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18 Cool Inventions From the Past

The time between the wars – the Great War and WW2 was one of great loss and uncertainty, but also one of invention, creativity and new ideas. The horrors of WWI shattered enlightenment belief that progress would continue and reason would prevail. New ideas and patterns of life developed in the 1920′s and in the way that people looked at the world [1]. The fast pace of technology change in the 20′s brought us the lie detector, traffic signal, bubble gum and Penicillin. An all-electronic moving-image television system somewhat similar to that used today was invented and demonstrated in 1929 [2]. The 30′s were not less invention-intensive bringing us the jet engine, helicopter, tea bags, sticky tape, ballpoint pen and the first photocopier [3]. However, somewhere between these great world-changing inventions there were some fun and sometimes even hilarious inventions the world has forgotten. Bike Tyre Used As Swimming Aid (Germany, 1925) One Wheel Motorcycle (1931) Radio Pram (USA, 1921) Related:  Entrepreneur Stuff

50 Posts About Cyborgs: Archive 40 Belief-Shaking Remarks From a Ruthless Nonconformist If there’s one thing Friedrich Nietzsche did well, it’s obliterate feel-good beliefs people have about themselves. He has been criticized for being a misanthrope, a subvert, a cynic and a pessimist, but I think these assessments are off the mark. I believe he only wanted human beings to be more honest with themselves. He did have a remarkable gift for aphorism — he once declared, “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” A hundred years after his death, Nietzsche retains his disturbing talent for turning a person’s worldview upside-down with one jarring remark. Even today his words remain controversial. Here are 40 unsympathetic statements from the man himself. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. More of Nietzsche’s genius here. Have a lot on your mind? Everyday mindfulness has transformed my life, and the lives of many others.

THE LAB The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business Documents play an essential role in protecting the interests of the business and business owners over the course of a company’s lifetime. Here is a list of the 10 most common legal documents to help you determine what your business needs. 1. Company bylaws for corporations. Related: The Legal Ins and Outs of Forming a Partnership 2. Your minutes should be detailed enough to serve as your corporation’s “institutional memory.” 3. 4. Related: Rocket Lawyer: Cutting Out Small Business Attorneys' Fees 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. In most cases, you don’t need to create any of these documents from scratch. Related: Using the Web to Get Legal Information

Utopia Forever A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.—Oscar Wilde The cities in which we live today are unfortunately not the cities that we need for a humane and sustainable tomorrow. We have learned from the 1960s and 1970s that utopian visions are one of the most important catalysts for fundamental change. Utopia Forever is a collection of current projects and concepts from architecture, city planning, urbanism, and art that point beyond the restrictions of the factual to unleash the potential of creative visions. Whether created by established architects and artists or new talents, the projects in Utopia Forever are radically shaping our notions of life in the future. Related Videos Joep van Lieshout: The Fifth Horseman Jürgen Mayer H.: By Spatial Demand

Albert Einstein: Becoming a Freethinker Taken from: Albert Einstein's Autobiographical Notes Open Court Publishing Company, LaSalle and Chicago, Illinois, 1979. pp 3-5. When I was a fairly precocious young man I became thoroughly impressed with the futility of the hopes and strivings that chase most men restlessly through life. Moreover, I soon discovered the cruelty of that chase, which in those years was much more carefully covered up by hypocrisy and glittering words than is the case today. By the mere existence of his stomach everyone was condemned to participate in that chase. As the first way out there was religion, which is implanted into every child by way of the traditional education-machine. It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the "merely personal," from an existence dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings.

Give a Listen: It’s Conversational Commerce Russ: “Siri, are you ready to help me buy something online?” Siri: “Not yet, Russ, but I may be able to at some point.” Not the answer I was hoping for, but at least Siri was honest about it! Siri, of course, is the new voice-enabled personal assistant that comes with all of the new Apple iPhone 4S smartphones. Our particular interest in Siri here at Glenbrook is how this (or other) intelligent voice-aware agents might be enabled at some point to truly streamline how we buy stuff online. It’s easy to imagine the possibilities for using Siri to: Find the next Virgin America flight to Seattle, and book/buy an aisle seatFind a specific product online, select the merchant based on availability and total cost out the door, buy it, and have it shipped to your houseFind when “Moneyball” is showing next at my neighborhood cinema, buy two tickets and deliver ‘em to my phone From Intelligent Agent to Humble Personal Assistant Apple has not completely given up on those external data integrations.

