10 truths about life – @ideas

A neat summary from Lachlan Brown on Ideapod: These 10 brutal truths about life will help you get your shit together.

There’s a lot of Stoic thinking in these:

2. What other people think about you really doesn’t matter.

3. We don’t have much control.

9. Worrying is useless.

Read the full list and detail, here.

Hat-Tip to David Alstadter for posting this on Facebook.


Image: Photo by Štefan Štefančík on Unsplash

Command the room – @artofmanliness

As a sovereign professional, you spend an inordinate amount of time entering unfamiliar rooms, full of strangers. It’s unavoidable. You need to meet new clients and potential clients. You need to attend conferences, training and those semi-social-semi-business occasions.

You may even feel that life is a little too long, so you burn some surplus life-energy at “Networking Events”.

The Art of Manliness blog has some top tips on commanding the room. It’s practical, simple stuff we should all do, but forget in the anxiety of the moment, such as:

  • Walk in boldly
  • Stand up straight!
  • Make eye contact

The rest, with background detail, here.


Image: AP Photo / Sony Pictures

Hats for chaps – @GreyFoxBlog

If you want to get ahead, get a hat.

as we’ve been saying since, apparently, 1934.

My own interest in hats has grown in inverse proportion to the growth of my hair. The first autumn rain pelting your near-naked scalp, or the dry, shrinking sensation of hot, summer sun on parts you previously supposed to be thatched will do that to a chap.

Thankfully, the Grey Fox has a guide.

Image: Tom Smarte Hats on Grey Fox Blog

Title image: the Bowie Fedora from Lock Hatters

Downtime: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

2075 viewed from 1966. The moon is a penal colony upon which the earth depends for food supplies, and its central supercomputer has developed consciousness.

Regularly topping lists of the best libertarian fiction, 50 years after it was written, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress wears its age well. I read it last Christmas, it was my first Heinlein book and I loved it.

The best science-fiction tackles big themes, using its blank canvas to paint familiar things in a new light. Done well, the result is anything but ponderous. You can see it in some of Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is like that. It’s an engaging story that addresses libertarianism, self-determination, freedom and the mechanics of running a revolution. It has a tangy layer of cynicism, too, that leaves me pondering the real meaning of the book’s famous motif of the brass cannon (Heinlein’s original title for the book).

Widely viewed as Robert Heinlein’s  crowning glory, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is perfectly considered escapism for the summer holidays.



The random thoughts of Michael Wade – @execupundit

Periodically, the mind of Michael Wade pops out a batch of precious, random thoughts. From today’s selection:

We cannot afford to receive some gifts. ~ To learn a group’s values, find out what it punishes. ~ No one is the same at the end of a journey. ~ Eloquent and persuasive are not the same as wise and true. ~ The clock always casts a vote.

Earlier selections include:

Always, always worth a peruse and a ponder.


Photo by Jairo Bochi on Unsplash

Immigration, facts not fiction – Adam Smith Institute, @ASI

The Adam Smith Institute’s Executive Director, Sam Bowman, summarises the facts on UK immigration in this useful post.

It is a response to an article that misquotes the ASI’s position, but Bowman’s point-by-point tear down makes for a useful reference in its own right.

It troubles me that the UK is where it is because of misinformation, miss-selling and misunderstanding. Generations of politicians (on left and right) have failed to make the case for immigration, just as the right has failed to make the case for free markets.

This chart is particularly telling: the lower our net migration, the higher our national debt.



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David and Goliath, Gladwell and Jones – @HardenKurt

The power of perspective.

Here’s Malcolm Gladwell explaining the story of David and Goliath, based on historic fact.

It’s not what you might think. I’m not sure I agree wholeheartedly with the deconstruction but it speaks volumes to the power of our perspective to change our thinking.

For some reason, it reminded me of this classic Indiana Jones scene:

Hat tip to Kurt at Cultural Offering.