Willa Paskin’s profile of Elisabeth Moss for New York Magazine is 1. great and 2. affirms the years many of us have spent deeply and actively relating to Moss’ character on Mad Men. “Don may be the show’s dashing face, but Peggy has always been its point-of-view character, “our Virgil,” in the words of Hamm, “leading us through this hellscape of ’60s advertising.”
From Quartz, a guide to listening to music at work:
Research shows that music goes best with repetitive tasks that require focus but little higher-level cognition. A landmark 1972 study in Applied Ergonomics found that factory workers performed at a higher level when upbeat, happy tunes were played in the background.
Don’t fool yourself: Listening to music means that you are multitasking. Any cognitive resources that your brain expends—on understanding lyrics, processing emotions that are triggered by a song, or remembering where you were when you first heard it—won’t be available to help you work.
Studies have shown that reading comprehension and memorization both suffer when music is playing, for example.
Okay so here is my secret Pandora station I love to listen to while working sometimes. Yes, it’s a Pandora station based off of “Rock-a-Bye Baby” and is meant for babies to listen to while they sleep. Yes, you will hear lullaby versions of Aerosmith and Scorpions. Yes, it’s the best thing ever.
Photo: Loic Le Meur
I am torn because while I object to the sexist way “bossy” is usually only lobbed at girl children, I do think it’s important for shitty kids to be called out on how annoying they are.
At Mental Floss, rejection letters sent to famous people before they were famous, which are always fun to read and may inspire hope.
Planet Money asked their listeners to provide a visual representation of what they do for a living on Instagram or Twitter. The results are here.
America’s boyfriend Nate Silver talked to TIME recently about his plans for FiveThirtyEight, and the magazine offered us some insight into how the statistician decides who to hire:
At WSJ, Caroline Porter and Melissa Korn report that a new “online marketplace” linking courses teaching specific job skills to actual jobs is being put together. The marketplace, dubbed Balloon, will launch “with a catalogue of nearly 15,000 technology classes from big-name course providers including Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Coursera and Udacity.” The corporation behind Balloon is Apollo Education Group, Inc., notoriously known for it’s for-profit college The University of Phoenix, which has struggled to get students to enroll lately “amid regulatory scrutiny and student concerns about debt and job prospects.”