Lyse Links: conspiracy theories, overachievers, and Confucius

Do I say I have great articles for you every time I post these? Because I really love these. I even eliminated a few that were interesting, but not quite up to snuff. Categorized for easier skimming, but they’re ALL worth reading, I promise.
(Oh, and there’s a quick question at the end. Could you do me a favor and pop down to answer it? Thanks :D)


Conspiracy Theorists Use Twitter to Yell at Mars Rover — this will make you shake your head. But it’s good to be reminded how people outside our circles think. And I’m guessing hoping none of you are in that circle.
My Fully Optimized Life — McSweeney’s piece on living an optimized life. 😀
How to Survive Hard Times as a Copywriter — also McSweeney’s. This one hits home…

Living Your Best Life

Incrementalism is OK — for overachievers especially, it’s hard to remember that small gains are ok, even good. This interview with Robb Wolf was a good reminder for me.
How I Got a Second Degree in 2 Years While Working Fulltime — really, I couldn’t not read this. While I have an ambivalent relationship with this kind of extreme achievement, this guy seems pretty balanced and he has lots of good advice. (If you want my less-polished version, drawn from personal experience doing extreme things, check this out.)
I Gave Up TV, Then Qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials, and Got My PhD — Again, I have very mixed feelings. I’ve suffered some psychological backlash from pushing myself hard and I also don’t like the way we (as a culture) have started fetishizing streamlined lives and accumulated accomplishments. But I do support people testing these ideas in their own lives.
Can a Harvard Professor and Confucius Change Your Life? — I think this article is most interesting for the way that you can watch non-religious people hungering for many of the principles of a religious life. If you’re interested in self-improvement, this is an important read.


Because I’m a Girl — I have nothing to say about this. Read it.

Trusting Your Fat Friend — You should read this whole piece, but the major takeaway for me was about how often we fall into lazy and hurtful conversation patterns. Take a little time to think and speak with more faith in people.

I thought she was stealing my identity. Until I found her. — this isn’t about what you think it’s about.
What happens after you leave Real Housewives — Pretty sure I recently linked another Real Housewives article, but I can’t seem to find it now. I don’t watch Real Housewives and don’t have much interest in the brand, but I am fascinated with the complexity behind the people and brands that seem most shallow.
The Hollywood Exec and the Hand Transplant that Changed His Life — Might not be a good read if you’re squeamish about medical stuff, but I did make it through.
An Indigenous Neighborhood Patrol — I love reading about unconventional solutions that actually make a difference in city violence and drug use. This isn’t so different from the Icelandic solution I linked previously.
Life is a Video Game — Here are the Cheat Codes — this piece contains a moderate amount of strong language. I thought it was still a good read, but if you skip, here’s a quote that I jotted down:
If at any point, Life runs out of problems to give us, then as players, we will unconsciously invent problems for ourselves. Problems are what keep us occupied and give our lives meaning and are, therefore, necessary to conquer Levels 4 and 5 (give value and leave a legacy).
Father and Son’s Final Odyssey — Beautiful piece about relationships, with a side of theory about Homer’s Odyssey.
Language is not a code — that observation alone seems pretty obvious, but it triggered a lightbulb moment for me. Because language isn’t a code (a != a), but we all think it is. Most of our miscommunications seem to arise from the incorrect assumption that someone understands us or that we understand what they meant. When, in fact, they’re using a different code. This is why I’m obsessed psychology and personality assessments–the better I understand other people’s codes, the better we get along.
Wikitribune launches — keep in mind that this is not a Wikipedia or Wikimedia Foundation project, because I’m pretty sure people will conflate those. But I’m curious to see how sucessful this idea is.
Wildlife Photos Aren’t Shot in the Wild — I guess I’d always had some skepticism, but I had no idea how contrived many wildlife shots are.


How Luke Maye went from reserve to hero — unless you’re a college basketball fan, you probably won’t know or care much about Luke Maye or what he did. But this article is good to read because it illustrates an important concept: the iceberg of success. There is no overnight success, only suddenly visible sucess built on much invisible work.
An Innovative Approach to Basketball Crunch Time — I’ll be very curious to see if this concept is ever implemented. Well-established sports don’t often want to change.
What Running a Marathon Does to Your Body — I’m training for a marathon right now and I’m still not sure whether this was illuminating or discouraging.
1 Hour of Running = +7 Hours to Your Life — So yeah, the time you lose more than balances out with the time you gain. 🙂 (Incidentally, I understand that people are built for and enjoy different sports, but it does seem like a disproportionate number of people I meet strongly dislike running. I try to be respectful about that, but I’ll be honest, it’s hard not to think that they just haven’t given it a fair shake. Why do you think people are so against running?)

Quick Question!

Do you prefer longer Lyse Links posts or shorter ones?

I’m thinking that long ones might be overwhelming, so you don’t have a chance to read most of the articles. But it could also be that you like the options and variety. Let me know in the comments!

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