In a nutshell, life is a parade of forgotten events and details. If you remember, then you are the odd one out. It’s apparently cool to move on as if nothing happened. As if our past doesn’t matter. As if our present is eternal. As if we have any control over our future. Which brings us to our relationship with time: we grew old and tired between seeking love and discovering innocence.
Charles Siegel poses the critical question: ‘Should we take advantage of our increasing productivity to consume more or to have more free time?’ If people keep raising their material standard of living every time they come into more money – through a pay rise, for example, or through some new technology which increases productivity per hour – working hours will never decrease and may even rise.
The pitch for most micropayment services—to unlock direct revenue from the majority of users who would not ever purchase a full subscription. On top of that, what startups such as ConsCent in India, FewCents in Singapore, Axate in the UK and LaterPay in Germany are counting on is that as they grow and add more publishers as clients, it becomes easier for readers to use the same login and wallet/payments to read content across sites. In turn, this can lead to more people paying everywhere, in theory at least.
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Thanks to Readup and a few newsletters subscriptions, my clicks on pay-per-view/pay-per-click have been reduced drastically. In the end, avoid being a victim of the attention economy, what matters the most is pay-per-read.
The difference between positive feedback and negative feedback is your ability to improve. And that's not the case when you are consuming content. You are not improving and your feedback isn’t improving the creators either. In simple cold words, you don’t matter in this ecosystem. You are just a tiny flutter in the attention economy. Sorry to break this to you but this is the very reason why I never cared about bad reviews, whether it’s a movie or a song or a play. If it’s negative, I have zero interest in it. I know of camaraderie that rest on mocking bad content but that doesn’t cut for me. My interest is steep in positive review.
Readup is the first and only subscription platform to use the read as a basis for writer compensation. This is revolutionary, and absolutely crucial to the simplicity and clarity of our subscription model. Even other reading-focused services like Medium and Scroll use a murky time-on-page “engagement” metric to divide up subscription revenue. We think that’s ridiculous. Reading an article is fundamentally different from scrolling through a feed or skimming headlines. If a piece is well written, it is deserving of your full attention. Skimming and scanning and other half-focused behavior doesn’t count. You either read something or you didn’t. We believe that so many of the ills that are plaguing the incumbent social media platforms are due to a failure to appreciate the importance of that distinction.
Terrifyingly brilliant journey of a photographer, Jeff Widener.
To capture the unfolding event, I had no choice but to stand directly in front of the armed APC. I was fully aware that some protesters had overtaken military buses and displayed captured AK-47 assault rifles a few days earlier so I had no idea whether the soldiers inside would think I was shooting at them and return gunfire. Though I was scared to death, my adrenaline took control of my body and the impulse to get the picture became so powerful that I overruled sanity and flashed a picture.
If you have too many preconditions, you end up with a million excuses separating you from the thing you actually want to do. You never leave your job and you stay in your terrible relationship and you never start learning the thing you want to learn. You never start writing because you’re fixated on trying to buy the perfect pen and the perfect desk.
“We used to mine in the bush, in the forest. You stopped us. You gave all the city to big industrial companies. Now we discovered minerals in our own plots of land, which belonged to our ancestors. And now you want to stop us? No, that is not going to work.” Muteba recalled, “People started to throw rocks at the mayor, and the mayor ran away. And, when the mayor fled, the digging really started.”
I asked Ziki what he thought of people who profited from cobalt mining. “I have sadness in my heart when I think of people who buy the minerals,” he said. “They make so much money, and we have to stay like this.” When I told him that Americans paid more than a thousand dollars for the latest iPhone, he replied, “It really hurts me to hear that.”
If you are young and feel foolish all the time, let me share some thoughts that might be useful. First thing first, you are bound to fail. Life is a euphemism for failure. All those self-help books and TED talkers spend too much time on glorifying the sweet nectar of success, when in reality, failure is going to be your constant companion. Without failing, you won’t be able to find yourself. Forget success. Success is secondary; you are primary. Finding you is more important. In our failures lay hidden our true self. Find it and then embrace it. Good luck.
“The Great Online Game is played concurrently by billions of people, online... with real-world consequences. Your financial and psychological wellbeing is at stake, but the downside is limited. The upside, on the other hand, is infinite.”
”The most important investment that people can make is not to learn a particular skill—”I'll learn how to code computers,” or “I will learn Chinese,” or something like that. No, the most important investment is really in building this more flexible mind or personality.” - Yuval Noah Harari
"Once you accept a certain level of BS you stop denying its existence and have a clearer view of how the world works." If you recognize that BS is ubiquitous, then the question is not “How can I avoid all of it?” but, “What is the optimal amount to put up with so I can still function in a messy and imperfect world?”
The world might be moving fast into the vacuum of modernity but a majority of the world still functions quite traditionally as far as a house is concerned. Women still run the show there be it in Asia or Africa or Latin America, and brilliantly, too. If a man isn’t home, only a man is missing but if a woman isn’t home, the home is missing. Goes without saying that this is the norm for a little while; sooner or later, our whole species will be accepting a more gender-balanced domestic setup. Maybe, at that point, we’ll finally accept that being a homemaker is an extremely difficult task and was never compensated enough.
"Oh, Professor, look! I think I've got an unexpected planet! Oooh, which one's that, Professor?" "It is Uranus, my dear," said Professor Trelawney, peering down at the chart. "Can I look at Uranus, too, Lavender?" said Ron.
The key is to remember that worry isn’t a window into the future. It’s a present-moment sensory experience in which the future is depicted. Your thoughts contain no future and no danger, just as a television screen contains no gremlins.
Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood. You do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about, but for a long period of time, well-meaning people may criticize that effort … if you really have conviction that they’re not right, you need to have that long-term willingness to be misunderstood. It’s a key part of invention.
I would really love to just compound at 15% per year. Because if I can do that for 50 years that’s just enormous. Just slow and steady against hard problems. Start by turning off your social apps and giving your brain a break, so you are more motivated to not be motivated by what everyone else is thinking about.