Several weeks ago, John Pavlus wrote an excellent piece, Confessions of a Recovering Lifehacker, that effectively lanced many of the “productivity hacks” that have come to make distraction feel worthwhile. Pavlus writes that, ” lifehacking is so seductive because it’s simply easier than asking some bigger, harder, more important questions about where your time and attention go…the stakes are low” – in short, he writes, if you clear out your Gmail, you feel tremendously accomplished, and if you don’t, you’ll still be annoyed by something that plagues almost everybody anyway, so, no big deal. The risks are low, but the gratification and self-satisfaction are high.
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Ben is a far more accomplished blog reader than I am. However, I’d like to mention a few URLs that I occasionally hit up. 1. Harvard Business Review Blog has many interesting ideas, some mentioned in the magazine, some not. 2. The Economist website, if only for the fact that there are occasionally bylines featured. … Continue reading Dave’s Favorite Blogs
Marginal Revolution is easily my favorite blog. I’ve been a subscriber on Google Reader (by the way, use it, it rocks) for around 2-3 years and Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (both professors of economics at GMU) have not let me down once. It is my first and last stop when I am looking for book ideas, … Continue reading Ben’s Favorite Blogs
While I’m not one to be an impulse buyer, today I let myself go during a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought a Pasta Boat. It may seem silly, but I went to the store with the intent to buy a pot for pasta (which would have cost $20) and I substituted that … Continue reading Cooking Gadget: The Pasta Boat
Yesterday, Microsoft announced Surface, its entry into the tablet market. Technically described as both a tablet and a PC, Surface packs a keyboard/cover that may bring it more into ultrabook territory. Like Apple, and Google with its Nexus line of phones, Microsoft has slid into the hardware driver’s seat to ensure tighter integration between hardware … Continue reading Microsoft Reveals a Tablet: Cue the “Surface to Air” Comparisons
There’s been a great deal of talk about Greek debt lately, and I wanted to turn the spotlight on another Greek specialty: Yogurt. Greek yogurt is a thicker, creamier version of regular yogurt that’s become popular over the last few years, largely due to its health benefits and versatility. The yogurt is somewhat plain on … Continue reading It’s All Greek Yogurt to Me
Whether or not this reviewer bought all the bottles of coffee pictured above is neither here nor there. But what is both here and there is the following; In an entirely unscientific study at Leschenk headquarters, we’ve found that the number cups of coffee one drinks per day is directly proportional to the number of … Continue reading Interesting Relationship Between Coffee and Productivity