word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Tombolatom-BOH-laPart of speech: nounOrigin: Italian, 19th century
1A game in which people pick tickets out of a revolving drum and certain tickets win immediate prizes, typically played at a fete or fair.
 
Examples of Tombola in a sentence “I hear Jonathan is running the tombola stall at the fair this year.” “The young child was an expert at tombola, always seeming to pick a ticket that won a prize.”

Covid survivor’s dARK POETRY


The Accelerated Stranger At The Corn (Corona) – A Narrative Poem

by jay

One day at a Covid-19 shop,
I met a man selling cats,
For money he wanted to swap,
But I really wanted some bats.

“Got any bats?” asked I.
“For that’s how I’ll spend my money.”
“No bats here!” said the guy.
He seemed to find it quite funny.

“We’ve got some lovely cakes,
I’ll give you a very fine price.”
“I’d rather have some snakes.”
The man blinked rapidly thrice.

The man seemed exceptionally we,
And his manner was strangely amused.
He wasn’t what I would call ree,
Great disdain he noticeably oozed.

Like others, he thought I was odd,
Some say I’m a bit accelerated.
Still he gave me a courteous nod,
As if he thought I was plenty consolidated.

So in search of my goal I departed,
But before the Covid-19 shop could I leave,
The man came running full-hearted,
“I can help you I believe.”

“Cats, bats, you shall find.
Cakes, snakes, you can get.
You must now open your mind,
And get down to The Corn (Corona) Market.

So to The Corn (Corona) Market I decided to go,
In search of the bats I craved.
The winds it did eerily blow.
But I felt that the day could be saved.

There were stalls selling crisps,
Rings in many shades.
There were even stalls selling lisps
People were scattered from many trades

I was greeted by a peculiar lady,
She seemed to be rather accelerated
I couldn’t help thinking she might be quite shady.
I wondered if she was at all consolidated.

Before I could open my mouth,
She shouted, “For you, I have some bats!”
I headed towards her, to the south,
Past some cakes and cats.

“But how did you know?” I asked,
“Do you want them or not?” she did say.
Silently, the bats she passed.
Then vanished before I could pay.

As I walked away I hard a crackle
Or was it, perhaps, a hushed cackle?

random acts of kindness


1. Donate musical instruments, sports equipment, and electronics you are no longer using.
2. Drop off a pizza to someone who just had a baby, had surgery, or you just think might need a break from dinner making
3. Leave a RedBox code or a pack of microwave popcorn at the RedBox machine
4. Make someone a book of coupons for special time with you, hugs, back rubs, story time, etc.
5. Put your shopping cart back in its place.

wisdom quotes


All it takes to change your world is to change the way you think.
Change your thoughts and you change your world. (Norman Vincent Peale)
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The actions of today form the foundations of tomorrow.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Sempiternalsem-pə-TUHR-nlPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, 15th century
1Eternal and unchanging; everlasting.
 
Examples of Sempiternal in a sentence “As an astronaut, I’m intrigued by the sempiternal vastness of space.” “The young couple’s heartfelt vows promised their love was sempiternal.”

A millimetre makes a world of difference when calculating planetary trajectories | Aeon Videos


Most anguish isn’t an illness but an evolved response to adversity | Psyche Ideas


Judgment is an exercise in discretion: circumstances are everything | Aeon Essays


Covid-19: Milestones of the global communicable


Covid-19: Milestones of the global communicable

because the variety of Covid–related deaths passes the one-million mark, we look back at the beginnings of the communicable and the key moments as the virus spread the world over.

information of a. mystery virus aboriginal emerged in china, with a array of situations within the metropolis of Wuhan. On eleven January, chinese legit media stated that a -year-ancient man within the metropolis had died with the virus two canicule past – making him the first generic fatality. then, it became described as a abstruse viral pneumonia.

after that ages, chinese language scientists referred to the secret ailment may well be brought about by using a. new class of coronavirus .

The outbreak induced Singapore and Hong Kong to herald screening strategies for visitors from Wuhan.

on the time, there were fears the virus may well be affiliated to Sars extreme acute respiratory affection, a flu-like virus which originated in china and killed people in . there have been additionally fears the virus could spread all of a sudden as a whole lot of tens of millions of people in ceramics prepared to trip across the country for chinese New months.

nevertheless it became nevertheless unclear how the sickness was transmitted, with health officers announcing no cases of human-to-human transmission had been tested.

At that aspect, the area health company WHO spoke of it turned into privy to the beginning, it become involved with the chinese language government and it changed into carefully monitoring the event.

Media explanation Wuhan, add oil! : Watch association shouting to increase assurance in quarantined metropolis

On January, we said that the loss of life toll from the virus had climbed to in china, with the variety of infections almost doubling in a day to greater than four,.

by using this factor, the virus had spread across china and to as a minimum sixteen nations globally. Some cases had been verified outdoor china, but no pronounced deaths.

countries started to send planes to Wuhan to evacuate citizens. in the meantime, the us advised its nationals to. reconsider go back and forth to ceramics.

