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I want an Instapaper-style app that con­nects to my blog and then tells me what per­cent­age of arti­cles I end up link­ing to.

On the Phe­nom­e­non of Bull­shit Jobs:

There is a whole class of salaried pro­fes­sion­als that, should you meet them at par­ties and admit that you do some­thing that might be con­sid­ered inter­est­ing (an anthro­pol­o­gist, for exam­ple), will want to avoid even dis­cussing their line of work entirely. Give them a few drinks, and they will launch into tirades about how point­less and stu­pid their job really is.

How do good ideas spread? A great New Yorker piece from Atul Gawande about how some ideas take time to spread. More than just a the­o­ret­i­cal piece, too, it includes spe­cific examples.

How Experts Think:

Less think­ing led to bet­ter solu­tions. More think­ing led to worse solu­tions. Were grand­mas­ters mak­ing their moves by inspiration?

No. Experts do not think less. They think more effi­ciently. The prac­ticed brain elim­i­nates poor solu­tions before they reach the con­scious mind.

The Unex­otic Under­class:

If you’re an entre­pre­neur look­ing for ideas, con­sider look­ing beyond the city-centric, navel-gazing, youth-obsessed main­stream. That doesn’t mean you need to fly to the end of the world. Chances are there are more peo­ple address­ing the Big Prob­lems of slum dwellers in Cal­cutta, Kib­era or Rio, than are tack­ling the big prob­lems of hard­pressed folks in say, West Vir­ginia, Mis­sis­sippi or Louisiana.

Bul­let Jour­nal. A sim­ple, ana­log sys­tem that helps you orga­nize and track tasks, notes, ideas, and events. The demo video is really intriguing.