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Outlook 2014: Platforms are Eating the World

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Sangeet Paul Choudary, Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne. Sangeet Paul Choudary, Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van …

When Einstein Met Tagore: A Remarkable Meeting of Minds on the Edge of Science and Spirituality

On July 14, 1930, <b>Albert Einstein</b> welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher, musician, and Nobel laureate <b>Rabindranath Tagore</b>. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the age-old friction between …

How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling

Cultivating the ability to experience the “geeky rapture” of metaphorical thinking and pattern recognition.<p>As an appreciator of the art of visual storytelling by way of good information graphics — an art especially endangered in this golden age of bad infographics served as linkbait — I was …

Qi Gong: Allowing the Universe to Heal You

Laws of Nature and of the Universe to Heal<p>The principles for health recovery or maintenance are easy; we simply have to realign our lifestyle with …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Hacking Hollywood: A Fast Company Digital Edition

<b>Hacking Hollywood: The Creative Geniuses Behind Homeland, Girls, Mad Men, The Sopranos, Lost, and More</b> is a <i>Fast Company</i> anthology that is available starting this month as an e-book and as a special edition of our iPad app.<p>Besides chronicling the tales of disruptive entertainment startups, the …

Illustrated Flowcharts to Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions

From ever-inventive designer Stefan G. Bucher of <i>You Deserve a Medal</i> and Daily Monster fame comes <b>344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment</b> — a delightful pocket-sized compendium of flowcharts and lists illustrated in Bucher’s …

Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin on Science, Stereotypes, and Success

When pioneering astronomer <b>Vera Rubin</b> (July 23, 1928–December 25, 2016) graduated from Vassar in 1948, she was the only astronomy major in her class. She was rejected by Princeton’s graduate school, which didn’t allow women into the program, and eventually received a master’s from Cornell in 1950 …

Unlock Your Creative Genius: 4 Steps To Being Provocative With A Purpose

It’s time to abandon your fear of provocation. You can take risks, be bold, and be creative without sinking the ship–or your career. In fact, it’s what employers value most.<p>“Why?” is the question I never take for granted.<p>So when my 4-year-old daughter bombards me with the never-ending barrage of …

Wild Ones: What an Obscure Endangered Butterfly Teaches Us About Parenthood and Being Human

<b>Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America</b> (<i>public library</i>) by journalist <b>Jon Mooallem</b> isn’t the typical story designed to make us better by making us feel bad, to scare us into behaving, into environmental empathy; Mooallem’s is …

Why you really should keep a journal, no matter how cheesy that sounds

If you've spent any significant time reading books or articles on the "science of happiness", you'll have encountered what I've long thought of as …

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

<i>“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. …

Create An Intimate Map Of Your Life, Using Just Your Email Inbox

A new tool from MIT mines your personal data to visualize personal connections. Try it–then realize that your iPhone and any email client can actually see a whole lot more.<p>We rarely think twice when sending an email, or adding a few CCs just for good measure. But these small interactions add up, …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

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How Yelp Might Clean Up the Restaurant Industry

Ever wonder about the risk of vermin infection at your favorite eatery? The review site is teaming up with public-health officials to make health ratings count.<p>In January of 1998, Los Angeles County began requiring restaurants to publicly post their hygiene grades. Eateries with nary a rat dropping …

Slow Down and Fully Enjoy This Moment

<b>“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.” ~Unknown</b><p>Have you noticed that time seems to go by faster as you …

Pepsi Mocks Coke’s Super Bowl Campaign, Coke Fires Back

Long-time Super Bowl adversaries Pepsi and Coca-Cola haven’t kept their jabs confined to official game-day commercial scripts. Today, in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVII Pepsi–a major presence during the game with a pair of ads and the halftime show featuring Beyonce–poked at Coca-Cola’s own Super …

The Creative Benefits Of Taking “Mini-Sabbaticals” From All Your Various Screens

Research suggests that taking a quick break from technology can set your week on track and get good ideas flowing freely. Embrace the downtime–it might be the only chance you get.<p>According to Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, one of the best ways to enhance your creative output is to clearly …

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

Map the iPhone Users In Any City, And You Know Where the Rich Live

Indian coal plant standards allow four to twenty times more deadly pollution than China

Co-authored by Ashish Fernandes, US- India Advisor Greenpeace<p>India does not yet have the economic might that China does, but the country prides itself on being a vibrant democracy, where diverse and discordant political opinions are not only welcome but even encouraged. This of course stands in …

‘TrailView’ 2.0? Google patents image-capturing walking stick

Google has already started to expand its StreetView system beyond roads, capturing 360-degree images of trails in North America using gigantic …

25 names every graphic designer should know

If you're embarking on a career in graphic design – perhaps by transforming a design internship into a job or sending out a brilliant creative resume …

Mahesh Murthy's answer to How is Redbus.in innovative if it’s just a normal bus ticket booking site?

I have had some sort of internal view of Redbus.in right from when we at Seedfund invested in them in 2006, and have seen the company grow into …

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60 Beautiful Examples of Websites With Full-Blown Video Backgrounds

Large background images have already become an integral part of any Web design yet they’re often perceived as trivial things. In spite of this, the …

7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain

Last year, Horizon’s fascinating documentary on how music works was one of our most-liked pickings of 2010. But perhaps even more fascinating than the subject of how music works is the question of why it makes us feel the way it does. Today, we try to answer it with seven essential books that …