Dan B

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The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Consciousness

The sky is the limit: human powered cranes and lifting devices

<b>The most powerful hand crane in history multiplied the force of its operator 632 times</b><p>The most common tower crane used in construction today has a …

Coltrane Pitch Diagrams

In the mid 90s I was browsing in the bookstore at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I was looking for Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic …

The Arts

Surreal Photos of India's Living Root Bridges

These intricate living structures take 15 to 30 years to complete.<p>During monsoon season in northeast India, rainwater gushes through the emerald valleys and deep gorges of Meghalaya, the“abode of the clouds.” The mountainous plateau between Assam and Bangladesh is one of the wettest places on …

Travel Photography

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels …

Green And Gold: Gellie Custom 27.5 MTB

Victorian framebuilder Ewen Gellie is a mountain man, through and through. From his workshop and property, located on Skyline Road, about 50kms from Melbourne, he produces some of Australia’s best custom frames, like this 27.5 hardtail MTB.<p>While Ewen has found himself living in the ultimate bush …

Mountain Biking

Enough

This guy never had enough, is that really you?The underpinning tenet of chasing exponential growth is that anything less than “all of it” is never …

How to be a World-Class Negotiator

Life Lessons to Help Entrepreneurs, Business Owners & Creators<p>A few nights ago, I attended a talk given by Christopher Voss, former international FBI …

Throwback Clip Of The Week: 2012 Volcom Fiji Pro

Some of the biggest, best Cloudbreak caught on film<p>Matt Wilkinson won the OK Fiji Pro yesterday in fun — though a bit underwhelming — 4-foot …

This Desktop Sculpture Encrypts Your Internet At The Flip Of A Switch

Protecting your privacy online can be complicated. Thero simplifies it to a single dial.<p>Privacy is a simple concept, and many believe it should be a universal right, both on and offline. But figuring out the implications of what you’re sharing online and how to control who has access to your …

Why Designers Are Reviving This 30-Year-Old Japanese Productivity Theory

Toyota’s 5S principles, which ushered in lean manufacturing in the 1980s, are experiencing a renaissance.<p>Decades before Marie Kondo became the go-to Japanese organizational guru—transforming her name into a verb and selling more than 6 million copies of her book, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying</i> …

Bertrand Russell on Power-Knowledge vs. Love-Knowledge, the Two Faces of Science, and What Makes Life Satisfying

“In all forms of love we wish to have knowledge of what is loved, not for purposes of power but for the ecstasy of contemplation… This may indeed be made the touchstone of any love that is valuable.”<p><i>“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor</i> …

Nobel Prize

Lindsey Vonn wants to race against men — but will they let her?

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Tucked in the heart of Banff National Park and surrounded by the mammoth grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise ski …

We Can Now Use DNA To Store Everything From A Movie To An Amazon Gift Card

The oldest storage system in the world might be the key to future-proofing our modern data.<p>In the 1995 cyberpunk thriller <i>Johnny Mnemonic</i>, Keanu Reeves stars as a man whose childhood memories have been wiped so his brain can be used to smuggle data. It’s all very mid-’90s dystopia, but it the …

Chris Bertish Just Finished A 4,050-Mile Paddle Across The Atlantic

On a half-SUP, half-boat, and is somehow still alive<p>Bertish, mid-crossing. Photo by Bertish<p>At about 8:30 AST this morning, South African big-wave …

A Visual Guide To Statistics

A Brown University student creates math lessons for the more visually inclined among us.<p>Statisticians are one of the fastest growing jobs in the country–and for good reason. “As data becomes more and more a part of people’s lives, statistics is becoming more a part of people’s lives,” says Daniel …

There Are Big Opportunities In The World’s Big Challenges

In every threat to the planet, there’s a potential opportunity either to avert that threat or mitigate its impact. Take climate change. Rising seas and deeper droughts are enormous long-term risks, but there’s also opportunities for new infrastructure and different types of agriculture, innovations …

Technology Forces Us To Do Things We’re Bad At. Time To Change How Design Is Done

Distractibility isn’t a human problem; it’s a design problem, writes usability expert Don Norman.<p>There is a widely believed myth that human error causes some 90% of car accidents. Ninety percent of all accidents are <i>blamed</i> on human error. That is not the same as <i>caused</i> by people.<p>The real cause of …

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

Incredible Photos of Hiking Italy's 'Iron Roads'

Remnants of World War I, these via ferrata take hikers to remote reaches of the Italian Alps—and tell stories of battle and bravery.<p>As my watch beeped twice to signal that 4 a.m. had arrived, I glanced up at the outline of the Tre Cime peaks of the Italian Dolomites to see if there was any sign of …

World History

Twenty-Five Great Jazz Baritone Saxophone Peformances

Ronnie Cuber<p>The cumbersome and often unwieldy baritone saxophone has long been relegated to the position of a shadowy stepchild to its more grandiloquent brothers, the tenor and alto saxophones, in jazz music. A low register behemoth that requires voluminous breath, careful control and formidable …

Why You Should Try Meditating While Running (and How to Do It)

Yes, you can get your Zen on while getting miles in. Here are nine tips for making your next run extra-serene.<p>I’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my purple sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the …

The Google Earth Of Radio Lets You Listen To Any Station In The World

Browse the world’s radio stations, just by spinning a globe.<p>Ever since the first commercial station–Pittsburgh’s KDKA–began broadcasting on November 2, 1920, radio has functioned as a powerful cross-pollinating medium, capable of bringing new culture and ideas across even the most impenetrable …

Tim Ferriss on How He Survived Suicidal Depression and His Tools for Warding Off the Darkness

“The key is building fires where you can warm yourself as you wait for the tempest to pass.”<p>Most people know Tim Ferriss as the amicable, quick-witted, high-energy writer, adventurer, and interviewer, who has devoted his life to optimizing human performance across the full spectrum of physical and …

The “Bart And Lisa” Theory Of Information Design

In a new book, Jennifer Daniel uses design to illustrate the origin stories of everything, from Big Bang theory to earwax.<p>When she was working as graphics editor for the <i>New York Times</i>, Jennifer Daniel and her team developed a philosophy they termed the “Bart and Lisa approach” to designing …

Instead Of Buying Electricity From The Power Company, What If You Bought It From Your Neighbor?

Traditionally, when you want electricity, you buy it from a utility. In the future, you may buy it from the house next door. A Dutch company called PowerPeers is making it happen in the Netherlands.<p>In the Netherlands, a marketplace called Power Peers is linking up home energy producers with …

Convincing Your Kids Santa Is Real Is Bad For Their Mental Health

“Children must all find out eventually that their parents have blatantly and consistently carried on a lie for a number of years.”<p>It’s that time of year again, where parents all over the Christian world tell their kids that a fat man who watches their behavior closely all year long will be breaking …

All the World's Money and Markets in One Visualization

All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization<p><i>Enjoy this graphic? You can also find it in our new infographic book – it’s available until</i> …

Here’s What Websites Know About You, Just From The Way You Browse

It’s more than you think.<p>You probably know that the websites you visit–even this one–track your behaviors in some capacity. Maybe you think it knows your browser, your computer type, your connection speed, maybe even your computer type. But webpages can track far more than that. In fact, they can …

What Happened When I Spent A Week Keeping My Mouth (Mostly) Shut

There are several unexpected productivity benefits to remaining quiet.<p>Growing up we’re frequently told by our parents and teachers to “speak up” and “let ourselves be heard.” While you should speak up if something is bothering you or if you have something meaningful to say, these instructions serve …