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Daily Archives: December 13, 2021

How to Spend Your Time Off During the Holidays from HBR

Be Intentional About How You Spend Your Time Off – “…The benefits of proactive recovery are not limited to holidays. In a different survey we asked a sample of 243 workers if they usually have goals for their weekends. Once again, we found that people who set goals for their weekends were 13% happier than those who did not set weekend goals. Similar to holidays, people who have goals for their weekends are also more likely to spend their weekends pursuing social activities and less likely to spend their weekends resting or doing nothing. And spending one’s weekend engaging in social activities may in turn lead to greater happiness. Further, the positive effects of setting goals aren’t just limited to weekends and holidays, but can actually be tapped into on a daily basis — setting goals for how we spend our evenings can even be beneficial. In a separate sample of 242 workers, we found that those who set goals for their evenings spent more time on social activities and were also 10% happier than those who didn’t set goals for their evenings…”

Future of Work: Requiring workers to return to the office is a ‘doomed approach’

Washington Post: “Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfield says the future of work is being dictated by workers who want more flexibility and better tech tools. The chief executive and co-founder of Slack — one of the fastest growing work communication tools that was bought by Salesforce earlier this year for $27.7 billion — believes the pandemic… Continue Reading

Computer-assisted classification of contrarian claims about climate change

Coan, T.G., Boussalis, C., Cook, J. et al. Computer-assisted classification of contrarian claims about climate change. Sci Rep 11, 22320 (2021). “A growing body of scholarship investigates the role of misinformation in shaping the debate on climate change. Our research builds on and extends this literature by (1) developing and validating a comprehensive taxonomy… Continue Reading

Stop Google tracking for good by changing these settings

CNET – “If you are using any Google app, it’s likely you’re being tracked. Even if you turned off location history on your Google account, you’re not completely in the clear yet. While disabling that setting sounds like a one-and-done solution, some Google apps are still storing your location data. Just opening the Google Maps… Continue Reading

The insane resurgence of vinyl records

The Hustle: Vinyl has reclaimed its throne as the most-popular physical music format. But can the industry meet the demand? – Long before the days of Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, vinyl records were all the rage. In the 1970s, vinyl sales peaked at 530m units/year and accounted for 66% of all music format revenues.… Continue Reading

Putting the Public First: Improving Customer Experience and Service Delivery for the American People

White House FACT SHEET:  December 13, 2021 – “The Federal Government interacts with millions of people each day and provides vital services during some of the most critical moments in people’s lives. Whether searching for vaccine safety information, claiming retirement benefits, receiving health insurance, passing through a security checkpoint, or checking the status of a… Continue Reading

Stanford Professor Garry Nolan Is Analyzing Anomalous Materials From UFO Crashes

Vice: “A Q&A with one of the foremost scientists studying UAPs, and what he hopes to learn by systematically studying bizarre and difficult-to-explain incidents. Dr. Garry Nolan is a Professor of Pathology at Stanford University. His research ranges from cancer to systems immunology. Dr. Nolan has also spent the last ten years working with a… Continue Reading

New Dataset: 2012-2020 Polling place locations

“Center for Public Integrity has updated our polling place dataset with data from the 2020 General Election. The dataset now has standardized polling place information (names, addresses, and other metadata) for the 2012-2020 elections. It’s available here: This could be helpful to track polling place closure & movement at the precinct level. In the… Continue Reading