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Want To Be More Creative And Successful? Fight The Urge To Focus

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:52 GMT

A wandering mind can be an asset if you learn how to use it.

In 1987, Mark Frauenfelder read an article in Whole Earth Review about the indie magazine revolution and thought to himself, “I’ve got to do a zine.” The next year, he and his wife started Boing Boing, a pop culture and technology publication. Frauenfelder was a mechanical engineer at the time; when Boing Boing launched in 1995 (first in print and then online), he kept his job in the disc-drive industry—and this was after he had joined the editorial team at Wired magazine two years earlier.

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The Newest Burger At Sonic Blends The Beef With Mushrooms So You Eat Less Meat

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:32:39 GMT

Want people to eat a little less meat? Fill the burger with something else (that tastes as good).

The menu at Sonic Drive-In–a fast food chain that launched in the 1950s, where some servers still deliver food on roller skates–contains the standard burgers and fries and milkshakes that it always has. But if you visit certain restaurants in August, you’ll also have the option of the Slinger: a beef burger that’s made partly with mushrooms.

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This Nike Ad Subtly, Respectfully Celebrates Pride Week

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:10:41 GMT

Watch Leiomy Maldonado vogue like nobody else can in Nike’s #BeTrue ad for Pride Week.

WHAT: #BeTrue, a Nike ad that casts a spotlight on the undersung athleticism that goes into voguing.

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Showtime’s “More Than T” Profiles 7 Transpeople Who Transcend That One Letter

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:41 GMT

In partnership with the MAC AIDS Fund, “Transparent” director Silas Howard takes an intimate look into the lives of transpeople in his doc “More Than T.”

Since its inception in 1994, the MAC AIDS Fund, the philanthropic arm of cosmetics giant MAC, has given more than $450 million to organizations focused on the rights and health of women and the LGBTQ community. As vital as fundraising is, MAC has devoted just as much attention to increasing the cultural visibility of such marginalized groups–most recently by commissioning the documentary film More Than T.

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How The Next Generation Of West Virginians Are Building A Way Out Of The State’s Coal Economy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:24 GMT

A new documentary called From the Ashes aims to generate support for millennial entrepreneurs working to open up a new, clean energy focused economy.

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as Brandon Dennison is quick to tell me, “is nothing like the rest of the state.” It’s a small, quaint college town of around 3,500 students and 1,500 full-timers; the buildings lining the main corridor, German Street, date from the town’s founding in the 18th century, though the storefronts now advertise bubble tea and organic wares. Maryland is visible just across the Potomac.

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How Whisper Survives As Other Anonymous Social Apps Like Yik Yak Fail

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:58 GMT

Third-party content deals, advertising, and innovative AI-automated video creation help Whisper outlast the competition.

The last few years have been tough for anonymous social networks. Yik Yak, the popular collegiate bulletin board once valued at $400 million, recently sold its engineering team to Square for less than $3 million and shut down. Confessional site Secret went belly-up in 2015. But Whisper, a Los Angeles-based company backed by approximately $70 million in venture capital, is soldiering on.

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Uber Drivers Don’t Think Travis Kalanick’s Departure Will Improve Their Work Conditions

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:19 GMT

“The culture is embedded over five years. It would take a while to change the entire mentality that this guy set.”

Thursday morning, on the hot steps of New York’s City Hall, a group of 15 Uber drivers gathered to celebrate a piece of legislation that would require ride-hailing platforms to enable customers to tip. For six years drivers have asked Uber to create an experience where clients could reward them with a few extra bucks for a job well done. But Uber was steadfast in its refusal. That was until last week.

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Consider This Before Making The Switch From Freelance To Full-Time

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:04 GMT

It’s going to be a big shift, so make sure you check these five boxes first.

There are lots of reasons to go freelance–time off whenever you want it, the freedom to pick and choose your projects, and the ability to see your work through from start to finish. In some ways, working for yourself can be more fulfilling than office life. On the other hand, lots of people wonder how they’ll move forward in their career after several years of flying solo.

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If You Can’t Ban Cars Downtown, Just Take Away The Parking Spaces

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:03 GMT

Oslo had a plan to lower its emissions by drastically limit car travel in its center. Now you can drive, but it might not be worth it.

All Oslo wanted to do was lighten its environmental footprint. But the Norwegian capital’s noble goal—to cut greenhouse gas emissions down to 95% of their 1990 levels by 2030—necessitated restricting car traffic. And that’s where the troubles began.

