World of Speakers E.82: Eric Sim | From Keynote to E-note | SpeakerHub

Dozens of COVID-19 vaccines are in development. Here are the ones to follow.

Why some people are superspreaders and how the body emits coronavirus

The Doctor and the Doctor

The Doctor and the Doctor

The Doctor and the Doctor

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the waddling of the doctor,
I think he’s angry at the wachter.

He finds it hard to see the beach,
Overshadowed by the ornamental keech.

Who is that slithering near the lorry?
I think she’d like to eat the glory.

She is but a grumpy doctor,
Admired as she sits upon a prockter.

Her pleasurable car is just an eagle,
It needs no gas, it runs on paralegal.

She’s not alone she brings a girlfriend,
a pet zebra, and lots of back end.

The zebra likes to chase a lion,
Especially one that’s in the tryon.

The doctor shudders at the live cube
He want to leave but she wants the torpedo tube.

Did you know…

Did you know…… that today is National Candy Corn Day? Candy corn was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger and first manufactured by the Wunderle Candy Company. Trivia fans: When candy corn is stacked up in a circle, it resembles corn on the cob, hence the name!~~~Today’s Inspirational Quote:”Witch parking. All others will be toad.”– Author Unknown


JAY wasn’t exactly sure how he had ended up in this predicament.

He ran through all the events that had lead to this current situation and it still didn’t make sense.

He wanted to spend some time to try and make sense of it all, but he had higher priorities at the moment.

The first was how to get out of his current situation of being naked in a tree with snow falling all around and no way for him to get down.

A Wall Street Banker Says Being Seen as a Diversity Hire Caused Resentment – Bloomberg

The radical aristocrat who put kindness on a scientific footing | Psyche Ideas

This Chicken Lived for Two Years Without a Head – HISTORY


Learn the Netflix model of high-performing teams – Big Think

The Intrepid Mother and Son Who Unraveled a Geographic Hoax – Atlas Obscura

In Japan, ‘Theater for the People’ Makes Fandom a Part of the Show – Atlas Obscura

The Italian Village of La California Hosted Its Own American Elections – Atlas Obscura

In a remote town near Area 51, UFO believers and locals contemplate the beyond | Aeon Videos

A spiritual emergency can be wild. This is how to ride the wave | Psyche Ideas

Seasoned Nuts Quotable


“In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” — David Foster Wallace

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” — Edmund Burke

18. World Cities Day –31st October

18. World Cities Day 31st October

World Cities Day

This day is celebrated to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, addressing its challenges and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Ways to make your house cooler naturally
  • Infographic idea: What are the most expensive cities to live in?
  • Video idea: The world’s top ‘science cities’ and how they earned that name
  • Podcast idea: Is it better to have airports outside the city?

Other Content Marketing Opportunities:

19. Breast Cancer Awareness Month 1-31October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Content Marketing Ideas

This month is dedicated to increase awareness about breast cancer and encourage people to go for early detection and treatment.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: What other diseases should one look out for if they have breast cancer?
  • Infographic idea: After what age are you at highest risk of getting breast cancer?
  • Video idea: How does chemotherapy affect your body?
  • Podcast idea: How should you care for yourself after a mastectomy?

Brand campaign that worked:

This ad by Lux shows a newly developed product – a soap with a visible lump on it – as a way to remind women daily to check for lumps in their breasts.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“So tonight I reach for my journal again. This is the first time I’ve done this since I came to Italy. What I write in my journal is that I am weak and full of fear. I explain that Depression and Loneliness have shown up, and I’m scared they will never leave. I say that I don’t want to take the drugs anymore, but I’m frightened I will have to. I am terrified that I will never really pull my life together. In response, somewhere from within me, rises a now-familiar presence, offering me all the certainties I have always wished another person would say to me when I was troubled. This is what I find myself writing on the page:I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and Braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. Tonight, this strange interior gesture of friendship—the lending of a hand fromme to myself when nobody else is around to offer solace—reminds me of something that happened to me once in New York City. I walked into an office building one afternoon in a hurry, dashed into the waiting elevator. As I rushed in, I caught an unexpected glance of myself in a security mirror’s reflection. In that moment, my brain did an odd thing—it fired off this split-second message: “Hey! You know her! That’s a friend of yours!” And I actually ran forward toward my own reflection with a smile, ready to welcome that girl whose name I had lost but whose face was so familiar. In a flash instant of course, I realized my mistake and laughed in embarrassment at my almost doglike confusion over how a mirror works. But for some reason that incident comes to mind again tonight during my sadness in Rome, and I find myself writing this comforting reminder at the bottom of the page. Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a FRIEND…I fell asleep holding my notebook pressed against my chest, open to this most recent assurance. In the morning when I wake up, I can still smell a faint trace of depression’s lingering smoke, but he himself is nowhere to be seen. Somewhere during the night, he got up and left. And his buddy loneliness beat it, too.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

