Tag: Downtime

Tim Ferris interviews Neil Gaiman, @tferriss, @neilhimself

Wonderfully prolific and successful author Neil Gaiman, interviewed by lifehacker and writer Tim Ferriss. This goes straight to the top of my Weekend Watch list.

I discovered Gaiman years ago when, on a whim, I bought a copy of Stardust to read on the Seattle-London flight home. I was hooked instantly by his ability to weave the wildest flights of fancy into a dark but human realism.

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Herodotus, Father of History

Things I didn’t know about Herodotus and his Histories:

  • The title, Histories, is more correctly translated as “Enquiries”, which better describes its wandering, inquisitive, 2,500 year-old narrative.
  • Herodotus was the first narrator to attempt to show both sides of the argument.
  • Recent archaeological finds have proved correct some of his famously outlandish claims.
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Stoicism as Preventative Psychological Medicine – @DonJRobertson

Here’s a wide-ranging Weekend Watch (well, more of a listen actually).

In this podcast from High Existence, writer, psychotherapist and Stoic Donald Robertson talks about mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy, Stoicism, Buddhism, philosophy and more.

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Work, an enriching part of life?

Kurt at Cultural Offering highlights the problem with the concept of “work-life balance”:

I’ve always considered my work part of my life.  My friends – especially the successful ones – make their work an enriching part of life.

To be sure, keeping the demands of work in proportion to the demands of domestic life can be tough. Especially if, like may sovereign professionals, you work from home. But, the idea of work being something that is to be balanced against “life”? It’s a cute phrase but nonsensical when you think about it.

Read Kurt, here.

The Fast Company article he references is here. It’s a fascinating read on the importance and power of the language that we use.

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Leonardo da Vinci, ultimate sovereign professional?

I find I don’t know nearly enough about Leonardo da Vinci.

About a month ago, on Execupundit, Michael Wade recommended this YouTube video of Walter Isaacson discussing his latest book, Leonardo da Vinci. It took me a little while to get to it but if, like me, you haven’t got any closer to reading the book than buying it for a friend, I heartily recommend it.

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