Saturday, June 19, 2010


  1. Dan Ariely: Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective People (do read it all the way to the end!). Here's the 5th habit:

    5) Relativity in salary. The fatter a sea lion is, the more sea lionesses he has in his harem. He doesn’t need to be immense, just slightly bigger than the others (too fat and he won’t make it out of the water). As it turns out, it’s the same for salaries; we don’t figure out how much we need to be satisfied, we just want to make more than the people around us. More than our co-workers, more than our neighbors, and more than our wife’s sister’s husband. The first sad thing about our desire to compare is that our happiness depends less on us, and more on the people around us. The second sad thing is that we often make decisions that make it harder for us to be happy with our comparisons. ... [Bold emphasis added]

  2. Sam Sommers in Psychology Today Blogs: Mars and Venus at the Video Arcade: "Of course men and women are different. But is it all about biology?"

  3. Robin Sloan at Snarkmarket: Stock and Flow:

    Flow is the feed. It’s the posts and the tweets. It’s the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that remind peo­ple that you exist.

    Stock is the durable stuff. It’s the con­tent you pro­duce that’s as inter­est­ing in two months (or two years) as it is today. It’s what peo­ple dis­cover via search. It’s what spreads slowly but surely, build­ing fans over time.