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Your fast car

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September 22, 2017 at 04:12AM Right there, in your driveway, is a really fast car. And here are the keys. Now, go drive it.Right there, in your hand, is a Chicago Pneumatics 0651 hammer. You can drive a nail through just about anything with it, again and again if you choose. Time to use it.And here's a keyboard, connected to the entire world. Here's a publishing platform you can use to interact with just about anyone, just about any time, for free. You wanted a level playing field, one where you have just as good a shot as anyone else? Here it is. Do the work.That's what we're all counting on.For you to do the work. 

The Ultimate Productivity, Simplicity, Finance, Happiness & Weight Loss Hack

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October 11, 2017 at 08:01PM By Leo BabautaI’ll share the ultimate hack in just two words: letting go.These two words, if practiced and lived, can be the key to all the self-improvement in your life:Productivity: By letting go of trying to do everything, or be updated about everything, you can focus on just what’s important. This simple focus can make you incredibly effective, and you’ll accomplish more.Simplicity: Our lives get filled with clutter and complexity when we constantly want to add things. By letting go of what we want to have, and some of what we already, we can simplify, declutter, create space, let go of complexity.Finances: Our finances would be much better if we didn’t spend so much. Of course, you could argue that we could just earn more, which is true. But spending less and earning more is actually better than all of that! Anyway. Letting go of things we want to spend on is the key to better finances. More on that below.Happiness: …

Understanding Dry-Aged Beef and Making Your Own Dryer

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October 9, 2017 at 06:09PM
Earlier this year, our pal Alexis Gabriel Ainouz, aka French Guy Cooking, posted this excellent YouTube series on him learning about dry-aged beef and then trying his hand at making a meat-drying box for his fridge. I have never tried dry-aged beef, but I hear it’s uniquely delicious. The basic idea is to air-cure the meat for weeks. The outside forms an air-dried crust that locks in the rest of the meat’s moisture and the drying process changes the chemical (and taste) profile of the meat.One of the things I love about Alex’s channel is that, a former engineer, he often thinks is terms of devices he can make to assist in his cooking projects and he uses a satisfying degree of observation, testing, analysis, and troubleshooting in his kitchen hacks. In exploring dry-aged beef, he decides to build a Styrofoam drying box for his fridge. He not only wants to try his hand at air-drying (and enjoying the tasty results), he wants to …

Edible Innovations: Engineering a 3D Printer to Extrude Chocolate

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October 10, 2017 at 09:01AM From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara Cecchini of Future Food Institute — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. Check back on Tuesdays and Thursdays for new installments.Evan Weinstein is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania who’s majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His love of engineering began at an early age with the Lego Mindstorms RCX kit, and he now works in an additive manufacturing lab at school. He went to World Maker Faire New York to introduce Cocoa Press, “his baby.” Cocoa Pr…

Scraperite Plastic Razor Blades with Holder

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October 10, 2017 at 06:13AM Best plastic razor blades for non-scratch scrapingVIDEOThese are plastic razor blades made by Scraperite. They come with a little holder. And what these are good for is any task where you need to delicately scrape something off of a surface that you don’t want to scratch up with conventional razor or pallete knife.Just last week, my wife found this great tin-framed mirror at a yard sale, that had old stickers and gunk on it. I put a few drops of goo-gone on there and used the plastic blade to work off the stickers. It felt like the perfect tool for the job and it spared me from having to pick away at it with my nails. Plus, you can sharpen these with sandpaper if you want a really fine edge. The same can’t be said of your fingertips.-- Donald Bell10/10/17Buy on AmazonHardline Products Scraperite 5 Plastic Razor Blades with Holder ($13)

Can you live in a shepherd's hut?

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September 20, 2017 at 04:18AM The best way to plan a house on a vacant piece of land is to move into a tiny shepherd's hut on a corner of the property. It's not fancy, and it's not comfortable, but you can probably stay there for a week or two.And during that week, you'll understand more about the land than you ever could in an hour of walking around. You'll see how the rain falls and the sun shines and the puddles form.As you've probably guessed, you can do that with the job you're thinking about taking or the project you're thinking about launching. Show up in the market and make some sales. Take a role as an intern and answer the customer service hotline for a day. Get as close as you can to the real thing, live it, taste it, and then decide how to build your career or your organization.If the shepherd's hut feels too uncomfortable, it might not be the land you wanted in the first place.

