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The Chokehold of Calendars

Meetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. All calendars suck. And they all suck in the same …

Calendars

Cancel that violin class

WELL-TO-DO parents fear two things: that their children will die in a freak accident, and that they will not get into Harvard. The first fear is …

FaceTime

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘The High Five’

Our latest film, from award-winning director Michael Jacobs, tells the story of a celebratory gesture and the tumultuous life of the man who made it …

Los Angeles Dodgers

My Life with Piper: From Big House to Small Screen

The other true story behind ‘Orange Is the New Black’<p><b>By Larry Smith</b><p><b>I was 29 years old</b> and living the dream, or at least my version of it, when …

The Power Of Manipulating Emotion: Facebook, Storytelling, And What Moves People To Take Action

There was a fascinating report this week about how a media company is measuring methods to successfully manipulate the emotions of its audience, causing them to take action, and perhaps part with their money.<p>No it’s not Facebook.<p>The company is Participant Media, the media company that produces both …

Forget Calories

Counting calories is misguided. The focus belongs on food.<p>“Coca-Cola is taking on obesity,” read the AP coverage of the company's new commercial this week, “with an online video showing how [much] fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.”<p>The scene puts a covey of …

Upcoming Sparks App Aims to Fire Up Mobile Conversations

A still-in-the-works startup wants to launch talk radio for the mobile era. Except with no talking.<p>If you’re a San Francisco Bay area sports fan, today you are 1) excited about the Warriors’ much-improved shooting last night versus the Clippers, 2) stoked that the Giants are now in first place in …

The Woman Who Helped Define Facebook’s Culture Explains How Startups Can Explain Who They Are To The World

A company’s founder can set the tone for how the culture thrives. Here’s how Facebook did it, and your business can, too.<p>When Molly Graham joined Facebook in 2008, the company still felt scrappy. With 400 employees serving 80 million users, people were so busy “moving fast and breaking things” that …

Leadership

10 Ways the Style of Mad Men Has Evolved

Costume designer Janie Bryant discusses the show's ongoing approach to fashion.<p>Costume designer Janie Bryant discusses the show's ongoing approach to fashion.

Mad Men

6 Awesome Visualization Tools to Bring Out Your Inner Graphic Designer

They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but online, a chart or infographic could be worth a thousand backlinks.<p>What’s that you say? You’re the …

The Wide World of Baseball

The 2014 Major League Baseball season opens this weekend, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Australia. The two-game series, between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks, will mark the anniversary of an exhibition that was played at the same facility, in front of ten thousand fans, a hundred years ago. …

China’s Apocalyptic Hellscape

The smog in Beijing and parts of northern China has grown so bad that some have likened conditions to living through a “nuclear winter”

A system engineer knows how to stop your screaming kid at the grocery store

One way to look at your actions as parents is to ask: What is this interaction teaching my children? To take this further, I apply a lesson from system engineering: What is the result of the action?<p>Here is an example. How many times have you heard a mother in a grocery store saying, “Johnny, don’t …

Parenting

Amazon Flow Lets You Buy Items by Just Pointing Your iPhone at Them

In 2010, Amazon added a bar-code scanner to its mobile app, making it easy to cross-check the price of an item while shopping in a physical store. …

And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism

In one chart!<p>The graph above tells maybe the most interesting—and definitely the most surprising—story of the past year of digital media.<p>It shows two years of referrals from Facebook and Google to the Buzzfeed Partner Network, a collection of websites (including this one!) that share their traffic …

2014 Innovative Displays and Display Technologies for Smartphones, Tablets, TVs, and Wearable Displays

2014 Innovative Displays and Display Technologies<p>Smartphones, Tablets, TVs, and Wearable Displays<p>Dr. Raymond M. Soneira<p>President, DisplayMate …

This is how Beats Music looks and here’s what it will cost

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Jimmy Iovine’s music subscription service Beats Music is launching on January 21, according to the New York Times. The service …

Is it time to re-evaluate Ringo Starr?

A new book about the Fab Four gives Ringo Starr a long-overdue reassessment. So, Greg Kot asks, is it time we re-write myths about The Beatles’ drummer?<p>One problem with being as big as the Beatles is that myths get ingrained and are repeated so often that they after a few decades they’re treated as …

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