I like Scatter newsletter

November : a month to remember
With nights setting in early, and dawn a little later, it’s time to cuddle under your favourite blanket each morning, just a bit longer. Hot beverages replace cold ones, and winter jackets are pulled from the back of the closet and shaken out; ready for wear.

The holiday season is around the corner, and WhatsApp groups start to flood with winter getaway plans. Itinerates are drawn up, maps consulted and routes marked out, but not without today’s safety essentials, making it a holiday like no other before.

Come November and it’s time to string up bright, colourful lights, sharpen your rangoli- making skills and flaunt your best ethnic look as the light from diyas warm your home and mood. Diwali will certainly be different this year, but there’ll be no shortage of love, joy, gifts and sweets to go around. And the many fun events lined up are sure to make November special for everyone.

Some will get nostalgic about their carefree school days on ‘Children’s Day’, others will take up the annual ‘No-shave November’ challenge and a fair few might try their creative hand at the prestigious ‘NaNoWriMo’ project.

There’s plenty to look forward to in the coming month. But just like you, your customers are awaiting November too. And this makes it the perfect time for your brand to have some engaging festive conversations.  

Read our November blog to see what Scatter Recommends.
 Scatter – #EngageUnfoolishlyScatter drives results. Brands that have worked with us have seen a drastic increase in content stickiness, reduced bounce rates, better email open rates and better CTR’s. We plan, produce, promote and progress a brand’s content standing.

The Myth of the Werehyena and the Fear of the Other in the Horn of Africa – Atlas Obscura

The Italian Village of La California Hosted Its Own American Elections – Atlas Obscura

Art lessons from the 1970s for survival in an ecologically blighted world | Aeon Essays

james clear newsletter

3-2-1 ThursdayNote: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (October 29, 2020)

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

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Welcome to 3-2-1 Thursday,

Happy Halloween! Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.



“Be “selectively ignorant.”

Ignore topics that drain your attention.

Unfollow people that drain your energy.

Abandon projects that drain your time.

Do not keep up with it all. The more selectively ignorant you become, the more broadly knowledgable you can be.”

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“Reading can teach you the best of what others already know.

Reflection can teach you the best of what only you can know.”

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“The math of success…

Results = (Hard Work*Time)^Strategy

Working hard is important, but working on the right thing is more important. A great strategy can deliver exponential results.

Of course, the best strategy is worth nothing if you never get to work. Zero to the millionth power is still zero.”



The writer Anais Nin on how to unlock a bigger, fuller life:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Source: The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 3: 1939-1944


Writer George Bernard Shaw on living a life that burns bright:

“This is the true joy in life:

being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;

being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

Source: Epistle Dedicatory from Man and Superman


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

P.S. Trick or bear?

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Ballpoint Pen Sales Day? In 1945, the first ballpoint pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented. New York’s Gimbels Department Store described the new pen as a “fantastic… miraculous fountain pen … guaranteed to write for two years without refilling!” On that first day of sales, Gimbels sold out its entire stock of 10,000 pens at $12.50 each.


