Dia dhuit, as we say here in County Mayo, Ireland.
Here’s what I’d like to share with you this week:
I don’t have any photos of Ireland yet, so today’s pics are from walking through India as it’s pretty close in the alphabet. Is that a valid reason?
An Instagram account I enjoy: I am always happy that I cycled round the world before the era of social media. But @whileoutriding does a good job of making me nostalgic for two wheels and the open road.
An article to ponder: The internet spews forth so much information that I often worry I am drowning in fun superficialia (I made that word up). Articles that have a genuine impact are rare. Those I return to time and again are even rarer. That’s why I am sure you will appreciate The Tail End. You might only be alive long enough for 60 more swims in the ocean… Hopefully it will inspire you to action rather than make you cry and despair at how much time we have wasted already. 😉
A newsletter to subscribe to: if you enjoyed that article, then the Wait But Why newsletter will be up your street. I love how thorough the articles are. The in-depth interviews with Elon Musk were fascinating. The newsletter is infrequent, but that’s no bad thing. If you can’t be bothered to sign up just now, then you may enjoy Tim Urban (Mr Wait But Why) giving his TED talk on Procrastination.
An Adventure Film to Enjoy: In the same way that I’m pleased there was no social media when I rode round the world, I am also glad that I was not interested in making films back then. I could just immerse myself in the journey and the moment. The Frozen Road, however, brought back many memories of some of the chillier parts of my own trip. I am delighted that Ben has been picked as a Vimeo Staff Pick (one of my ambitions), and also that he is speaking at the Night of Adventure in March. (Some tickets still available for the Canary Wharf Night of Adventure.)
A Book to Make you Think: You Are Not So Smart: Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook And 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself is not just a book with a very long title, and a pleasing put-down to the reader’s intelligence. Discover the wonderful ways you delude yourself every day and enjoy a healthy dose of humility. I was completely unaware of how unaware I am of what goes on in my world! Thinking, Fast and Slow is an in-depth (but still very enjoyable) exploration of similar issues, an exhaustive exposé of how much of what we do is influenced by our subconscious cognitative biases.
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