The only real thing 30 took from me was the sense of limitless time. I can reasonably expect 30 more years of good health. With luck, there will be 9,000 sunsets to get the great work done, before one starts fearing cancer and death. — On Turning 30 | VICE Canada
Your eyes typically move across a page for between 7 to 9 letters before needing to pause to process what you’re reading. — The Science Behind Fonts (And How They Make You Feel)
Women and members of minority groups, especially, are often raised with one set of values and expectations, and then suddenly need to excel in a new environment where the path to success is much different. — How to Suppress the Apology Reflex - NYTimes.com
I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22′
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace! — Kurt Vonnegut on the Secret of Happiness: An Homage to Joseph Heller’s Wisdom | Brain Pickings
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. — Linus Pauling, 12 quotes from authors to remember when starting your first book (via nevver)
The second disruption for news organizations is taking shape quickly, according to new data that illustrates the poor performance of news apps in 2013. A new study by Flurry (above) discovered that news and magazine apps were among the slowest to grow (+31% in user sessions) compared to the app average (+115%) and dreadfully behind the explosion of social media apps (+203%).
Separately, a Pew study released in November illustrated a growing population of users who get their news from social media. For example, 30% of Americans get news on Facebook, and 78% of Facebook’s daily active users are visiting from their mobile devices — nearly all of those from the Facebook app.
Apps continue to overwhelm the mobile web and are poised to surpass the desktop, too. Analyst Ian Maude tweeted a graph (above) — using Comscore data — that projects that time spent in mobile apps is “set to overtake desktop usage by year end.”
We’re in the throes of the fastest shift in news consumption in history. For news organizations desperate for distribution, under-performing on the fastest-growing and soon to be dominate distribution platform is not an option. However, a new report from Forrester Research found that many media companies and retailers are under-spending when it comes to investing in mobile: half are spending under $1 million a year.
Mobile apps are difficult and costly, and they demand investment and reinvention across the entire organization. The landscape will only grow more competitive with personalization and precisely-targeted advertising leading the way. For media companies hoping for a magical, inexpensive, third-party solution to save the day — or the sudden collapse of mobile apps — there’s a rude awakening right around the corner.
"Like a hanging, mobile focuses the mind," writes Lewis Dvorkan, chief product officer of Forbes Media. “I often say the $2 to $3 CPMs publishers frequently get for smartphone ads will crush all traditional newsrooms built for the era of $50 print CPMs — and most of them still are, whether they admit it or not.”
(I work at Breaking News, a mobile startup owned by NBC News).
Tough love and honesty are supposedly kryptonite to most women’s likability, but when I think of the people I like the most, they aren’t the most agreeable. They are honest with me, but not so blunt as to disregard my feelings altogether. They are challenging, but don’t argue for the sake of argument.The emotional labor of cultivating that sort of likability transcends gender. I acknowledge that my definition of likable is probably pretty different from, say, that of a middle-aged man working in corporate America. So I’m certainly not suggesting women strive for an abstract, catch-all ideal of likability. That doesn’t exist. — How to Be Powerful, Likable, and Female: Learn From Jenna Lyons - The Cut
Generally, people who think one-on-one meetings are a bad idea have been victims of poorly designed one-on-one meetings. The key to a good one-on-one meeting is the understanding that it is the employee’s meeting rather than the manager’s meeting. — A Simple Guide to Better Coaching and Feedback in Your Company - The Buffer Blog
The goitrogenic properties of kale become dramatically lessened when kale — or any other cruciferous vegetable — is cooked. (Other veggies in this category include: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy and Chinese cabbage. Arugula, horseradish, radish, wasabi and watercress are also cruciferous vegetables.) —
So…all those things I eat because they’re good for me could be bad? :/
The Dark Side Of Kale (And How To Eat Around It) | CommonHealth
I asked around for my nephews, so I thought it’d be a good idea to post this list here, in case anyone else wants some STEM news toys for their little ones.
I’ll add more as I find them.
Littlebits ($75 for base kit)
What is littleBits? from littleBits on Vimeo.
RobotTurtles (Sold out)
Robot Turtles is a board game you play with your favorite 3-8 year old kids. It sneakily teaches the fundamentals of programming.
Bo and Yana ($228)