ten times cooler with these on the short list. Above is ‘The Physicist’, made of black zirconium with an inlay of Gibeon meteorite. And just wait until you see ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’…

Check out the full Manly Bands range and bring some much-needed science and history to the wedding planning process.

Twitter slang

Mathematicians studied 100 billion tweets to help computer algorithms better understand our colloquial digital communication.

Over the last two decades, social media has provided scientists with a trove of free information about human behavior and language. A group of mathematicians from the University of Vermont used Twitter to examine how young people intentionally stretch out words in text for digital communication. They created a method to essentially quantify the semantic nuances in between stretched words, like “right” vs. “riiiiiight,” with the aim to teach future AI algorithms human digital colloquialisms. In their study, published last week in the journal PLOS One, the team analyzed the language in roughly 100 billion tweets generated from 2008 to 2016.

They developed two measurements to assess patterns in the tweets: balance and stretch. What the researchers found is that the words people stretch out aren’t arbitrary. Rather, they have patterned distributions such as what part of the word is stretched or how much it stretches out. Colloquial digital language is, after all, a system of symbols and for it to transfer meaning we must all be “in” on the patterns.

“We were able to comprehensively collect and count stretched words like ‘gooooooaaaalll’ and ‘hahahaha’,” the researchers said in a press release, “and map them across the two dimensions of overall stretchiness and balance of stretch, while developing new tools that will also aid in their continued linguistic study, and in other areas, such as language processing, augmenting dictionaries, improving search engines, analyzing the construction of sequences, and more.” (edited)

Sexual cognition

A joint study by two England universities explores the link between sex and cognitive function with some surprising differences in male and female outcomes in old age.

A 2016 joint study by the universities of Coventry and Oxford in England has linked sexual activity with higher/better cognitive abilities in older age. This longitudinal study used a newly available wave of data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to explore the connections between sexual activity in the older population (between 50-89) with cognitive function. The study analyzed two different cognitive function tests: number sequencing, which broadly relates to the brain’s executive functions, and word recall, which relates to the brain’s memory functions. 

The results of these tests were then adjusted to account for each person’s gender, age, education level, wealth, physical activity, and mental health. The results of this one-of-a-kind study suggest there are significant associations between sexual activity and number sequencing/word recall in men. In women, however, there was a significant association between sexual activity in word recall alone – number sequencing was not impacted. According to the researchers, differences in hormones testosterone and oxytocin may factor into why the male cognitive level changes much more during sexual activity in older age.

Free Ivy League courses

With the coronavirus pandemic upending summer plans, now’s the perfect time to learn something new.

 With the coronavirus pandemic upending summer plans, now’s the perfect time to learn something new. As we spend more time at home, we can dive into hobbies we love or learn about subjects that prod our curiosity. To help, Ivy League universities are offering hundreds of free MOOCs (massive open online courses). These online classes explore specific subjects, topics, or skills. Most are self-paced, while some parcel out material over the course of several weeks. Because they’re online, they can be open to anyone and support hundreds of students the world over.

Class Central maintains a page dedicated to free courses issued in response to COVID-19. Continuously updated, it’s a massive resource for those looking to upskill or increase their knowledge while shelter-in-place restrictions remain in effect. As of this writing, it lists more than 400 free online courses from Ivy League universities. Some of the available subjects include mythology, Linux basics, data science, religious literacy, Roman architecture, and the ethics of eating. The catalog is simply too expansive to do it justice here, so head over to Class Central to browse. 

Did you know…

… that today is First President in DC Day? John Adams moved to Washington DC on this day in 1800. He was the first President to live in what became the capital of the United States. It would be November before he would move into the People’s House, or the Executive Mansion, later known as the White House. He and his family would shiver within the house’s unfinished walls for the next four months. 😉



Knowledge @ Wharton Newsletter

The Wharton School
June 03, 2020


Thank you to all who signed up for our upcoming “Leadership in the Wake of COVID-19” virtual conversation, featuring Lori Ryerkerk, chairman, president and CEO of Celanese Corporation. The topic will be leadership during the pandemic, including lessons learned and the challenges ahead.

The event will take place this Thursday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET. If you are interested in attending, we invite you to register here: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/shwfqhfx



How an ‘Employees First’ Pandemic Response Pays Off

When the coronavirus pandemic began, PriceSmart CEO Sherry Bahrambeygui reset the company’s culture and found more productive ways to get things done. In a recent conversation with Wharton’s Mike Useem, she shared what she has learned.


Planning for the Post-COVID-19 Workforce: Four Scenarios

Scenario thinking can help organizations better anticipate and adapt to dramatic changes, increase agility and resilience, and turn uncertainty into advantage, according to the authors of this opinion piece.



Preorder Now: The Unicorn’s Shadow by Ethan Mollick
Wharton’s Ethan Mollick draws on the latest scientific evidence to dispel the most pervasive startup myths and to light a path for those entrepreneurs eclipsed by the unicorn hype. Learn more.


Live from the Wharton School on SiriusXM Channel 132
Listen to Wharton faculty and other top experts discuss the news that matters most to consumers and the business world from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. Don’t have Sirius? Find segments from the show here.


The Problem with Heroes

For any leader, the ongoing presence of heroes is both a cause for celebration and a reason for deep concern, because it indicates a failure of the wider system, writes Wharton’s Gregory P. Shea in this opinion piece.


2020 Startup Challenge: Can You Pick the Winner?

With businesses ranging from curated flower rentals to telemedicine for pets, eight finalist teams battled for $135,000 in cash and services at the recent Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Startup Showcase.



