To properly celebrate Safer Internet Day, Google is offering a a nice perk for users who complete a quick security checkup. If you’re willing to make sure your account recovery info is up to date, review recent log-in activity and confirm the list of…
It feels good to be the best. You get recognition, a sense of accomplishment, and hopefully compensation. If you’re the best person in the room, though, you’re probably not getting challenged anymore.
Personal finance blog Emma Lincoln explains that if you feel like the worst in the room at what you’re doing—whether it’s your job or just working out at the gym—that means you’re surrounded by people you can learn from. Or, at the very least, people who can give you the rough lessons you need to get better:
Yes, it feels good to be good at something. To be the teacher’s pet. To dance at the front of your Zumba class. To hang out with people who admire you. To be the most responsible person at a party, or the most well-adjusted couple in your social circle. It feels good. But it won’t kick your ass. And an ass-kicking produces results faster than an ego-stroke.
Being the worst person in the room gives you motivation to get better so you’re not on the bottom anymore. However, being the top of your class probably means it’s time to move on to another class. No matter where you are, as long as you’re not afraid to challenge yourself, you can continue to improve and make yourself more valuable to the room.
Photo by Heisenberg Media.
The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis In The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch writes about why the forties are such a hard age for so many people.
Long ago, when I was 30 and he was 66, the late Donald Richie told me: "Midlife crisis begins sometime in your 40s, when you look at your life and think, Is this all? And it ends about 10 years later, when you look at your life again and think, Actually, this is pretty good."
(Previously on Metafilter: another thoughtful essay by Rauch.)
Professional photographers and casual photo snappers will both likely find a new free book of interest in this collection of photography eBooks.
Compiled by Light Stalking, the digital books cover topics such as studio lighting, copyright, Adobe Lightroom versus Photoshop, and how to shoot in manual mode. Textbook of Digital Photography, pictured above, alone is a gem, with
nearly 300 pages over 100 sample pages of instruction.
Most of the books are PDFs, and some require you to provide your email, but combined with Light Stalking’s previous collection of eBooks, it’s a lot of great information you can download and read at your leisure.
23 Free Photography eBooks and 23 More eBooks for Photographers That Are Completely Free | Light Stalking
Looks like the focus is around educational institutions this time. But free is free. Get them in various formats here.
Posted a new track on SoundCloud “P&J”:
Live recording of SRV’s P&J from a recent show. Band is basically MS Moon minus a couple of members, plus a couple of guests. Bad recording – I just used the sound recorder on my phone propped up on an amp. But I thought I’d drop it out here regardless. The band grooves well.
Wow. You learn something every day. MS Office files post-Office2007 are just ZIP archives. Just open the .docx in 7ZIP or your favorite app. Drill down the folder structure to find embedded items neatly organized. When someone “helps” by sending you a bunch of pictures pasted into a Word document, just drill down to the /word/media folder and pull the originals out.