How the Brain works has been on my mind a lot lately. From thinking about how we process time as we grow older, to internal GPS, to thinking about how we learn and what we learn.

We learn deeper when we learn with an intention to teach

Learning is NOT just about taking in information. In my experience coaching hundreds of people on learning how to learn, almost no one has a system for processing information. It’s almost as if people just expect the learning to happen automatically after they read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a lecture, or have a life experience. Looking at text and expecting to learn is not far off from looking at food and expecting to get its nutrients. We need to digest our life experiences just like we digest our food.

Michael Simmons – Explanation Effect: Why You Should Always Teach What You Learn

Absolutely Incredible Graffiti Artist

Vile – Trompe L’oeil Grafitti Master

Portuguese graffiti artist Vile wields his spray cans like a laser cutter, expertly “carving” his name into concrete and stone. His amazing technical abilities allow him to create stunning optical illusions whereby his name appears as a window cut into the side of a wall.

Jessica Stewart writing for My Modern Met

The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

Probably my favorite Aesop’s fable ever. I refer to it all time time. In our hectic world, where we’re all super connected, there is a great lesson here about remembering to stay focused and not lose your way (or lose your donkey) by trying to bend towards everyone else’s will.

The Doghouse

The Golden Rule of Influence

Several years ago, while hanging out at the bookstore, I happened across a little book, The Go-Giver by Bob Burg. I read the book through while I was sitting there…I’d originally intended just to flip through it, but it’s a great story, up there with The One-Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (my favorite One-Minute Manager book) and Who Moved My Cheese; before I knew it, I was turning the last page. It’s one of two books I read first, then immediately purchased (The One-Minute Manager Meets the Monkey was the other one).

Fast forward a few years. On twitter one day, a friend shared a post by Bob Burg. I recognized the name instantly, and after making sure it was the same man, clicked to follow him. I had to tweet and let him know how much I loved his book (I love that social media lets me connect with some of my favorite authors), and he wrote a very nice reply and followed me back!

So here is Bob Burg, sharing about The Golden Rule of Influence:

How the Colts GM and his wife saved 4 foster children and now help so many more

I’m sharing this one because the article is incredible, and I’m usually not a fan of sports stories. BUT it’s hidden behind a pay wall and that’s frustrating. Still, if you happen to have access to the Atlantic, check out this story.

Seventy-five minutes before his team’s fourth practice of training camp, on a sweltering summer morning in Westfield, Ind., a few steps from a pavilion packed with families hurting and healing, kids scarred but smiling, the Colts’ general manager is hiding tears behind his sunglasses.

Chris Ballard isn’t thinking about that day’s practice, or his looming depth chart decisions, or the calf strain his star quarterback has not been able to shake for three months. He’s standing on the grass outside that pavilion, talking with two young boys who’ve bounced among nine foster homes in seven years.

Zak Keefer writing for The Atlantic

You Can Call Me Al

I don’t know how I’d never seen this video before, until a friend shared it this week:

Could the Internet perhaps be too free?

The journalist took the more jaundiced view, one I’ve heard many times: that the internet has brought us to the unhappy historical moment we’re now living in, and that the only way to rescue society is to impose more discipline online, through tougher laws and fewer legal and constitutional protections.

I hear this too-much-free-speech argument a lot these days, but I can’t get used to it. For 30 years, I have been a cyberlibertarian or—the term I prefer—an internet lawyer. Sure, I’ve worked on copyright law, encryption, broadband access, digital privacy, data protection, and more. But the roots of my career have always been in civil liberties and criminal law. That is, I’ve (mostly) been arguing against censorship and against those who want to punish (mostly) law-abiding people for what they say or do with their digital tools on or off the internet.

MIKE GODWIN writing for Slate

Just Barely Safe for Work (JBSW)

When my dad’s brother died, my dad inherited his collection of old books and old comic books. I was given the books, and my brother, the comics. I’d swear I saw a few of these covers in the stacks and stacks of old books that were carried down into our basement for us to go through at our leisure.

Spicy Adventure Stories, May 1936

Featuring short stories, photos and paintings of saucy pin-up girls, and illustrations hot enough to make a Victorian blush, they were much closer in nature to steamy paperback romance novels. Women made up a substantial portion of the readership, and a lot of the content was dreamed up by women, who found work as writers and editors. They even published under their own names rather than adopting pen names.

Tara Odorizzi for Guts & Glory

Muppet Movie Camera Test from 1979

I need to read more about Malcolm X

“Ignorance of each other is what has made unity impossible in the past. Therefore, we need enlightenment. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. Once we have more knowledge (light) about each other, we will stop condemning each other and a United front will be brought about.”

Malcolm X

It seems weird to share 2 quotes back to back, but the first is a Malcom X quote that the author of the 2nd quote uses in his classroom, asking students whether MLK or Malcolm X said it. Most students guess the wrong answer.

Martin is the perfect hero who preached non-violence and love, and Malcolm the perfect villain who served as his violent counterpart, preaching hate and militancy. The result is not just a dishonest reading of history, but a dichotomy that allows for Dr King to be curated to make us more comfortable, and Malcolm X to be demonised as a demagogue from whom we must all flee. Reducing these men to such simplistic symbols allows us to filter political programmes according to how “King-like” they are. Hence, illegitimate forms of reconciliation are legitimised through King and legitimate forms of resistance are delegitimised through Malcolm X.

Omar Suleiman writing for Aljazeera

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this city in a video game or two

Click on the link and check out the info graphic. It’s fascinating!

There are very few places on Earth that remain ungoverned, and even the tiniest islands and city-states tend to have rules in place for things like taxation and citizenship.

Government control is an established reality for most of the world, but what would happen if a neighborhood in your city suddenly became a lawless free-for-all? What type of industries would emerge, and how would people cooperate within that environment to ensure basic services continued to operate?

One example from recent history sheds light on just how such a situation could work: Kowloon Walled City.

Nick Routley for Visual Capitalist

Why (Tom) Wolfe Wore White

Tom Wolfe by Everett Raymond Kinstler for The National Portrait Gallery

Not long after I published my first book, I quickly found I was terrible at being interviewed. But then I’d read the piece and it would say, ‘What an interesting man; he wears white suits.’ And so it was a good 10 years where the suits were a substitute for a personality.

Tom Wolfe interview with Time

DID I do that? (No, but Google did-in DID)

Sinclair’s article was deleted because an anti-piracy company working on behalf of a TV company decided that since its title (What Did Ada Lovelace’s Program Actually Do?) contained the word ‘DID’, it must be illegal.

This monumental screw-up was announced on Twitter by Sinclair himself, who complained that “Computers are stupid folks. Too bad Google has decided they are in charge.”

Now in its seventh season, Dance India Dance is a dance competition reality show that is often referred to as DID. And now, of course, you can see where this is going. Because Target and at least 11 other sites dared to use the word in its original context, RightsHero flagged the pages as infringing and asked Google to deindex them.

Andy for TorrentFreak

    2 replies to "Looking back, a weekly review: 2/16-22"

    • Bob Burg

      Thank you, Te-ge. So deeply honored and very grateful to see the video featured in your e-publication’s weekly review!

      • Te-ge

        Thank you, Bob! I wrote about finding and enjoying your book, but what I failed to mention was that since I’ve been following you, I can totally see where the book came from. Your tweets show that you live the same principles that you teach. 🙂

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