"There is an undeniable aesthetic and demographic conformity in the vanlife world. Nearly all of the most popular accounts belong to young, attractive, white, heterosexual couples. “There’s the pretty van girl and the woodsy van guy,” Smith said. “That’s what people want to see.” At times, the vanlife community seems full of millennials living out a leftover baby-boomer fantasy: the Volkswagens, the neo-hippie fashions, the retro gender dynamics."
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"At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.” “He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”"
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"Designer Kim Albrecht created two visualizations that map Trump’s network from a macro and micro perspective. They’re based on data collected from BuzzFeed‘s TrumpWorld project, a crowdsourced data set of all of the people and businesses to which Trump has connections."
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"The prototype, under conditions of 20-30 percent humidity, was able to pull 2.8 liters (3 quarts) of water from the air over a 12-hour period, using one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of MOF. Rooftop tests at MIT confirmed that the device works in real-world conditions."
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"Overall, our results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being. These results were particularly strong for mental health; most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year. We found consistently that both liking others’ content and clicking links significantly predicted a subsequent reduction in self-reported physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction."
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File under: "don't call it a comeback, they've been here for years": "The great need for new COBOL programmers means great job-security and possibly higher salaries in the future, as the talent-pool gets smaller and smaller. Some predict it will remain a major language for the next 20 years, which is an amazing feat, given it was created at the very beginning of the computer age. So if you’re a programmer who doesn’t mind working in a slowly dying but fairly lucrative field, then COBOL might be just the thing for you."
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"Basically, LG built a giant, elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that ticks off the G6’s features one by one, from the water-proofing, to military standard drop resistance to the great HDR display. It’s worth noting the drop resistance won’t be totally helpful if the phone lands flat on its screen though – the Moto Z Force is still the only flagship with a screen that is pretty much unbreakable."
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"Snaplications, which went live in Australia on Friday, is a Snapchat filter that lets people put on a virtual McDonald’s hat and name tag. Then, they can record a 10-second video talking about themselves and send it to McDonald’s. McDonald’s (known as “Macca’s” in Australia) will “send users back to the digital careers hub, where they can download an application form."
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"After all, pretty much everything in a decommissioned plant can explode. Also, the visibility sucks, the place teems with obstacles, and you can at any moment lose your connection to the drone, sending it crashing into … something you don’t want it crashing into. Scream around with a UAV and you’re asking for disaster. Literally. Tether it to a tracked vehicle, though, and you’ve got yourself a safer way of navigating dangerous environments."
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"Maddie Baden, a 17-year-old Pittsburg High junior, said the student news staff began looking into Robertson’s background after an electronic search of her name turned up several articles published by Gulf News about an English language school connected to Robertson in Dubai. The 2012 articles said Dubai’s education authority had suspended the license for Dubai American Scientific School and accused Robertson of not being authorized to serve as principal of that school. The private, for-profit school received an “unsatisfactory” rating on Dubai education authority inspection reports every year from 2008 to 2012 and was closed in September 2013. “That raised a red flag,” Baden said. “If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t find this..”
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"The response was not what you would expect. Martin was summarily banned from the forum until December 27, 2019 for abusive language, and he was told his comments and the poor Amazon review had convinced Garadget staff to disconnect his device from its servers, blocking his ability to control it. "I'm happy to provide the technical support to the customers on my Saturday night but I'm not going to tolerate any tantrums," a rep responded. "At this time your only option is return Garadget to Amazon for refund. Your unit ID 2f0036 ... will be denied server connection.""
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"The proposal calls for an agreement that would turn the border into an unincorporated territory for both nations, with an independent local government and non-voting representatives in the US and Mexican legislatures. The new territory would stretch for 2,000 kilometers, covering 20 kilometers on each side of the border. (That would bring Tijuana, El Paso, and San Diego, among other cities, into Otra Nation.)"
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"Even though these veggies are just grown to seedlings, they have all the flavor of the adult vegetable. And USDA research has shown that the seedling versions of these veggies are actually up to forty times more nutritiously dense than their mature version!"
