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no tourists (New Yorker 10/3/11)

Thursday,  02/27/14  11:10 PM


"no tourists"

(I am such a sucker for New Yorker covers, particularly those by Bruce McCall :)




Thursday,  02/27/14  11:13 PM

A few common misconceptions about Introverts (from my friend Zoya, who is, like me, an introvert):

Myth #1 – Introverts don't like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won't shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don't like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you're in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don't like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to "get it." They're ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.

Introverts are often individualists. They don't follow the crowd. They'd prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don't make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It's not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don't know how to relax and have fun.

Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot "fix themselves" and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ

I actually think a lot of these myths are partially true (i.e., not entirely myths).  But then, what do I know, I'm an introvert.



Thursday,  02/27/14  11:24 PM

Final day of riding around the Santa Monica mountains with a nice bunch of Midwesterners out here escaping winter, and it was just as fun as the previous four... and the ride was sandwiched nicely between rainstorms.  Rain, who knew?  I understand it is really going to rain tomorrow and over the weekend, which will be great...

Doc Seals nails it: sell the news, give away the olds.  I have never understood why online publications charge for their archives even when their home page is public. 

Tesla unveils $5B gigafactory (to make batteries).  Awesome but not surprising; Tesla are nothing if not a battery company.  And they are most definitely future-minded.  You could see where being able to make batteries better and faster than anyone else could be a huge advantage in the not-too-distant future. 

Have you been following the Mt.Gox Bitcoin disaster?  Yeah me too.  Coinbase CEO Brian Anderson says What's Not Being Said about Bitcoin.  And meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen says what we all knew already: the central bank doesn't have the authority to regulate Bitcoin.  That's a feature, not a bug. 

Surgeon Atul Gawande considers coaching for everyday people: Personal Best.  I'd love to have a coach! 

Longtime Twitter fan Dave Winer has started posting on Facebook, and discovers that "Twitter is nothing, Facebook is a discussion".  I'm not surprised; Dave liked Twitter for the same reasons he likes blogging: it gives him a voice.  But Facebook gives you more, it gives you feedback from people you know.  That's what drew me to it in the first place. 

Reminds me of this old article by Bill Gurley: You don't have to Tweet to Twitter.

Google adds "polar bear capital of the world" to street view.  That's cool :) but not cool enough; Google want to call attention to the rapidly melting frozen tundra which is the polar bear's natural habitat.



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