I cannot deny, guilty as charged, I am addicted to social media and especially to Facebook. I try to control myself in order to function properly at work (at least), but I do tend to scroll around until I forget what I was searching for to begin with. I think I always did that even when social media did not exist (Yes, I was alive back then, it seems so weird now to think about that, so far away in my memory), but I would read books instead, so that was better.
I make no excuses, I have a roller coaster life so this is how I (in a completely dysfunctional manner) escape it. So, I am not here to write another #escapesocialmedia or #nofacebooksunday posts, even though maybe I should. However, I need to somehow organize everything I read or want to read from these articles that keep appearing on my screen, because I do need to live meanwhile, can´t escape my real life completely. So I save them and check them out, generally on Saturday, hence I though I would start sharing the most relevant ones here.
Quite a large introduction for posting some links, right? Well, this is me in a nutshell. Back to the point, a largely hybrid and heterogeneous list of recommendations:
- The Guardian picture essay – Why tourism is killing Barcelona I have just celebrated 4 years here and when I first arrived I used to be unable to understand the infinite talks about how tourists ruin this special city. Meanwhile, because I live close to one of the biggest attractions the city has to offer, I witnessed first hand how traditional bakeries closed and (kitschy) souvenir shops were opened. How it is impossible to cross the street without entering a sort of procession. How dirty large groups of people can be. How many pickpockets appeared. And I could go on and on. Part of why I am writing here is to show that Barcelona has a lot more to offer than the established places and that its spirit is vibrant and powerful, even though I can really sense it fading. This picture essay is very relevant and sad and it says the truth and nothing but the truth. I hope we´ll all (locals, temporary locals, tourists, everybody) try more. This city deserves better.
- Such a beautiful story: Love after Life – A Nobel winning Physicist (Richard Feynman) Letter to his wife Just read it. I recommend also some musical background for that, check this out. 🙂
- I must confess that these past couple of months (or maybe years), I struggled with the idea that maybe I am not in the right place, that maybe I chose poorly my career path, that I lost something, that I should change something right away. Patience is really not my thing, so I tend to be very bipolar with decisions: either I have the impulse right away and (generally) leave or I ponder pros and cons until I get a severe migraine. For the career part of my struggles, I think this article is quite appropriate. Personally, I don´t relate to much of the content, but it is worth reading, in my opinion. The most important thing it states and with which I fully agree: I think one of the biggest mistakes our counselors and parents is telling us, ‘Find a job.’ Nobody ever says, ‘Find a job you love.’ Wise and true words!
- Speaking of jobs, Is Big Pharma really more evil than academia? The conclusion speaks to me: So let’s be clear. Working in pharma is by no means a betrayal of some academic fantasy of ‘purity’. Pharma is full of good people, doing good work – and having an effect on people’s lives that the majority of academics can only dream of. Isn’t it about time we all recognized this? It did not speak so much a while ago, actually this is one of the issues I changed my mind drastically compared to my younger self, but I see that as a positive thing. Evolution 🙂
That´s all, folks! Have a nice weekend!