Brain pickings newsletter I like

This is the Brain Pickings midweek pick-me-up: Once a week, I plunge into my fourteen-year archive and choose something worth resurfacing and resavoring as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit. (If you don’t yet subscribe to the standard Sunday newsletter of new pieces published each week, you can sign up here — it’s free.) If you missed last week’s edition — Walt Whitman on the pillars of democracy and the courage of actionable optimism over cynicism as a mighty force of resistance — you can catch up right here. And if you find any solace, joy, and value in my labor of love, please consider supporting it with a donation – over these fourteen years, I have spent tens of thousands of hours and tremendous resources on Brain Pickings, and every little bit of support helps keep it – keep me – going. If you already donate: THANK YOU.FROM THE ARCHIVE | Love After Love: Derek Walcott’s Poetic Ode to Relearning to Be at Home in Ourselves After HeartbreakThe great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has written beautifully about why learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves — a sentiment that the reactive modern cynic might dismiss as the vacant fodder of self-help books, but one which more considered reflection reveals to be deeply truthful and deeply uncomfortable. What, after all, does loving oneself even mean — particularly if we’re aspiring to be unselfish and generous, and to outgrow the illusory ego-shell we call a self?That’s what Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott (January 23, 1930–March 17, 2017) — a writer of such extraordinary poetic prowess that his 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature appears a wholly inadequate measure of his mastery and mesmerism — addresses with a luminous sidewise gleam in a poem titled “Love After Love,” found in his Collected Poems: 1948–1984 (public library).derekwalcott.jpg?zoom=2&w=680Derek WalcottOn an archival On Being episode titled “Opening to Our Lives,” mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn reads Walcott’s masterpiece — undoubtedly one of the greatest, most soul-stretching poems ever written.

The time will come

when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.This reading is part of On Being’s altogether wonderful poetry archive. Complement it with other poetry-lovers’ readings of favorite poems: Amanda Palmer reads Wislawa SzymborskaDavid Whyte reads Mary OliverJoanna Macy reads Rainer Maria Rilke, and my reading of Mark Strand.FORWARD TO A FRIEND/READ ONLINE/donating=lovingEvery week since 2006, I have been pouring tremendous time, thought, love, and resources into Brain Pickings, which remains free and is made possible by patronage. If you find any joy and solace in my labor of love, please consider supporting it with a donation. And if you already donate, from the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU. (If you’ve had a change of heart or circumstance and wish to rescind your support, you can do so at this link.)monthly donationYou can become a Sustaining Patron with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a Brooklyn lunch. one-time donationOr you can become a Spontaneous Supporter with a one-time donation in any amount.Partial to Bitcoin? You can beam some bit-love my way: 197usDS6AsL9wDKxtGM6xaWjmR5ejgqem7RELATED READING:Sappho’s Timeless Elegy for Heartbreak at the End of Love, Reimagined in a Haunting Choral Invocation* * *Hannah Arendt on Love and How to Live with the Fundamental Fear of Loss* * *Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak

Security is mostly a superstition….

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller, The Open Door

back in the tube – seth godin newsletter

Back in the tube

There are two kinds of mistakes.

One is the sort where failure is not noticeable because failure means that you didn’t engage with an audience. If you do an art show and no one comes, no one realizes that your art show failed.

The other is harder to walk away from. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. When you engineer credit default swaps that merge together mortgage streams, inextricably linking the healthy ones with the others, it’s a mistake with real consequences.

Confusing the two types of errors is a recipe for tragedy. If we can figure out how to organize and plan for the first type of resilient failure, it’s far easier to experiment.

How a Coffee Blend Defined an Era of Israeli Politics – Gastro Obscura

“All anecdote and no data”

“All anecdote and no data”

That’s a criticism, of course. A report, study or testimony that’s all anecdote with no data carries little in the way of actionable information.

On the other hand, if you want to change people’s minds, “all data and no anecdote” isn’t going to get you very far.

We act on what we understand, we understand what fits into our worldview and we remember what we act on.

COURTESY: Seth Godin’s Newsletter


Mien meenPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, early 16th century
1A person’s look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood.
Examples of Mien in a sentence “The children all had a particularly cheerful, friendly mien.” “She was elegant and regal, with the mien of a queen.”

When is it ethical to vote for ‘the lesser of two evils’? | Psyche Ideas

A pioneering biologist explains the co-evolution of the vagina and penis | Aeon Videos

did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Plush Animal Lover’s Day? The objective of this day is simple: enjoy and appreciate your plush animals. Give them a little love and special attention today. And, if they’ve lost a little of their “plush,” that’s okay – just give them some extra love!


did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Navy Day? Ahoy there, Sailor. This day is for you! Navy Day is commonly celebrated on October 27 and was selected because it was the birth date of President Teddy Roosevelt, an avid supporter of the U.S. Navy. Later research determined that the birthday of the U.S. Continental Navy was October 13, 1775. Efforts were made to move Navy Day to this date but Navy Day is still largely recognized as October 27. Give a salute to your proud U.S. Navy and to the sailors who serve our country.


