Dan Harris Knows All Your Excuses for Not Meditating
We can’t stop the world from turning. Or the vitriol getting posted online. But we can control how (or whether) we react.
Dan Harris anchors ABC News Nightline and Good Morning America on the weekends. … and thanks to a listener’s suggestion, Manoush and Dan are on each other’s podcasts this week.
To talk the difference between “mindful” and “purposeful” tech use and how meditation can be a political act. It’s inspiring stuff. They jibed.
Search Inside Yourself For Peace and Joy
Chade-Meng Tan was employee number 107 at Google. And before he retired at the ripe old age of 44, he created a class there, It was about mindfulness, with an engineering twist. He never said go deep into your emotions, because engineers would ask “How do you quantify deep or shallow?” Which itself is kind of a deep question, really…
Let’s create some calm as this year ends. It all starts with one deep breath.
Look Into the Future with Black Mirror
Preserving dead loved ones When Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones came on the show, we asked them how it feels to basically predict the future. And Charlie said he doesn’t. He just has a sarcastic vision of the present.
Even if you've never seen Black Mirror, this episode is a good listen. Because their fictional stories seem to keep manifesting in reality. Season Four of the Emmy-award-winning Netflix show comes out December 29th. A perfect time to revisit this delightfully witty and optimistic conversation.
Alexa, Is Amazon Taking Over The World?
This week, the tradeoffs we don’t see when we shop on Amazon. How the company’s dominance from retail to web hosting could create a dystopia of social profiling. Why the answer isn’t to cancel your Prime. And yes, I test drive the so you don’t have to.
Amazon is the new Standard Oil, the “titan of twenty-first century commerce,” as rock star lawyer Lina Khan wrote in her
Which, incidentally, might be a nice thing to include with your packages this year. We made a handy printable card with a link to her 96-page blockbuster. Give the gift of light reading on modern antitrust policy, along with those colanders and scarves.
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"You Deserve to Die" and Other Fun Conversation Starters
Dylan Marron is internet famous. He makes clever and (actually) funny little about light topics like Islamophobia, masculinity, privilege. Which attract a *lot* of comments. Many loving and laudatory. Many… not.
Like the message from a grandmother in North Dakota saying he deserved to die. The teenager saying he was the most pathetic human being he’d ever seen. A gay artist in Atlanta saying he was everything wrong with liberalism. At first Dylan was shaken. Then he was curious. So he started calling these people. And was born.
This week, the lovely Dylan Marron on the benefits of talking to our haters, and why it’s good for the country as well as your soul.