I just finished writing a quick article on Medium. I’ve been wanting to try out their writing interface for a while now and I must say it was pretty nice.
It was interesting how it was opinionated. It forced only one space after a period and any time you would enter two carriage returns it would insert a line break in the article. Interesting defaults (I suppose not truly default as that there is no alternative option). Definitely makes for a consistent and pretty look to all the articles on Medium.
You can find my post by clicking this link here. It’s a little FUD’y but what can you expect for a quick post.
Definitely an interesting experience. I can’t deny that Medium sure is pretty.
For the past week I’ve become slightly obsessed with animated .gif sites on Tumblr.
Two in particular have been consuming my idle time, with some posts causing me to laugh louder than a hyena.
Running a Startup has posts that reflect on life at a start-up. If you’ve lived the moments the blog posts about then you’ll be cracking up right alongside me.
#whatshouldwecallme I believe is written by a young lady in law school (as some posts are specific to that subject). Some posts I don’t find particularly funny, whereas others I’ve shared with every person I know. Two of my favorites are this one and this one, which is easily the best animated gif ever created..
Know of any other funny animated gif sites?
In a detailed article Jonah Lehrer discusses scientific studies that focus on how and why people learn the way they do.
In an experiment conducted with fifth graders:
Half of the kids were praised for their intelligence. “You must be smart at this,” the researcher said. The other students were praised for their effort: “You must have worked really hard.”
What do you think happened?
But it soon became clear that the type of compliment given to the fifth graders dramatically affected their choice of tests. When kids were praised for their effort, nearly 90 percent chose the harder set of puzzles. However, when kids were praised for their intelligence, most of them went for the easier test.
Why is that?
According to Dweck, praising kids for intelligence encourages them to “look” smart, which means that they shouldn’t risk making a mistake.
This verifies everything I’ve previously read and experienced. Smarts help but it’s the driving effort that truly matters. You can be the smartest person alive, however if you don’t take risks and stretch yourself you won’t accomplish nearly as much.
Today I learned a few things about Coca-Cola.
1. Coca-Cola was originally created in response to prohibition.
In 1886, the city of Atlanta passed a short-lived law prohibiting the sale and/or manufacture of alcohol. In response, a pharmacist named John Pemberton created a faux wine, mixing together fruit flavors with extracts from kola nuts (caffeine) and coca leaves (cocaine). He dispensed it via soda fountains—at the time, carbonated water was believed to have medicinal benefit—and with that, Coca-Cola was born.
2. Coca-Cola has a special arrangement with the government to allow it to use coca leaves stripped of cocaine.
In order for Coca-Cola to continue to exist in its current form, the company has a special arrangement with the Drug Enforcement Administration, allowing it to import dried coca leaves from Peru (and to a lesser degree, from Bolivia) in huge quantities. The dried coca leaves make their way to a processing plant in Maywood, New Jersey, operated by the Stepan Corporation, a publicly traded chemicals company. The Stepan factory imports roughly 100 metric tons of the leaves each year, stripping the active ingredient—the cocaine—from them. The cocaine-free leaves are then shipped off to Coke to turn into syrup, and, ultimately, soda.
3. Supposedly only 2 people alive know the mystery flavor of Coca-Cola known as ’7x flavor’.
“only two people know how to mix the 7x flavoring ingredient” and that “[t]hose two people never travel on the same plane in case it crashes; it’s this carefully passed-on secret ritual and the formula is kept in a bank vault.”