The best of everything... April

By Daniel Williams


Word: Tax. 1. “A compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers' income and business profits or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions.” 2. “A strain or heavy demand.” Example sentence: “The only tax on the reader's mind is to remember as many facts as possible.” Source: oxforddictionaries.com

Quote: “The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free information hot lines staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question, such as how you can cheat, they’re useless.”–Dave Barry

Blog: michaelhyatt.com. Michael Hyatt is the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and has practical insight how to get your message out in the most succinct and efficient manner possible. “Whenever I talk with bloggers, podcasters, and other online platform builders, they express a common frustration: they are not seeing their audience grow. They seem to be stuck at their current level.” Source: “5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Traction with Your Platform,” michaelhyatt.com.

Podcast: 60-Second Mind. Ever wondered how toddlers learn to use verbs, how we can hear without sound or why women really do prefer to wear pink? The folks at “Scientific American” tell you that and more secrets of the brain—and, all in under a minute.

Tweet: “It's 82 degrees where I am. I'm no longer cold. I'm hot. Too hot. I wish I were cold again.” @SteveMartinToGo

On TV: Game of Thrones. We’re in the middle of a renaissance of historical and make-believe epics on TV, a veritable Golden Age of sweeping melodramas crowding the (big) little screen, and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is the best of the bunch. Sure, the sword-and-sandals fantasy is heavy on shock value, with gratuitous nudity and viscera apparently a contractual agreement, but the show’s so dang compelling I can overlook the shameless moments that speak to the glands; it’s the quieter moments, the ones behind closed doors, two characters darkly lit, scheming for the crown, that makes it worthy of its lofty throne as one of the best shows on television.

App: Umano. First, they came up with apps that aggregated content for you. Now, Umano, the lazy man’s way to work through the day’s news. All I do is click the button and Umano reads me the top stories. Even that grows tiresome. I’m ready for a cyborg app that allows me to download information straight into the cerebral cortex.

On iTunes: “Morning Phase,” Beck. I waited five years for a new Beck album and “Morning Phase doesn’t disappoint, unless you’re looking for the Beck who belted out “two turntables and a microphone.” When I played the new record for my nine-year-old she said, “wow, Dad, that’s really mellow.” I’m not sure she meant it as a compliment, but she got what Beck was striving for in the new music—not walls of sound, but layers of atmosphere, the kind of tunes you could imagine yourself listening to while riding a unicorn over a cloud. Just don’t listen to it while driving a car or operating heavy machinery. Consider yourself warned!

Motto: “What worries you, masters you.” Source: John Locke

See also: The best of everything... March

Originally published on LifeHealthPro.com