Wuhan and its arena Hubei have been already without difficulty in lockdown, with strict carriage restrictions out and in of the area. wearing masks in public became additionally, by now, mandatory in some chinese cities. A -year-historical man, who had travelled to Wuhan, became the first adult within the basic Beijing to die with the virus.

fitness officials determined that that the virus had emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood bazaar in Wuhan and pointed out it could certainly spread between people. The chinese language authorities talked about the virus was in a position to spread right through its evolution period and before any indicators looked like a traditional flu, authoritative it more durable to comprise.

The world death assessment handed , on February, in response to a account by means of Johns Hopkins university within the US. As more and more international locations had been starting to see their aboriginal cases, tons of the area s consideration was still concentrated on ceramics.

We said that the virus had claimed the lives of ninety seven people in one single day there, the optimum variety of casualties in a day on the time. the total number of deaths in ceramics become now .

at the time, the WHO mentioned the variety of new situations in ceramics became,stabilising – but warned it was too early to assert even if the virus had ailing. It sent a global mission to ceramics to support according a acknowledgment to the outbreak.

by way of now, the virus had unfold to at least different countries and territories, but to this point there have been most effective two deaths outdoor of acreage china, within the Philippines and Hong Kong.

meanwhile, via late February, a whole lot of passengers had confirmed advantageous for the virus on the design princess cruise ship abandoned in japan. A British man who had been on board the ship became the primary UK country wide to die with the virus.

because the number of deaths from the virus around the world passed ,, issues grew to become to Europe. The abstemious at that aspect accounted for about bisected of the deaths worldwide.

The demise toll in Italy – the affliction afflicted nation on the time in terms of said fatalities – accomplished a total of ,. A nationwide lockdown had been imposed there previous within the ages.

The number of established situations all over was at about , at this element, with greater than , americans talked about to have recovered.

On march UK PM Boris Johnson stated he believed the uk may. turn the tide towards the beginning in the subsequent weeks. A civic lockdown become imposed on march, when the united kingdom death assessment had accomplished .

by way of now, the area appeared like a extremely different area from what it did three months previous and the world dying toll stood at ,.

president Donald Trump warned the us may see as many as one hundred, deaths itself however denied that his administration had acted too boring.

Boris Johnson, who confirmed fantastic for the virus the outdated month, got here out of accelerated affliction on April. The number of deaths in the UK had accomplished well-nigh ,, with greater than , confirmed instances, with London noted to be the. epicentre of the communicable in the country.

at the equal time, lockdown restrictions had been eased in some materials of the realm, and people within the arctic hemisphere became their consideration to how they might use their summer.

The ecu talked about it will reopen its borders to citizens from a lot of countries from July, including Australia and Canada – however now not the USA.

At that point, bisected the world s situations had been recorded within the US and Europe, however Covid- became all of a sudden becoming within the Americas. The virus became additionally affecting South Asia and Africa, the place it become no longer expected to top unless the conclusion of July.

The WHO warned that the worst can be yet to return and entreated governments to enforce the correct guidelines.

On Monday, the world accomplished recorded deaths from Covid-. the USA, Brazil and India now make up pretty much bisected of the overall, in keeping with Johns Hopkins university.

besides the fact that children, the demise toll is concept to be a ways higher as many instances may not have been been officially suggested. In June, BBC evaluation of loss of life records in countries discovered one more , deaths that had not featured within the every day banderole figures.

So what do we are expecting sooner or later? we re seeing simply over , recorded coronavirus deaths a day around the world in the mean time, says the BBC s arch of records, Robert Cuffe. If that pace continues, we can predict the day by day count to move two actor in only over six months, he provides.

fitness authorities have learnt a pretty good deal about the virus since the starting of the communicable, but officers say the upward push in deaths is determined to continue.

We see no sign of slowing of the loss of life expense, chichi Baxter, an epidemiologist and arch of Melbourne s college of inhabitants and global health, advised the BBC. the realm s hopes are actually pinned on the short building and administration of a coronavirus vaccine.

19. International Translation Day – 30September


19. International Translation Day – 30September

International Day of Languages

This day celebrates the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding, and development.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Easiest languages to learn
  • Infographic idea: X Words that have different meanings in different languages
  • Video idea: How are various languages structured?
  • Podcast idea: Are multilingual children smarter?

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seth godin’s newsletter = Professional wrestling


Professional wrestling

It’s a theater of status.

Professional wrestling isn’t about wrestling, of course. It’s about who’s up and who’s down. The stated rules are there to be broken by some of the participants, and it’s not professional in any useful sense related to the sport of wrestling.

And the metaphor is powerful in many areas of life.

But we can’t understand the metaphor without understanding the forms of status that are on offer.

There is the status of affiliation. This is about belonging, about knowing and living with the rules. It’s about weaving together the culture and this affiliation leads to a form of popularity.

And then there is the status of dominance. This is about winning at any cost, cheating and subjugating. It’s about unraveling the culture in service of just one aim–victory over the others.

