Alcohol-free bar offers sober haven in London.
If you’ve ever had a friend in Alcoholics Anonymous, you know one of the hardest things is organizing birthday parties. You don’t realize how much revolves around drinking until you’re trying to plan something fun that involves absolutely no drinking. Which is why I think the idea of an alcohol-free bar in London is pretty rad. It’s perfect for visitors of AA, but it’s also great for those who want a healthy evening out with DJs still involved ;)
The country has cheaper medical care, smarter children, happier moms, better working conditions, less-anxious unemployed people, and lower student loan rates than we do. And that probably will never change.
The secret to Finland’s success in school, moms, kids and — everything.
Finland has it made: School systems about learning instead of standardized testing, long (paid) maternity & paternity leaves, unemployment payments lasting 500 days… the list goes on. And it works because welfare has been hard-wired into the country’s growth strategy. I won’t take any responsibility if you find yourself wanting to move to Finland after reading this article.
Birthing a meme.
The people of The Creators Project take a look behind Richard Dawkins’ speech about memes, which he delivered at Cannes as part of Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase. It’s pretty rad.
The mystery of the missing hotel toothpaste.
Slate does some investigating… and it’s quite interesting. But in short: “We don’t get toothpaste in our rooms because we don’t ask for toothpaste in our rooms; we don’t ask for toothpaste in our rooms because we never knew we could.” (Except in Asia, when toothpaste comes standard, even in rooms that are less than $10/night!)
GetGoing with Flight Finder.
GetGoing’s Flight Finder is like a smarter version of Kayak. And yes, the interface is just as beautiful. With Flight Finder, you can search for specific cities, destinations by region (Mediterranean, anyone?) or even by activity (Time to get your PADI…) and find the best deals. Plus, if you find a cheaper flight within 24 hours, GetGoing will refund 100% of the difference. It doesn’t get any better than that.
From memory to sexuality, the digital age is changing us completely.
As Jonathan Freedland writes, “Humanity increasingly stores its collective knowledge virtually, in the clouds, making it vulnerable to catastrophic loss. But even without a global disaster, memory is at risk. Things we used to remember - quotations, phone numbers - we now outsource to machines: why learn Kiplin by heart, when you can Google it?”
I agree with Freedland 100% in that the digital world has changed the idea of memory. But I’m not sure I see it as negative. Memories can often be un-reliable, and maybe using technology to store facts could help us free up space for other memories?
Scientifically-proven ways to beat procrastination.
But let’s face it, if you’re really a procrastinator, you’ll put off reading this… ;)
Crazy perks from tech companies.
It’s these kinds of perks that make employees passionate. Perks give people a sense that their company cares for them, in an above and beyond type of sense. And when companies act more like people, it’s easier for employees to want to have their backs. Plus, they can be great recruitment tools, differentiating your company from its competitors. I’m not arguing that perks alone will do it, but they’re something to consider.
Not in a position to make a decision on perks? Sometimes HR just isn’t super creative. Why not do the research on your own and propose something new to your company? At one of my old companies we asked for weekly yoga lessons. The agency couldn’t cover the full cost, but they subsidized it and let us host it onsite, making it affordable and convenient for everyone involved.
It’s 2013 and women are still their breasts.
If you haven’t yet seen the music video for Tunnel Vision, it’s not quite safe for work, unless you work in a place that’s cool with frontal nudity. I’m OK with boobs, really, I think they’re quite great. But this is excessive. As Toula Foscolo writes, “No one’s denying that women are sexual beings and that they like to be desired. But women are much more than the sum of their perky breasts and their buts hanging out of their thongs as they clumsily — for the most part — saunter around in a video while a bunch of highly arrogant men serenade them with lyrics like ‘I know you want it’ and ‘I know you like it’ … At a time when we are fighting so hard for young men to understand what clear consent means, is it necessary to be bombarded with such questionable ‘rapey’ lyrics?” She has so many great points it’s hard not to quote the whole damn thing. Oh, JT, you’re better than this!
10 mind-blowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by 2030.
From artificially intelligent personal assistants to an interplanetary internet, we’ve got a lot to look forward to! In Steven Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From: a Natural History of Innovation, he exploes the idea of “the adjacent possible.” He applies it to technology and essentially says that an idea isn’t possible without the building blocks of those before it. (For example, we had telephones and we had touch-screen technology which made iPhones and other touch-screen phones possible.) So when you think the ideas outlined in this article are further away, think about all we have at our fingertips today… Suddenly lab grown meat doesn’t seem as crazy.
The telegraph dramatically changed the paradigm of communication. Almost overnight information that had taken days to get somewhere could arrive in…
The first in a series of pieces on travel for Fast Company, Faris explores what it’s like to work in a global market where time is relative and requires constant juggling.