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What-part-of-no-totally-dont-you-understand?utm_content=buffer69fe8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter. Not long ago, I walked into a friend’s kitchen and found her opening one of those evil, impossible-to-breach plastic blister packages with a can opener.


This worked, and struck me as brilliant, but I mention it only to illustrate a characteristic that I admire in our species: given almost any entity, we will find a way to use it for something other than its intended purpose. We commandeer cafeteria trays to go sledding, “The Power Broker” to prop open the door, the Internet to look at kittens. We do this with words as well—time was, spam was just Spam—but, lately, we have gone in for a particularly dramatic appropriation. In certain situations, it seems, we have started using “no” to mean “yes.” The Disease of Being Busy. I saw a dear friend a few days ago.

The Disease of Being Busy

I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.” Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.” The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang. 9 GREAT Facebook Posts Your Business Can Use Today! 1.2K Shares Facebook 843 Twitter 262 LinkedIn 56 inShare56 Google+ 38 Pin It Share 32 1.2K Shares × It’s hard to know what to post on Facebook.

9 GREAT Facebook Posts Your Business Can Use Today!

Should you publish links?.. Photos?.. Text updates? Should you share other people’s content or post cool stuff you create yourself? Finding & making good content is a full-time job for many page managers, so today I have some awesome tips from Michael Hyatt for crafting great Facebook posts every time. Disruption by design. The idea of disruptive technology has been with us since Clayton Christensen released The Innovator’s Dilemma in 1997.

Disruption by design

Since then, we have seen not only major companies disrupted, but entire industries. We have observed incredible disruption in a very short time, but can we learn from this history how to reliably cause disruption? Throw away your idea list. There seem to be two sides to the dilemma of ideas: generating enough ideas in the first place, and then acting on the good ones to turn them into real projects.

Throw away your idea list

I’ve covered the process of generating ideas a couple of times before, but lately I’ve been really noticing the drag of having a long list of half-formed ideas that aren’t going anywhere. My topic ideas list currently has 58 items on it, after being moved ~4 times to different apps and cleaned up along the way. It looks like this: And it feels like a big, heavy sack that I’ve been carrying around with me for months. It rarely serves its original purpose: to provide inspiration when I’m stuck for new ideas. Why we keep ideas in a list Keeping ideas as a long list is common.

33 thoughts on reading — Show Your Work! Brewing the Cup of Expectations — Life Tips. A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer. The Science of Bruce Lee’s One-Inch Punch. Forget all those broken boards and crumbled concrete slabs.

The Science of Bruce Lee’s One-Inch Punch

The Future Of Breaking News Is Here (And It's Called RYOT) Whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades. Photo Does handwriting matter?


Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. Can we break free from the fear of missing out? – Jacob Burak. Here’s a test you might enjoy: rate these scenarios on a number scale, ranging from 1 for mild discomfort to 7 for outrageous distress. Scenario 1: you’re flicking through news websites, as you do every morning.

Today, however, you’re behind schedule and have only 15 minutes to read articles, instead of your usual 30. You have to skip some of your favourite columns and sections. 25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites. New Study Says Swearing Is An Emotional Release That’s Good For You. Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - Upworthy: Writing Weird Headlines to Change the World. There's a reason it's called clickbait.

Upworthy: Writing Weird Headlines to Change the World

Try as you might, some headlines are hard to resist. (Just ask BuzzFeed readers.) Eli Pariser and Peter Koechley started Upworthy in 2012 to take clickbait and use it to get people talking about topics that really matter. An unlikely pair, Pariser was formerly executive editor of the political-action website Move-, and Koechley was formerly managing editor of The Onion. Our Favorite Poem For National Poetry Month Came From a First Grader.

On the last day of National Poetry Month, our favorite poem we saw all month came from an unnamed first grader: We did the soft wind.We danst slowly.

Our Favorite Poem For National Poetry Month Came From a First Grader

We swrldAroned. We danst soft.We lisin to the mozik.We danst to the mozik. We made personal space. This poem was spotted in a New York City public school on the Lower East Side by photographer Jason Gardner. The 24 ingredients for a delicious content strategy. In content strategy, people often focus on the most obvious part (the content creation) and don’t quite realise that there’s a lot more to it.

The 24 ingredients for a delicious content strategy

Content strategy is a big picture that is made up of four main ‘blocks’. Davidbardell : Finished and highly recommend... “The Digital Cloud and the Micropolitics of Energy” in Volume 26, Number 2. Allison Carruth What strikes you immediately is the scale of things. The room is so huge you can almost see the curvature of Earth in the end. Jon Wilks of Arena: separating fact from fiction in the brave new world of native advertising. The struggle for the legitimacy of the written word is an ongoing and bloody battle. How to Outguess Passwords — Editor’s Picks. 20 Words We Owe to William Shakespeare.

The Origins of Office Speak. The-rights-of-man-and-beast. Just before 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, Steven Wise pulled his rental car in front of a multiacre compound on State Highway 30 near the tiny Adirondack hamlet of Gloversville, N.Y., and considered his next move. For the past 15 minutes, Wise had been slowly driving the perimeter of the property, trying to get a better read on the place. An assortment of transport trailers — for horses and livestock, cars, boats and snowmobiles — cluttered a front lot beside a single-story business office with the sign “Circle L Trailer Sales” set above the door. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia.

Please, don't be a dick. 7 Brilliant Ways Authors Build Buzz. Many first time authors assume that, upon publication, their books will be immediately covered by all national news outlets. 10 Books Bill and Melinda Gates Recommended to the TED Audience This Year. The organizers of TED asked Bill and Melinda Gates to suggest some books that attendees might enjoy. My muse is not a horse. The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates. It was a balmy afternoon last July when the call came in: Dead body found inside empty warehouse on the West Side. Chicago police officers drove through an industrial stretch of the hardscrabble Austin neighborhood and pulled up to the 4600 block of West Arthington Street. The warehouse in question was an unremarkable-looking red-brick single-story building with a tall barbed-wire fence. Monologue: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.

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Jonah Lehrer: Creative Insights. 3 Critical Insights Into Creativity From Jonah Lehrer's "Imagine". Designers spend a lot of time giving advice to each other. There has been a litany of books by designers for designers.