Your daily notes / #14

Bite-sized content, ready for you (Monday, 13 September, 2021)

Hello friends,

hope you had a nice relaxing weekend.

We will start today’s edition with an interesting tool that lets you build apps without code. It’s called Pineapple (fruity name) and has some cool features. Check it out.

Okay, now off we go.

Five Daily Booknotes / wisdom from books

A very interesting book about time. We all know that time is our most precious resource. And yet, there is so little we understand about time. Today’s book will definitely help you understand time much better, it’s full of profound ideas and advices. The Time Paradox by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd is a book that help us understand how important time really is.

Here are five notes from the book:

  1. Just as fish may be unaware of the existence of the water in which they swim, most of us are unaware of the ceaselessly flowing time in which we live.

  2. How you spend today ultimately determines both your past and future.

  3. Fear and excitement heighten our present awareness, sharpen our instincts, and help us survive.

  4. Time is one of the most powerful influences on our thoughts, feelings, and actions, yet we are usually totally unaware of the affect of time in our lives.

  5. Identify the things in your life that make you happy, and do more of them. Identify the things in your life that make you unhappy, and do less of them.

    Smart Voices / ideas and opinions from experts

CEO of Engineering Health Roderic Pettigrew on the racial and societal inequity in health care:

“As someone who is driven by problem-solving, it is hard to sleep at all amidst so many challenges plaguing society. A more recent challenge that’s been at the top of my mind ist he racial and societal inequity in health care illuminated by COVID-19. This has been even more greatly compounded by inequities in vaccinations, consequent to both an understandable history-based hesitancy among minorities and systemic inequities in access and communication. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that minorities are inoculated at levels far below their share of the population. Black, brown and Indigenous Americans constitute a population that is more likely to suffer more severe consequences. This is an illustration of a broader problem in our society in which those with the greater need are often those who don’t benefit from modern medicine. I think the convergence of the sciences and engineering can accelerate the development of purposeful technologies to institute functional guardrails and ease of practical implementation into our health care delivery system. I also think we can engineer technological innovations to help overcome the social divide that works against health equity and more broadly address the composite social determinants of health. There is this opportunity, which science, inclusive of social science, can help answer. “

Nature Shorts / a daily nature moment

The Secret Language of Trees. Learn how trees are able to communicate with each other through a vast root system and symbiotic fungi, called mycorrhizae.

Smart Notes / very short knowledge nuggets

A short biology lesson for today. We learn about prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

All organisms are either prokaryotes or eukaryotes.Eukaryotes include organisms such as animals,plants,fungi, and many single-celled organisms. Prokaryotes are tiny, single-celled organisms such as bacteria. Eukaryotes possesses a clearly defined nucleus, while prokaryotes have no internal membranes, therefore they lack a distinct nucleus.

Interesting Reads / Fighting the good fight

Culture wars are as old as politics itself – and far from being inauthentic confections, they cut to the heart of real, living disagreements about history, identity, nationhood and belonging. Read More.

Moments in History / bite-sized pieces of history

Today, a nice and interesting story about the most recognizable painting in history.

The Mona Lisa is the world’s most famous painting. It was painted by legendary Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci, in the early 1500s. But this amazing piece of art didn’t gain worldwide fame until 1911… when Vincenzo Peruggia stole the painting from the Louvre, plucking it off the wall and exiting the museum through a service stairwell. Among the suspects where Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire stole two statuettes from the Louvre before, and sold them to his friend, Pablo Picasso. After they were both interrogated, they were cleared. Peruggia, the real thief, kept the painting until 1913, and was caught when he tried to sell it. The Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre in January 1914.

From The Web / cool and interesting stuff from around the web

This awesome site, Appydev, provides a lot of awesome tools, from browser extensions, to developer tools, and also podcasts. And they have a bookmark system as well. Check it out.

Pocket Thought of the day

Wealthy and anonymous is better than rich and famous.

Quote of the day

The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from. / David Bowie

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