Michael Connelly Starts Writing Before the Sun Comes Up – Study Hacks – Cal Newport

Michael Connelly Starts Writing Before the Sun Comes Up – Study Hacks – Cal Newport:

“I get up to write while it’s still dark, 5 or 5:30. I start by editing and rewriting everything I did the day before, and that gives some momentum for the day. I get to new territory when the sun is coming up. I take a break to take my daughter to school…then I get back to it. If it’s early in a book, I’ll only write til lunch, because it can be hard for me to get that momentum going. If it’s late in a book and really flowing, I’ll just keep writing and writing until I’m either too tired or have been called to dinner.”

Cal Newport is a proponent of Deep Work, and his book of that name is a great read for people who think for a living.

This is an interesting look into the way Michael Connelly works:

Florida Smashes Coronavirus Record With Over 11K Cases Added on July Fourth

Florida Smashes Coronavirus Record With Over 11K Cases Added on July Fourth:

Florida broke its highest single-day coronavirus record on Saturday morning after adding more than 11,000 new cases.

The latest state coronavirus report for Florida showed around 11,445 new coronavirus cases recorded for July 3. The reported case count is a new high for the state that previously reported a high of 10,109 infections on Thursday June 2.

The recent addition brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida to 190,052, with 1,921 deaths caused by the new disease.

On Friday, the state reported that the median age for cases was 35. The most coronavirus deaths have been in Dade County with 525.

Sydney’s airport deserted during coronavirus, becomes ‘eerie’ ghost town with few travellers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sydney’s airport deserted during coronavirus, becomes ‘eerie’ ghost town with few travellers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Australia’s busiest airport normally handles around 1,000 flights daily.

“We’re now doing 10 flights a day, 20 if we’re lucky,” Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert says.

“150,000 people were coming through the airport every day, we’re now seeing 100, 200 people a day.”

The normally bustling kerbside drop-off area is deserted, with cleaners and security guards pacing.

To even enter the departures hall, you must have a ticket to fly that day.

Only a few food outlets remain open and on the other side of customs and security, duty-free shops are fenced off.

Staff are removing luxury goods from the shelves to stop them gathering dust and Australian souvenirs are piled into baskets.12343762 4x3 940x705

This Windows laptop almost (YES ALMOST!!) rivals the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s 45% cheaper | TechRadar

This Windows laptop almost rivals the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s 45% cheaper | TechRadar:

Almost every time Apple launches a new product, it often instantly becomes an icon, whatever the niche. The 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro is a fine example of that, but with excellence comes a hefty price tag.

Yes, the 16” MacBook Pro requires oxygen if you are buying a high end version. I am planning to do that in the next month or so…

It is the ALMOST part that gets me…

My 2015 MacBook Pro 15” is ALMOST as good as the 2019/2020 version, but not really. The package Apple is offering is powerful, well designed, has great GPU performance for video editing, and the longest battery life possible in a laptop of this size. And it uses macOS, a far cry (as I have learned over the last 3 years) from Windows.

After using, programming and supporting Windows laptops from Windows 3.11 to Windows 10, I have discovered the power of a beautiful and simple OS that allows everything to work with everything else.

Simply hitting Command + Space allows me to find almost any file using a word of phrase. How do you do that in Windows?

Learning the different key layout is a pain, but macOS is superior and much more consistent and reliable that Windows 10.

I own a Dell XPS 13, and every time I boot it up, I have to wait fo 10-30 minutes while it installs updates and reboots.

On the Mac, this happens every 6 months or so, and takes far less time. And I can decide to put it off until…

So, if you are cheap, get the cheap Windows option, I you want something that is powerful, light, and reliable, get Apple to build the machine you really need.

This leads some in the Windows sphere to see an opportunity to offer a competitive yet affordable alternative. Enter HIDevolution, a company that builds bespoke mobile workstations based on existing laptops.

HiDevolution has taken an MSI Prestige 15 A10SC laptop and upgraded it heavily. You could do this at home, but using an authorised built-to-order seller means there’s less chance of frying your laptop or having to return components because of incompatibility issues.

This year was marked by global unrest — and 2020 is likely to be worse – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This year was marked by global unrest — and 2020 is likely to be worse – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

This year may well go down as the most disrupted year in global politics since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the subsequent implosion of the former Soviet Union.

However, the likelihood is that 2020 will be worse and bloodier.

Conditions that spawned global unrest on every continent in 2019 are unlikely to recede. Rather, they are likely to worsen in the face of a slowing global economy and little sign of causes of disaffection being addressed.

This is a short but insightful article about the factors influencing the pulse of the world at large.

A VERY good read, worth the time.

The myth of the eight-hour sleep – BBC News

The myth of the eight-hour sleep – BBC News:

The myth of the eight-hour sleep
By Stephanie Hegarty
BBC World Service
22 February 2012

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We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep…

I have often worried about the hours I spend lying in bed, usually starting around 2:30 am. Finally I began to accept it, and put my mind to work, reading, planning, meditating.

Now I am beginning to realise is is not a problem, simply the way our bodies work if given enough sleep time. After years of shift work and 4:30 am starts I have developed the habit of going to bed early, and now I am beginning to benefit from the time between first sleep and second sleep.

Phandrens.

Wombat-stoning South Australian police officer avoids charges over incident | 7NEWS.com.au

Wombat-stoning South Australian police officer avoids charges over incident | 7NEWS.com.au:

2ca299d3830152cbad6396fc36d1cf0f56130017Investigators found Johncock, as a traditional Aboriginal man, had an appropriate permit to hunt wombats for food and his actions were not inconsistent with traditional practices. If Indigenous people can kill native animals that are protected for the rest of us and “the Senior Community Constable’s actions were not inconsistent with traditional hunting practices…” 

My question is:

Did he the cook and eat the Wombat for food, like a hungry Koori Hunter ???   Did his family and community receive sustenance they could not get any other way, or was it a thrill kill?

Lots to consider here…