Links To Go (June 12, 2017)

Thousands of Iraqis have fled Mosul, but this American family moved in

The Eubank family has a guiding principle — if other families are forced to live in war zones, there should be no issue with theirs being on hand to help.
And so as Iraqi forces pushed into the last pockets of western Mosul still under Islamic State control, an American mom was home-schooling her three children in a room above a medic station deep inside the city.

Open-minded people have a different visual perception of reality

Psychologists have only begun to unravel the concept of “personality,” that all-important but nebulous feature of individual identity. Recent studies suggest that personality traits don’t simply affect your outlook on life, but the way you perceive reality.

Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is

It dawned on me that I’d mostly stopped visiting websites directly and instead had been following the recommendations in my feeds to wherever they might lead me. My reading was no longer deliberate but curated by external forces that may or may not have aligned with my interests. I’d ceded control of my most valuable currency: my attention.

Making Fasting Matter

The point is that fasting requires a serious commitment. It’s not about giving up something trivial for a week; it’s about disciplining yourself by removing something meaningful and important. Like the monetary offerings we see in the New Testament, what you give up is between you and God. Maybe one person will give up all social media for a period of time while another takes their fast more literally and gives up food.

Three tips to instantly improve your church’s graphic design

While very very few people have the expertise to tell you technical reasons that your graphic design is off-putting, everyone has a built-in appreciation for aesthetic, if even at the sub-conscious level. Poor graphic design will leave someone with a bad “feeling”, even if they aren’t consciously aware of it, or can’t articulate it.

Where to Stand at an Event to Meet the Most New People

At my lab, the Science of People, we partner with event organizers who let us film and track people’s movement through the venues. For each event, we assign every attendee a number and then observe his or her interaction patterns. At the end of the night, we count how many connections they made and ask each person how many business cards he or she received. The most successful connectors play the zones in a specific way — and you can, too.

The Red Juice Dripping From Your Steak Isn’t Blood

If you buy your steaks fresh from the butcher, this red juice, called “weep” or “purge,” should be missing from your meal. That’s because the liquid is a byproduct of the freezing process: Water in the meat swells into ice crystals, puncturing the muscle cells around them and releasing red myoglobin. This protein is abundant in animals with lots of active muscle tissue, which explains why you won’t find the red liquid in poultry products.

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