There’s an oft-quoted rule of thumb that says it takes 21 days to change a habit. advertisement advertisement Meanwhile, it’s day 23, and you still can’t forgo your morning croissant in lieu of a healthier granola bar. Seems easy enough to do, and yet, your autopilot has you entering the bakery every morning, like clockwork. Does that make you feel down? Well, it shouldn’t. Habit change is dependent on a lot of factors, all of which may feel like they are conspiring against you. And besides, that 21-day rule seems largely to be the stuff of legend: One University College London study found, on average, it took 66 days to form a new habit. And who’s got that long? To save you time, we read five of the best behavior-change books out there to help you apply these expert ideas to your financial life. Consider it a sort of CliffsNotes to developing far better habits you won’t break. 1. Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We … [Read more...] about 5 Books To Help You Build Better Habits
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One day J.J. Abrams had the idea for a book project, one fueled by the kind of unfettered ambition that brings TV shows about purgatorial islands to life. It would be a book set within the scribbled margins of another book–two novels unfolding at the same time–and it needed a writer. Lindsey Weber, head of film at Abrams’s hit factory, Bad Robot, recommended author Doug Dorst for the gig, and together they began building on the elevator pitch of S. Apparently, though, the only thing more complicated than describing the resulting collaboration, or reading it, was writing it. advertisement advertisement There’s a whole lot going on within the formidable book package known as S. After removing the shrink-wrap, you find a book holster, inside of which is the novel, Ship of Theseus, attributed to one V.M. Straka. Flipping through the pages, you notice that they all feature seemingly handwritten notes in the margins, amounting to a dialogue between two … [Read more...] about Inside J.J. Abrams’s Brain-Bending Book-Within-a-Book
The extra-large architectural complex–art museums, libraries, office complexes–built so prolifically over the past decade are commonly described as expressions of civic pride. They might just as easily be called grandiose expressions of runaway prosperity and municipal vanity. Whatever you call them, shrinking government revenue and newly parsimonious corporate donors have combined to bring the curtain down on mega-projects. Welcome to the post-big epoch. advertisement advertisement Nothing signals the death of an era more conclusively than academic post-mortems. On Saturday the Cooper Union held an all-day conference, “Arrested Development,” to discuss the dubious fate of mega-projects. Point of debate: Are projects like the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn and sustainable neighborhoods like the Beddington Zero Energy Development in England (above) beneficial or harmful to surrounding communities? Like many such mega-projects, Atlantic Yards would … [Read more...] about The Post-Big Era: Will Small-Scale Ingenuity Replace Large-Scale Architecture?
Even if you’ve barely side-eyed the Olympics coverage this year, you’ve probably seen it: the bright rainbow of mismatched, patterned diamonds that shows up on the sides of arenas, behind the podium, on clothing, and even on the medals. advertisement advertisement This is the official look of the Sochi Games, an eye-boggling patchwork quilt pattern that is meant to evoke traditional craftwork from different parts of Russia. Cheerful and folksy as it seems, it has a lot more to do with political maneuvering than with anything resembling traditional Russian design. The branding borrows a pattern more widely recognized as Western for distinctly Russian purposes: both to appeal to a sometimes difficult-to-unite diversity of Russian audiences and, perhaps, to camouflage an international kerfuffle over the country’s gay-rights stance. Russian sportswear company Bosco di Ciliegi developed the design and says it is meant to represent diversity in Russia, with … [Read more...] about Olympics’ Branding To The World: Russia Is One Big Happy Family, Dammit
The archetypal comic book fan has provided much amusement in the form of ponytailed, big-bellied Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons. But comic book culture, as defined by certain nerd norms, also has some less pleasant aspects. Specifically, its treatment of women. Many female comics professionals and enthusiasts have addressed the issues facing women in comic book stores, at conventions and in the culture in general–their portrayal as cantaloupe-breasted objects in comics, but also the notion that women are simply unwelcome in this world, that they are posers who haven’t earned their nerd bona fides–the mythical “fake geek girl,” invented by threatened members of this community. advertisement advertisement But the fact is, women aren’t a new thing in comics–they’ve been here for years. The Kickstarter campaign for a new documentary–She Makes Comics–is hoping to change this perception of comics as a men’s club. … [Read more...] about A New Documentary Takes Aim at the Men-Only Culture Of Comics