2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day


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Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school.

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.

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Sleepy Brains Think More Freely

Article from Scientific American by Tori Rodriguez. Very interesting that creative insight grows during ones less than best times of the day. Shared by Miguel Escotet.




“… Your least productive time of day may be the perfect opportunity for a moment of insight, according to a study from a recent issue of Thinking & Reasoning.

“Mareike Wieth, an assistant professor of psychological science at Albion College, and her colleagues divided study participants into morning types and evening types based on their answers on the Morningness Eveningness Question­naire  […] but subjects’ performance on tasks requiring creative insight was consistently better during their nonoptimal times of day.”




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94 Elements examines the human predicament through chemistry

A film project will reveal the human stories behind the elements and expose the startling rate at which we’re using them up – From the guardian.

“Depending on whom you ask, there are between 90 and 94 naturally occurring elements. For our new project, 94 Elements, we went with the higher figure. Number 94, plutonium, offers too many possibilities for documentary filmmakers to omit.

The stories of the elements are the stories of human life. Trace their patterns and they reveal the details of our personal lives, the state of our economies and our relationships with natural resources. Our bodies are mostly made from just six of them, each atom forged in the heart of a star perhaps now thousands of light years away. The universe is a fastidious recycler.”

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How Geniuses Think

Great Article by Michael Michalko | Apr 28, 2012 on The Creativity Post at

“How do geniuses come up with ideas? What is common to the thinking style that produced “Mona Lisa,” as well as the one that spawned the theory of relativity? …”

What can we learn from creative genius?

“In his 1904 study of genius, Havelock Ellis noted that most geniuses are fathered by men older than 30; had mothers younger than 25 and were usually sickly as children…”

Academics also tried to measure the links between intelligence and genius…”

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The new rules of creativity: nine mind hacks to boost your brain

Article from Wired Magazine – great ideas by Jonah Lehrer – This article was taken from the May 2012 issue of Wired magazine.

“According to a recent survey of 1,500 chief executives from all over the world, the most important skill they seek in employees is creativity. New ideas, after all, are the ultimate source of economic growth.

But this only raises the question: how can we generate more creativity? How can we inspire people to have more new ideas? If we designed a workplace that was all about maximising innovation, then what would that workplace look like? What follows is a short list of scientifically tested ideas that can boost the imagination, transforming the typical office into a wellspring of creativity.”

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