Let’s talk about margins by Craig Mod for Medium (via Marginal Revolution).
Consummate craftsmanship consists in paying close attention to details of which the public is not (consciously) aware, such as the margins on book pages.
Craig Mod wrote that craftsmanship springs from a combination of humility and diligence—humility to accept that you might not have got it right the first time, diligence to keep trying until you do get it right.
One of the best compliments I ever was paid was when I was working on my college newspaper, and overheard one of the printers in the composing room say something to the effect that, this Ebersole kid gives you a lot of trouble, but he makes a nice-looking page.
Why Walking Helps Us Think by Ferris Jabr for The New Yorker.
Scientists have concluded that people do better thinking taking a stroll in pleasant surroundings than they do sitting at a computer.
This is true of me. I have always found that when I get stuck in my writing, or some other task, things come together when I take a walk.
There’s something about the rhythmic movement of my arms and legs that gets my brain into proper working order. But scientists have found that it is more than that. Walking on a treadmill doesn’t product the same effect.
Your IQ isn’t constant: It changes over time by Bryan Roche of Quartz.com. (via Mike the Mad Biologist)
I’ve been reading a lot lately about I.Q. and whether high I.Q. is hereditary. But the thing to remember is that what your Intelligence Quotient measures is how your ability to take I.Q. tests compares with others in your age group.
An I.Q. of 100 means you are roughly average. But here’s the thing. The average has been rising over the years as people get better at passing I.Q. tests.
Art After War by Stacy Bannerman for TruthOut. (via Bill Harvey)
Military combat is, I am told, one of the most intense experiences a human being can have. Veterans say that nobody except another veteran can know what it was like, and I am sure this is so.
For many, the experience is traumatic. Drumming, music, drama, painting, writing—all can provide ways to come to terms with the experience and heal the trauma.
Pinning down prostate cancer by Tim Louis Macaluso for City newspaper of Rochester, N.Y.
The fate of every man, if he lives long enough.