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"The river’s current provides power to turn the water wheel, which lifts trash and debris from the water and deposits it into a dumpster barge. When there isn’t enough water current, a solar panel array provides additional power to keep the machine running. When the dumpster is full, it’s towed away by boat, and a new dumpster is put in place."
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"The in-app charges stemmed from purchases made by kids when playing with freemium apps. In the 2016 decision, a US federal judge found that Amazon failed to clearly inform parents that free apps may still include in-app purchases, and did not provide enough notice and password requirements to prevent unwanted charges. The Federal Trade Commission estimated that parents were charged upwards of $70 million between November 2011 and May 2016."
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" So now you can load up your laptop for whenever you don’t have decent internet service and watch to your heart’s content. The update to the Windows 10 app should be rolling out today."
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"Due to special, submerged “wings” hidden below the water, they are able to “fly” a few inches above the surface. With fares comparable to Uber, each SeaBubble will seat 5 people (for now, this includes a driver) and will be available for hire at special docks along the river. SeaBubble taxis will be powered by electricity, making them an eco-friendly transport option. Since they will gracefully glide through the air at a maximum speed of 30 km/hour, they will be refreshingly silent and generate no waves."
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"They use technology developed by the PURETi Group that removes nitrous oxide emissions produced by cars from the air and turns them into nitrate. As you might have guessed from the company’s name, it’s all thanks to the magic of titanium. Titanium dioxide, to be specific. A thin coating is applied to a vinyl medium; the ad image gets printed on, and then Clear Channel sticks them up on their billboards. PURETi says their eco-friendly signage will “continue to purify the air as long as light, humidity, airflow and the titanium dioxide coating are present.”
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"Hence the paradox, the corner we've painted ourselves into: We need to believe, we want to believe, we benefit from believing. We can't function without news and connection and forward motion. But, we don't like to be proven wrong. So it's easy to begin by calling it all fake, by non-believing. To become cynical and short-sighted and brittle. But non-belief doesn't help, because we can't make forward motion without belief. No society works without trust and optimism."
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"The results were good: Yes, people did tend to view “internet cats” during work or while studying, but they felt better after looking at them. And, crucially, the happiness caused by the cat outweighed the guilt of procrastinating. Unsurprisingly, cat owners and people who rated more highly in personality traits like shyness and agreeableness were more likely to watch cat videos."
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"Dr Dahiya said: "When the skin is placed on a prosthetic hand and the amputee then touches an object they are able to feel the contact pressure as well as temperature." He said the addition of a solar power capability meant there would be no need for an external battery to power the skin's sensors."
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"Of course, these numbers pale in comparison to what I found at the very top of the list, Apple’s very own Messenger app, weighing in at over 6 GB. Some careful detective work revealed that Messenger stores copies of photos, videos, and other files that you send within the message thread instead of referencing the file elsewhere on the device, such as in the Photos folder."
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A simple definition of a sociopath is someone who has no conscience and is tremendously antisocial. Sociopaths are incapable of feelings such as fear, anxiety, stress, depression, guilt, regret, remorse, empathy, care, and love. They don’t have feelings or emotions but a high-functioning sociopath is extremely skilled at faking emotions. So some sociopaths do cry, if they want to.How to tell if a person is a sociopath or not?Look at the traits below:Lack a sense of shame: They have no emotions or feelings. They can’t really feel remorse and guilt.Constantly lie: They’re very comfortable in telling lies as they won’t have any guilty feelings. If they are caught in a lie, they’ll continue to lie to cover them. Some might even do whatever they can to make you, or even themselves, to believe in the lies.Calm in any circumstances: Unable to feel fear and anxiety, sociopaths are good at staying calm in any circumstances.Charming and …