Colin powell quote

“The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you tocrawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those thatdon’t increase you will eventually decrease you.Consider this:Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problemswith someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those whonever succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone hasa right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of thebargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don’t follow anyonewho’s not going anywhere.With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be carefulwhere you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is theperson who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run withwolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, youwill learn how to soar to great heights.”A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.”The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom youclosely associate – for the good and the bad.Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends.Yes…do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.”In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.””Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.””If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters.Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude..”..”
– Colin Powell

great commandments worth following

You shall abide by promises you make.
You shall look only to god for what may come in the future.
You shall not give into lusts.
You shall be considerate of others well being.
You shall look after your mind and body.
You shall believe in your abilities as you believe in god.
You shall ask god for forgiveness for your sins.
You shall act upon responsibilities first before all else.
You shall not desire other’s possessions.
You shall speak falsehoods.

The Agreeable And Sharp Snail

The Agreeable And Sharp Snail

A Poem by Anonymous

Whose snail is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite happy though.
Full of joy like a vivid rainbow,
I watch her laugh. I cry hello.

She gives her snail a shake,
And laughs until her belly aches.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The snail is agreeable, sharp and deep,
But she has promises to keep,
After cake and lots of sleep.
Sweet dreams come to her cheap.

She rises from her gentle bed,
With thoughts of kittens in her head,
She eats her jam with lots of bread.
Ready for the day ahead.With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.

best quotes of the week

Christian Nestell Bovee“When all else is lost, the future still remains.”

via Today’s Quote October 19, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed Larcom“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

via Today’s Quote October 21, 2020 at 10:59AM
via RSS Feed Paul VI“Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.”

via Today’s Quote October 22, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed“All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.”

via Today’s Quote October 23, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed Twain“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

via Today’s Quote October 24, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed

MISGIVINGS – BY SETH GODIN via his newsletter


If you’re not having any second thoughts at all, it’s probably because you’re not thinking it through enough.

The hallmark of the true believer is that there’s no room for judgment. For everyone else, misgivings are a sign that you’re carefully considering the problem at hand.

In between chemotherapy, 10-year-old Pien finds kinship with the honeybees she keeps | Aeon Videos

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Doonesbury Day? Doonesbury, a comic strip by American cartoonist Garry Trudeau, debuted in 28 newspapers on this day in 1970. Doonesbury chronicles the adventures and lives of an array of characters of various ages, professions, and backgrounds, from the President of the United States to the title character, Michael Doonesbury, who has progressed from a college student to a youthful senior citizen over the decades. Celebrate by reading your favorite comic strip today!


seasoned nuts quotable


“There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.” — Nadine Gordimer

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.” ― Thomas Merton

How to understand cells, tissues and organisms as agents with agendas | Aeon Essays

How psychological scientists found the empirical path to wisdom | Aeon Essays

Making sauerkraut is a spiritual matter for the ‘fermentation fetishist’ Sandor Katz | Aeon Videos

Telephone therapy is convenient and it works. Let’s use it more | Psyche Ideas

What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like? | Aeon Videos

One of America’s First Black Churches is Being Excavated in Virginia – Atlas Obscura

The York Ghost Merchants – York, England – Atlas Obscura

incalculably diffusive effect ???

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
– George Eliot, Middlemarch

Soubrette. soo-BRET

Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, mid 18th century
1An actress or other female performer playing a lively, flirtatious role in a play or opera.
Examples of Soubrette in a sentence “She brought a natural playfulness to the role of the soubrette.” “Ana was a triple threat, skilled at singing and dancing, and playing the soubrette. “

random acts of kindness

1. Babysit for a single mom for free.

2. Choose not to say anything negative about anyone behind their backs.

3. Let your partner watch their show

4. Paid past due library fees for

5 people and while there, put dollar bills in some of your favorite books.5. Write your teacher a thank you note.