Archive for August 2010

#  The Last of His Tribe →

August 27th, 2010 at 19:10 // In Worth Knowing 

There are a lot of interesting aspects to consider in this piece about a man local experts believe to be the sole survivor of his tribe.

Eventually, the agents found the man. He was unclothed, appeared to be in his mid-30s (he’s now in his late 40s, give or take a few years), and always armed with a bow-and-arrow. Their encounters fell into a well-worn pattern: tense standoffs, ending in frustration or tragedy. On one occasion, the Indian delivered a clear message to one agent who pushed the attempts at contact too far: an arrow to the chest.

(via kottke)

#  The Definitive Introduction →

August 15th, 2010 at 15:59 // In Worth Knowing 

I can’t personally vouch for these answers (having read, I’m pretty sure, 0 of the books), but I’m rather enamored with the question:

What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?

(via a different AskMeFi thread)

#  The Summoned Life →

August 3rd, 2010 at 16:07 // In Worth Considering 

I think there’s great utility in the distinction David Brooks draws between the “well-planned life” and the “summoned life.”

The person leading the Well-Planned Life emphasizes individual agency, and asks, “What should I do?” The person leading the Summoned Life emphasizes the context, and asks, “What are my circumstances asking me to do?”

I’d suggest a way to tell which you’re pursuing is to note your reaction to Stephen Fry saying that “goal-orientation is absolutely disastrous in life” (on LB).

#  How To Be Alone →

August 2nd, 2010 at 15:34 // In Worth Watching 

I’m not in love, but this is a pretty nice video.

(via reddit)