Samir’s Selection 02/11/2013 (p.m.)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Digital Archive « The Frailest Thing
” memory, technologies that mediate our memories, and the future of the past…. in an age of memory abundance, memory will be devalued. There will be too much of it and it will be out there somewhere – in a hard drive, on my phone/computer, or in the cloud. As we confidently and routinely outsource our remembering to digital devices and archives, we will grow relatively indifferent to personal memories. (Although, I don’t think indifferent is the best word – perhaps unattached.)
BBC News – Barclays misled shareholders about source of £3bn
BBC News – A Point of View: Grand Central, the world’s loveliest station
Relax! You’ll Be More Productive – NYTimes.com
1. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal – including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations – boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.
2. Although many of us can’t increase the working hours in the day, we can measurably increase our energy…
3. Spending more hours at work often leads to less time for sleep and insufficient sleep takes a substantial toll on performance.
4. MORE vacations are similarly beneficial…. the greater the performance demand, the greater the need for renewal.
5. we sleep in cycles of roughly 90 minutes, moving from light to deep sleep and back out again. They named this pattern the Basic-Rest Activity Cycle or BRAC…
6. during the day we move from a state of alertness progressively into physiological fatigue approximately every 90 minutes…
7. Working in 90-minute intervals turns out to be a prescription for maximizing productivity… the best performers typically practice in uninterrupted sessions that last no more than 90 minutes. They begin in the morning, take a break between sessions, and rarely work for more than four and a half hours in any given day. “To maximize gains from long-term practice,” Dr. Ericsson concluded, “individuals must avoid exhaustion and must limit practice to an amount from which they can completely recover on a daily or weekly basis.”
8. it’s not how long, but how well, you renew that matters most in terms of performance. Even renewal requires practice. The more rapidly and deeply I learned to quiet my mind and relax my body, the more restored I felt afterward.
9. By managing energy more skillfully, it’s possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably.
The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools – NYTimes.com
Union City, New Jersey
1. Ask school officials to explain Union City’s success and they start with prekindergarten, which enrolls almost every 3- and 4-year-old. There’s abundant research showing the lifetime benefits of early education… “It’s all about exposure to concepts…”
2. From pre-K to high school, the make-or-break factor is what the Harvard education professor Richard Elmore calls the “instructional core” — the skills of the teacher, the engagement of the students and the rigor of the curriculum. To succeed, students must become thinkers, not just test-takers… the simulacrum of an extended family.
3. On Day 1, the principal lays out the house rules. Everything is tied to a single theme — pride and respect in “our house” — that resonates with the community culture of family, unity and respect….
4. Learning by doing replaced learning by rote… a coherent system that marries high expectations with a “we can do it” attitude.
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