What do you think about kava re: possible liver damage?
Lord knows I try and I try, but whatever I make usually tastes horrible. I swear I'm just following the recipes...
The weird thing is that if you purchase international health insurance, it will probably work at more hospitals abroad than regular insurance works here.
Welcome back, Mike! I've lived in Edinburgh, and it was pretty dreamy. I would move back there in a heartbeat. But my goal for the next few years is to move to Vermont or New Hampshire or Maine. I want to live in the woods outside of a small town. Alternatively, I'd be open to Washington State or Oregon, although they're considerably farther from my family and friends.
Negative net worth! ALL DAY.
That said, do you know what the best sleep hack would be? Remove society's socially constructed schedule that says most people need to work 9-5. Some people (myself included), have a very different circadian rhythm. I find it very difficult to fall asleep before 2am, even one weeknights when I have to be in the office at 9am. I would be so much happier and productive if I could work, say, 11-7.
I mean, maybe sleep isn't all that important. Conventional wisdom used to tell us that breakfast was the more important meal of the day. But now there are studies that say that breakfast is just a meal like any other. I've read that there is no hard and fast rule that each person should get 8 hours of sleep. Instead, like the amount of water we need to drink, it depends on the person.
If I'm staying in a hotel for more than one night, I usually put the little door hanger thing out that says "Thanks, but no thanks re: cleaning my room." Is that bad? Should I let them come clean my room?
College is all well and good, but as you point out, real engagement with the humanities needs to come at an even earlier age. We need to teach young people in both public and private K-12 schools how to read and communicate and reason. We need to encourage engagement with new, unfamiliar ideas and people. Unfortunately, however, as fucked as the college system is (which I believe Deresiewicz has said he's not at all optimistic about), the public school system seems even more hopeless, with many states moving away from the arts and humanities toward rote memorization and standardized tests. You make learning a chore, and naturally young children will reject it, which will most likely cause repercussions throughout their entire lives. (Not to mention the terrible environments some students attempt to learn in -- a person needs to feel safe before they can learn.) Ultimately, this all boils down to a failure of the American people and our elected government. We can and should do better.
"I cannot possibly live in a home where orchids have been." If an orchid even looks at me wrong, my whole day is ruined. "Despite the fact that the homeowners were not white, almost all of the subjects in her replacement photos were." Shit is mega fucked up.