The Future Will be Smaller

From the Wall Street Journal, a big package on how life will be in 35 years: 2050: Demographic Destiny. In the developed world, the future will be smaller.

Next year, the world’s advanced economies will reach a critical milestone. For the first time since 1950, their combined working-age population will decline, according to United Nations projections, and by 2050 it will shrink 5%.

As Dave Pell writes in Nextdraft:

In other words, it turns out that the big problem in the world isn’t that there are too many people, but rather that there are too few (Thanksgiving dinners excepted).

What Kind of Traveller Are You?

Like anything, there’s all kinds of travellers in this world.  From those that barely go far enough to lose sight of their homes to those that travel to far off lands with the lightest of ease.  I would consider my family to veer towards the latter, as we’ve been lucky enough to travel to multiple countries with very little weighing us down.  Speaking of weight, I couldn’t imagine dragging giant rolling suitcases everywhere I go, like some travellers seem to always do.  2000 year old cobblestones and rough, unbeaten paths don’t work well with those flimsy luggage wheels, anyway.

So what kind of traveller are you?  Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review has create cute illustrations that show different types of travellers (or, travelers for you Americans).   Here’s one, with more after the break (go to The Cooper Review for all of them!):

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Singapore?

Singapore, and Malaysia in general, has always been on my list of go-to destinations.  Something about the look and feel of the city always mesmerized me – the vibrant colours are absolutely breathtaking.  Of course, there’s more than just the vistas that Singapore is known for.  The food – from hawker centres, to the rice dishes, Wall’s ice cream and the chili sauces are all high in my books.  Singapore has a vast history which tickles the dormant anthropologist in me (e.g., the Jackson Plan is interesting early racial segregation), while the growing pop culture scene is an exciting blend of religions, histories and cultures thanks to its sea port upbringing.  I’m not sure if Singapore will make it into our final travel plans, but hopefully it remains a contender.

Of course, I also just want to drink a Singapore Sling while listening to Tom Waits’ Shore Leave… in Singapore.  Luckily, there are travel articles detailing exactly where, and where not, to get your gin fix.

Anyway, the Internet has a vast expanse of reasons to visit Singapore.  But, for your enjoyment, here’s a beautiful video titled The Lion City II – Majulah by Photographer and filmmaker Keith Loutit that shows how much Singapore has been growing and changing over the past three years:

The above video is a sequel to The Lion City a tilt-shift video that apparently tackles the crushing heat of the city (maybe not the best video to prove why I want to go but the visuals are nicely shot):

What Predicts Children’s Fixed and Growth Intelligence Mind-Sets?

I just read an interesting paper in the journal Psychological Science that shows a parent’s view of failure is more important to a child’s growth than the parent’s views on intelligence.  Specifically, the paper concludes that, “Overall, parents who see failure as debilitating focus on their children’s performance and ability rather than on their children’s learning, and their children, in turn, tend to believe that intelligence is fixed rather than malleable.”

In other words, it’s important that parents don’t let kids think that their minds are fixed (i.e., they can’t do better simply because of who they are), but rather can always grow and overcome their failures if they keep trying.

If you’re visual, like me, you should click on the following image from Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  It does a great job showing the difference between the two mind sets.

From Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Which one are you?

Just Sitting Here

It’s always amazing to see what others have accomplished in their lives.  Their amazing victories are out there for all to see – be it world travel, winning a gold medal or writing a book.  What we don’t see is all of their hard work, self-doubt and outright failures along their road to success.  This little comic from owlturd.com ends with a similar note – don’t just sit their and imagine, do it.  (Great, now I have Shia LeBeouf in my head).

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If It Were My Home

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country?  Well, wonder no more!  A website titled If It Were My Home attempts to compare your country with another in a wide variety of data points.   For example, here’s a small number of comparisons between Canada and Costa Rica:

If It Were My Home (Canada vs Costa Rica)

Of course, the comparisons can be a bit sketchy since we’re not only talking about averages within an entire country but also comparing statistics that are collected differently in different parts of the world (e.g., unemployment isn’t counted the same way everywhere).  Nonetheless, the site is an interesting look at the grass on the other side.

Life From Above and Beyond

Travel photographer Trey Ratcliffe created a beautiful short film titled “Life From Above and Beyond.”  In it, he uses three years worth of beautiful drone footage he’d taken from his amazing trip around the world.  The video is set it to Alan Watts quotes from the book Tao of Philosophy and to music by the always-wonderful Hans Zimmer.  An absolutely amazing inspiration for the sort of film I’d love to make after our family world trip!