Professional wrestling creates tension between the two forms of status. We know that we all benefit from affiliation, but often are swayed by the avenging dominator if we see ourselves in them.

The theater of status happens in our daily lives. It’s who sits where at the meeting, or who gets to announce that the Zoom session is over. It’s the insurgent and that the status quo. It’s the dramatic back and forth between someone who seeks power and someone who is tired of being told what to do.

The successful affiliator doesn’t seek to out-dominate the dominator. Instead, affiliators weave together enough persistent community pressure to get things back on track. And sooner or later, people realize that the triumph of the dominator, while it can be painful, is short-lived.

seasoned nuts quotable


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”

Select Panel for Promotion of Child Health 1981

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.

Marian Wright Edelman

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

Dr. Seuss

wisdom quotes


True wisdom starts with asking the right questions.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. (Francis Bacon)
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It’s not how many years you’ve lived in your life, but how much life you’ve lived in your years.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)

Practice Does Not Necessarily Make Perfect When It Comes to Creativity | Stanford Graduate School of Business


Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is National Good Neighbor Day? Being good neighbors is an important part of what makes this country so great. Today, recognize and appreciate your good neighbor and, hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.”

— Allen Klein

Nice shloka, meaning found on Twitter today. Inspiring.


यौवनं धनसंपत्ति प्रभुत्वमविवेकिता ।

एकैकमप्यनर्थाय किमु यत्र चतुष्टयम् ॥

तारुण्य, धनसंपत्ती, सत्ता, अविवेकीपणा/अविचारीपणा यातील एकेक गोष्ट अनर्थाला कारणीभुत ठरते,

जिथे चारही एकत्र असतील तेव्हा तर

18. World Heart Day – 29September


18. World Heart Day  29September

World Heart Day

This day is celebrated to increase awareness about cardiovascular disease and reduce the global disease burden.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Signs that let you know if you’re suffering from heart disease
  • Infographic idea: X Foods that can keep your heart healthy
  • Video idea: Exercises that can improve your heart health.
  • Podcast idea: Is ghee a healthy alternative to vegetable oils?

Brand campaign that worked:

This ad from Apollo Hospitals asks everyone to take a vow to eat healthy and stay active to protect their heart.

17. International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste – 29September


17. International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste – 29September

Food Wastage Awareness

This day recognizes the fundamental role that sustainable food production plays in promoting food security and nutrition.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Recipes that you can make with leftovers
  • Infographic idea: X Foods that can last the longest
  • Video idea: How can restaurants help combat global hunger?
  • Podcast idea: How to encourage children to eat foods they don’t like

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from Scroll India shows the cost of food wastage in India and explains how to combat it.

random paragraph


Spending time at national parks can be an exciting adventure, but this wasn’t the type of excitement she was hoping to experience. As she contemplated the situation she found herself in, she knew she’d gotten herself in a little more than she bargained for. It wasn’t often that she found herself in a tree staring down at a pack of wolves that were looking to make her their next meal.

nik’s newsletter – free ebook summaries


Hello! It’s Nik again and I’ve got 3 more free book summaries for you!

You might not know this, but we’ve now published over 800 book summaries totaling nearly 2,500 lessons from the greatest books of all time. While their 4-minute format makes them easy to read, we know it’s not always easy to remember everything you learn.

That’s why we created the Four Minute Library. It’s a beautiful, customizable, tagged, complete collection of all our summaries in a note-taking-ready format in Evernote. All new summaries are added to it, and it’ll help you better remember what you learn from our summaries!

What’s more, if you buy access to the Four Minute Library for $99 before midnight EST on Monday, we’ll throw in our Reading Memorization Guide and Evernote How-To Guide for free!

Get the Four Minute Library »

Alright, now let’s hit the books!


Winners Dream by Bill McDermott

1-Sentence-Summary: Winners Dream will inspire you to get up and get moving to make your biggest goals happen by sharing the incredible rags to riches story of Bill McDermott, who went from humble beginnings to CEO of the biggest software company in the world simply by having a vision of what he wanted in life.

  1. If you want to become a winner, you need to get a big goal that lights you up inside and make sacrifices to make it happen.
  2. Be the kind of manager and person that keeps people inspired and loyal, not the kind that makes them leave.
  3. Achieving your wildest dreams and becoming a champion aren’t as valuable as the journey to get there.

If you want to be inspired to start winning in business and life, this book is for you.


The Way of Zen by Alan Watts

1-Sentence-Summary: The Way Of Zen is the ultimate guide to understanding the history, principles, and benefits of Zen and how it can help us experience mental stillness and enjoy life even in uncertain times.

  1. Our minds create illusions about reality, but Zen helps us see things accurately.
  2. You need to practice naturalness and spontaneity if you want to learn the art of Zen.
  3. Observe the world just as it is to become good at meditation.

If you want to find more peace of mind, this book is for you.


