Triposo: the best travel guide for your mobile device.
I can’t vouch for the statement above, but I will say that I’ve already downloaded this app and am super excited about using it to plan and document adventures. Triposo creates travel guides using algorithms. They are generated from (as far as I can tell) pretty high quality content so the guides themselves are useful and relevant. Check it out, yo! High-res

Triposo: the best travel guide for your mobile device.

I can’t vouch for the statement above, but I will say that I’ve already downloaded this app and am super excited about using it to plan and document adventures. Triposo creates travel guides using algorithms. They are generated from (as far as I can tell) pretty high quality content so the guides themselves are useful and relevant. Check it out, yo!

Kickstarter: Crowdfunding platform or reality show?
I’m addicted to funding projects on Kickstarter. Whew. Feels good to get it off my chest. My boyfriend is fascinated by my obsession and frequently points out that half the time the funding products never arrive or they arrive incredibly behind schedule. To be honest, it doesn’t bother me at all. I share a similar sentiment to the author, who writes, “We don’t really want the stuff. We’re paying for the sensation of a hypothetical idea, not the experience of a realized product. For the pleasure of desiring it. For the experience of watching it succeed beyond expectations or to fail dramatically. Kickstarter is just another form of entertainment.” High-res

Kickstarter: Crowdfunding platform or reality show?

I’m addicted to funding projects on Kickstarter. Whew. Feels good to get it off my chest. My boyfriend is fascinated by my obsession and frequently points out that half the time the funding products never arrive or they arrive incredibly behind schedule. To be honest, it doesn’t bother me at all. I share a similar sentiment to the author, who writes, “We don’t really want the stuff. We’re paying for the sensation of a hypothetical idea, not the experience of a realized product. For the pleasure of desiring it. For the experience of watching it succeed beyond expectations or to fail dramatically. Kickstarter is just another form of entertainment.”

How to solve impossible search problems: Daniel Russel’s awesome Google search techniques.
This blog post starts out with a picture of a building and a riddle: What’s the phone number of the office where this picture was snapped. Not what’s the building in the picture, but what is the office (within the building) in which the picture was taken? The blog post recaps some of Daniel Russel’s tips & tricks used to reveal the answer. Some are basic, while others are more complex - but all of them will help you refine your search skills. For example, the author of the blog post, John Tedesco is an investigative reporter for the San Antonio Express-News. Using Google’s advanced search functionality, he was able to figure out how to access an insurance database in San Antonio. Feels like a modern day Nancy Drew story ;)

How to solve impossible search problems: Daniel Russel’s awesome Google search techniques.

This blog post starts out with a picture of a building and a riddle: What’s the phone number of the office where this picture was snapped. Not what’s the building in the picture, but what is the office (within the building) in which the picture was taken? The blog post recaps some of Daniel Russel’s tips & tricks used to reveal the answer. Some are basic, while others are more complex - but all of them will help you refine your search skills. For example, the author of the blog post, John Tedesco is an investigative reporter for the San Antonio Express-News. Using Google’s advanced search functionality, he was able to figure out how to access an insurance database in San Antonio. Feels like a modern day Nancy Drew story ;)

What it’s like to live in America’s space station under the sea.
When people asked me what I wanted to be growing up, my response was always either “the boss” (I just wanted to be able to boss my sisters around, which my parents had prohibited) or “a marine biologist.” Clearly my life took a different path (though, for the record, I am living the dream) but I still am fascinated by the ocean. Did you know that 3.5 miles off the coast of the Florida Keys is The Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater ocean laboratory that people can live in? The current lack of funding means it could shut down fairly soon, but I’m hoping they figure out how to use Kickstarter ;) High-res

What it’s like to live in America’s space station under the sea.

When people asked me what I wanted to be growing up, my response was always either “the boss” (I just wanted to be able to boss my sisters around, which my parents had prohibited) or “a marine biologist.” Clearly my life took a different path (though, for the record, I am living the dream) but I still am fascinated by the ocean. Did you know that 3.5 miles off the coast of the Florida Keys is The Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater ocean laboratory that people can live in? The current lack of funding means it could shut down fairly soon, but I’m hoping they figure out how to use Kickstarter ;)

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Why I am always unlucky but you are always careless.  
I feel like I’m an especially lucky person and yet this idea of ‘luck’ has always fascinated me. (Remember How To Be Lucky from an earlier Tuesday Ten?) Tom Stafford, a neuroscience expert, writes about how assumptions help us make sense of the world - but how we’re often fundamentally flawed in our thinking. If this stuff excites you, Faris has written a bit about how this impacts the communications industry in his post All Market Research is Wrong.  High-res

Why I am always unlucky but you are always careless.  

I feel like I’m an especially lucky person and yet this idea of ‘luck’ has always fascinated me. (Remember How To Be Lucky from an earlier Tuesday Ten?) Tom Stafford, a neuroscience expert, writes about how assumptions help us make sense of the world - but how we’re often fundamentally flawed in our thinking. If this stuff excites you, Faris has written a bit about how this impacts the communications industry in his post All Market Research is Wrong

The camel and the eye of the needle. 
An entirely different kind of literary exploration, Thomas Gibney has left the path of the story up to his readers with his project, ‘The Camel and the Eye of the Needle.’ An old friend of mine, Gibney lets his readers choose a portal or remix the content of his novel, which is released in chunks (in author’s words: “installments”) to subscribers. It’s a super cool & interesting project, so you should probably check it out. High-res

The camel and the eye of the needle. 

An entirely different kind of literary exploration, Thomas Gibney has left the path of the story up to his readers with his project, ‘The Camel and the Eye of the Needle.’ An old friend of mine, Gibney lets his readers choose a portal or remix the content of his novel, which is released in chunks (in author’s words: “installments”) to subscribers. It’s a super cool & interesting project, so you should probably check it out.

Is Jay-Z’s 99 problems legally accurate? A law professor explains in a line-by-line reading.

I’m usually happy to pick either side of a debate - But if we’re arguing about Jay-Z, I’d have to say that 99 Problems is one of his best songs ever. A catchy rap that you can sing along to… And apparently it’s truthful about Jay’s early days. (Yep, I went with Jay. He was paying my salary from 2007-2009 so I’m taking the first name liberty.) But is it legally accurate? Insightful and interesting, a law professor dissects the lyrics.

Why millennials don’t want to buy stuff. 
Josh Allan Dykstra explores why the concept of shopping has “shifted from owning stuff to buying into new ideas,” at least for millennials. For digital natives who have grown up in the borrowing economy, owning doesn’t carry the same weight as it once did. Abundance breaks more things than scarcity, says Clay Shirky. And ownership was abundant. The value has moved elsewhere, argues Dykstra.  High-res

Why millennials don’t want to buy stuff. 

Josh Allan Dykstra explores why the concept of shopping has “shifted from owning stuff to buying into new ideas,” at least for millennials. For digital natives who have grown up in the borrowing economy, owning doesn’t carry the same weight as it once did. Abundance breaks more things than scarcity, says Clay Shirky. And ownership was abundant. The value has moved elsewhere, argues Dykstra.