Jeneral finds of the week: 2014-12-07

Good/interesting/provoking finds I’ve stumbled across this week: 2014-12-07.

  • Effectively managing people and their motivations goes beyond the ideas of Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs. This article in the Harvard Business Review outlines a better framework using three universal psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competence. Methinks this applies well to parenting our children too!
  • One to add to the pile of “mandatory media lessons” for our kids. This TED talk that uses Greek mythology to frame the idea of permanence of all our social media content we happily provide. 
  • A fun one: a 9 min dissertation on how to make action comedy movies based on the wisdom and collected works of Jackie Chan 
    Actually, all the videos in Tony Zhou’s “Every Frame a Painting” channel are entertaining and instructive in the form and craft of filmmaking. (yes, I admit to watching all 12 of them).
  • We put up Christmas lights outside the house this weekend, which reminded me about this fascinating article about where old Christmas lights go to get recycled, at least back in 2011.
  • Finally, this article from the Atlantic gives some high level outcomes from research on the health benefits of people journalling introspective thoughts (i.e. not neutral comments such as “it is sunny today”). Is this why I’ve been truly enjoying the effort over the past couple of months since starting the blog?
  • The same Atlantic article then covers a new app called “Emojiary” that aims to train people via push text notifications and gamification to get themselves into the habit of documenting one self-evaluating thought a day, even if it is just using an emoticon. Sure there are concerns about the privacy of data collected and any potential future nefarious use of this data by business (i.e. for advertising). But we are now in a world where we are constantly connected to streams of information, and our brains are changing to adapt to it. We should at least consider any tool that can help ground people with some true self-reflection, no matter how slight.


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