Ice ages are millions of years long, and they consist of alternating cold periods called glacials (which typically last 40,000 – 100,000 years) and short, temperate periods called interglacials (which last around 10,000 years). Think of interglacials as a time out from the ice age before it gets going on the next glacial. When you hear about the last ice age 10,000 years ago, you’re actually hearing about the last glacial in the ice age we’re currently in. We just don’t realize we’re smack in the middle of an ice age because we, and all of recorded human history, has taken place within one of those little interglacial timeouts. That’s why there are currently ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as glaciers in many other parts of the Earth, even temperate places like New Zealand—because we’re in an ice age. When there’s no ice age going on, there aren’t any ice sheets, anywhere (which has been the case for 85% of Earth’s history).

But What About Greenland? | Wait But Why
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When your backlog is an amorphous bunch of tasks, all things are psychically equal. Cleaning the cat box and saving for retirement and getting married all have the same weight. The lack of definition is like waiting for news from someone and they don’t call, people start to fill in the blanks with their fears.

Evolving Web: Personal Kanban and Existential Overhead
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Imagine if some powerful faraway country decided to draw new borders in Europe which cut France in three pieces, making the French population an oppressed minority group in Spain, Italy, and Germany with no country of their own. The Kurds’ situation is shitty.

From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq’s Full Story | Wait But Why
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I get the sense that modernity is tricking us into thinking we are enlightened because we are starting to reject stuff in favor of experience, but really, it’s just trading one craving for another.

Your Cravings are Making You MiserableThe Ancient Wisdom Project
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And so, ironically, what is most impressive and admirable about Singapore, is also what is most depressing about it. It was so driven by necessity to become financially indispensable that it sacrificed its cultural identity in the process.

5 Life Lessons from 5 Years of Traveling the World
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and i CAN SING LIKE THIS!

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If you live in a dormitory suburb where people generally work away from home, arrive and leave home by car and often work long hours, then the opportunities for those crucial incidental encounters that fuel village life — over the fence, on the footpath or at the local café — are severely limited.

The Price of Modern Life Is Depression And Loneliness? — Festival of Dangerous Ideas — Medium
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Name that tune #music

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Our future marketers don’t need to know the differences between advertising and marketing, they need to know how to sell things. Our future programmers don’t need to be able to define computer science, they need to know how to program computers.

I studied engineering, not English. I still can’t find a job. - The Washington Post
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All of the studies indicated that anticipation of an experience is more exciting and pleasant than the anticipation of a material purchase—regardless of the price of the purchase.

Another reason to spend money on experiences rather than things—the positive benefits of anticipation - Quartz
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But we know the direction we need to head to: we need the drive and inventiveness of Capitalism to tackle the higher, deeper problems of life. This will offer an exit from the failings and misery that attend Capitalism today.

Welcome to the dawn of Capitalism
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Television is, in the words of Seth Meyers, “the booty call friend of entertainment.” It is always available and eager to satisfy.

The Emmys As Flat Circle: Why Last Night’s Show Felt Familiar «
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I learned how to use Word, or at least the 2011 Mac version. My favorite feature: CTRL-Z might decide to undo the last half hour of your work and drop the cursor at a random location, giving you no indication of what just happened so you have to go over the entire manuscript again. Or maybe you hit enter and surprise! Nothing happens! Or it put a line break somewhere not on your screen! Check everything again! And the margin is different for this one heading even though it says it’s the same! Why? Who the fuck knows! Just eyeball it or something!

Publishing Sucks
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