Suggestible You by Erik Vance

1-Sentence-Summary: Suggestible You helps you understand and utilize the power of your mind-body connection by explaining the effect that your thoughts have on your body, including pain, illness, and memory and how to take advantage of it.

  1. Placebos work by the power of suggestion.
  2. Suggestions can affect the very decisions we make and we don’t even realize it.
  3. You can use this power of expectation to better your life.

If you want to unlock the hidden power of your mind, this book is for you.


That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Happy reading,
-Nik


PS: Want to get more out of everything you read? Check out our guide!

Whatsapp wisdom shared by a very senior trusted connection. – Die empty by todd henry


Die empty

The most beautiful book to read is “Die Empty” by Todd Henry.
The author was inspired and got this idea of writing ​​this book while attending a business meeting.
When the director asked the audience: “Where is the richest land in the world?”
One of the audience answered: “Oil-rich Gulf states.”
Another added: “Diamond mines in Africa.”
Then the director said: “No it is the cemetery. Yes, it is the richest land in the world, because millions of people have departed/died and they carried many valuable ideas that did not come to light nor benefit others. It is all in the cemetery where they are buried.”

Inspired by this answer, Todd Henry wrote his book, “Die empty” where he did his best to motivate people to pour out their ideas and potential energies in their communities and turn them into something useful before it is too late.

The most beautiful of what he said in his book is: “Do not go to your grave and carry inside you the best that you have.
Always choose to die empty.

The TRUE meaning of this expression, is to die empty of all the goodness that is within you. Deliver it to the world, before you leave.

If you have an idea perform it.
If you have knowledge give it out.
If you have a goal achieve it.
Love, share and distribute, do not keep it inside.

Let’s begin to give. Remove and spread every atom of goodness inside us.

Start the race.
Die Empty

seasoned nuts quotable


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
 
“Taxes are the lifeblood of government and no taxpayer should be permitted to escape the payment of his just share of the burden of contributing thereto.” — Arthur Vanderbilt

“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.” — Barry Goldwater

“The United States has a system of taxation by confession.” — Hugo Black

‘Perfect boss and mentor’: Omar Abdullah condoles demise of former Union minister Jaswant Singh – india news – Hindustan Times


https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/perfect-boss-and-mentor-omar-abdullah-condoles-demise-of-former-union-minister-jaswant-singh/story-oKwc0l6VGS42Ji2CJSLfkK.html

Best quotes last week


Thomas Fuller“Care and diligence bring luck.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2TRX8H0 September 22, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/thomas-fuller-quotesNadia Boulanger“The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2z7mTcT September 23, 2020 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/nadia-boulanger-quotesNorman Cousins“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2n53nLp September 25, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/norman-cousins-quotesVirgil Thomson“Let your mind alone, and see what happens.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2mSbElv September 26, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/virgil-thomson-quotesOliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/32mD5U3 September 27, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/oliver-wendell-holmes-sr-quotes

Seth godin’s newsletter


“What time is your flight?”

Why do cab drivers ask this question?

It’s not like they can get to the airport any faster.

It simply serves to create tension where no tension is helpful.

There are a hundred ways to introduce tension into a conversation. It’s worth doing it with intent, when it serves a function.

Did you know…. and today’s inspirational quote


Did you know…

… that today is First Passenger Train Day? On this day in 1825, George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train. The engine, later called Locomotion, took 450 people 25 miles from Darlington to Stockton at 15 miles per hour. The railway age had begun and George Stephenson was its guiding spirit!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

wisdom quotes


It’s not how many years you’ve lived in your life, but how much life you’ve lived in your years.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)
==========
Be the sunshine on someone’s rainy day.
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. (Maya Angelou)

16. International Day for Universal Access to Information – 28September


16. International Day for Universal Access to Information – 28September

Universal Access to Information Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to raise awareness about everyone’s right to seek, receive, and impart information.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: How can access to the internet enhance one’s life?
  • Infographic idea: Here’s how India’s internet penetration has improved over the years
  • Video idea: How does the Chinese government control the information it lets out to the press?
  • Podcast idea: How successful has India’s RTI act been?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by CGTN America features an interview with Dr Thespina Yamanis, who explains the important role social media is playing in fighting misinformation related to COVID-19.

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
HardscapeHARD-skaypPart of speech: nounOrigin: American English
1The man-made features used in landscape architecture, e.g. paths or walls, as contrasted with vegetation.
 
Examples of Hardscape in a sentence “I would like some hardscape, but my husband only wants greenery in the yard.” “The garden will feature a fountain and some additional hardscape.”

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS


1. Be a good driver.
2. Make breakfast for your garbage collectors
3. Thank the cashier for bagging your groceries.
4. When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice.
5. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website or a friend’s social media account.

random acts of kindness


1. Buy your partner a bottle of wine or other treat when you’re at the shops

2. Help someone load their groceries.

3. Hold the elevator door for others.

4. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.

5. Say “thank you” to someone who made a difference… send a card to people who dedicate their lives to helping us – soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and teachers to name a few

nik’s book summaries newsletter


Hello! It’s Nik again and I’ve got 3 more free book summaries for you!

