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Miscellaneous articles.

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Books of 2014

Here they are, the notable books I’ve read in 2014.

  • Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman: A must-read from the father of positive psychology (not to be confused with the “positive thinking” fairy tales), defining happiness and offering a very sensible recipe for it, based on scientific research.
  • Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard: The “code” of mastery is a lifelong interest of the author, a former World War pilot, sports journalist, and jiu-jitsu master (a sport he undertook at age forty-six). In this book, he offers a great perspective on what mastery is.

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Sony Xperia SP Review

Sony Xperia SP
SONY Xperia SP: a rip-off 1
Verdict: Rip-off 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Build:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Ergonomics:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Video:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Audio:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)
Connectivity:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Calls:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
Software:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Reliability:2 Stars (2 / 5)

What have we here? The SONY Xperia SP smartphone, an awesomely spec’d device that proves it is easy to make things look great on paper, then simply fail to deliver. Let’s go through some details.

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Not too Bad, Being Stupid!

Argumentul final

They say it sucks to be stupid. No, it doesn’t. Nowadays it is simply fab. You’re vaccinated, you have food, health and a standard of life your grand-granddad couldn’t even dream of because he lacked even the terminology, therefore you enjoy the time and comfort to dispute the science of vaccines, to fool around with fantasy nutrition and alternative medicine, and to accuse any opinion different than yours of being perfidiously instilled by the New World Order people, who are after smart, well-meaning folk such as yourself.

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Do We Still Need to Socialize?

In “real” life, that is. And the “real” here might not be the best choice of word. Shall it be replaced with “physical” (or “physically existent”), as the proper antonym to “virtual” when we speak of our digital existence? “Virtual” does not mean not existent or not real.

We’re being told that online socializing is eroding our social skills and destroying physical relationships. That is mostly rue.

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All children are born with a direct connection to the shutter buttons of all the photo cameras in the world: as soon as you release the shutter, the child moves.

Very rarely, this connection malfunctions — that’s when you actually get a good picture.