Sleep and the Teenage Brain | Brain Pickings

Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body’s demands and fall back asleep. Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across the country and instantly adjust to the new time zone — and then do the same thing every night, for four years.

via Sleep and the Teenage Brain | Brain Pickings.

A “Dynamic Interaction”: Leo Buscaglia on Why Love Is a Learned Language | Brain Pickings

Most of us never learn to love at all. We play at love, imitate lovers, treat love as a game. Is it any wonder so many of us are dying of loneliness, feel anxious and unfulfilled, even in seemingly close relationships, and are always looking elsewhere for something more which we feel must certainly be there? “Is that all there is?” the song asks.There is something else. It’s simply this — the limitless potential of love within each person eager to be recognized, waiting to be developed, learning to grow.It’s never too late to learn anything for which you have a potential. If you want to learn to love, then you must start the process of finding out what it is, what qualities make up a loving person and how these are developed. Each person has the potential for love. But potential is never realized without work. This does not mean pain. Love, especially, is learned best in wonder, in joy, in peace, in living.

via A “Dynamic Interaction”: Leo Buscaglia on Why Love Is a Learned Language | Brain Pickings.

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Your body’s amazing reaction to water

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate.

In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt in a lake on the island of Capri, Italy. Bucher would sail out to the center of the lake, take a breath and hold it, and free-dive down one hundred feet to the bottom. Waiting there would be a man in a diving suit. Bucher would hand the diver a package, then kick back up to the surface. If he completed the dive, he’d win a fifty-thousand-lira bet; if he didn’t, he would drown.

Scientists warned Bucher that, according to Boyle’s law, the dive would kill him. Formulated in the 1660s by the Anglo-Irish physicist Robert Boyle, this equation predicted the behavior of gases at various pressures, and it indicated that the pressure…

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iDoodle.

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”

― Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

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The first actual portrait I tried to do with crayons.

Inspiration: The Ikea painting I have in my room.

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Inspiration: Post card.

After finishing this sketch, I realised that I had forgotten to draw her nose.

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Inspiration: Newman made a sale of US$44M on his art piece.

I was hoping to sell mine for $44.

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Inspiration: A pop art piece

I was feeling very low because I missed someone very much. I was restless, and I wanted to create something. Decided to try out a style I hadn’t done before.

I draw because sometimes I cannot put into words how I feel. And making something out of nothing allows me to free myself from the emotions churning inside of me. For a while, all I have to think about is filling the canvas with colours.

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Letting go.

I find the door to my home closed as I exit the lift at my floor. I take the keys out of my bag and enter my home.

Its 11:46pm.

My parents have been waiting for me. I haven’t spoken to my father in months and my mother sometimes send me messages to make sure I am alive. I am a stranger in my own home. I can see that my father’s breath is erratic, fast and furious, his eyes bulging out of their socket.

I stand up straighter.

“What time is it?”

“11:30″

“You think it’s ok to come home at this time? That it’s still early?”

“Yup. I think so.”

“You think you are the only one who works?”

“Who said anything about work? I was having dinner with friends.”

I can see his vein ticking at his neck. Suddenly he stands up from the sofa. He comes towards and starts to raise his hand as if he can hit me. I stand still and defiantly look back without saying a word, daring him to slap me. My mother comes to her senses, and tries to restrain him.

He keeps yelling but I don’t hear a word. I see two strangers whom I don’t recognise anymore. People who were supposed to love me and care for me, but all they ever did was try to control me and the moment I started making my own decisions, labelled me ungrateful, a whore, and worthless.

I walk to my room, and as he continues to shout nothingness at me, I keep chanting,”I don’t care.”

I close the door to my room and burst into a fit of giggles.

I have done it. For the first time in my life, I didn’t back down. I didn’t end up in tears. I didn’t ask for forgiveness. I feel no guilt. I see my reflection in my mirror and I say, “Hey there babes! You did it! A small step, but a step nonetheless.”