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Your Instagram Photos Star In This Funny (And Creepy) Short Film

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:10:43 GMT

“Weird Box” will make you realize how strange it is that we’re all looking at each other’s personal photos all the time.

WHAT: An interactive short film about our increasingly relaxed standards of privacy when it comes to personal photos.

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Obvious: AR Made With Apple’s ARKit Would Work Way Better On iGlasses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:29 GMT

ARKit may be just the first step in a warmup process that leads to the release of Apple AR glasses.

Shortly after Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, I wrote that the announcement of Apple’s new augmented reality developer tool ARKit would lead to new 3D sensors in future iPhones. That’s true, but it seems inevitable that it’ll lead to something more interesting–a set of AR glasses–a little later on.

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From Amazon To Emailing While Angry: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:16 GMT

This week’s top stories ask whether Amazon has gotten too big, explain how to write emails when you’re frustrated, and an ex-Tesla intern weighs in.

This week on the Leadership section we considered whether Amazon is heading toward a platform monopoly after its Whole Foods acquisition, we learned how to write work emails that don’t sound passive-aggressive, and heard what it’s really like to intern at Tesla.

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This Is Why Your Brain Hates Public Speaking So Much

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:11 GMT

Early humans were hunter-gatherers, not orators.

You’re often nervous when it’s your turn to get up to speak. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a packed auditorium or a small conference room with less than a dozen colleagues: your palms sweat, your mouth feels dry, and your heart races.

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This Is The Secret To The Success Of Everyone’s New Favorite Sex Therapist

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:24 GMT

Esther Perel has been giving relationship advice for decades, but now the renowned Belgian psychotherapist is reaching new audiences with an unprecedented intimate approach.

They say you never know what happens behind closed doors.

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How Dennis “Thresh” Fong Went From Pro Gamer To Entrepreneur

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:51 GMT

The first professional gamer (who played against Elon Musk as a teenager) explains how he leveraged his e-sports skills into a multimillion-dollar empire.

Twenty years ago, before anyone imagined e-sports becoming a global billion-dollar industry, the Guinness Book of World Records anointed Dennis Fong as the world’s first professional gamer.

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A Higher Minimum Wage Is Not Doing The Bad Things Critics Said It Would Do

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:42 GMT

Data from Seattle is proving that higher wages aren’t reducing the number of jobs and that paying workers fairly could save companies money and the headache of recruiting efforts.

The city of Seattle is in the process of gradually phasing in a $15-per-hour minimum wage: It has now reached $13 for workers at large companies and will move up to $15 in 2021 for all workers. As the wage rises, the city is providing a lot of data on the effects of the policy, and that data is continually proving helpful to activists as they work to raise the wage in other cities, states, and nationally (and embarrassing to the economists who sounded alarm bells about how damaging a living wage would be for the city).

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This Outdoor-Gear-For-Good Company Proves You Can Be A Benefit Corporation From Day One

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:46 GMT

“If there’s an investor that won’t invest in me because I founded a benefit corporation, that’s not the right investor for us.”

Davis Smith knows what he’s doing when it comes to e-commerce. A 38-year-old serial entrepreneur, he founded, and later sold, an online pool table retailer straight out of business school; that venture lead him to cofound, Brazil’s largest baby care retailer, for which he raised over $40 million in venture capital funding.

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About VidCon

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:10:28 GMT

Your favorite YouTubers, Instagram stars, and internet aficionados are gathering in one place this month. To do what, you ask? Let us break it down for you.

Before the media and technology calendar has even reached its halfway point, the year has typically already seen its fair share of can’t-miss events, such as the Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and Cannes Lion. And seeking to become a larger industry player in 2017? VidCon.

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This New Meal Kit Delivery Service Isn’t For Tired Home Cooks–It Fights Hunger

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:30:53 GMT

The Fed40 program will deliver 40 days of a simple meal for free, to help the 13% of Americans who are unsure where their next meal might come from.

In early June, a nonprofit called Feeding Children Everywhere launched its own meal kit delivery service, dubbed Fed40, bringing a simplified version of the pre-portioned cooking craze free to impoverished families. Users can access a Fed40 app or go online, enter their address and how many family members live there, and receive 40 shelf-stable meals within one business day.

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VR For The Masses? That’s YouTube’s Goal With A New Format And New Tools

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:15:19 GMT

The company announced its 180-degree format, VR180, and a series of compatible cameras, both designed to make VR more accessible to mere mortals.

YouTube thinks that immersive videos are the future, and that as viewers’ appetites for them grow, creators will respond to meet that appetite.

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