Selling confusion

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September 19, 2017 at 03:36AM Over the last few decades, there's been a consistent campaign to sow confusion around evolution, vaccines and climate change.In all three areas, we all have access to far more data, far more certainty and endless amounts of proof that the original theories have held up. The data is more accurate than it's ever been. Evolution is the best way to explain and predict the origin and change of species. Vaccines are not the cause of autism and save millions of kids' (and parents') lives. And the world is, in fact, getting dangerously warmer.And yet...Poll after poll in many parts of the world show that people are equivocating or outright denying all three. Unlike the increasingly asymptotic consistency in scientific explanations, the deniers have an endless list of reasons for their confusion, many of which contradict each other. Confusion doesn't need to be right to be confusing.Worth noting that thi…

The engine of our discontent

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October 9, 2017 at 04:39AM When TV first was adopted, it was a magical gift. The shows united our culture and the ads fueled a seemingly endless consumer boom.Today, though, marketers have turned television into an instrument of dissatisfaction. The shows alienate many, because they bring an idealized, expensive world into the homes of people who increasingly can't afford it. And the ads remind just about everyone that their lives are incomplete and unhappy--unless they buy what's on offer. Worse, cable news is optimized to shock, frighten and divide the people who watch it.Social media can amplify all of these downward cycles. It's TV times 1,000.Hence a middle class, millions of people who would be as rich as kings in any other time or place, that's angry and disappointed and feeling left behind. Victims of a media regime where they are both the user and the product.Every time TV and social media become significant time sinks …

Google’s Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything

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October 10, 2017 at 06:33PM
Categorize this under “one of the worst possible PR nightmares for a Google smart speaker.” According to Artem Russakovskii at Android Police, the Google Home Mini he was reviewing was randomly and near-constantly recording sounds in his home and transmitting them to Google. The company acknowledged the problem and is issuing a software update to resolve the issue, which appears to boil down to a failure of the touch sensor on the top.Smart speakers like the Google Home Mini are designed to only listen for a specific wake word — in this case it’s “Hey Google” or “Ok Google.” Only then do their microphones record what you’re saying it, transmit it to the cloud, and try to answer your question. But there is usually a way to just hit a button and ask the embedded assistant a question. On the Mini, it’s holding your finger down on the top of it.That seems to be the rub (pardon the pun) with Russakovskii’s Mini: it thought tha…

Hulu Drops Prices Just as Netflix Raises Theirs

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October 10, 2017 at 10:10AM Hulu’s cutting its subscription price, just in time for the fall television season, and right after Netflix’s own subscription price hike. The best part? Both new and returning Hulu subscribers can take advantage of the promotional discount.The promotional discount, $5.99 per month for a year, applies to Hulu’s cheapest paid subscription plan, commercials included, and is available to sign up for until January 9, 2018. After that first year, be prepared to have the price go back up to $7.99 per month, or unsubscribe, because hey, you got through Scandal already.Austin City Limits is this weekend, featuring performances by Gorillaz, Milky Chance, The Black…Read more Read You can snag other Hulu subscriptions if you’re interested in catching up on some Bob’s Burgers, but you won’t find any pricing deals. Hulu’s commercial-free option is still available for $11.99 per month, while the live TV and on-demand streaming service,…

Technical skills, power and influence

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October 7, 2017 at 05:18AM When a new technology arrives, it's often the nerds and the neophiliacs who embrace it. People who see themselves as busy and important often dismiss the new medium or tool as a bit of a gimmick and then "go back to work."It's only a few years later when the people who understand those tools are the ones calling the shots. Because "the work" is now centered on that thing that folks hesitated to learn when they had the chance.And so, it's the web programmers who hold the keys to the future of the business, or the folks who live in mobile. Or it's the design strategists who thrive in Photoshop and UI thinking who determine what gets built or invested in...There's never a guarantee that the next technology is going to be the one that moves to the center of the conversation. But it's certain that a new technology will. It always has.

If you can't see it, how can you make it better?

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October 6, 2017 at 05:06AM It doesn't pay to say to the CFO: These numbers on the P&L aren't true.And arguing with Walmart or Target about your market share stats doesn't work either.You can't make things better if you can't agree on the data.Real breakthroughs are sometimes accompanied by new data, by new metrics, by new ways of measurement. But unless we agree in advance on what's happening, it's difficult to accomplish much.If you don't like what's happening, an easy way out appears to be to blame the messenger. After all, if the data (whether it's an event, a result or a law of physics) isn't true, you're off the hook.The argument is pretty easy to make: if the data has ever been wrong before, if there's ever been bias, or a mistake, or a theory that's been improved, well, then, who's to say that it's right this time?"Throw it all out." That's the cowardly and…