This week features a lot of articles originating from medium.com. A good place to find a fine read, if only the navigation is not that horrible. To this date I’m still perplexed on how the site works.

Secret of the Stacks by Phyllis Rose from Medium

Any book lover knows how devastating it would be when a title we want to check out disappears from the library. The function of a library is to curate the beauty of knowledge and archive a collective interest of local citizens in a period of time. But books take a lot of space. A quick glance at my bookcases, growing each year, will tell you of that problem. As painful as it can be, a library should be regularly pruned (yes, I know you’re shivering. I know I am).  How do they know what to keep and what must go?

Procrastination by Paul Graham

I’ve perused Paul’s archives lately, and I keep stumbling on pieces worthy of second, even third, reading. This piece takes a brutal honesty approach to get you to dissect your own problem. Procrastination defines the line between those who are truly successful to those who are trying. It is both a mystery of the mind and a stumbling block one would avoid like plague. However, consciously or not, everyone procrastinate. It’s just a matter of priority.

The Word “Hacker” by Paul Graham

Should be the last from Paul. How many people you know could interpret this word correctly? “Hacker” is a word hurt by popular depiction of the stereotype, a veil to the wonderful world it contains. Paul also writes about America, hackers, and the problem they face in general.

Waiting for the Internet’s ‘Mad as Hell’ Moment by Drew Reed from Medium

Witty and sarcastic, Drew holds your hand to explore the brief history of communication and entertainment, especially television and internet. Quite an interesting read, but honestly, the amount of images are terribly distracting. Give me a clean, relaxing wall of text, and I will thank you.

The Painful Art of Writing  by Ant from Medium

A short piece that resonates well with me. Sometimes, we don’t care how good we are or whether a piece is marketable or not. We just want to write.

The Problem with Market Based Education by Hannah Weverka from Medium

This problem plagues more countries than just America. We have lost sight of the true education and these establishments, meant to impart knowledge to future generations, are now no more than degree factory.  Children as young as preschool age are now given the same pressure of rote learning and standardized tests like their older peers. There is no surprise they begin to dislike the notion of study early–they are forced to please grownups and feed their parents’ ego before they could even think about what they are interested in. it is sick, but ultimately true.

 

 

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