A Morning Peacock of Links (7/5)

Having It All…Or Not

Ultimately, though, Slaughter’s premise is founded on the principle of paid work as providing a person’s core identity and comprising an individual’s value. She calls for a more flexible culture of work for all (a welcome change), yet her role models are all women in positions of power and prestige. I admire many of those women too, but I don’t aspire to be them, nor do I aspire to be in my husband’s position — though any of those roles would garner more social capital than my current status of mommy and adjunct.

It is still anathema is this culture — where “having it all” gets defined by material success and social prestige — to simply be content. To opt out of the endless striving is seen as a failure instead of an expression of gratitude. Maybe I don’t feel the pressure to be superwoman because I understand who I am and whose I am outside of any profession or parenthood. I agree with Slaughter that our culture of work needs to account for things like happiness in our personal lives, but I don’t think we’ll ever come up with the same concept of “having it all.” And for that, I am grateful.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Study Yourself Failing

When most of us learn a new skill, we work to get just “good enough” and then we go on autopilot. We hit what journalist and bestselling author Joshua Foer calls the “OK Plateau,” where we have gained sufficient skills for our needs and we stop pushing ourselves.

But experts do it differently. Looking at the research on everyone from incredible athletes to memory champions, Foer has extracted four principles that describe how to push through the OK Plateau to achieve true greatness. Watch this fantastic talk to learn strategies for developing expertise in any field…


The “I’m offended!” Game

Don Carson calls this political correctness and power of offensiveness the “intolerance of the new tolerance”. At the moment, I’m reading through his book “The Intolerance of Tolerance” and it really hits the mark (just as this post does) on the contemporary atmosphere as it relates to debate and personal beliefs. If interested, you can read a brief excerpt from Carson’s book, in which he discusses the difference between the old and new tolerance, here. In any case, here’s an excerpt on the “I’m offended!” game:

The next time I saw her, I actually did apologize for offending her, but this clearly did not satisfy her.  She was going to be offended until I agreed with her in full.  I immediately hated myself for apologizing for speaking the truth — and it made clear to me that there would be no satisfying this kind of person.  Give her an inch, and she’ll demand a mile.

The long-term consequence is far worse.  While it’s helpful to be aware of the objections of your critics and detractors, it’s not helpful to be paralyzed by them.  But the classroom became a place that was littered with landmines, a place where you could not speak freely for fear of reaping the whirlwind.  Our social (and national) conversation erodes as we cannot speak clearly to one another, as we exchange sentiment and anger for evidence and argumentation, or — worse — as we hide our beliefs from one another and seal ourselves into hermetic chambers of isolated news and opinion.  This is rarely appreciated.  There are many causes for the balkanization of our political culture — but political correctness takes a huge share of the blame.  We withdraw into our own worlds where we all believe alike and do not offend one another — and soon thereafter we cannot understand one another either, like tribesmen separated by mountain ranges whose languages develop in seclusion until, when the tribes reestablish contact, they cannot understand one another.

Urban/Industrial Skiing in Russia

Really awesome video. Great background music as well:

An unforgettable urban skiing adventure to the Murmansk Oblast in Russia.

This remote corner of Russia is just a five hour drive away from our home but feels much more distant.


The Book That Can’t Wait

Novel and an interesting concept, but seems very impractical:

An Indie Argentinian publishing house has come up with an innovative concept, using disappearing ink that simply fades away in two months time.

Dubbed “El Libro que No Puede Esperar” (The Book That Can’t Wait), this interesting format was pioneered by independent Argentinian publishing house Eterna Cadencia, as a way to promote young authors, who ”if people don’t read their first books, never make it to a second.” The intriguing books come sealed in a plastic wrapper, and once that is removed and the books cracked for the first time, the ink begins to age and in 60 days time readers are left with nothing but the covers and a bunch of blank pages. So if you want to get your money’s worth, you really can’t put one of these books down too often, after you’ve bought it.


Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s

#11 just looks like he belonged in jail and the men in #26 look like excited buddies taking an Instagram photo to upload on FB/Twitter/etc, hahaha. On a side note, everyone really did wear suits all the time back then.

Complicated Concepts Explained Using Kitchen Items

Risotto and Keynesian economics. Enough said.

Norway Photography

Simply put, eye candy.

If Snack Labels Told The Truth

Hahaha, for what it’s worth, Lunchables are delicious and might be the tastier alternative for many kids these days!


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