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What Germans do worst

Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans <i>are</i> pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything, as our Barometer column this week points out. Here are some things Germans aren’t very good at:<p>Making reliable car engines. According to a survey by Warranty Direct last year, Audi came …

Inside The Pixar Braintrust

In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools–the Pixar Braintrust, which has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row.<p>A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and …

The Father of Modern Advertising Rides Again

As Thomas J. Barratt (1841–1914) once famously said: “Any fool can make soap. It takes a clever man to sell it.”<p>And that’s exactly what Barratt, …

Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won’t Even Notice

Google’s new design ethos, living on and beyond every screen, could make Google an amorphous problem solver of unimaginable scale.<p>“I have a weird question for you,” I stammered, sitting in a hotel room across from Matias Duarte and Jon Wiley, the Google design leads for Android and Search, …

#SmartConnectedCity Series Wrap-up: IoE, Smart+Connected Communities, and the Future of Cities

Imagine what a city could and should look like in several years. What do you see?<p><b>What will be top of mind for citizens?</b>• <b><br>How will citizens be accessing information and engaging with city agencies?</b>• <b><br>What tools will be needed in this future of cities?</b><p>Well, look no further because the city of the future …

How to Determine The Right Price For Your Product

<i>Anand Srinivasan is a digital media consultant and is the author of the book, “How We Did It: 100 entrepreneurs share the story of their struggles and life experiences.” He also runs a small newsletter for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship Daily.</i><p>Pricing your product is always a tricky business. Price …

Why Celebrities Endorse Beats Headphones For Free

Apple is rumored to be buying Beats headphones for $3.2 billion. Just don’t tell the superstars who catapulted the brand to fame–mostly for free.<p>In 2008, mere hours before the U.S. men’s basketball team left for Beijing, the Beats got a call. If it could supply 15 pairs of Beats headphones, …

Visitors Unintentionally Dance to Avoid Hundreds of Swinging Pendulums

At Brighton Festival, an annual arts festival in England, one of the world's most innovative choreographers, William Forsythe, has brought out a fun installation that makes visitors unintentionally dance. Hundreds of delicate pendulums, swinging in timed sequences, dangle from an old municipal …

Articles about suburban sprawl photographed above on Dwell.com - Dwell

Christoph Gielen's aerial photography reveals the patterns created by suburban development.<p>It’s become an all-too-familiar scenario all across America: A city’s downtown, once a thriving place to live and work, has...<p>When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather …

Eatocracy - CNN

50 Influential Photographs That Changed Human History

1 of 51<p>Family members pass Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at an Albania camp, March 1999.<p>2 …

Photographers

Before He Died, Christopher Evan Welch Gave Us The Perfect Embodiment Of Tech-World Hubris

Just a day after Christopher Evan Welch landed a career-making role on HBO's "Silicon Valley," he received some heartbreaking news. The lung cancer he'd been battling successfully since the fall of 2010 had spread to his brain.<p>Chris was sitting with his wife, Emma, and his doctor at Memorial Sloan …

17 Movie Posters Improved With Animation

This should be the future of all movie posters, IMO. Thanks to this awesome Imgur user for creating the poster art.

Universal Pictures

There's a Place in the Utah Desert Where People Pretend to Live on Mars

Outfitted in bright orange spacesuits and a full pack of oxygen, three astronauts push open the foot-thick door and step outside onto the rusty red …

The Lost Creators Come Clean

Ten years later, they talk about their mistakes, their successes, the worst episode, and why we're all still talking about this damn show<p><b>Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse</b> are seated around the infamous hatch from <i>Lost</i>. The duo, who became the voice of the ABC series during its six-season run, have met …

Kiernan Shipka Owes Her Fashion Evolution To Mad Men

• Grazia<br>• Fashion<br>• News<p>by Contributor | 06 12 2014<p>Mad Men\'s Kiernan Shipka is all grown up in her latest shoot<p>It seems we’re not the only ones struggling …

Mad Men

Before You Watch Mad Men Tonight

By Dan Piepenbring April 27, 2014<p>Bulletin<p>Matthew Weiner, in film school, 1990. “I realized that if you could write, you could have complete control.”<p>Read <i>The Paris Review</i>’s interview with Matthew Weiner, which appears in our latest issue and is, as of today, available in its entirety online. (If you …

Mad Men: The Three Books That Are the Key to Unlocking Don Draper’s Future

The big question facing <i>Mad Men</i> fans as we head into the finale seasons is this: Has Don Draper changed at all? He has to change, he has to redeem himself, in order to get one kind of ending. Is that the ending we want? A happy one for Don, Sally, and Megan? Or would we rather see Don fall all the …

Thin Value

Thin Value > Example<p>The term “thin value” is used quite a lot when discussing tricky decisions on the river in Texas Hold’em. The ability to get <b>thin</b> …

How To Play Against Players Who Are Better Than You

March 06 2014 <i>Matthew Pitt</i><p>Ask any professional poker player worth his or her salt for one tip that has the potential to increase your win rate …

Strategy with Kristy: Mike McDonald Narrows Opponent's Hand Range Preflop

March 31, 2014 <i>Kristy Arnett</i><p><b>Mike McDonald</b> is the youngest player ever to win a <b>European Poker Tour</b> event, currently sites second in the <b>Global Poker</b> …

What's It Like To Earn a Living Through Poker?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Michael Shinzaki, former professional poker player:</b><p>Advertisement<p>I have played poker on the …

Tibetan Monks Painstakingly Create Incredible Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand

Imagine the amount of patience that's required to create such highly detailed art such as this! To promote healing and world peace, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, travel the world creating incredible mandalas using millions of grains of sand. For …

Loving Dad Creates Adorable Lunchbox Meals For His Two Children

<b>Loving parents</b> creating amazing lunchbox art get the thumbs-up around these quarters–just check out New York City-based lawyer Gamene and graphic …

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he …

A defense of private-sector ethnography

Below is the full text of my recent keynote at the 5th Annual Qualitative Report Conference! It was a 45 minute lecture, and the closing plenary for …