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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week


Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.  

 

1. BILL WURTZ: HISTORY OF THE WORLD

I talked about Bill Wurtz’s “History of Japan” video last year. He’s back, and this time with “The History of the World.” Seeing the video makes me realize how genuinely insane and beyond comprehension Earth’s history is. The video, which sums up world events pretty quickly, is still TWENTY MINUTES LONG. It’s insane.

 

 

2. FORBES: TWO DAYS WITH WARREN BUFFET

This article was originally posted by a member of our Facebook group, Intuitive Awakening. It’s a perspective on Buffet as an introvert and a successful businessman, which leads me to believe he may be an IxTJ in the MBTI system. The author makes a really interesting comment in the first paragraph–he says that Buffet spoke “easily, comfortably and with very considerable authority, but only about things that he knew about — that, as an 87 year old, he had worked on, thought about and studied for decades in most cases. Our research suggests that this is very typical of introverted leaders. Extroverts, like myself, are too apt to make it up as we go along; this, of course, can get us into trouble, as it should.” This has certainly proven to be true in my experience, but I don’t think it’s necessarily *always* a bad thing.

 

This article is really interesting for me not only as an extrovert, but also because it’s a profile of a known introvert written by a self-identified extrovert. Moore puts a lot of nuance into the differences in perspectives between himself and Buffet. 

 

 

3. THE IMITATION GAME

On the plane home from France I had 10 hours to watch movies. One of the two that struck me the most was 2015’s “The Imitation Game,” a biography of Alan Turing during WW2. The movie was unexpectedly heartbreaking for me. Turing, like me, was an Accuracy user, iNtuitive, and part of the LGBT community (which, during his life, was illegal and a prosecutable offense). He was ostracized and punished for all three of those qualities throughout his life–but he contributed so much to the founding of the technology we have today. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone that wants to watch it, but take note: you might cry.

 

 

4. MARKOV CHAINS GENERATOR

This week I learned about Karin Waldergrave and Markov chains. I won’t go into much detail about Karin Waldergrave here, but if you’re interested, go listen to the most recent episode of Thinking Sideways for a great summary of the case. During the podcast, they discuss a type of script called a Markov Chain Generator. Basically, you can input three words that are concepts–like “conspiracy,” “government,” “computers,” and the Markov Chain script will form a borderline-incoherent text that connects those disperse ideas together based on the data it collects. It reminds me of a very wide reaching, dummy-model version of iNuition. It’s pretty cool.

 

 

5. MESSYNESSY: MAKEOVER OF ABANDONED PARIS METROS

A former Paris mayoral candidate released these design concepts in 2014 for potential redecoration of abandoned Paris metros. I love the idea of turning old metro stations into new spaces, and some of the ideas that the design team came up with are pretty ingenious.

 

 

So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.

 

Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.

 

Got a tip or something you think I should check out? Email me addison@personalityhacker.com and put in the subject line: Fridays @ Five

 

 

 

 

Addison Dunlap
Addison Dunlap is a writer, student and all around walking encyclopedia of internet chic. You can also hear her on many episodes of the PHQ Podcast.

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