Tommy Young

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The Notorious Board Game That Takes 1,500 Hours To Complete

The thick, black-and-white rulebook packaged with every copy of the 1979 war-game <i>The Campaign For North Africa</i> is full of obtuse decrees, but the …

The Essential Keys to Making Perfect Sushi Rice

Rice is the most important component of sushi. In fact, the word “sushi” refers to the vinegared rice used for the Japanese dish. If you want to make …

Deliverance From 27,000 Feet

Two mountain climbers died near the top of Mount Everest in 2016. Their bodies lay frozen there for a year. Then a journey began to bring them home.

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The Writing Habits of Successful (But Creatively Stuck) People

5 Tips to Get Your Writing Butt in Gear<p><i>by</i><p>, Shelby Skrhak<p><i>Editor’s note</i>: Beginning my new chapter as a freelancer, I began reading my old articles for …

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Silicon Valley Has Failed to Protect Our Data. Here’s How to Fix It

Over and over in the last 20 years we’ve watched low-cost or free internet communications platforms spring from the good intentions or social …

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How Lego clicked: the brand that reinvented itself

The revival of Lego has been hailed as the greatest turnaround in corporate history, ousting Ferrari as the world’s most powerful brand. Johnny Davis reports<p>From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was …

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How To Train Your Brain To Be More Innovative

It turns out that you can teach yourself to be more innovative after all.<p>When we think about an innovative person, our focus is often on their achievements: How they’ve changed their industry, how their big idea is disrupting the landscape that they’re operating in, or the scale and impact of their …

Getting Things Done, Ten Years In

You don’t hear a lot of people talk about the <i>Getting Things Done</i> productivity system anymore. It’s not as colorful or Insta-friendly as the Bullet …

How to Use Medium: The Complete Guide to Medium for Marketers

Imagine starting a blog with zero overhead. Imagine having a place online to write your thoughts, tips, and learnings and share with a built-in …

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How to Highlight Text in WordPress

You’ve probably been to a site before and seen text that has been highlighted with a colored background (often in yellow) like this.<p>Upon looking for …

A Complete Guide to Highlighting Text in WordPress

Highlighted text is a common trait of almost every website that’s available over the World Wide Web. It’s not uncommon to find WordPress powered …

How To Use Facebook, Twitter, And YouTube To Change Your Career

It’s all about using social media to establish your credibility in a new field. And no, that doesn’t mean becoming an “influencer.”<p>Ten years ago, I was graduating law school and going to work in a mid-size law firm in Atlanta as a real estate finance attorney. If you had told me then that I’d go on …

How can I use Todoist with Google Assistant?

What are Google Assistant and Google Home?<p>Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant.<p>How does the Todoist/Google Assistant …

Why Do We Need to Sleep?

At a shiny new lab in Japan, an international team of scientists is trying to figure out what puts us under.<p>TSUKUBA, Japan<i>—</i>Outside the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, the heavy fragrance of sweet Osmanthus trees fills the air, and big golden spiders string their webs among …

How to Manage Multiple Calendars with Google Home

Google Home, the search giant’s answer to Amazon’s Echo speaker, launched with at least one glaring omission: the ability to access and manage …

3 Proven Tips: How to Pursue Freelancing Even if You’re Daunted and Unsure

Freelancing has always been a battle.<p>A warfare to win prospective clients you long to work with.<p>Your aggressor is what makes up with your dazzling …

Google Home Is Finally Able to Multitask

The hallmark of any great assistant is a talent for multitasking. Now, CNET reports that this ability is now a part of Google Home. The …

How the Index Card Cataloged the World

Carl Linnaeus, the father of biological taxonomy, also had a hand in inventing this tool for categorizing anything. An Object Lesson.<p>Like every graduate student, I once holed up in the library cramming for my doctoral oral exams. This ritual hazing starts with a long reading list. Come exam day, …

Brands: People Just Want Products That Make Them Happy And Healthy

A new survey finds that people want brands that exemplify a sense of balanced simplicity.<p>What does the phrase “the good life” mean to you? Having enough money to do what you want? Achieving milestones in your career? Seeing family and friends regularly? Living more simply and healthily?<p>A new survey …

Leonardo da Vinci was an extraordinary artist because he was an extraordinary scientist

A new biography by Walter Isaacson explains how da Vinci’s explorations shaped his art.<p>If you’re still looking for a Christmas gift for the science nerd in your life, consider <i>Leonardo</i> <i>d</i><i>a Vinci</i> by Walter Isaacson.<p>The outstanding biography — from the same author who brought us <i>Steve Jobs</i> and <i>Einstein</i> — …

How to set up Out of Milk for Google Home

You asked for it, and here it is! You can now I add items to your Out of Milk shopping lists using your voice!<p><b>1.</b> You’ll need your Out of Milk master …

Have a conversation with your Todoist + the Google Assistant (plus a Google Home giveaway!)

Pulling out your phone, opening apps, and actually typing out words? That was so last year…apparently. As 2016 comes to an end, we’re excited to …

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Perform a Life Audit to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

If you’re determined to get your life in order in 2018, all you need is a sharpie, some post-it notes, a blank wall, and an hour or two of free …

Schedule a Personal Inventory Day Each Month

Just as important as setting New Year’s resolutions is figuring out how we reach them, and not getting so bogged down in work that we forget to take …

10 Surprising Benefits You'll Get From Keeping a Journal

<i>Image Credit: Pixabay.</i><p>When it comes to keeping a journal, stereotypes of <i>Sweet Valley High</i> and Napoleon Dynamite quickly come to mind; "Dear diary" is reserved for the high-school sweetheart or awkward recluse. Others see writing merely as a tool, a pragmatic means to an end, certainly without value …

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Control smart home devices using Google Home - Google Home Help

You can control over 1,000 smart home devices including lights, switches, plugs, thermostats, and more using Google Home.<p>Supported smart home …

The Da Vinci Schedule — How to Organize Your Day and Week for Peak Performance

At the moment, I am working on multiple projects and I identified that structure and proper evaluation of psychological and physiological parameters …

The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you ever ask kids this question? Did adults ask you this when you were a kid?<p>Even if you managed to …