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Benjamin Bacon is an Assistant Professor of Computational and Media Design and the former Director of undergraduate Design + Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. He is the co-founder of RAWR!, a design incubator and rapid prototyping collaboration lab located in Caochangdi (Beijing), was a visiting researcher at Nokia Research Center in China (2011/2012), and is implementing digital and game design curriculums at Dandelion School in Beijing with support from the AMD Foundation. His work and research focuses on the intersection of technology, social media, mobility, sound and information design. He has lectured, performed and exhibited at a variety of institutions, exhibitions and conferences. He is the former Information Technology Manager at Parsons Institute of Information Mapping (PIIM) and a founding member of the new media research group SpyLab that's mission is to create long distance collaborative projects with researchers and artists around the world. He has a BA in Cinema Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons.

[Event] Tech in Asia Meetup: 10 Mobile Marketing Tips. Last Thursday evening marked the very beginning of our series of Tech in Asia Meetups.

[Event] Tech in Asia Meetup: 10 Mobile Marketing Tips

Held at the Microsoft auditorium in Singapore, we were extremely pleased to have Rico Wyder from Fiksu to share with our participants ten useful mobile application marketing tips that could help mobile app companies or developers to achieve more quality app downloads and outstanding marketing returns on investment. Rico kicked off the evening by providing an overview (see the video below) of the various opportunities and barriers in the existing mobile app market.

In 2012 alone, there was tremendous growth as mobile apps and advertising hit US$19 billion in revenue. It is expected to reach $46 billion in about three to four years. There are approximately 1.4 million apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play platforms, with an average iOS device user having more than 100 apps. Asian Male Stereotypes Complicate My Love Life. Nothing pisses me off more than when someone says, “I’m just not attracted to Asian men.”

Asian Male Stereotypes Complicate My Love Life

I’ve heard these words come out of seemingly bright and well-intentioned women’s mouths – women of all ethnicities, including Asian – and in the Bay Area where over a third of the population is Asian, no less. When I point out that it’s discriminatory – no, racist – to exclude an entire race from your dating preferences, they shrug as if it’s something that just can’t be helped. But it’s complicated. Especially because I’m an Asian woman who happens to be dating a white guy. Nothing pisses me off more than when someone says, “I’m just not attracted to Asian men We met living abroad in Beijing, China, where yellow fever among expats runs rampant, and subsequent suspicion from the local population stokes racial tensions. How The People We Once Loved Become Strangers Again. It’s interesting to think about how we make people who used to be everything into nothing again.

How The People We Once Loved Become Strangers Again

How we learn to forget. How we force forgetting.

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Watch Jon Hopkins Perform Live in the KCRW Studio. 大栅栏 新街景 新气息- 时尚北京 - The Current State of Higher Education in America: VICE Podcast 031. 20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life. As a hopeless lover of both letters and famous advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old Hunter S.

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

Thompson — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Future-Cops Get Every Inch of Evidence by 3D-Scanning Crime Scenes. Your Brief Guide to NYC's Underground Sex Parties. Where are all the sex parties?

Your Brief Guide to NYC's Underground Sex Parties

It can be tough these days, in New York City, to know where to find your underground erotic thrills, as the cops close down sex clubs (like CasBar in Brooklyn) for "incidents of sexual activity," including anal sex and fellatio, which are considered "a danger to public health. " Oddly, and to the benefit of women, the law says nothing about cunnilingus. These restrictions are why any sex party worth going to is undercover and at no fixed venue—a moveable feast, as it were. But trust me, they are out there. "There are so many different flavors of [NYC] sexuality parties. Who reads books in America, and how? Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With 'Leadership'? - Tara Isabella Burton. Earlier this month, more than 700,000 students submitted the Common Application for college admissions.

Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With 'Leadership'? - Tara Isabella Burton

They sent along academic transcripts and SAT scores, along with attestations of athletic or artistic success and—largely uniform—bodies of evidence speaking to more nebulously-defined characteristics: qualities like—to quote the Harvard admissions website—“maturity, character, leadership, self-confidence, warmth of personality, sense of humor, energy, concern for others and grace under pressure.”

Why are American colleges so interested in leadership? On the Harvard admissions website quoted above, leadership is listed third: just after two more self-evident qualities. The secret to creativity, intelligence and scientific thinking: Being able to make connections. 10.3K Flares 10.3K Flares × When we shared this image from the @buffer Twitter account recently, it got me thinking.

The secret to creativity, intelligence and scientific thinking: Being able to make connections

The Tweet resulted in over 1,000 retweets, which somehow was an indication that a lot of people seemed to agree with this statement. Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It) The Death Of Expertise. I am (or at least think I am) an expert.

The Death Of Expertise

Not on everything, but in a particular area of human knowledge, specifically social science and public policy. When I say something on those subjects, I expect that my opinion holds more weight than that of most other people. Crowded Out of Ivory Tower, Adjuncts See a Life Less Lofty. Drawings by Mathew Borrett: Room Series. Mathew Borrett's "Room Series" is very reminiscent of M.

Drawings by Mathew Borrett: Room Series

C. Escher's drawings of impossible, mind-bending architectural spaces. Borrett's drawings creating outlandish, strangely displaced structures forming a dream-driven world of nightmares and fantasies that have an array of details to draw you in and out of the various rooms, exploring their relationships and potential narratives. Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating.

