Today’s selection of articles:
- “An underappreciated key to college success: sleep“, by Jane E. Brody (NY Times, 2018-08-13). Healthy sleep habits are a critical component to academic success. Few students enter college with healthy sleep habits, and universities do little to educate about and encourage them. (In fact, universities may inadvertently encourage just the opposite, via policies like 24-hour libraries, perhaps meant to cater to all sleep schedules, but having the effect of prodding students not to sleep at all — especially if they see a steady pack of their peers, whom they don’t want to fall behind, studying at all hours.)
- “How bosses waste their employees’ time“, by Robert I. Sutton (Wall Street Journal, 2018-08-12).
[T]he best employees for promoting organizational learning are often those who never leave well enough alone, pointing out mistakes and flawed practices. But those who management rates as top performers are often those who silently do what they’re told and what has always been done — and don’t annoy their superiors with complaints and questions about flawed practices.
- “Microsoft’s Cortana mistake: relying on Windows“, by Jay Greene (Wall Street Journal, 2018-08-14).
- “What to do if they don’t like you back“, by Kris Gage (Medium, 2018-08-10). Half-baked. The author makes a few interesting and important observations (e.g., if you truly love someone, you want what’s best for them, even if it’s not what’s best for you; one-sided love is often not love but worship of an imaginary construct), forcing these observations through the filter of her own bias and pulling them out of the oven of cogitation too soon. That said, kudos to her for having the moxie to write something on the subject. Someday I’ll do the same, and the author can return the favor of a critical review.
- “Is Omarosa out-Trumping Trump?“, by Sean Braswell (OZY, 2018-08-14). I hesitate to include this article in the list, because I hate how politics has become (always was?) like reality TV. But for posterity…this is American politics in 2018. Miserere nobis.