Opportunities for High School Students
The Wharton Global Youth Program, which enables high school students around the world to discover business and finance, has created summer online courses and games with sessions starting in June and lasting through mid-August — pre-college credit courses, an exciting Future of the Business World course, and a unique leadership simulation launching students to Saturn. Learn more and enroll today!


Introducing the Wharton On Series  Real-time Insights You Can Use Now

Wharton on the Markets
Date: Jun. 15 – Jul. 22, 2020 | Live Online
Gain clarity and insight on how to view the investment horizon in the coming months. Wharton Finance faculty will discuss topics from investing in stocks and bonds to alternative investments in real estate and private equity. Register today.




Stuck on enormity: courtesy Seth Godin Newsletter

When a problem appears too large, too intractable and too unspeakable to deal with, it’s easy to give up.

There never seems to be enough time, enough resources or enough money to make the big problems go away.

Perhaps we can start with a very small part of it. One person, one opportunity, one connection.

Drip by drip, with commitment.

Those are the two hard parts. The insight to do it drip by drip and the persistence to commit to it.

WHO Didn’t Share COVID Information? WHO! WHO! WHO!

WHO Didn’t Share COVID Information? WHO! WHO! WHO!

Image via Getty Images

International law requires countries to report information that could have an impact on public health to the World Health Organization. However, the WHO must rely on the cooperation of member states — it has no enforcement powers and cannot independently investigate epidemics within countries.

Throughout January the agency publicly praised China for its “speedy response” to the new coronavirus. But recently obtained recordings show it was a totally different story behind the scenes — one of significant delays by China, and considerable frustration among WHO officials over not getting the information they needed to fight the spread of the deadly disease. 

Warnings and reports of a mysterious Sars-like virus started leaking out of Wuhan in December, but Chinese authorities suppressed them. WHO officials complained early on that Beijing wasn’t sharing data needed to evaluate the risk of the virus to the rest of the world. On January 2 a Chinese lab decoded the virus’s complete genome, but the government didn’t release the information until January 11. And it wasn’t until January 20 that Chinese officials admitted the virus was transmittable. Wuhan was locked down January 23, after some five million residents had left the city. Once it received detailed data on China’s patients and cases, the WHO declared a global emergency on January 30.

President Trump also initially praised China’s response to the outbreak. But in recent weeks he’s blasted the UN health agency for allegedly colluding with China to hide the extent of the crisis. The WHO has agreed to an independent probe of how the pandemic was handled globally. But Trump cut ties with the organization last Friday, jeopardizing the $450 million the US gives every year as the UN health agency’s biggest single donor.

Seasoned Nuts Quotable

“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”

“Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched,- criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led, – this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society”

― W. E. B. Du Bois

Random Acts of kindnesss

1. Ask someone if you can give them a hug. Keep asking people until someone says yes. – After COVID Social distancing norms are over.
2. Carry groceries to the car and return the cart for a parent with a child, or a senior etc.
3. Donate books that you don’t need anymore. You can donate to libraries, hospitals, and more.
4. Make cards and mail them to the senior center.
5. Plant trees or flowers in a neglected area of your neighborhood.

Random Sentences- Weave together to still make sense.

  1. I love eating toasted cheese and tuna sandwiches.
  2. You’ve been eyeing me all day and waiting for your move like a lion stalking a gazelle in a savannah.
  3. The shark-infested South Pine channel was the only way in or out.
  4. He wondered if she would appreciate his toenail collection.
  5. She folded her handkerchief neatly.

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Today is a brand-new day. A fresh start. Replace any negativity with positivity. Think happy thoughts. Exercise. Drink lots of water. Fill your body with fuel. Healthy is happy. Inspire yourself. Create. Laugh. Play. Love. Learn. Give someone a compliment. Make a new friend. Do a random act of kindness. It creates good karma. Take chances and finally start living life to its fullest. But no matter what’s thrown at you today, smile and remember, tomorrow’s always a fresh new start.”

— Author Unknown

Futurism Newsletter


The Future Is A Merry-Go-Round

2 JUNE 2020


Evidence Suggests That the Entire Early Universe Was Rotating

Here’s an unexpected twist. According to new data, the entire early universe was spinning like a planet or galaxy. Researchers also assert it’s likely the universe wasn’t spinning on just one axis, like a typical spiral galaxy, which complicates our understanding of the galaxies in our universe.

The new theory is based on the observation that more galaxies are spinning counterclockwise than clockwise, New Scientist reports, whereas previous models expected a balance between the two directions.



ONEAstronomers Watch Neutron “Star Charge” Up Before Huge X-ray Blast


TWOTwo Studies Find That Humidity Prevents Coronavirus Spread


THREEWatch a Tesla — Reportedly on Autopilot — Slam Into Flipped Truck



Is This the World’s Worst Virus-Tracking App?

To track those who may have caught the coronavirus, the city of Moscow implemented a “Social Monitoring” app. The app is supposed to ensure that residents stay in the safety of their homes by demanding selfies at random intervals. It also tracks their location using GPS.

Among other issues, those who don’t upload a selfie proving they’re still at home face a fine of about $56 each time, according to the Associated Press.



“ Dragon was huffing and puffing all the way into orbit, and we were definitely driving or riding a dragon all the way up. 

3. World Bicycle Day – 3rd June

World Bicycle Day

This day aims to acknowledge the bicycle as a sustainable, reliable, and affordable method of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: Tips to take care of your bicycle
  • Infographic idea: Health benefits of cycling every day
  • Video idea: Bike gadgets and accessories design-minded riders will love
  • Podcast idea: How can cycling save the environment?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from Body Hub explores what can happen to your body when you cycle just 5 minutes a day.