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Is that a rash on your neck or are you just anxious to see me?

Cognitive Behave Yourself

I go red when I’m nervous. And when I’m embarrassed. And frustrated. And amused. In fact, any time I experience the slightest increase in emotion or temperature, you will see it on my skin, clawing its way out of my collar and onto my face.  I discovered this delightful fact about myself in high school, when someone kindly pointed out that they would have presumed I was sunburnt, had I not been so deathly pale everywhere else.  They weren’t the only person to notice, either.  Every time it happened, someone would comment on it. Once the focus was firmly on me and my neck, I would get even more uncomfortable, more red, more comments, more anxious, more red, and the cycle would continue.

Fortunately most adults don’t feel the need to comment on every perceived flaw or defect in other people.  By the time I was training to become…

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How to survive your PhD MOOC

Blogging about learning, researching, teaching in academia

What is my mind focusing on and noticing? What is my mind focusing on and noticing?

I’m (oh so slowly) completing a MOOC by the fabulous Thesis Whisperer and team called ‘How to survive your PhD’. Not that I’m enrolled in a PhD, yet, that’s for next semester. But then I’ve been saying that for five semesters so far and counting. It just doesn’t seem to be quite the right time.

Anyway, after the first two weeks of introduction and looking at the history of the PhD, week 3 (yes I’m way behind) looks at Confidence and also the Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is something I’m familiar with as I’m an academic without a PhD. In my first couple of years in the job I was frequently heard saying that

  • ‘I got this job ‘through the back door’ because I don’t have a PhD’,
  • ‘I’m not a real researcher, I don’t have a PhD’,  and
  • ‘I’m researching but I…

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New Moon in Libra

Willpower Astrology

Oh hey,

So the new moon in Libra signifies a time for renewing relationships. It occurred Monday night around 19° (it’s Wednesday now and the moon is in my natal Scorpio, maybe why I feel like I am getting caught up enough to catch up).

Libra is the first sign of the zodiac to say “we are” rather than “I am.” Democracy and diplomacy are Libran ideals. Unlike Aries, who has a one-track mind in ramming down their own goals, Libra looks to the ‘other’ to get things done. This is connected to Jung’s idea of shadow, what is “you” and not “me.”

Libra is an air sign, having to do with mental energy and communication. It’s cardinal, or an initiator. Unlike Gemini, which is about expression and interplay between people and Aquarius, which is about relating to groups and mankind at large, Libra is about personal relationships. Any bond…

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The Forgotten Drug War: Dorothy Sullivan, Informant (Chicago, 1941)

Points: short and insightful writing about a long and complex history

“There was not the least sign of social disorder in 1942”

—Daniel Patrick Moynihan, speaking at the 100 Years of Heroin Conference, Yale University, 1998

Screenshot 2015-08-27 09.27.33Dorothy Sullivan was an informant for the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. On Tuesday, January 22, 1942, she was scheduled to testify in federal court in support of the government’s case against two men charged with heroin sales. She never made it to court. Instead, she fell, screaming and on fire, from eighth floor of a South Dearborn office building. Passers-by described looking up when they heard screams, and seeing what looked like a “flaming bundle of rags” plunging to the street. Dorothy Sullivan was killed instantly when she hit the ground, just one of an uncounted number of narcotics informants to meet a violent end over the course of the war on drugs. Their stories are rarely told.


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Why I’ve Stopped Doing Interviews for Yale

Math with Bad Drawings

Last year, I conducted alumni interviews for Yale applicants. It’s an easy gig. You take a smart, ambitious 17-year-old out for hot chocolate, ask them about their life, and then report back to the university, “Yup, this is another great kid.”

I recently got an email asking me to re-enlist. Was I ready for another admissions season?

I checked “No,” mostly because “Aw, hell no” wasn’t an option.

Why my reluctance? No grudge, no beef, no axe to grind. It’s just that the whole admissions process is so spectacularly crazy that participating in it— even in the peripheral role of “alumni interviewer”—feels like having spiders crawling out of my eyeballs.

In the last 15 to 20 years, Yale’s applicant pool has gone from “hypercompetitive” to “a Darwinian dystopia so cutthroat you’d feel guilty even simulating it on a computer, just in case the simulations had emotions.”

I don’t fault the admissions office. For every…

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the wildest prediction…


Radical Bliss

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Excerpted from Peter Diamonds’ Tech Blog, Oct. 11, 2015:

I consider Ray Kurzweil a very close friend and a very smart person.

Ray is a brilliant technologist, futurist, and director of engineering at Google focused on AI and language processing.

He has also made more correct (and documented) technology predictions about the future than anyone:

As reported, “of the 147 predictions that Kurzweil has made since the 1990’s, fully 115 of them have turned out to be correct, and another 12 have turned out to be “essentially correct” (off by a year or two), giving his predictions a stunning 86% accuracy rate.”

Two weeks ago, Ray and I held an hour-long webinar with my Abundance 360 CEOs about predicting the future.

During our session, there was one of Ray’s specific prediction that really blew my mind.

“In the 2030s,” said Ray, “we are going to send…

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We’re Erasing Western Civilization – RushLimbaugh.com

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We’re Erasing Western Civilization
Illegal immigration, normal immigration, intimidation, political correctness, what have you. But Western civilizations are pretty much in the process of erasing themselves, in my view, anyway.

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a new Namaste

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Recently, I was thinking about the need to try and appreciate others even when we don’t necessarily agree with or relate to them. It is easy to slip into viewing someone as opposing you, to unknowingly let them become an enemy of sorts in your mind, without ever meaning to do so. It’s very easy to see this among families or love relationships – for example, I know, deep down, that my husband and I desire the same thing between us, a strong, loving, fun marriage. And yet, if we happen to disagree on something, it’s easy to forget that and slip into “ugh, why are we so different?!” mode.

After yoga or meditation, it feels so lovely to share that “namaste” moment, where we acknowledge the divine within ourselves and others. Namaste means:
“The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you”, or
“I honor the spirit…

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Psychic Vampires or Emotion Eaters


Psychic vampires or emotion eaters, are those people who will drain every single drop of energy from you.

They are every where and live among us.

Fortunately it’s easy to identify them.

They will say I instead of We prominently in their speech; they will talk non-stop, about a variety of subjects but always somehow related to themselves and their greatness; ask no question–or, god forbid, feed-back; use you as a self-therapy session–and often charge you for it.

They are full of bullocks.

Once you have, finally, extricated your-self from their presence you will feel exhausted and in need of a long, restorative sleep in order to recover your energies.

Best not confronted as basically insane.

In short, identify and avoid at any cost.

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