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Enjoy Your Friends and Be Glad You’re Not a Genius

<b>James Gleick</b> knows from <b>geniuses</b>, having written well-regarded <b>biographies</b> of <b>Sir Isaac Newton</b>, and theoretical physicist <b>Richard Feynman</b>. The two …

Creativity

The 16 best ways to sabotage your organization's productivity, from a CIA manual published in 1944

The "Simple Sabotage Field Manual," declassified in 2008 and available on the CIA's website, provided instructions for how everyday people could help the Allies weaken their country by reducing production in factories, offices, and transportation lines.<p>"Some of the instructions seem outdated; …

Time Management

10 overrated tourist attractions in the US — and where to go instead

Knowing which tourist attractions are worth seeing and which aren't can help you save valuable time and leave you feeling like you saw the best of the area on a trip.<p>Inspired by this Reddit list of overrated tourist destinations, we wanted to round up some of the most disappointing tourist traps in …

Travel

6 Curious Hacks to Accomplish More By Doing Less

Yesterday I've crossed two borders, closed three ongoing projects with my clients, sealed the deal with a new prospect and was home by dinner to share a cooked together meal with my significant other.<p>I work around 25 hours per week, get a healthy eight-hour sleep, take unscheduled day offs and …

Financial Fridays: Basic Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Makes

I love you so I don’t want you to do these things. Save the world instead.<b>A) IGNORING THE “SIX MONTH RULE”</b>I was on the board of a business where we …

Entrepreneurship

Here’s what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system in the desert

But in reality, the solar system is extremely vast.<p>To get an idea of just how far that is, it would take about 4 hours to reach the furthest planet from the sun at the speed of light.<p>In the words of James Irwin, an astronaut on Apollo 15:<p>As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in …

Astronomy

To My Non-Posting Friends on Facebook

I've heard all your sweet excuses for not posting updates on Facebook...<p>"I don't have time for it."<br>• "I'm just not someone who needs to tell everyone what I'm doing...I'm not one of those people."<br>• "Facebook's privacy policy freaks me out. That stuff stays up there forever."<br>• "The people who really care …

My new attitude to travel is to skip the iconic – and I thank my father for that

A lot of travel can be about pretending to like monuments and sights that you don’t really enjoy, but my father, the reluctant traveller, has shown me that what matters is only doing the things you are genuinely interested in<p>My father, who lives in India, loathes travel. He will tell you this …

Travel

The Four Types Of Productivity Styles

Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house time management training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner they provided as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn't improved. As I looked around at my …

An engineer spent 3 years building the ultimate high-tech man cave

Dubbed the "Skysphere," his getaway is a stunning steel tower surrounded on all sides by glass.<p>The Skysphere makes an ultra-futuristic statement in a field ringed by trees. The tower's lighting and security system can be controlled using an app Williams built for Android.<p>"I tried to keep every …

Engineering

This Tiny House Comes Shipped to You in a Box

And then you can even pack it up again, if you've got the travel bug.<p>If you've got perpetual wanderlust, the POD-iDladla could be your perfect home. Designed by South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida, this simple, portable house packs up into a 24-square-meter "pod" and ships from place to …

5 Racecar Driver Secrets You Should Learn

Go faster while staying safer with five video tutorials. Practice these at the track.<p>Driving skill isn't an absolute; there are always gains to be made. As a rule, more track time is better, and there's always room to improve. The best way is to find a well-regarded performance driving school, …

Video Tutorials

Template Stash is a home for hand-picked free website templates

Conceptualizing a new Website is monumentally difficult. For most though, form will follow function as site owners focus on its purpose as opposed to its good looks. But visual appeal and ease of use is critical to site success, and ultimately may prove an even bigger challenge.<p>That’s why many …

Web Design

The Ultimate Programming Cheat Sheet List For Web Designers And Developers

There are so many <b>cheat sheets</b> around these days, and the same goes for programming languages. <b>Cheat sheets</b> are basically a set of notes to allow …

Python Programming

The Strange Ways Your Name Influences Your Behavior

Our given names influence our lives in all sorts of strange ways, affecting everything from where we choose to live to what we do for a living. That's the takeaway of a fascinating new video from PBS Digital Studios' BrainCraft series (above).<p>"We write our names thousands of times throughout our …

Here's What Happened When A Neighborhood Decided To Ban Cars For A Month

Everyone loved it, obviously. And the world didn’t fall apart.<p>Two years ago, an average neighborhood in the South Korean city of Suwon embarked on a radical experiment: For one month, the neighborhood suddenly got rid of every car.<p>Called the Ecomobility Festival, it was created as a way to help the …

Urban Design

In-wall wiring guide for home A/V

Crutchfield advisor Norm has worked on hundreds of whole-house wiring jobs.<p>This guide will help you save money by doing your own small-scale in-wall …

31 Insanely Clever Ways To Organize Your Tiny Kitchen

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Big companies and startups alike are jumping all over a trendy new tech called 'microservices' — here's why

But when it comes to the mobile apps that increasingly rule our world, we demand all three, every single day. Apps have to get better, improve our lives, <i>and</i> work 24/7, in all conditions.<p>It's a complex problem. And complexity usually means cash, as in money out the window — money that big companies …

Microservices

This 8-step process will change the way you read forever

Other luminaries who have lived a thousand lives include SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who believes that reading is the fastest way to learn.<p>The members of Chromeo spend most of their time in the library, while business magnates Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger frequently spend entire days …

Productivity

9 Unexpected Swaps for Traditional Nightstands

Your regular ol' bedside table just got really boring.<p>Your regular ol' bedside table just got really boring.

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

Cooking

Some of The Best Educational Mac Apps for Students

June 23, 2015<br>For students using Macs in their studies, the collection below embeds some excellent apps that can help you do way more with your Macs. …