Reblog: Hubcap Animal Sculptures, check out My Modern Met hubcap animal sculptures
Hubcap Owl

The above owl is made from hubcaps.

Dude just found some hubcaps and made an owl. I dream of doing stuff like that. I found some fake silver leaves in the street the other day, brought them home. They’re staring at me, still plain fake silver leaves. Today I went on twitter briefly, next to the leaves, intending only to get a quick few pieces of semi-businessy things done. Then I was seduced by the amazing post Abandoned Hubcaps Transform into Amazing Animal Sculptures – My Modern Met.  @MyModernMet  rocks – highly highly recommend following them. They find the coolest stuff on the internet.  Today they linked to, see the cool owl photo? The site of artist Ptolemy Elrington (and does that name sound fake or what?) showing off his reclaimed metal sculptures – not just hubcaps to be clear, he just did one using shopping carts(‘trollys’ in brit speak).  Hubcap art makes me think of street kids, and this specific art is more steampunk than street, though not strictly that at all.  I guess I can see the artist being into steampunk from the photo – yes I’m massively stereotyping. Somehow it seems strange to me that Brits would be into steampunk, partially because steampunk is so.. brit-loving. But Dr. Who definitely gets steampunky every once in a while, so.. sure.

Why are you still here? The pics are elsewhere

Anyways, hie yourself off to check out the source websites for more cool art photos(and the art itself if you’ve got the cash!).  Oh, and if you feel like giving me something – I know he’s got a squirrelfish, but the triggerfish is just that bit cuter…please?  Oh, and someone should get Mozilla that fox.

No-Bake Holly Cookies Recipe – Recipe Review

corn flakes are mixed into the marshmallow butter green goo
corn flakes are mixed into the marshmallow butter green goo

These were a favorite as a kid. Easy recipe even an 8 year old’s clumsiness never ruined.  I’ll make them again for Christmas this year – and maybe with my little cousins too!   They’re sort of like rice krispy treats.  I’m weak and can’t handle the Red Hots, so I’ll probably substitute some other red candy – maybe red M&M’s?  I’ll update with pictures after I make them for the Holiday Cookie Exchange.    Unfortunately the finished, although beautiful, were the victim of shaky camera work.  I used red sour candy balls as the candy and the generic corn flakes from the grocery store.

ingredients for delicious cookies

No-Bake Holly Cookies Recipe – Kraft Recipes.

Book Review The Art of Thinking Clearly

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The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
Format, Ease of Reading & Understanding

I ‘read’ the audiobook version on the Scribd app. The Art of Thinking Clearly is widely available in all of the regular book formats and has been out long enough to probably be in your local library. It’ll most likely be under Behavioral Economics or Applied Psychology, but could get shelved under Business or Management. I’d rate it as Easy/Introductory reading level for both the language and the way it addresses the subject matter.

What is The Art of Thinking Clearly?

As the author describes it, this is a list of basic fallacies people fall into. He has fleshed out each idea into its own chapter with brief stories and examples. One idea that he describes is “The Law of Small Numbers”. The Law of Small Numbers is the idea that in a small sample any deviation will be more significant – he gives the example of revenue losses in small rural stores versus large urban stores – if you have a single shoplifter they’ll seem more significant in the smaller store.  He tells a story on how you could be fooled if you were in charge of the stores, making it a bit easier to read. There are around 100 ideas in the book and very short chapters.

If you have time, read the books that inspired this one.

I finished it, but felt The Art of Thinking Clearly was repeating things I already knew. He distills many of the ideas in Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, and some of the books of Nassim Nicholas Taleb into one quicker, easier read.  I think if I hadn’t read the others, I’d probably have enjoyed this one more, but as it was.. it was just okay.  If you have the time, I recommend Kahneman or Ariely’s books over this one.  The one virtue this book has is that it is perhaps easier to understand, and definitely a faster overall read, than its sources & competitors. So, if you’re not that interested in the subject and just want a quick overview on not fooling yourself or letting others fool you… here’s a big list of foolish things.  If you become more interested, I’d suggest stopping immediately and switching to one of the other books.

TheSquirrelfish’s Review of The Art of Thinking Clearly

If you have the time and are really interested, I recommend The Irrational Bundle: Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty (eBook Bundle). It’ll cover all the same content and is generally better.  The one virtue this book has is that it is shorter, and definitely a faster overall read.

Book Review: The 50th Law by 50 Cent, Robert Greene Audiobook

authors and 50th law cover
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The 50th Law: Fear Nothing

Did you know 50 Cent was a Stoic? The 50th Law is to fear nothing.  Stoicism is part of this, but not all of it. A fearless philosophy is what you need to grow from a hustler to a media mogul. I just completed the 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene audiobook. I originally started the book because I was looking for The 48 Laws of Power. Then I saw this one, by the same business author and I thought “Narrated by 50 Cent” meant he’d actually be reading it. That was naive – he is way to big for that. The other author, Robert Greene, is the reader, although 50 Cent does speak briefly to explain the main idea for each chapter. It is then explained with historic examples, examples from 50 Cent’s life on the streets and a mix of philosophy, logic and other supportive concepts for why you should follow that way of life.

Educational Content

I think the most heavily referenced historical examples of the fearless idea in this book are Frederick Douglas, Napoleon Bonaparte, Malcolm X, Moses, although they are by no means the only ones. Joan of Arc, Hemingway, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln.. there are a lot of interesting stories here. I liked the matter of fact way life on the streets is dealt with – stories of slashing faces, rap feuds, and the lessons that could be learned from it.

Why Should You Care About 50 Cent’s Story?

Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss artists, and maybe particularly musicians, and even more specifically rappers as less serious. Yet, there is something to be said for the stories of how someone succeeded from hard beginnings – and you can’t deny either 50 Cent’s success or hard life. His music is for sale everywhere, and he has built a brand and a few companies. The audiobook was recorded in a studio he owns, his media company helped promote it, and I think you can say he succeeded in his goal of:

Summary: The 50th Law by 50 Cent, Robert Greene Audiobook

Overall: A good book of strategy from a rapper, a business author, and lessons from history and hustling.

PS, I listened to it on Scribd, but it’s also available on Amazon if you’re interested, hit any of the links or images 😉