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You Are Not So Smart #31: Extinction Burst:

To give up overeating, or smoking, or lying around watching Netflix as your biceps atrophy, or any bad habit which was formed through conditioning, you must be prepared to weather the secret weapon of your unconscious: the extinction burst.

So: become your own supernanny, your own dog whisperer. Look for alternative rewards and positive reinforcement. Set goals, and when you achieve them, shower yourself with garlands of your choosing.


Roger Ebert, The Collected Wikipedia Edits | Quenton Miller

Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, was a likely – but never confirmed – Wikipedia editor, under the name Rebert. These edits are now collected in a hardcover, not for sale edition.

Rebert’s edits are often short, entertaining reviews, on Gotham City or John Prine, over time they were edited into Wikipedia’s dry style or reverted completely. Most cite Ebert texts as sources, and though the practice of citing yourself was overlooked in 2004 when Rebert started out, by 2009 his last edit was given a tag, ‘possible conflict of interest’. Rebert’s user page now carries a note, ‘this is the user talk page of an editor who has died. This page is preserved as a memorial,’ and then, finally, the catchphrase from Ebert’s TV show, ‘See you at the movies!’

Roger Ebert was a fan of Wikipedia. Searching through his film reviews you can find ‘Thanks to Wikipedia,’ ‘Wikipedia splendidly explains,’ ‘My pals at Wikipedia filled in some of the blanks for me’. In 2008, Rebert’s most active year of editing, Ebert posted an interview with Bill Clinton, and listed himself under ‘distribution,’ along with his distributors and their contacts, as ‘Roger Ebert REBERT.’ There are many signs that these are Ebert’s edits, though it was never fully confirmed by Ebert, who died in 2013. Now he’s gone it may remain a mystery.

Roger Ebert, The Collected Wikipedia Edits is published by Quenton Miller, an artist and writer. The book is not for sale, though technically all text on Wikipedia is publishable for profit.

Fast forward 20 years: Your typical “cloud” Unix server, designed in the 1970s to be a very social place, is today a ghost town with one or two factories still clanking in the town square—factories that receive our email, or accept our Instagram photos and store them, and manage our data. But there’s no one walking around and chatting downtown. So when people talk about “cloud computing” they are talking about millions of tiny ghost towns. Ironic, because what do people build on these ghost towns but social networks.
Paul Ford, I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds: The story of Tilde.Club

Phillips: Analysis should do two things that are linked together. It should be about the recovery of appetite, and the need not to know yourself. And these two things—

Holdengräber: The need not to know yourself?

Phillips: The need not to know yourself. Symptoms are forms of self-knowledge. When you think, I’m agoraphobic, I’m a shy person, whatever it may be, these are forms of self-knowledge. What psychoanalysis, at its best, does is cure you of your self-knowledge. And of your wish to know yourself in that coherent, narrative way. You can only recover your appetite, and appetites, if you can allow yourself to be unknown to yourself. Because the point of knowing oneself is to contain one’s anxieties about appetite. It’s only worth knowing about the things that make one’s life worth living, and whether there are in fact things that make it worth living.

Adam Phillips interviewed by Paul Holdengräber (forget where I got this linked from, it was a while ago)


The best piece of productivity advice I ever received was that when you are procrastinating it is very frequently (not always, but frequently) because the thing you are avoiding is a thing you are afraid you will do poorly.

Knowing this, whenever I find my attention wandering, I ask “Am I not doing this because I’m afraid the results will be unsatisfactory?”. When the answer to that question is “yes” I work on figuring out why that is and then work to address that problem. As it turns out, attempting to solve that problem always stops me from procrastinating.

Changing focus is very helpful.


This week we meet with experimental musicians Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, an amazing contemporary art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. They give us the challenge to FIND YOUR BAND:

1. Go through your day and notice all the sounds around you

2. Choose a group of those sounds to be your band

3. Join the band!

4. Record or document what happens and upload to your social media platform of choice with #theartassignment

5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)