If you have to serve chili to 1,000 people, holding back just one bean from each person means you end up with a tidy savings, and almost no one is going to notice.If you run a call center and hire people who make a dollar less an hour, who are less supported, or less trained, or less caring, the impact on each interaction will probably seem pretty small. Of course, if you have a thousand operators, you just saved a lot of money.And, if you make cars and you figure out how to replace a bolt with a slightly less resilient one, very few drivers will notice, and if you make 200,000 cars a year, that might be enough to pay your entire salary.You've already guessed the problem.Some people will notice that the portions are a little skimpy. Some customers will be annoyed enough to switch to another company. And some people are going to die.When we add up lots of little compromises, we get to celebrate the big win. But overlooked are the unknown costs ov…
"We owe you nothing."This week, all but one NFL owner voted to let the Raiders leave Oakland for Las Vegas (I'm not a football fan, but bear with me).A nearly perfect example of how one version of capitalism corrupts our culture.The season ticket holder bought a ticket and got his games. Even steven. We owe you nothing.The dedicated fan sat through endless losing games. Even steven. Ticket purchased, game delivered. We owe you nothing.The problem with 'even steven' is that it turns trust and connection and emotions into nothing but a number. Revenue on a P&L. It ignores the long-term in exchange for a relentless focus on today. Only today.There's an alternative view of capitalism. Modern capitalism. Capitalism for the long-term. In this view, the purpose of an enterprise is to make things better. To minimize negative externalities and create value. Value for the owners, sure, but also for the workers, the custome…
We have a holiday for it, but no good words. Belief in disbelief. The asymmetry between incredulity and credulity. The fact that too often we believe in the wrong stuff, follow the wrong leader and take the wrong medicine.In just a few decades, we've managed to wreck April Fools as a useful holiday. The stakes are just too high.For a long time, we've been easily fooled by patent medicines. Snake oil was a real thing. People used electricity in the wrong places for the wrong illnesses. We swallow silver, see a faith healer and spend all our money for a small bag of magic beans. At the same time, we hesitate to see the doctor, don't talk to her when we do, and fill prescriptions but don't take them when we get home. We're skeptical about vaccines but eagerly line up for oxygenated water...We believe, but in the wrong things.When someone tells us a certain kind of person is dangerous, we're too eager to believe our xenophobic instinc…
Looking at cat pictures is good for you even if you’re doing it to procrastinate
Cats seem to dominate the internet, but does looking at Grumpy Cat actually make you feel better?Don’t be so quick to say “yes, obviously.” People love cat videos and, in fact, cat videos consistently have one of the highest views per category on YouTube. But while it may be taken for granted that looking at cute animals improves mood, researchers have wondered whether looking at cats when we’re supposed to be doing something else makes us feel guilty for procrastinating. So you see that the answer is not as obvious as it might seem at first.I’ll let the title speak of the relevant paper speak for itself: “Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect?” It was published in 2015 in the journal Computers in Human Behavior and its keywords are, almost of which are relevant to my interests: Internet use, guilty plea…
Exactly how I self-published my book, sold 180,000 copies, and nearly doubled my revenue
The Coaching Habit was published on February 29, 2016. (Leap Day! Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?)In the year since, it’s sold nearly 200,000 copies, including 8,000 ebooks in one week in May. It made the Wall Street Journal bestseller list “organically” (which is to say, accidentally). It received more than 500 reviews on Amazon, 450 of which are five-star. And it’s been the number one book in the business/coaching category for about 95 percent of the year.More importantly, it’s also tripled the number of sales inquiries for my training company, Box of Crayons — we give busy managers the practical tools so they can coach in 10 minutes or less — and as a result, our revenue is up 82 percent from this time last year. All from one book.So perhaps you’re considering writing a book yourself, or you’ve gone as far as to have a first draft in a digital drawer somewhere. We’…
When I first bought my place in Vegas, I did it only because it was an incredible deal. As a frequent visitor to Vegas I assumed that I'd stay there once in a while, and AirBnb it out to recoup my costs. Or if it turned out that I really came to dislike Vegas after spending more time there, I could sell the condo with a small percentage loss that would amount to very little.Fast forward two years and now I live here, as much as I live anywhere. I haven't analyzed my time, but I'd guess that I spend about half my year here, usually in one or two week chunks.What strikes me most about Vegas is that it's certainly a place that more people should live. It's not for everyone, of course, but cultural assumptions about it are certainly keeping people out who should be in.Here are some of the things I love about Vegas:1. It's the easiest city in the world to visit. I think that is literally true. Fli…