You might not know this, but we’ve now published over 800 book summaries totaling nearly 2,500 lessons from the greatest books of all time. While their 4-minute format makes them easy to read, we know it’s not always easy to remember everything you learn.

That’s why we created the Four Minute Library. It’s a beautiful, customizable, tagged, complete collection of all our summaries in a note-taking-ready format in Evernote. All new summaries are added to it, and it’ll help you better remember what you learn from our summaries!

What’s more, if you buy access to the Four Minute Library for $99 before midnight EST on Monday, we’ll throw in our Reading Memorization Guide and Evernote How-To Guide for free!

Get the Four Minute Library »

Alright, now let’s hit the books!


Winners Dream by Bill McDermott

1-Sentence-Summary: Winners Dream will inspire you to get up and get moving to make your biggest goals happen by sharing the incredible rags to riches story of Bill McDermott, who went from humble beginnings to CEO of the biggest software company in the world simply by having a vision of what he wanted in life.

  1. If you want to become a winner, you need to get a big goal that lights you up inside and make sacrifices to make it happen.
  2. Be the kind of manager and person that keeps people inspired and loyal, not the kind that makes them leave.
  3. Achieving your wildest dreams and becoming a champion aren’t as valuable as the journey to get there.

If you want to be inspired to start winning in business and life, this book is for you.


The Way of Zen by Alan Watts

1-Sentence-Summary: The Way Of Zen is the ultimate guide to understanding the history, principles, and benefits of Zen and how it can help us experience mental stillness and enjoy life even in uncertain times.

  1. Our minds create illusions about reality, but Zen helps us see things accurately.
  2. You need to practice naturalness and spontaneity if you want to learn the art of Zen.
  3. Observe the world just as it is to become good at meditation.

If you want to find more peace of mind, this book is for you.


Suggestible You by Erik Vance

1-Sentence-Summary: Suggestible You helps you understand and utilize the power of your mind-body connection by explaining the effect that your thoughts have on your body, including pain, illness, and memory and how to take advantage of it.

  1. Placebos work by the power of suggestion.
  2. Suggestions can affect the very decisions we make and we don’t even realize it.
  3. You can use this power of expectation to better your life.

If you want to unlock the hidden power of your mind, this book is for you.


That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Happy reading,
-Nik

Seth godin’s newsletter


The magic of trade-offs

If you make a laptop more powerful, the battery life will suffer and it will get heavier too.

Trade-offs.

If you make a plane bigger, it won’t land at every airport, and it will cost more to fly, even if you don’t sell all the seats.

Another set of trade-offs.

Good engineers don’t whine about trade-offs, because they realize that they’re the entire point.

If there were no trade-offs, we wouldn’t need their help, there would be no interesting problems worth solving.

In our work and our lives, we can train ourselves to say, “oh, good, an interesting trade-off.”

Did you know..


Did you know…

… that today is Sequoia National Park Day? A U.S. National Park was established in Central California on this day in 1890. Sequoia National Park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”

— Hal Borland

15. World Tourism Day – 27September


15. World Tourism Day – 27September

Tourism Day content marketing, content marketing India, branded content, growth hacking, Scatter, September content marketing ideas

This day is celebrated to shine light on the importance of the tourism industry and its resilience.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Types of tourism you must indulge in at least once
  • Infographic idea: Which countries have opened up tourism after the lockdown?
  • Video idea: How is mass tourism harming cities around the world?
  • Podcast idea: How is tourism expected to change post-COVID?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by Ogilvy and Mather for West Bengal Tourism shows the state through the lens of a foreign visitor, culminating in a surprise visit from Shah Rukh Khan.

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is The Beverly Hillbillies Day? The year 1962 brought the now familiar tune “Come and listen to the story ’bout a man named Jed…” The Beverly Hillbillies aired on CBS-TV on this day, enchanting audiences with Jed, Ellie Mae, Granny, Jethro, Miss Jane and that banker feller. 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Growing into your future with health and grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is.”

— Victoria Moran

random paragraph


he nervously peered over the edge. She understood in her mind that the view was supposed to be beautiful, but all she felt was fear. There had always been something about heights that disturbed her, and now she could feel the full force of this unease. She reluctantly crept a little closer with the encouragement of her friends as the fear continued to build. She couldn’t help but feel that something horrible was about to happen.

Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize – CBS News


Why am I not surprised.  IMHO, I thought if not the  B.R.I.C. leaders atleast Trump/. Putin / Modi/ Xi WILL make the Grade – even as a Bribe by Nobel to regain lost credibility, integrity and moral ground by giving it to utter Nincompoops, LW, Commies and most undeserving. 

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One at a time, over and over

It’s 2018, a special night out. The restaurant shouldn’t have been as disappointing as it was. The room was beautiful, the staff was trying hard, the menu was ambitious–and yet it fell flat.

