The Impulse

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Curiosity is not a sin.

Albus Dumbledore

Welcome in the first post of my 2021 The Impulse series! In the age of information overload, I aspire to create a pool of facts and ideas that piqued my curiosity and share it with my readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did when I first came across each of those bullets below!

The art in the times of quarantine

Covid-19 restrictions have changed our world in many ways. I have realised that I have more time for self-reflection than ever – and I am not alone. It is fascinating, how the various artists of the CAM – The Covid Art Museum express their views and feelings.

Introduction of a mandatory zipper principle in Switzerland

For someone who is just now making herself on the way to obtain driver’s licence, I welcomed the news of introducing a mandatory zipper principle in Switzerland as of January 2021. Previously the zipper principle was a recommendation, reports Blick.

Here is some background: when heading towards lane reduction, many drivers try to merge too early. Not only do they overcrowd the driving lane by merging before the lane reduction point. They also slow down other drivers in their lane, both leading to prolonged and unnecessary backups.

What does SOS stand for?

Save Our Souls? Save Our Ships? I caught myself asking this question mentally. Having no immediate answer turned to google for help, as most of us do nowadays.

It turns out that SOS is no acronym (an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of the words), as one may think. It has no underlying meaning, and the letters don’t stand for anything. The signal is just a continuous Morse code string of three dots, three dashes and three dots; all run together with no spaces or full stops (read more here).

The search also brought me to the video about the first documented use of the distress signal alone with five most significant times the signal was used in history.

Pollution – new perspective

It is probably true that the most harm we do to ourselves. The article sums up report’s results and speculates that around 1.5 billion masks might have landed in our oceans in 2020. I can only join forces with the author on his sarcastic remark – at least the ocean’s fish and mammals will be protected from covid…

Note-taking tips from Dean Yeong

I think this is one of the most efficient and straightforward systems on note-taking and information-processing ever! What you need are three simple steps:

  • Collect great articles using a read-later app
  • Schedule time to read and take notes
  • Extract your notes and summarise them

Making notes on the material I am reading helps me understand it and create a knowledge resource I use for my future research and articles. Processing the notes a few days after allows me to integrate the information better. Keeping it in one place makes this knowledge easily accessible. Dean uses Roam, I prefer Bear, but in the end, it does not matter as long as the tool is easy to use and fits the purpose.

Natural technique?

Here is one life hack from Seth Godin – there is no such thing as natural technique. Those more successful or dealing with challenges at a level you see as impossible most probably found a technique you are not yet aware of. Makes it more fun to explore practical tools rather than mystical skills.

World’s oldest painting of animals discovered?

An ancient picture showing pigs discovered in Indonesia might be the oldest drawing in the world. It dates back at least 45 000 years.

Stop and think. Forty five thousand years.

Take a deep breath

According to James Nestor, 25%-50% Americans breath through their mouth. No one speaks to the kids about the importance of breathing through the nose. Not only is the air warmed, cleansed and humidified before being passed to the lungs when breathing through the nose. Mouth breathing could also lead to various inflammatory diseases and shallow chest breathing.

Study for employability instead of knowledge

If you ever wondered where the standardisation of the education systems comes from, here you are – the Bologna Process. It was a series of ministerial meetings and agreements between European countries to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications.

As it stands, it was preceded by the Magna Charta Universitatum – a document to celebrate the traditions and encourage bonds among European universities. Another preceding document is the Sorbonne declaration – a commotion to harmonising the European Higher Education system’s architecture.

Funny how the idea of attending the university is not anymore to study the subject but to showcase your employability rate across European Union…

Do all snakes lay eggs?

If you’d have asked me this few any time before now, my answer would be “yes”. And I would be wrong.

Some snakes lay eggs (oviparous), some develop their offspring internally and give live birth (viviparous) and some other even that produce an egg that is incubated and hatches internally inside the mother’s body (kind of mix of both).

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