9-26-15 Hodgepodge

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Worry More -- or Worry More Effectively

I have run into two posts about worrying this week. One is a satirical list of ways to "stay confused and afraid." The other, more useful one, is at Thinking Directions, and concerns, "The Work of Worry." This offers constructive advice on how to stop worrying, either by recognizing a worry as groundless or by beginning to address a real concern.

Weekend Reading

"The shy person feels more vulnerable because he never gets close enough to anyone to find out that he's not the only person who gets embarrassed." -- Michael Hurd, in "Why Shy People Are Shy" at The Delaware Wave

"By not hiking rates a measly quarter point, the Fed leaves people to wonder if not now, when?" -- Keith Weiner, in "The Dog That Did Not Bark" at SNB & CHF

"It does take a special kind of person to live year-round in the relative seclusion of a resort." -- Michael Hurd, in "The Special Nature of Psychological 'Outlaws'" at The Delaware Coast Press

"Energy abundance is essential to climate livability -- since the natural climate is inherently variable, volatile, and vicious." -- Alex Epstein, in "Jerry Brownout" at Forbes

"[I]f he wants to help humanity, especially the poorest human beings, Pope Francis needs to recognize that fossil fuels make Earth not a 'pile of filth,' but a far better, healthier, cleaner, and more bountiful place to live." -- Alex Epstein, in "Pope Francis's Crusade Against Fossil Fuels Hurts the Poor Most of All" at Forbes

The More Things Change...

In, "Office 2016 Is Microsoft's Best Hope to Show It's Changed," Davey Alba of Wired makes something of a case in favor of the idea that an old dog can learn new tricks. But despite some interesting and even long-awaited improvements, a search of the page reveals a complete absence of Linux compatibility, unless one counts Android devices. I guess I didn't miss a new commitment to cross-platform operability on reading this. A web search confirmed as much. Somehow, this doesn't surprise me, coming as it does from a company still committed at root to a razor-and-blades business model.

-- CAV

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