Rick Olson

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Pens Use Living Algae Ink to Create Time Lapse Drawings with Sunlight

Over the years, we've admired many drawings created with unconventional materials, but this might be the most off-beat yet. Thanks to the team at Living Ink Technologies, algae is now a viable option for image-making, with a special added component: algae acts as an invisible ink that appears after …

Airplane Passenger Is Seated Right Next to a Stranger Who Looks Exactly Like Him

It's said that everyone has a doppelgnger, but we rarely come face-to-face with this mirrored version of ourselves. If it happens, however, it's quite the surprising sight, as two men recently discovered. On a Thursday evening flight from London to Galway, two bearded strangers quickly realized …

Disabled Guinea Pig Gets Custom Mini Wheelchair Thanks to Internet’s Support

Earlier this year, guinea pigs Estella and Pip were found on the side of the road in California's Calaveras Country. They were then dropped off at an animal shelter, which is where caretakers noticed that Estella's back was broken–most probably due to the previous owner squeezing her too hard. This …

Are You Inspiring Those You Lead To Be Extraordinary?

As a writer, one of the things that I enjoy discussing and sharing are stories. After all, a great story can entertain, inform, and inspire us, and …

Leadership

95-Year-Old Yogi Believes We Can All Live to Be 130 Years Old

95-year-old yoga master Kazim Grbz believes we can all live to be 130 years old and has some solid advice to help us achieve this. When you first look at the yogi, you'll realize that he most definitely does not look his age. To keep himself looking youthful, Grbz works on maintaining his …

New leaders need a little extra care

Bill Gentry is a first-time manager. He also is a researcher who has studied the difficulties people new to management face, and through his work at the Center for Creative Leadership, has trained new managers. "The biggest thing is that what made you a successful individual contributor won't work …

Generosity and Leadership

A young woman of my acquaintance (let’s call her Jillian) recently reminded me of an important life lesson.Jillian is quite simply an amazing human …

Blanchard

What Really Happens To Your Brain And Body During A Digital Detox

Neuroscientists observed 35 people who were totally cut off from their devices in the Moroccan desert. The results were life-changing.<p>We feel guilty that we’re constantly plugged in.<p>We sense that our smartphones are making us less focused, that constantly checking our email and Twitter is making us …

Marshall Goldsmith: The Two Most Powerful Words

Your parents have been telling you to say these two words since you could speak. Now that you're a leader, they've never been more important.<p>Saying "thank you" works because it expresses one of our most basic emotions: gratitude. Not an abstraction, gratitude is a genuine emotion. It cannot be …

Gratitude

How to Be a Better Leader? Love Being a Follower

Would you actually be a better leader if you thought less about being the person out in front and more about the power and importance of followers?<p>If you’re the type to focus obsessively on becoming a better leader, then let this quick video from entrepreneur Derek Sivers remind you of the power of …

Your Favorite Apps Know More About You Than You Realize

Earlier this week, a long-lost co-worker sent me a request on Trivia Crack. The message flashed on my iPhone’s screen, and then later popped up in my …

10 books that will change how you think forever

<i>Caitlin is Editor in Chief at Page19 and frequently writes about marketing, communications, and creativity. An edited version of this post originally appeared on Blinkist.</i><p>Sometimes it’s a lecture. Sometimes it’s a particular teacher’s words. Sometimes it’s a lesson from a parent or a friend, or …

The 8 Simple Habits of Incredible Bosses

Being a great boss is a lot of work for most people. Developing habits like these can make it easier.<p>Being a boss is hard. It doesn't always come naturally. Many who want to move up the ladder don't really consider whether they have what it takes to consistently motivate people to do good …

7 Important Points In Preparing For The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things sounds more like J.J. Abrams’ next sci-fi thriller than a major inflection point in business technology. Which makes the fact that IoT is about to invade the business landscape on a massive scale somewhat ironic—and wholly appropriate.<p>Enterprises have been tossed by some …

The Art of Error: 12 Cool and Creative 404 Pages

Making your 404 page fun is only half the battle — there’s still a lot of practical factors to keep in mind. In closing, let’s review some general tips to remember when covering your mistakes:<p><b>Link to Popular Posts —</b> Take advantage of the fact that your user may not know where to go next. Recommend …

L.A.'s 15 Coolest Tattoos — & The Man Behind Them All

In Los Angeles, the only thing harder than scoring a table at just-opened Jon & Vinny's Pizza on Fairfax is getting on the books with tattoo artist …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

The race between Meerkat and Periscope is closer than it seems

Both live-streaming apps offer what largely amounts to the same experience: You can quickly and easily broadcast live video of what you're doing, allowing your friends and Twitter followers to click on a broadcast and tune in.<p>Meerkat dominated the tech scene for the two weeks leading up to this …

Social Media

Dropbox confirms it's been secretly working on a Google Docs and Evernote killer

Composer, which looks like an online word processor similar to Evernote and Google Docs, was available very briefly before users had access cut off multiple reports said.<p>According to people who tried it, Composer is a note-taking tool that allows for multiple users to edit and share files …

You're Never Too Young To Be A Leader

Most people near the starts of their careers aren't typically thought of as leaders in the workplace. Not only do they inhabit a low spot in the office hierarchy and lack experience and skills, but also many are too timid and insecure to assume a leadership role. But with the right attitude, an …

9 Things to Do to Grow As a Leader

Corporations, governments, universities and global development organizations alike have released research highlighting a shortage of quality leaders. However, more than ever before, the need for globally-minded leaders is at an all-time high. While leadership is not something that is developed …

Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets

<b>Carol Dweck</b> studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster success. …

The Unbearable Lightness of Tweeting

At the heart of the media's chattiest technology is a hollow sharing economy. A personal investigation into just how little traffic Twitter's maelstrom actually contributes to websites.<p>In January, I deleted Twitter from my phone. The app was a charming distraction, I decided, and 2015 would be a …

The Hotel Industry's Race To Escape The Dinosaur Age

How many times have you entered your room at a large chain hotel, thrown your luggage down to relax, and noticed the antiquated stereo system with an iPod dock from three models ago perched on the bedside table? Next to it lies a paper room-service menu and a clunky, ancient telephone to use if you …

Hospitality

14 Scientifically Proven Ways Gratitude Can Bring You Success and Happiness

When you show gratitude to others, you and your organization can earn some remarkable benefits.<p>It's far too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy job, workplace, or life, and to forget to take a moment or two every once in a while to give thanks for all we have achieved in our …

Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

<i>This story is part of the</i>New Boom<i>series on millennials in America.</i><p>As the economy continues to recover, economists are seeing stark differences between people with high school and college degrees. The unemployment rate is nearly twice as high for Americans with a high school diploma as for those …

High School

Why Introverts Are The Best Networkers On Twitter

Schmoozing online is a lot less demanding–and when done deftly, very effective. Some well-connected introverts share their best tips.<p>Kali Hawlk, a marketing manager in Georgia, landed her first client through that most familiar tactic: networking. Hawlk and her client struck up a casual …