Tuesday News: Twitter, a book a week, the “book of love,” and best wedding ring inscription ever
Put Down the Pitchforks—A Twitter Algorithm Won’t Ruin Anything – I (probably) never say that I feel sorry for the guys who run Twitter, but his weekend, it was kind of funny watching the surprised responses to so much anger over Twitter’s proposed algorithmic ordering of tweets. Why? Because you have Facebook for that, and one of the particular pleasures of Twitter is its immediacy. And, of course, the fact that we’ve all gotten used to it that way. Yeah, I get that they’re having a difficult time getting new users, but if making Twitter Facebook Jr. is the way to get them, then, well, I hope someone is working right now on a Twitter alternative. But, hey, Wired says we don’t have to panic – yet – because all Twitter is doing is expanding on the “while you were away” feature, while still letting users keep the chronological ordered tweetstream. Do you feel placated? Me, neither.
According to reports from people who have actually used the algorithmic version of Twitter from both the Verge and The Guardian, the next stage of the platform’s evolution simply expands on “While you were away…” a proportional amount to how long you’ve, well, been away. Twitter obsessives (like me, and if you’ve read this far, most likely you as well) would retain something like the current “While you were away…” functions, while those who check in on the service less frequently would get caught up on the last few days of activity with a couple hundred loosely ordered tweets that the algorithm thinks they might like. Either way, scroll to the top, refresh, and you’re back to chronological. – Wired
How to Read a Book a Week – It seems like there are a lot of articles lately about how to read LOTS OF BOOKS and FASTER and OMG MORE. Peter Bregman’s article had me rolling my eyes, but because it was in the Harvard Business Review, which often has some good blog pieces and articles, I checked it out. Overall not groundbreaking by any stretch, but I thought this section on the difference between reading fiction and non-fiction was interesting, and I appreciated that someone was actually drawing that difference:
So how can we read a book or more a week? It turns out that what works best for me is following some advice I got while I was still in college. Michael Jimenez, a professor of Latin American history, was one of the best professors I ever had. One day I told him that I was struggling with the reading load. . .
.“Listen,” he said, “you don’t need to read these books. You need to understand them.”
He explained more: Fiction demands that we enter a world of the author’s making, inspiring a more immersive experience. Nonfiction — at least the type we tend to read to support our work as business leaders — makes a point and asks us to learn from it.
As readers, we gain momentum with each book we read. The more we read, the more quickly we can understand their perspectives and where they fit into a conversation they’re having with other authors, and the more informed we are when we use their advice or incorporate their perspectives into our work.
In other words, the more books we read, the faster it goes. – Harvard Business Review
Meet the author of the definitive book of love – Well, it’s that time of year again (Valentine’s Day), which means lots of articles about love and romance, including this short piece on Rutgers University Professor Helen Fisher, whose 1992 book, “Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray,” has recently been “remastered.” She has created a personality inventory, the Fisher Temperament Profile, that 14 million people have filled out via Match.com and and Chemistry.com, and which classifies people as either builders, negotiators, explorers, or directors. Additionally,
Fisher has studied the brain in an attempt to study matters of the heart. She said academia had looked at the evolution of the jaw, the thumb, the knee, but not so much the reward system in the reptilian core of the brain.
“I got the results back, that moment when I looked the brain and saw activity in a tiny little factory near the base of the brain called the ventral tegmental area that actually makes dopamine, a natural stimulant that gives you energy, focus, motivation, craving and in this case, motivation to win life’s greatest prize, which is a mating partner,” Fisher said. “And I was suddenly transported to ancient, ancient human evolution when in fact this brain system most likely evolved into what we call today feelings of romantic love.” – My Central Jersey
Man’s Sarcastic Wedding Ring Engraving Shows Wife’s Humor – I want to meet this woman who, unbeknownst to her husband, had his wedding band inscribed with the most heartfelt sentiment ever: “Put it back on”
“She’s a prankster. She’s got a great sense of humor,” Dan Tallman, 30, told ABC News of his wife, Amanda. “Some people are commenting that she must be insecure or something, but it’s quite the opposite. People tell us we have the best marriage they’ve ever seen.”- ABC News