Relationships without a context

Arguably Facebook is making it too easy for us to be superficially sociable, at the expense of deeper social cultural context. That’s hard to prove, but it’s a framework for interpreting the growing pile of circumstantial evidence that indeed something is wrong with Facebook.


Frankly, I don’t see what we have to lose from spending less time on Facebook: Research indicates that social media use is often a kind of addiction. It doesn’t make most people happier, but causes them to feel alienated.

Facebook’s Harm Is Taking Life Out of Context


On fragility, time and risk

I rarely post links to stories about banking and financial services but this article is highly interesting and has a lots of food for thought.

How (anti)fragile are you?

Remember that this is the age of just-in-time inventory management, Cooper added – meaning supermarkets have very small stocks. With impeccable understatement, he said: “It is sobering to contemplate the consequences of interrupting food supplies to the world’s major cities for even a few days.”

Where is your focus?

“When you can be out of the door in five minutes, your horizon becomes five minutes,” one City worker told me. Another asked: “Why would I treat my bank any better than my bank treats me?”

Where is your risk?

Risk-taking at a bank that will always be saved, they said, is like playing Russian roulette with someone else’s head.

How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash

A Better Reader

How to Read a Book via excellent FarnamStreet Blog

Become a Demanding Reader Reading is all about asking the right questions in the right order and seeking answers. There are four main questions you need to ask of every book:

  • What is this book about?
  • What is being said in detail and how?
  • Is this book true in whole or in part?
  • What of it?