Mary Meeker’s 2014 internet trends report: all the slides plus highlights

Originally posted on Quartz:

Mary Meeker, legendary Morgan Stanley internet analyst and current partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, will deliver her annual State of the Internet presentation today at the Code conference in California. She has released her slides in advance. Here they are:

Some highlights from the slides:

  • Internet user growth has slowed below 10%, smartphone growth is still strong but slowing.
  • But mobile data traffic is accelerating—up 81% year-over-year—thanks to video, where mobile is now 22% of consumption.
  • Only 30% of the world’s 5.2 billion mobile users have smartphones—still room for growth.
  • There are still more global TV users (5.5 billion) than mobile phone (5.2 billion).
  • 97% of smartphone share OS “made in USA” vs. 5% in pre-iPhone era.
  • Mobile advertising is still underperforming vs. time spent on mobile devices, whereas print is still significantly overperforming.
  • About 5 million Bitcoin wallets exist, up 8 times year-over-year.
  • Tinder users “swipe” 800…

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The Baked Brownie: Guest Post by @wallflourgirl

Originally posted on gotta get baked:

I have such a treat for you guys today! Remember my funfetti Rice Krispies post, where I sang the praises of my friend Ala, aka Wallflour Girl? Well, she’s guest posting for me today and she really went above and beyond, both with her writing and with her dessert. Brownies are the best (obviously) and I’m in love with her “Wall of Smiles” idea. How this girl has the power to make me laugh and tear up in the same post is beyond me. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? Read on, my friends, read on!

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Hello, Gotta Get Baked readers! I’m Ala from Wallflour Girl and I’m so thrilled to be guest posting for Nancy today. I don’t think I’ve felt this excited since folks announced the launch of a new Sailor Moon arc coming out in 2014 after nearly 17 years of silence. Am…

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Vogue (January 2007)

Originally posted on Jolie-Pitt Press Archive:

The Bold and the Beautiful

By Jonathan Van Meter
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Fresh from filming The Good Shepherd, Angelina Jolie opens up for the first time about falling for Brad, life as a mother of three, and why she doesn’t need a shoulder to cry on.

It’s official: “The middle of nowhere” is about halfway between L.A. and Las Vegas, just off Route 40, at a dusty old airstrip in the desert called the Barstow-Daggett Airport—airport being something of a misnomer, a word that conveys a sense of modernity that this place most certainly does not possess. There are two tiny runways and a few long wooden sheds where a handful of single-prop planes are parked out of the life-leaching sun. There are also a couple of humongous empty hangars, built in the 1930s, that were used by the military during World War II and look as if they…

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The Science of Creating Demand

Originally posted on Sean on Startups:

If you gave a random person your product for the first time, do you think they will immediately become a loyal customer? Maybe not for most products but definitely for your product, right?

Right.

Creating demand for your product is more than just building a great product. People have to know about it, understand what it does and have a problem that it fixes. Every year thousands of fantastic products fail because no one (or not enough people) knew they exist.

Whether you are building a physical product, writing a new blog or starting a consulting company you start with an audience of zero. Building an audience for your product starts on the same day you start working on the product. In fact, building demand for your product is often more important than building the product itself.

So, how do you build demand?

Step 1. Recruit Your Customers

Even before…

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25 things to do before I turn 25.

1. Be vegetarian for 25 days in a row. No cheating!

2. Go on an actual date with someone who really is into the whole of me. Instead of just wanting to simply hook up. What happened to romance?

3. Finish the portrait on PS that I promised J!

4. Run 10km without giving up.

5. Fit into the black zip up dress.

6. Pierce my earlobe to make the second row of piercing.

7. Streak my hair with red colour.

8. Stay up the whole night and catch the sunrise.

9. Finish reading all the books that I have bought in the past 6 months.

10. Make macarons! I shall not be defeated by egg whites.

11. Write a 1000 words everyday.

12. Become fluent in basic French. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir, is not good enough. Perhaps the fact that this is the line I know best is an indication as to why #2 is something I have to work on. Interesting.

13. Be a better public speaker.

14. Become more focused and determined.

15. Note down one new concept learned each day.

16. Finish one round of insanity.

17. Be able to do 10 laps when swimming. In a row. No cheating.

18. Spend more time with friends and people that I love.

19. Make concrete plans for the next 24 months.

20. Face my fear of roller coasters.

21. Spend a whole day in the library surrounded by the things I love best. Books.

22. Try absinthe.

23. Spend 5 minutes everyday meditating.

24. Give myself a wardrobe makeover. Inside out baby!

25. Love more.