Consciously Curated: Professional Parenting for a Good Life and Love

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The Upshot: The Jobs You’re Most Likely to Inherit From Your Mother and Father

“Children often pursue their parents’ jobs because of the breakfast-table effect: Family conversations influence them. They fuel interests or teach children what less commonly understood careers entail (probably one reason textile spinning and shoemaking are high on the list of jobs disproportionately passed on to children). In interviews, people who followed their parents’ career paths described it as speaking the same language.”

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Consciously Curated: Big Dreams, Pooh, Bullies and Serving Your Country

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Shondaland: Big dreams one line at a time

“The Magic Realism Bot offers its followers the opportunity to follow in these great writers’ footsteps by tweeting out three to six story ideas a day that encourage you to take a break and stretch your imagination. With its strange and thought-provoking prompts, it provides the ultimate daydream fodder for bookworms, fantasists, and writers alike — one tweet at a time.”

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Consciously Curated: Happy, Gifted, Bad and Sad

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Huffington Post: Black and Blue

“There is an economic disadvantage for Blacks that is built into the fabric of American society. We don’t need to beat ourselves up in a desire to keep with “the Joneses”. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive for excellence in every realm, but it does mean that killing yourself to try to keep up with images that may or may not be real will only lead to a life of frustration.”

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Consciously Curated: On Game Theory, Toxic People, Writing Better and Yelling

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Wired: Games Parents Play
Kids are master manipulators. They play up their charms, pit adults against one another, and engage in loud, public wailing. So it’s your job to keep up with them, Carnegie Mellon’s Kevin Zollman says. His new book, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting—written with journalist Paul Raeburn—explains how.

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Consciously Curated: Engineering Inspiration, Growth, Failure and Understanding

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NYT: Creativity on a Schedule

I once heard a story about a guy who wanted to write a book. But he was too overwhelmed by the enormity of the process, so for a decade, he didn’t do it. One day, he decided to create a 5,000-word monthly magazine and offer a two-year subscription to everyone he knew. A bunch of people signed up, and all of a sudden, he had to do it. At the end of two years, he had 120,000 words to work with to create this book.

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Consciously Curated: Revolutionary Thumbs, Jocks, Pops & Scribes

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New Yorker: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution. The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coördinate, and give voice to their concerns. 

The platforms of social media are built around weak ties. Twitter is a way of following (or being followed by) people you may never have met. Facebook is a tool for efficiently managing your acquaintances, for keeping up with the people you would not otherwise be able to stay in touch with. That’s why you can have a thousand “friends” on Facebook, as you never could in real life.

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Consciously Curated: Rollin’ with the Homies, No Politics or Illin’, but lots of Mental Drillin’

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Mocha Dad: Road Tripping with the Fellas
“No guys getaway is complete without some good eats. During our trips, my sons like to try different dining experiences that may not be available where we live. One of our favorite dining experiences was at a Japanese restaurant where my sons tried sushi for the first time. I was afraid that they wouldn’t like it, but they scarfed down every morsel.”

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Consciously Curated: Get Out of Your Cubicle, Connect and Play

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National Geographic: Play Games to Change the World
“We saw it this summer with Pokémon Go, this international obsession that was completely frivolous and pointless. You’re running around capturing imaginary monsters on your smart phone in the real world. What that game was doing was overlaying a virtual experience—information—over real-world environments. That’s what we call augmented reality: the idea that we are going to be walking around the world in actual physical space but have extra information overlaid in that world, telling us more serious things. Not, hey, there’s an imaginary monster over there, but, hey, your friend is around the corner or this is the best way to walk across the street. We’ll look back in ten years as those things become more prevalent in everyday experiences and say, hey, this all started with a game.”

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Consciously Curated: Futuristic Chattel, Tackle Without Pads, Ditch Tablets and Eliminate Isolation

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Esquire: Why ‘Get Out’ Is the Best Movie Ever Made About American Slavery
In Peele’s hands, I found my eyes looking at Chris’s floating body and thinking about stolen Africans who were experimented upon (or thrown overboard), Henrietta Lacks’ stolen HeLa cells, Emmett Till’s little 14-year-old lynched body, music and sports stars being extracted from Black neighborhoods for white profit, the government not treating syphilis in hundreds of Black men in Tuskegee to study them—and, back to Chris, about to be lobotomized.

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Consciously Curated: How to … Be a creep, despot or troll

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The Expressive Egg: How To Be Creepy
Stare. Nothing says ‘creepy’ so much as a dry, fixed, glittering, inflexible eyeball. Set your face into a single expression, or one of a limited range, for long enough and the lines of your face will radiate the unsettling, the uncanny and the existentially repellent. ‘The inexpressive face is the mirror of a shallow soul.’ The cruder, less expressive, less nuanced the muscles of your face (particularly around the eyes), the more your face will take on the look of that creepiest of objects, the mask.”

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