#63 The Weekly Reading List (w.24)

This is what I've been digesting online this week during my early morning readings:

Are You a Geek or a Nerd? The Difference Really Is in the Data, by Laurie Vazquez (Big Think). One of my special weirdo colleagues labelled me a nerd. I'm honored. I like "nerd" but I also like to think I have some "geek" in me too. So to prove that the thought is valid, I did a bit of research and found this article/infographic. [...] as Slackpropagation puts it, "Both are dedicated to their subjects, and sometimes socially awkward. The distinction is that geeks are fans of their subjects, and nerds are practitioners of them." In order to clarify those differences, he made this map. One of and a few other examples from the data observations such as Reading: “#books” are nerdy, but “ebooks” and “ibooks” are geeky seems to validate my geek-nerd thoughts.

AGV AX-9 adventure helmet review, by James Oxley (Adventure Bike Rider). I didn't expect I'd enjoy reading a motorcycle helmet review but I did! I've been riding with my Mr. Bear a few times on his beast of bike the B-King, and I loved every ride. The AX-9 appearance is not overly aggressive and according to Oxley, The helmet’s excellent venting is one of its best features. There are five vents – one on the chin bar and two on the forehead which are adjustable, along with two fixed exhausts at the rear. Except for a lack of a sun visor. Hmmm...

Buy This Thing, by Colin Wright (The Minimalists). Feeling unhappy? Buy a thing. Feeling incompetent? Buy a thing. Feeling incomplete in some currently unnamed way? This thing will complete you; buy one. According to Wright, things can be valuable, can add to our enjoyment of life and sense of productive fulfillment and happiness, but they won’t CREATE happiness or fulfillment or joy out of nothing. Things can only amplify what’s already there. Ideally, we fill our lives with possessions that encourage growth, rather than things that either place a ceiling over our potential or encourage us to become stagnant and complacent. 

Why Photography Is Such A Great Hobby, by David Tong (Picture Correct). What I like about this article is the part on "practicality" when he relates it to how photography compensated for his lack of talent in art (painting and drawing). It was a similar situation for me particularly in my younger years where although I love art and can do a decent job with pencils and colors, I find photography enabling and liberating. I saw instant good results and I was able to express myself more freely. Presently, I do enjoy sketching and coloring and am currently exploring more with art, but photography is still my first love.

The Surprising Boost You Get From Strangers, by Elizabeth Bernstein (The Wall Street Journal). I usually keep to myself and don't initiate conversations much. I'm like that toward both strangers and acquaintances, even colleagues. This WSJ article provides "Ten Ways to Connect With Strangers". I'm not anti-social; it's just that I enjoy solitude more and I like to be quiet when in the company of friends (I enjoy listening!).

And finally, Sometimes Technology Is the Problem, by Geoffrey James (Inc.). At times, employees who reject new technology is not the problem. The real problem is poorly-designed bloatware that makes work miserable and damages employee health. There are at least three solid reasons employees might resist and reject technology that's being shoved down their throats, reasons grounded in technical competence and experience rather than fictional technophobia. Healthy skepticism is warranted!