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May 1, 2013
I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s. An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!
Medium writer Jon Bell  Offering a brilliant suggestion on how to get people to make a decision on something. If it’s not obvious yet, the secret here isn’t the McDonald’s part. “There’s no defined process for all creative work, but I’ve come to believe that all creative endeavors share one thing: the second step is easier than the first,” he continues. This man is clearly a genius. (ht @Ricktagious)
19:21 // 1 year ago
January 11, 2013
10:40 // 1 year ago
April 18, 2012
Would you carry around a foldable dry-erase board in your pocket? That’s what The Noteboard is pitching, and it’s pretty cool-looking. And for $10 bucks, not a bad deal — though making one yourself for a little more money is totally an option. Would you buy this? (ht TechCrunch)

Would you carry around a foldable dry-erase board in your pocket? That’s what The Noteboard is pitching, and it’s pretty cool-looking. And for $10 bucks, not a bad deal — though making one yourself for a little more money is totally an option. Would you buy this? (ht TechCrunch)

13:00 // 2 years ago
December 13, 2011
publicradiointernational:

A Japanese kid’s lunch presented in the form of a video game remote control. (Photo: BBC video)
Making a packed lunch for your children to take to school is a chore performed by parents around the world. But in Japan, it is not just the taste and healthiness of the meal that is important – but how it looks.
The country’s ancient emphasis on food presentation has been  transformed into a trend for character bento — packed lunches of rice, vegetables and meat or seafood crafted to  look like pandas, teddy bears or even real people. The Michael Jackson bento is particularly interesting. Story at PRI’s The World.
Watch video from BBC News.

Rather than giving the thumbs-up to tomato paste suppliers, should we in the U.S. instead give school lunches a visual makeover? We admit it, we’d eat a meal that looked like an angry bird, even if it was good for us.

publicradiointernational:

A Japanese kid’s lunch presented in the form of a video game remote control. (Photo: BBC video)

Making a packed lunch for your children to take to school is a chore performed by parents around the world. But in Japan, it is not just the taste and healthiness of the meal that is important – but how it looks.

The country’s ancient emphasis on food presentation has been transformed into a trend for character bento — packed lunches of rice, vegetables and meat or seafood crafted to look like pandas, teddy bears or even real people. The Michael Jackson bento is particularly interesting. Story at PRI’s The World.

Watch video from BBC News.

Rather than giving the thumbs-up to tomato paste suppliers, should we in the U.S. instead give school lunches a visual makeover? We admit it, we’d eat a meal that looked like an angry bird, even if it was good for us.

11:38 // 2 years ago
October 21, 2011
16:47 // 2 years ago
October 15, 2011

More on Mark Cuban’s student loan idea

bronze-by-gold said:  Brilliant? In what universe? Student loans are often used to cover living expenses while in school, and using poorly paid TAs to reduce the cost of education is exploitative.

» SFB says: The argument Cuban is making is one of efficiency. I think the idea that he’s getting at is that the price of college has gotten more expensive because student loans are easy to get. It artificially raises prices for such things like living expenses, forcing the need for more expensive loans. By limiting their spiraling cost, it forces the market value of an education down. Obviously, there is more that goes into it than that, but when schools don’t become so reliant on money that no longer exists, artificially-inflated products — say, $200 textbooks for subjects thousands of students take — will become less justifiable. Would it be perfect? No. But it’s an interesting idea that could easily be built upon. (Also worth reading is this argument against Cuban’s idea, which makes a valid argument that he’s not taking every element into account.) — Ernie @ SFB

18:23 // 2 years ago
February 14, 2011

Maybe not #revolution: Grabbing the curated pages zeitgeist

newsflick:

“Tumblr’s Egypt hash tag has been a very beneficial resource for many of us during the Egyptian revolution, but I wonder if we need more tags. Maybe Yemen, Algeria or even better a general revolution tag?”

newsflick.

To the last suggestion: Absolutely not. These are diverse people with diverse grievances and challenges. We shouldn’t use a metadata tag to curate an experience for people who like “revolution” and want to see it all in one place in their Tumblr dashboard.

-JN

[newsflick

(via the20s)

Seconded on the “revolution” tag. But it’s an interesting point to think about broadening this for other news events.

(via markcoatney)

I could understand there might be terminology issues, and can be played around with to remove any sensitivity. My intention was to broaden the Egypt tag as this phenomenon isn’t local anymore. I am sure tumblr could figure something out.

Honestly, I’d like to see something like this every week or every other week for the big news story of the moment. #healthcare, #sotu, #giffords, #mideast, #grammys and so on. I think that every week there is a big zeitgesty thing that grabs the cultural consciousness, and it’s a matter of 1) figuring out what it is and 2) seizing the moment.

(via newsflick)

18:18 // 3 years ago