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Man “walks” dog with a drone while in quarantine

March 28th, 2020 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

This is some next level problem solving As preventative measures against COVID-19 are increasing around the world, more and more folks are staying inside. This is especially fantastic news for pets. They have no idea what’s going on, but suddenly their humans are home all the friggin’ time. Literally pet heaven. However, stricter lockdown rules […]



How smoking could make you unemployable

March 8th, 2020 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Intrusive ‘wellness’ policies and rules on off-duty behavior are becoming widespread.  Nearly a decade after she stopped smoking, Mabel Battle still has the last pack of cigarettes she ever bought. She keeps it as a reminder of all the gray Ohio winter workdays she spent standing outside her office with the other shivering smokers getting […]



The Bullshit-Job Boom

March 2nd, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind? Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, […]



What would your ‘future self’ want to do?

February 24th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

  Prepare Yourself, It’s Unlikely To Be Comfortable An internationally acclaimed keynote speaker & bestselling author, grab a copy of Margie Warrell’s fifth book ‘You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself’ (Wiley Publishing) I attend a lot of conferences and regularly sit on panels. One of the more popular questions I’ve seen asked, […]



Why aren’t more highly intelligent people rich?

February 20th, 2020 at 1:02 pm » Comments Off

 A Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Says Another Factor Matters a Lot More Intelligence is important, but intelligence without effort is sometimes wasted. Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman likes to ask people how great a role innate intelligence plays in financial success. Like how much the difference between my income and yours, for example, is based on […]



The secret to winning the war for talent

February 17th, 2020 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

In the long siege known as the war for talent, employers need a new battle plan. Instead of trying desperately to recruit from the outside to fill a growing skills gap, companies should turn to the resources that exist within their own workforces. This is a build versus buy strategy, with greater emphasis placed on […]



New theory of complex emotions

February 17th, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

We updated Roger Hargreaves’s Little Miss and Mr. Men universe as a suggestion to include some of our new emotions. Illustration: Zohar Lazar  If You Can Say It, You Can Feel It Some scientists believe we have infinite emotions, so long as we can name them. Sometime last year, I came across the word hangxiety, […]



In 2019, more Americans went to the library than to the movies. Yes, really.

February 2nd, 2020 at 2:07 am » Comments Off

The US film industry may have generated revenues somewhere in the region of $40 billion last year, but it seems Hollywood still has plenty of work to do if it wants to compete with that most hallowed of American institutions: the public library Yes, according to a recent Gallup poll (the first such survey since […]



A survey of 20,000 creatives suggests brainstorming is a giant waste of time

January 19th, 2020 at 9:01 pm » Comments Off

Perhaps more than any other category of professionals, creative types are expected to thrive in brainstorms. In the public’s imagination, their offices are filled with fidget toys and Post-it notes in an array of colors, all meant to absorb some of the energy of a group of fast-thinking, well-dressed hipsters deep in ideation mode. But […]



The coming surge of separatism

January 8th, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Why splittists will be on a roll around the world FROM CATALONIA to Kashmir, and from Hong Kong to Scotland, separatist movements will make headlines in 2020. At best, this will lead to political turbulence and tension. At worst, it could lead to violence. Across the world, two types of identity-driven movements are increasingly clashing—and […]



88% of Americans use a second screen while watching TV. Why?

December 31st, 2019 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

Second screens and the sickness unto death.  When it comes to tech, I like to think I’m a pretty hoopy frood. I added the System Tuner UI to my Android phone’s settings. I’ve crimped my own ethernet cables. I got Wing Commander III running, back when that required the dark arts of HIMEM.SYS tweaking. What […]



Science explains why we should all work shorter hours in winter

December 29th, 2019 at 12:16 am » Comments Off

People tend to feel gloomier when the nights draw in and cold weather descends. But altering our working hours to fit the seasons could help lift our mood For many of us, winter, with its chillier days and lingering nights, ushers in with it a general sense of malaise. It’s increasingly difficult to peel ourselves […]



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