Spammers, holdouts and picking brain

Book recommendation

The subtitle of the book is what best describes it: “Adventures of a Curious Character”. It’s a collection of stories by Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. I see it as a testament to what can happen if a person keeps an open mind, a good sense of humor, says “yes” to things and explores different opportunities. A great book that will make you laugh and make you think at the same time.

Get it on

Take a few minutes to watch this

How many millions have you passed up on by not replying to that Nigerian prince? Do you ever reply to such messages? Most of us never do. But we all wonder what happens if you do…

In his TED talk, James Veitch takes us on a funny ride of how he almost got to import a metric-ton of gold.


An interesting look into what goes on in the minds of people who will not budge to the pressure of the corporate world. In Edith Macefield’s case it came in the form of a planned shopping mall in her neighbourhood. She fought a true David and Goliath battle, refusing a $1,000,000 offer for her home. Her house ended up surrounded by concrete walls on three sides, writing a iconic holdout story in the process.

You can listen to her story here.

Image source: Stuart Isett

Who to follow


Maria Popova runs a site called Brain Pickings, gathering in one place the infinite wisdom she finds in countless books and other material. She calls it “a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why”.

Her Twitter account is a collection of links to her articles and findings. You won’t easily find another source like this.

You can also follow Brain Pickings by subscribing to the newsletter of RSS feed.



I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

– Muhammad Ali