What Myanmar’s Strange And Empty New Capital Says About The Future Of Travel And Tourism

Naypyidaw, which the now-ousted military junta built a few years ago to move the government to the country’s interior and away from the full-of-dissenters capital of Yangon, is notorious for having showy buildings and enormous highways with mothing much in, on, or behind them. But its most popular building gets lots of great reviews on social media, so travelers keep turning up.

Researchers: Why Happiness Doesn’t Make You More Creative

“A positive mood is useful when first brainstorming, processing information, and coming up with as many ideas as possible—you don’t want to bring judgment into that, because it could stifle idea generation.
But rigor is the key to overcoming obstacles and completing tasks—and good mood doesn’t improve problem-solving, which involves judgments that almost by necessity won’t feel good: critique and evaluation, experimentation and failure. The stress that arises from problems may be unpleasant but it also motivates us to complete tasks, Davis says. In other words, negative emotions are actually beneficial to the creative process.”

Many Fear That Handwriting Is A Disappearing Art. But There Are Myths About Writing That Should Be Cleared Up

The first is that handwriting has always been a treasured mode of self-expression. Not so, according to Socrates, whom Plato quotes as saying that men’s acquisition of writing “will implant forgetfulness in their souls” and that writing’s value pales in comparison to the living art of conversation: “If you ask a piece of writing a question, it remains silent.”

A Deal To Ban Pakistani Actors From Indian Films Removes Boycott Threat

“Bollywood is the latest battleground for heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals India and Pakistan, sparked by a deadly attack last month on an Indian army base blamed on Pakistan-based militants. In a series of tit-for-tat moves in the entertainment industry, Pakistan has suspended screening all Indian films until tensions calm, while Hindu nationalists in India have threatened violence at cinemas showing films featuring Pakistani actors.”