Machine learning identifies world’s most common expressions – Big Think

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is First Subway in Japan Day? On this day in 1927, the first subway was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan. Many people had worried that the ground under Tokyo was too soft for a subway, but their fears proved unfounded as the Tokyo Underground Railway Company opened the first section of the subway between Ueno and Asakusa.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.”

— Barbara Geraci

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Bonus: A game design history…

Two videos for when you might have time.

For no really good reason, I filmed this long riff about my experience with the early days of video and adventure games. Probably more 1980s game history than you wanted to know.

Rewatching them, I’m reminded of how many lucky breaks I’ve had, how often I got the benefit of the doubt and how being in the right place at the right time can change so much.

Alas, I didn’t mention many of the people who did the extraordinary work of programming, of organizational development and of believing in possibility. I’m grateful to have worked next to hundreds of people who spent years battling the odds to invent the future.

I love this Newsletter from Scatter.

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January: hope, inspiration & excitement aboundAs winter’s chilly winds blow into January, the cold might not seem to sting as hard as it did in 2020. After all, January brings with it a whole lot of optimism, the possibility of new beginnings and the change to revive old dreams and plans. It is not only a new year but a new decade.  Of course, not everything will magically change as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. But those feelings of excitement and hope on the horizon are almost palpable. Soon, we might be able to return to the simpler pleasures of life that we once took for granted.  As a vaccine roll-out draws closer, hugs and handshakes will be exchanged without worry. Travel plans to elusive getaways will be made with less abandon. And this renewed vigor will bring tons of fresh perspectives, new resolutions, renewed bucket lists and more.  So, leave behind the baggage of the year gone by as you enter January 2021. There’s plenty to celebrate as we embrace a new year. Look toward progress in the brilliant work of the younger generation on World Youth Day. Clear up some of the clutter on National Cleanliness Day. And transform upcoming #contentmarketing opportunities into heartening, uplifting conversations with your audience with these ideas.    

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Wisdom Quotes

It takes a fool to do the same thing again and again with the hopes for a different result.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)
It’s impossible to lose if you never give up.
You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. (Babe Ruth)

You Can’t Freeze Up

You Can’t Freeze Up

Where this goes and what will happen is impossible to ascertain. The only certainty over the next few months and possibly years is uncertainty. But there is one thing you can bet on for sure: There will be a lot of decisions to make. A lot of things to do.

It’s going to be essential that you don’t freeze up. You cannot become paralyzed. It is the surest way to defeat and failure. 

Remember, to the Stoics, the essential virtue was courage. Courage doesn’t mean you’re not scared. Courage means you proceed despite being scared. Courage means you keep going. It means you don’t get discouraged, even when things are hard, when other people are falling down around you, when it’s been so long since you heard anything resembling good news. 

Cato was there when the Roman Republic was in its death throes. Marcus lived through the plague, as we have written about. Seneca and Musonius and Epictetus were exiled… and witnessed Nero’s tyranny and insanity. The later Stoics, from George Washington to James Stockdale, experienced extreme stress and adversity. 

When all this was thrown at these Stoics, they didn’t freeze. They didn’t despair. They found confidence in their training. They broke their very big and very complex problems down into smaller, more manageable pieces. They kept going. They stayed true. They fought. They thought about people other than themselves

No one can tell you what the next few months will bring you. It could be surprisingly good news. Or it could be worse news than we can even conceive of right now. All that we can know for sure—all that is in our control—is what we bring to what life brings us. We can’t freeze up. We can’t fail our ideals. We must show up with courage. We must get serious. We must be our best selves.

History demands it. Our fellow citizens need it. Your philosophy has trained you for it.

Only 3 Days Left! This is the final chance to join our New Year, New You Challenge. This year has over 30,000 words of all-new content, designed to help you:

  • Stop procrastinating on your dreams
  • Learn new skills
  • Quite harmful vices
  • Make amends
  • Learn from past mistakes
  • Have more hope for the new year
  • And much much more…

21 challenges designed to set up potentially life-changing habits for 2021 and beyond.

How Much Longer Are You Going to Wait?

How Much Longer Are You Going to Wait?

We all know professional procrastinators. You know, those people who constantly put stuff off. Who always have some new plan in the works to improve their health, their finances, their work, their friendships, their relationships. I’m ready to start eating better, they say… after the holidays. I’m ready to settle down… soon. I’m ready for my next big project… I just have to do something else first.

We know these people because we are these people. 

Every one of us wants to improve, wants to be better, wants to have better habits, live better, think better. Many of us even know what to do. But we can’t seem to actually do it. 

To that end, the great Stoic, Epictetus, has the perfect question for us: “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”

You know you deserve better. You know you’re capable of better. You have plans to do this, you intended to… but you haven’t actually done it. 

What’s it going to take? When are you going to stop talking about philosophy and start embodying it? When are you going to fulfill that potential that’s just sitting there?

How about right now? Because it’s possible. This year. 2021. We’re putting it to you here: Stop putting it off until tomorrow, until Monday, waiting for it to just happen. Because it won’t. Someone has to take control.

That someone is you.

There’s only 48 hours left to join our New Year, New You Challenge. We created this challenge for that person and for that reason—to help you create a better life, and a new you in 2021.

Take control this year. Stop putting it off.

The Daily Stoic New Year, New You Challenge is a set of 21 actionable challenges—presented one per day—built around the best, most timeless wisdom in Stoic philosophy. Our goal is to help you make 2021 your best year yet.

This year’s challenge is all-new content, guided by thousands of responses and reactions to our previous challenges, courses, videos, and emails. It’s a whole new challenge based on painstaking research and timeless science, for an all-new, life changing experience.

Every year—this year right in front of you—can be the most important year of your life. The one where you become your best, most creative, most centered, most self-reliant and resilient self. 

Some people are going to hire a personal trainer in January as their way of confronting the new year. You have the chance to get step-by-step instruction and encouragement from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus to become the new you, for the new year in a new decade, that could very well produce a whole new world.

This year’s challenge is all-new content, designed to help you: 

  • Stop procrastinating on your dreams
  • Learn new skills
  • Quite harmful vices
  • Make amends
  • Learn from past mistakes
  • Have more hope for the new year
  • And much much more…

21 challenges designed to set up potentially life-changing habits for 2021 and beyond.

What is getting rid of one bad habit worth? What would you give to add a new positive way of thinking or acting into your daily routine? What would you give to be a positive person? And how great would it be to become a part of a community—part of a tribe—of people just like you, struggling and growing and making that satisfying progress towards the kind of personal reinvention that produces the kind of human beings they never knew they could one day be?

Well, here’s your chance.


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✓ Group Slack Channel For Accountability and Community

Don’t wait to better yourself. Don’t wait to demand more of yourself. Start Now.


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1Complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree.2Of large size or quantity; generous or abundant.
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STAND UP AND FIGHT – by Seth Godin

Stand up and fight

One of Woodie Guthrie’s resolutions was to “Wake up and fight.”

But he wasn’t talking about being a bully. Or picking a fight at the local bar.

He was talking about changing the culture.

He was challenging himself to push back against the doubters, and even more than that, to overcome his own self-doubt.

The culture is created by all of us. It might feel as though it’s done to us, but it’s also created by us.

Wake up, stand up and fight. Make things better.