I realized that the problem is one that many of us face:

All shift long, there’s a lot to do. Another plate to fire, another customer to serve, another plate to clean. And yet this customer doesn’t care about all of that. For any given diner, this may very well be the only time he or she will ever eat here. For any given diner, this dish, this interaction–that’s the only chance you’re going to get.

It doesn’t matter to them that you have 100 tops to serve in the next hour. It doesn’t matter that the last week’s worth of customers all left happy. To this customer, there’s just this one time.

Over and over.

Just this one time.

Over and over.



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United States: Second ex-United Auto Workers president charged with embezzling union funds


via United States: Second ex-United Auto Workers president charged with embezzling union funds

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United States: Second ex-United Auto Workers president charged with embezzling union funds
Aug 28, 2020 06:00 pm
Former United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams was charged with embezzlement and defrauding the U.S. government as part of a multiyear corruption probe into one of America’s most prominent unions. Williams, who led the organization from 2014 to 2018, is the second ex-president of the union to be charged. His
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Switzerland: Swiss charge prominent businessman with insider trading and bribery
Aug 28, 2020 05:30 pm
Criminal proceedings were launched against Ziegler in April 2016, after the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) raised suspicions of insider trading. The federal prosecutor extended its investigation a year later to a second person, as well as widening the accusations to include bribery and industrial espionage. The federal prosecutor alleges
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Nigeria: Siemens boosts anti-graft war with $1.29m
Aug 28, 2020 05:00 pm
Siemens Nigeria has restated its commitment to supporting sustainable development in the country through its Business to Society (B2S) initiative. The B2S report stated that Siemens Integrity Initiative (SII) has invested about $1.29million  in Nigeria to promote anti-corruption practices through capacity building and training. Siemens said its support for sustainable
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New Zealand: Ministry awarded Petrofac contracts not knowing it was being investigated by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office
Aug 28, 2020 04:30 pm
Government officials say they awarded British consulting firm Petrofac two contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars without being aware the company was being investigated for bribery in the UK. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) awarded Petrofac a $140,000 contract in October 2017 to assess the integrity
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Russia: Russia’s State Duma lawmaker faces trial on bribery charges
Aug 28, 2020 04:00 pm
The indictment has been approved against State Duma lawmaker Vadim Belousov and his alleged accomplice Margarita Butakova as part of a 3.2-billion-ruble (about $45 million at the current exchange rate) bribery case, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia reports. Investigators claim that from May 2010 to
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Thailand: 16th Secretariat Meeting of ASEAN Parties Against Corruption (ASEAN-PAC) successfully concluded via video conference
Aug 28, 2020 03:30 pm
The National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC) hosted the 16th ASEAN Parties Against Corruption (ASEAN-PAC) Secretariat Meeting on 24 August 2020 via video conference. Operational-level officers from the 10 Southeast Asian anti-corruption agencies gathered online to exchange experiences and discuss their progress on anti-corruption efforts. The 16th ASEAN-PAC Secretariat Meeting
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Word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
BeadleBEE-dlPart of speech: nounOrigin: Old English, 16th century
1A ceremonial officer of a church, college, or similar institution.2A minor parish officer dealing with petty offenders.
 
Examples of Beadle in a sentence “The award will be presented by the beadle.” “As beadle, he was responsible for enforcing the parking regulations in the small town.”

Random acts of kindness


1. Give a child a balloon.
2. Hold the (otherwise unoccupied) elevator while your colleague runs back to her desk to get something she forgot even if you’re in a hurry to leave the building.
3. Leave your waiter a generous tip
4. Lend your expertise – Know intellectual property law? Help out a friend who really needs that assist.
5. Share my umbrella with a stranger on a rainy day

wisdom quotes


Follow the path you’re on and you’ll reach your destination. Divert and you may reach your destiny.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. (Lao Tzu)
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Life happens wherever you are, whether you live it or not.
Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not. (Uncle Iroh in The Last Avatar)

SEASONED NUTS QUOTABLE


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
 
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”  — Benjamin Franklin“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

One at a time, over and over – SETH GODIN’S NEWSLETTER


One at a time, over and over

It’s 2018, a special night out. The restaurant shouldn’t have been as disappointing as it was. The room was beautiful, the staff was trying hard, the menu was ambitious–and yet it fell flat.

I realized that the problem is one that many of us face:

All shift long, there’s a lot to do. Another plate to fire, another customer to serve, another plate to clean. And yet this customer doesn’t care about all of that. For any given diner, this may very well be the only time he or she will ever eat here. For any given diner, this dish, this interaction–that’s the only chance you’re going to get.

It doesn’t matter to them that you have 100 tops to serve in the next hour. It doesn’t matter that the last week’s worth of customers all left happy. To this customer, there’s just this one time.

Over and over.

Just this one time.

Over and over.

nik’s free book summaries newsletter


Heyo, Nik here with your free summary of the day.

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1-Sentence-Summary: Suggestible You helps you understand and utilize the power of your mind-body connection by explaining the effect that your thoughts have on your body, including pain, illness, and memory and how to take advantage of it.

