Lyse Links: Con men, curses, and cavemen

Buckle up. Today’s line-up is a RIDE.
Toronto’s Classiest Con Man — Con men (and women) manipulate social norms to their benefit. It’s good to know how they work, because there’s always a chance you’ll be on the receiving end of a con.
There’s No Money in Internet Culture — some websites present a unique problem. They’re extremely popular, but they don’t make money. Can they survive?
Are you a self-interrupter? — I definitely am, but I’m trying to break myself. Also, I’m not fully convinced that self-interruption is *always* bad.
Curse of the second-born is real — I’m a third child and while I do think we’re more likely to get in trouble, we have some redeeming qualities. Like, um….crippling depression, infinite procrastination, perpetual existential crises?
Professor Caveman — This professor gets paid to teach university students about primal skills. I’m not against that, but I do think this quote is telling:
“She grounds me in the realities of modern life,” Schindler says. “If there is a glitch with my computer, I break down. I mean I literally mentally cannot handle it. Christina saves me.”
If you have to choose between functioning in “caveman” times or now, pick the times you actually live in.
My Year at GitHub — There’s a lot going on in this essay that I won’t begin to address. But the author’s descriptions of feedback on her communication stuck with me. As a woman who has been repeatedly reprimanded for too forceful or seemingly rude communication, I understand the author’s confusion and dismay. Here’s my plea to managers: understand that your employees/coworkers will have different communications styles. That doesn’t necessarily mean something’s wrong with them. Please make genuine attempts to facilitate communication. Communication DOES NOT mean confining everyone to the same communication style. People can be taught to interpret someone’s style as easily as that person can be taught to change style.
Crusade to Save Children Lands Hacker in Prison — should hackers be punished when their work results in good? I’m not an expert on the laws discussed in this article, but I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of sanctioning hacking. That’s extremely close to vigilante justice.
Designer’s Guide to Selecting Colors — this includes really helpful tips and resources for color-picking. It’s always good to know a little more about design.
So this one time at a journalism conference — this article is primarily about insulation and representation in journalism. The writer, a female journalist, is married to a man who drives garbage trucks for a living. As the professional writer married to a college dropout construction worker/factory manager, I’m keenly aware of class issues that transcend money.
The Importance of Wasting Time — Maybe your circles don’t idolize productivity as much as mine, but I wish I could make everyone read this. I’m trying to work more intentional “wasted time” into my life.
Leave a thought about one article in the comments. Thanks for sharing your weekend with me.

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 Continue reading

Lyse Links: Instagram, Hamilton, running, and mental illness

What have you read this week?


Lyse Links: ALL the Controversy

And since I missed another week of posts, this is also long! Enjoy the wiiiiiiiiiiiiide variety of interesting stories here!

  • The Amazing Thing We Do During Conversations – Interesting for language and communications enthusiasts. Also, explains part of why speaking a non-native language fluently is so difficult.
  • The Poor are Better Off When We Build Housing for the Rich – Just the title was enough to make me interested, but this is vital for anyone who is following arguments about gentrification.
  • What Causes Resilience? – A cool quote from this article:
    “(Indeed, Werner found that resilient individuals were far more likely to report having sources of spiritual and religious support than those who weren’t.)”
  • Your Parmesan Cheese is Wood – the title I’ve chosen is only a slight exaggeration.
  • The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens – in case you don’t know, Tumblr is the place for the geeky teens. It’s generally hilarious and often the genesis of the most popular memes. I’m always interested in people who are successful on social platforms, so this was a fascinating story for me.
  • A Compulsive Con Man – I’m fascinated by pathological deception. This guy had so many different identities that they had difficulty discovering his real name.
  • Radiolab – this is slightly different, but I’m newly obsessed with the Radiolab podcast. It’s basically long-form journalism for audio and it’s pretty fabulous.

That’s all! What do you think? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!



Lyse Links: Research on body language, loneliness, literacy, and busyness

A round-up of interesting articles from my week!

  • Your body language shapes who you are. Amy Cuddy argues that using power moves — standing arms akimbo, stretching out, etc — can actually make you feel more confident and powerful. I don’t necessarily disagree with her idea, but I struggle with society’s perception of power. Many of the behaviors she describes just seem obnoxious to me, not powerful. Nonetheless, I’m not above pulling the same moves when I feel like I need to.
  • Why Lonely People Stay Lonely – apparently lonely people are every bit as good at reading social cues as anyone else, but they get too nervous to make a good impression. It’s a not a horrible theory.
  • My generation is addicted to busyness – this article clicked with me. I have a tendency to pile things on my schedule until I busy every minute of the day. It’s a bad habit.
  • Can spacing increase literacy? Since I don’t struggle with literacy and I love proofreading, this concept was a bit difficult for me to buy. In theory, the idea of helping people read in phrases makes sense, but I would love to see concrete stats on the actual usefulness.

Read anything interesting this week? I’d love to see it in the comments!