Brain Pickings | Vol. 7
I get to accomplish so much without any Wi-Fi connection. That’s real and, as kids say, LIT AF. I’m one of those people who easily get hypnotized when there’s a strong Internet connection nearby. While I only need to upload this photo, I end up checking this celebrity’s account, watching a song cover on Youtube, scrolling endlessly on Twitter, looking up interesting hashtags, and so on.. all while forgetting to upload that photo – the main reason I unlocked my phone in the first place. Are you like me?
This happens to me all the time. So when something’s really important, I say it over and over again until it’s done for and I can close the platform (example: Look up #redlipstick, hashtag red lipstick, just hashtag red lipstick..). With no Internet, I get to read actual books, check off articles from my Pocket app, and actually interact face to face with breathing, living human beings. That said, I found myself finishing quite a number of articles from my Pocket app during the weekend since we kept going out and I have no 3G in my phone (it’s a blessing and a curse).
I love this app because you can use it offline (as long as you update your list while still connected to the Internet!). It’s my go-to app when I’m bored to death and I don’t have a physical book with me. I read articles during idle times and I can spare a few minutes. Although sometimes I wish the app saves the actual template of the website and not show a uniform template. The layout of an article is what keeps me reading sometimes. UI is important!
Basically, I use it to save articles, listicles, news, and even blog posts that I want to read later.. whenever later is. Being a gregarious person offline (I know, how ironic), I like sharing what I read with others. So welcome to another series of Brain Pickings. Let’s hit it with volume 7!
Mindless activity is the enemy of deliberate practice. The danger of practicing the same thing again and again is that progress becomes assumed. Too often, we assume we are getting better simply because we are gaining experience. In reality, we are merely reinforcing our current habits—not improving them.
The latest shenanigans by the administration were awful. They crossed a red line. That was it. There is no turning back. It’s why you can’t sleep.
It was a rough night. And every day is a rough day. Every day is anxious, and every day will be like this for the next four years. You feel out of control. You aren’t sure what to do. Your mind races. What will happen in the news today? Whose rights will be infringed upon? What ethnic or religious group will be attacked?