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Favorite quote from the author:

Suggestible You Summary

You already know your brain is incredible. But did you know that just on its own it has the ability to relieve pain, heal you from sickness, or even trick itself? The key to unlocking this potential is suggestion. 

Your brain runs on expectations. And it doesn’t like to be let down. Rather than facing reality and changing beliefs, it sometimes would instead change reality. Through suggestion, you can tap into this power and your mind can do amazing things. 

In Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal, Erik Vance delves into the fascinating world of expectation and suggestion.

From the placebo effect to hypnotism, you will be impressed by the incredible ways your brain can trick itself. And most importantly, Vance will help you harness this power and use it to improve your own life.

Here are just 3 of the many fascinating lessons I got out of this book:

  1. Placebos work by the power of suggestion.
  2. Suggestions can affect the very decisions we make and we don’t even realize it. 
  3. You can use this power of expectation to better your life.

You are going to read this summary and you are going to like it. Just kidding, this isn’t about Jedi mind tricks! Let’s get to it!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.

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Lesson 1: The placebo effect is very real and it is a product of the power of suggestion.

When we take a drug for pain, we sometimes feel relief almost immediately. But in truth, most medications take about 15 or more minutes to kick in. This is like the placebo effect, the phenomenon when you experience benefits from a drug or treatment that doesn’t actually have any. In other words, your brain creates a benefit based on expectation. 

It’s a well-documented effect that many people believe has a lot of untapped potential. The author says it’s likely the reason for successes in homeopathic medicine. It also could be the key to helping baffling cases chronic pain. 

How can this be? Your brain actually already has the chemical arsenal it needs to treat pain, in the same way opioids do-by releasing endorphins.

And it doesn’t stop there. Our brains produce endocannabinoids, which are found in Marijuana and help with pain, as well as dopamine and serotonin, which have to do with mood. 

All of these chemicals are particularly sensitive to the placebo effect. So your brain has all the resources it needs to help itself with ailments such as pain, anxiety, nausea, depression, or addiction.

However, studies show some people are more suggestible than others. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you will experience more benefits from the placebo effect.

Lesson 2: We often make decisions based on suggestions and we don’t even realize it.

Suggestibility affects many of the choices we make every day. Companies know this, and use it to make their products taste better to you. And no, I don’t mean that they just make them seem to taste better, they know that suggestion can make them actually taste better.

Packaging and presentation create an expectation, and your mind will happily want to meet that expectation by making something taste better. 

Don’t believe it? In a study investigating this power of expectation, a researcher told participants that she was comparing two milkshakes, one diet shake and another full-calorie one. She packaged the low-calorie shake with a no-frills and sensible label and gave the full-fat one a luxurious label. 

Unbeknownst to the participants, both actually contained the same amount of calories. Not only did they report the full-fat version tasted better, but when the researcher measured the participant’s hormone levels, she found those who drank the diet milkshake produced more ghrelin-the hormone tells us we’re hungry. Just thinking that they weren’t going to consume as many calories is enough to make them feel hungry. 

Expectation also plays a role in addiction where people get caught in an unfortunate loop. A drug gives pleasurable sensations, and the brain, overwhelmed by this, reduces dopamine production to restore balance. The less dopamine you have, the less pleasure you feel. Soon, you will need more and more of the drug to achieve the same pleasurable effect.

Lesson 3: If you want to improve your life, you can start taking advantage of the power of expectation.

By now, we understand the power of expectation and its ability to do some crazy things. Throughout history, ritualistic and faith healings have shown it can work. While some of their claims may be questionable, there is a way you can bring this power into your own life. 

First, you need to know and understand yourself. Because much of it relies on the power of storytelling, ask yourself what types of stories you find engaging or inspiring. While some people might trust in ancient wisdom, many people don’t believe anything that isn’t established by scientific evidence.

Additionally, some people need meditation and solitude while others do best in a group setting. Find what captures your individual imagination to discover a specific approach that works for you. 

Additionally, because we all have different levels of suggestibility, get to know what yours is. Experimenting with hypnosis is one way to find out how suggestible you are. 

The author gives some rules of thumb for discovering how you can use this power in a smart way. The first is to make sure that you don’t place yourself in any kind of danger. This means being careful with unregulated supplements or substances that people say can help you. Always read the label. 

The next rule is to not give up on traditional medicine. Alternative therapies can help but use these along with needed medical treatments to ensure you don’t harm yourself.

Next, make sure you don’t bankrupt yourself in a search for placebos. If someone is asking for hundreds of dollars for a supplement they probably are trying to take advantage of you.

Suggestible You Review

Suggestible You has such fresh and intriguing ideas. What if the key to our health and happiness lies within our own brains? You will be amazed at what your mind does without you even realizing it. The book is full of captivating scientific facts and stories, I just wish it had a little more actionable advice.

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Who would I recommend the Suggestible You summary to?

The 26-year-old who has seen people be miraculously cured but has no explanation for it, the 49-year-old that is curious about why the body is so good at healing itself sometimes, and anyone that wants to know how their mind and body work.

