The 18 most cringe-adorable TV commercials from technology's awkward years
Before there were laser discs, there were Capacitance Electronic Discs, which transmitted video content by way of analog vinyl discs...
Who doesn't love some awkward commercials?
How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials
A no-nonsense guide.
As a 23 year old "techie" working for an Internet startup in San Francisco, I'm often labeled as a Millenial who does nothing but tweet all day.
I'm also thrown in to the groups of "naive 20-somethings." "inexperienced college grads," and who knows what else, notably by bloggers trying to garner pageviews by telling people how to market to me or how to "deal with" me, or giving me unsolicited advice from their experienced (read: one-year-past-their-twenties) selves.
These types of posts are notorious for making their subjects frustrated and angry-presumably the expexted and desired reaction, to prove a point - or something.
This sarcastic piece encompasses my exact feelings about all "millenial" columns.
How Social Media Privacy Settings Could Affect Your Future
Whether you're age 14 or 43, think twice before you post something online. Once it's published, it's there forever -- whether or not you delete it.
Facebook recently announced a change it is making for its teenage audience: they wil now be able to post photos and other content publicly (I didn't even realize that they weren't able to do this before!).
Apparently, if you were between the ages of 13 and 17, you didn't previously have the option to share content to the public - you could only post to "friends" and "friends of friends." To keep up with SnapChat and Instagram, Facebook decided to lift this.
Frankly, I'm not sure it will make a difference in the teenage usage of Facebook; they're using it less beacuse it's increasingly filled with brands, ads, and parents.
Facebook can try to suck up to the teenage demographic as much as they want-of course, it's ultimately about business for FB- but making this move is honestly (1) something most teens won't even realize and (2) a futile attempt of being the "cool parent" allowing kids to do something that will ultimately probably cause them trouble, just to win their favor.
Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation
Physicists have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer. A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we're living inside a machine.
Can hardly wrap my brain around this concept and yet it so excites me. I know @Guillaume Decugis loves matrices!
How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously
You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.
Okay, so there really isn't a way to get everything you want in life (in my humble opinion). There are always going to be things you can't control, but that's okay beacuse you can control a lot more things than you can't.
Here are some great business and general life tips from well-respected entrepreneur Dave Kerpen. My favorite? The four most important words (in business and in life): Thank You & I'm Sorry.
@BurlCoatFactory is the Best Parody Twitter Account
The latest from Burlington Coat Fact (@BurlCoatFactory). Discount coat's, for men's, women's and kids! Plus home furnishings. Its Burlington Coat Factory!. Locations all over US
Aside from its terrible grammar and its superflouous use of #coats, @BurlCoatFactory is the best parody Twitter account of late and this is why: a large majority of people actually believe that this is the Twitter account for Burlington Coat Factory.
This is probably a mistake on the part of Burlington Coat Factory for just taking the @Burlington handle and leaving anything else to be scooped up by some trolls - and that's exactly what happened.
New App Wants To Build A Database Of Your (And Everyone Else's) Dreams
Every morning, sleep researchers lose an enormous data set as people wake up and have their first cup of coffee.
I love the way the first sentence of this article is phrased. Perhaps our dreams and those of others around us could give us interesting data about the way our minds work as individuals and as a society.
The only questions is - would you be willing to wake up every so often to record your dreams, for the love of science?
How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy
No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. But a new study argues that that’s exactly how it makes us feel.
Does being uber-connected make us more or less happy? This debate has been going on since social networking has become as prominent as it is in our lives.
To quote this article:
In ongoing research, the psychologist Timothy Wilson has learned, as he put it to me, that college students start going “crazy” after just a few minutes in a room without their phones or a computer. “One would think we could spend the time mentally entertaining ourselves,” he said. “But we can’t. We’ve forgotten how.”
Social networking - and Facebook in particular - can be the cause of heightened sadness, anxiety, jealousy, etc, because it makes it easier to see what we're missing out on. That said, without it, we're equally anxious or bored because of the culture that has developed around the perpetual need to stay connected.
Will the vicious cycle ever see its end?
The Mad Men Guide to Changing the World with Words
Mad Men made writers sexy again. Donald Draper is dark and moody and mysterious in all the right ways. He's powerful, able to send staff scurrying from h
Back in the Mad Men days, they didn't have Internet, computers, Twitter, Facebook, AdWords, SEO, or, really anything besides brains and words (and lots of scotch).
If they were so extremely successful in the advertising industry, why can't we find a million times that success with all of this technology to help us? This is a cool piece taking some quotes from the show (yes, I know it's fictional, but just roll with it) and analyzing how they can be applied to business, writing, marketing, advertising, and life in general in today's world.
What The Average Person Looks Like In Every Country
This is the world's yearbook.
This artist photographed people in different countries and cities and then formed the photos together into the "average" person from each of those cities. Strange and fascinating!
57 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up How We Think
The Galatea effect, attentional bias, recency, and more. ;
Reading about how brains work is nothing short of fascinating. Here are some of the most intersting:
Attention bias: When you only consider a few options or outcomes even though there are truly many more possibilities.
Backfire effect: When you reject evidence that proves you wrong even though you know the evidence is correct.
Bias blind spots: Failure to recognize your cognitive biases (how meta!)
Frequency illusion: When something you just learned about suddenly appears everywhere.
Reactance: Doing something opposite what you're asked to do to demonstrate your freedom of choice.
Singing, rather than saying, phrases in a foreign language makes them easier to remember
Learning to Learn: leveraging your circadian rhythm
There are a few distinct, precious moments of heightened sensory elation that we can achieve through unique actions; whether that be hitting the sweet spot on your driver from the tee box, tossing that crumpled up piece of paper that started out...
Another guest piece from my #learningtolearn series, here's some really cool information about how our brains work throughout the day. Did you know that there really is a scientific explanation for why we feel more focused at certain points during the day?
Personally, I get the most work done in the morning, and then in the late evening. I know to schedule important meetings and tasks for these blocks of time, and try to take lunch and coffee breaks when I tend to lose focus or energy.
What about you? When are you most focused during the day, and how do you leverage this to your advantage?