5 Things You Must Do to Successfully Launch a Business The effort required to launch a new venture can seem daunting. Of course, specifics vary based on the type of business you're establishing; manufacturers face unique challenges, as do retailers and consulting firms. But once you have your concept and your finances in line, there are some basics that are universal. We talked with business owners, consultants and professors to boil down the bare necessities of getting a startup off the ground into a handful of manageable steps. Apply these fundamentals to your own industry, and you'll be ready to tackle the specifics of creating your successful business. 1. Einas Ibrahim, founder of Talem Advisory, a New York City startup consultancy, says the biggest mistake she sees new entrepreneurs make is starting to work on a business idea before confirming that there is market demand. "Don't work on the business until you've validated the idea," Ibrahim says. Market research proves especially critical for startups with big dreams. 2. 3. 4. 5.

UTOPIA FOREVER. Visions of Architecture and Urbanism Un mapa del mundo que no incluya la utopía ni siquiera merece la pena mirarlo, ya que deja fuera el único territorio en el que la humanidad está siempre desembarcando. —Oscar Wilde. Las ciudades en que vivimos hoy no son, por desgracia, las ciudades que necesitamos para un futuro más humano y sostenible. Las sociedades y los políticos están buscando desesperadamente soluciones e ideas para las zonas urbanas del futuro. Es por ello que el desarrollo y discusión de las utopías es, junto a temas de sostenibilidad, el más actual de la arquitectura contemporánea. Hemos aprendido de los años 1960 y 1970 que las visiones utópicas son uno de los catalizadores más importantes para un cambio fundamental.

RELIC 5 trends driving the future of work As the year draws to a close, you may be assessing your career plans against the backdrop of holiday hoopla and the uncertain employment climate. To get a leg up, grab an eggnog and read on to learn about trends that could change how you'll be making a living in the years to come: Trend 1: Independent consulting to see hockey-stick growth curve According to a new study from MBO Partners, a company offering services to independent consultants, by 2013, the number of independent workers in America is expected to grow from 16 million to more than 20 million. Blame the economic turmoil or a change in values, but more people are demanding greater self-reliance, control and satisfaction in their professional lives. MBO CEO Gene Zaino highlighted results from the national study last week at the GigaOM Net:Work conference in San Francisco. Other key findings from the study: Trend 2: Order books, movies and now ... workers online Rosati points to technology and independence as the main drivers:

5 Ways to Leverage Your Social-Media Following to Close Sales Like all savvy business owners, you’ve invested significant resources into building up a social network you are proud of. You’ve got a wide fan base, enough “likes” and “followers” to make you feel validated, and have begun to generate engagement among your consumers. You’re on every major platform and a few of the newer, more experimental ones. While the benefits of having an extensive online social presence are numerous, many businesses – particularly small businesses – are not utilizing their networks to their fullest potential. Related: 9 Steps to Get Your 'Social-Selling' Program Off the Ground 1. If your company isn’t on Instagram, you should consider it. 2. Facebook is probably the most widely used social platform among corporations, but many of these companies aren’t sure how to use Facebook to gain more customers. 3. You may not consider Kickstarter to be a social media platform, but don't overlook its potential as a sales-generation tool. 4. 5.

Advanced Utopian Martian Communities, 1911 JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 904 This futuro-Utopian homage to ET-civilizations and space travel was written just too early to have been sucked up by period-appropriate script raptors. Reading it is a little out of the question and left to the domain of sci-fi archaeologists; the book is stuffy and dry and very stiff (brittle !) without being terribly interesting and doesn’t stop for the right word when four will do. To Mars via the Moon, an Astronomical Story. written by Mark Wicks and published in 1911, left the Moon quite behind in its literary assault on a super-advanced civilization that the space travelers find on the red planet. Notes “The wonderful music I heard upon Mars still rings in my ears; and, at times, so thrilling and peculiar is its effect upon me, that I feel as though I were being almost irresistibly impelled to return to that planet.

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