Hide captionPresident Obama wants to see more low-income students enroll in college, but actually graduating is becoming a priority. iStockphoto President Obama wants to see more low-income students enroll in college, but actually graduating is becoming a priority.

Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating

Bryn Mawr College is located just outside Philadelphia, but every year the school goes looking for students in Boston. Bryn Mawr typically admits 10 low-income students from the Boston area each year, providing them with financial assistance and introducing them to one another in hopes that they will form a network and support each other as they navigate their college years. Bryn Mawr doesn't stop in Boston. "We're particularly interested in reaching women who might not otherwise attend a place like Bryn Mawr," says Kim Cassidy, the college's president. Cassidy is among roughly 150 college presidents and officials from states, industry and nonprofits who will be attending a daylong meeting at the White House on Thursday.

Why positive encouragement works better than criticism, according to science. 6.2K Flares 6.2K Flares × I’ve written about positivity before, in terms of cultivating a positive outlook for yourself. What I want to write about today is cultivating positivity in your workplace, particularly if you’re a leader. By focusing on positive interactions with your employees and encouraging an upbeat emotional state as often as possible, you’ll be more likely to have a happy, productive and efficient team.

How positivity affects our brains To start with, let’s look at how positive and negative emotions work in our brains, and what we can learn from that. Caffeine helps you nail down memories—if used after the study session. Lots of people who are extremely skeptical of herbal medicines rely on one every day. It changes their metabolism, increases their focus, and alters their bodies in a variety of ways. It's called caffeine, and in many ways it's a wonder drug. Now, researchers have added yet another item to the list of things caffeine can do: it helps consolidate memories.

The team behind this work, based at Johns Hopkins and University of California-Irvine, says that teasing apart the effects of caffeine is challenging. GDC国际评委讲座_艺术中国. Richard Vedder and Christopher Denhart: How the College Bubble Will Pop. U.S. expats cry foul over tax system - Oct. 30, 2013. Bob Simison, a U.S. expat in Australia (with his wife, Sarah) says it takes him 40 hours to prepare his taxes each year. HONG KONG (CNNMoney) Unlike citizens of most other countries, Americans are legally obligated to file U.S. taxes each year, even if they are living and earning income overseas.

Problem is most expats are also required to pay taxes in their country of residence. This means two huge piles of paperwork, two sets of deadlines and one giant struggle to keep pace with a complex mess of ever-changing regulations. "As soon as I moved overseas, that's when things got very complicated," said James Rosenberg, an IT professional who owns a business in South Korea. Lo Scienziato - Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica PAM00528 - Collection 2013 - Watches Officine Panerai. Panerai watches are produced to very high standards of quality.

It is worth remembering that the mechanical parts run 24 hours a day when used, so the watch must undergo regular maintenance to ensure long life and good operation. How The Supreme Court Could Blow Up President Obama's Last Two Years In Office. By Ian Millhiser on January 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm. Early Nuclear Safety Posters Are Perky and Disturbing. All of these posters make sense to me.

I hate it when people react out of ignorance. Design revealed for Oklahoma Capitol's Satan statue. The Dementia Care Economy. Forget Mega-Corporations, Here’s The Mega-Network. We live in the age of cryptocurrency heists, Chinese moon landings, eco-disasters and electronic cigarettes. Sounds like something out of a cyberpunk novel. Well, a cyberpunk novel without the brain implants, but don’t worry, those are coming, too.

Stop Caring About What Others Think, and Get Back Your Self-Respect. Sea-slug sex-life: love among forehead-penetrating, fork-penised hermaphrodites. Flowchart: How not to design a "woman’s" tech product. The poorly thought-out tech product for women hardly needs an introduction. Rare is the week that goes by without a company (or a Kickstarter) deciding that there just aren’t enough products for women amid the macho-dominated technology landscape and rolling out a new pink monstrosity. Documenting the Origins, History & Chaos of the Discordian Society. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything. Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur.

His latest book is “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). How many of your health supplements are actually snake oil? Here Is the True Story of a Man With Two Dicks. Moguls Rent South Dakota Addresses to Shelter Wealth Forever. Among the nation’s billionaires, one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate right now is a quiet storefront in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A branch of Chicago’s Pritzker family rents space here, down the hall from the Minnesota clan that controls the Radisson hotel chain, and other rooms held by Miami and Hong Kong money. Feds Paid a Teen to Get a Neck Tattoo of a Giant Squid Smoking a Joint - Conor Friedersdorf. The Other 'F Word': Brewer Responds To Starbucks Over Beer Name : The Two-Way. Beijing to Shanghai Train Schedules and Fares. What the Color of Your Pee Says About Your Health.

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New Kepler analysis finds many Earth-like planets; total 3,500 exoplanets. Deliverance's inbred banjo boy. Beijing Misfits. This Recently Married Man Just Realized Marriage Is Not For Him. China-Based Investigator Peter Humphrey Tells CCTV He Regrets Trafficking in Personal Information - China Real Time Report. Dr Bronner's acid-dropping, Burner CEO profiled. Facebook News Feed History of the World: World War I to World War II. Anthony Bourdain Burns 6 Tons of Cocaine. Florent Morellet Revels in a New Scene in Brooklyn. This Is What New York City Could Look Like In 2033. Book review: Top Secret. Images from the Stasi Archives. Workers’ share of national income: Labour pains. UK cops officially detained David Miranda for thoughtcrime.

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