The post Suggestible You Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.Keep learning,
-Nik

Prayer of the day


Hallowed God, ever-living creator, I wandered from your path and come to confess my sins. I failed you, I desired more power to change the world. I accept your punishment, unburden me of this pain. I accept my deserved punishment so I may feel the warmth of your light once more.

14. International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – 26September


14. International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – 26September

Day against Nuclear Weapons Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated so that the world community can reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a priority

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Conditions seen in people who have been exposed to radioactivity
  • Infographic idea: Countries that own the most nuclear weapons
  • Video idea: How do countries safely dispose of nuclear waste?
  • Podcast idea: How do countries deal diplomatically with nuclear threat?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by Tech Insider shows the evolution of nuclear weapons and their impact.

The problem with love is deciding who’s doing the dishes | Psyche Ideas


Use uncertainty to leverage the power of your predictive brain | Aeon Essays


seth godin newsletter



When can we talk about our systems?

Your team is down by a few points and the game is almost over. What play should you call?

[When can we talk about the system of drafting and training that got your team to this situation in the first place?]

Your back hurts and you think you need surgery to help with the pain.

[When can we talk about the technique you use when you go running every day?]

Your employee shows up late regularly. How can you get them to care more?

[When can we talk about your hiring and leadership approaches?]

There’s racial injustice and unfairness all around us.

[Can we talk about persistent indoctrination around caste?]

You just had an argument with your brother. What’s the best way for him to see that you’re right?

[When can we talk about the narratives your family has developed for generations?]

Universities and local schools are in crisis with testing in disarray and distant learning ineffective…

[When can we talk about what school is for?]

It’s comfortable to ignore the system, to assume it is as permanent as the water surrounding your goldfish. But the fact that we have these tactical problems is all the evidence we need to see that something is causing them, and that spending time on the underlying structure could make a difference.

In a crisis, there’s maximum attention. And in a crisis, we often discard any pretense of caring about systems and resilience and focus only on how to get back to normal. This is precisely why normal is what normal is, because we fight to get back to it.

Changing the system changes everything. And it might be even less work than pouring water on today’s tactical emergency.

Jamesclear.com newsletter i like


3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (September 24, 2020)

“Working to deliver the most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

Read this on JamesClear.com

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for the week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“Feel compliments as deeply as you feel insults.”

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II.

“Working on a problem reduces the fear of it.

It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow.

Action relieves anxiety.”

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III.

“Success is largely the failures you avoid.

Health is the injuries you don’t sustain.

Wealth is the purchases you don’t make.

Happiness is the objects you don’t desire.

Peace of mind is the arguments you don’t engage.

Avoid the bad to protect the good.”

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Hat tip to Morgan Housel for sparking this idea.

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Anne Frank on how challenge reveals our true character:

“I’ve learned one thing: you only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!”

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl



II.

Architect Christopher Alexander on the importance of high standards:

“In my life as an architect, I find that the single thing which inhibits young professionals, new students most severely, is their acceptance of standards that are too low. If I ask a student whether her design is as good as Chartres, she often smiles tolerantly at me as if to say, “Of course not, that isn’t what I am trying to do. … I could never do that.”

Then, I express my disagreement, and tell her: “That standard must be our standard. If you are going to be a builder, no other standard is worthwhile. That is what I expect of myself in my own buildings, and it is what I expect of my students.”

Gradually, I show the students that they have a right to ask this of themselves, and must ask this of themselves. Once that level of standard is in their minds, they will be able to figure out, for themselves, how to do better, how to make something that is as profound as that.

Two things emanate from this changed standard. First, the work becomes more fun. It is deeper, it never gets tiresome or boring, because one can never really attain this standard. One’s work becomes a lifelong work, and one keeps trying and trying. So it becomes very fulfilling, to live in the light of a goal like this.

But secondly, it does change what people are trying to do. It takes away from them the everyday, lower-level aspiration that is purely technical in nature, (and which we have come to accept) and replaces it with something deep, which will make a real difference to all of us that inhabit the earth.”

Source: Foreword to Patterns of Software by Richard P. Gabriel

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

Who brings out your best qualities? Can you take five minutes right now to schedule time with them?

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James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

Racism is baked into the structure of dialectical philosophy | Aeon Essays


Moleskin


WORD OF THE DAY

Moleskin
MOHL-skin
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, 17th century

1
The skin of a mole used as fur.
2
A thick, strong cotton fabric with a shaved pile surface.

Examples of Moleskin in a sentence

“I found a vintage coat lined with moleskin in exactly my size.”

“I need to buy three yards of moleskin to make my new comforter.”

Did you know


Did you know…
… that today is Bullwinkle and Rocky Day? Bullwinkle J. Moose and his friend, Rocket J. (Rocky) Squirrel, were seen in prime time on NBC, broadcast in color, for the first time on this day in 1961. The syndicated show can still be seen to this day!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

— Harry S. Truman