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Inside The Superhuman World Of The Iceman

Sep 20, 2015, 1 comments, 9 smiles Wim Hof first caught the attention of scientists when he proved he was able to use meditation to stay submerged in ice for 1 hour and 53 minutes without his core body temperature changing. Since then, he’s climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, resisted altitude sickness, completed a marathon in the Namib Desert with no water and proven under a laboratory setting that he’s able to influence his autonomic nervous system and immune system at will.

Lion King Crew On The Subway

Aug 07, 2014, 2 smiles

Hundred Dollar Bills Around SF

May 23, 2014, 2 smiles Just read this fun story:  "An anonymous person emailed in to say that they'd launched a campaign just last night where they're hiding cash all over San Francisco, including outside our office. 'This will continue indefinitely. There is nothing commercial behind this. It is a social experiment,' they wrote. 'Our Twitter page will show people where the money is hidden. There are a few hundred dollars hidden last night already, and this will continue. We have two $100 bills hidden and some $20s.'"  Turned out to be true.

Twitter Is The New Marshmallow

Mar 16, 2014, 1 comments, 3 smiles In the late ’60s, Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel performed a now-iconic experiment called the Marshmallow Test, which analyzed the ability of four year olds to exhibit “delayed gratification.” Here’s what happened: Each child was brought into the room and sat down at a table with a delicious treat on it (maybe a marshmallow, maybe a donut). The scientists told the children that they could have a treat now, or, if they waited 15 minutes, they could have two treats.  All of the children wanted to wait. (Who doesn’t want more treats?) But many couldn’t. After just a few minutes or less, their resolve would break down and they would eat the marshmallow. But some kids were better at delaying gratification: They were able to hold out for the full 15 minutes.  When the researchers subsequently checked in on these same children in high school, it turned out that those with ... Read Full Story

Apps Vs. Mobile Web

Mar 07, 2014, 3 comments It turns out that people don't really surf the web on their mobiles. They use native apps. Something to keep in mind as we build our mobile strategy.  

Google To Know You Better Than Your Spouse?

Feb 23, 2014, 1 comments, 4 smiles In a recent article, Are Robots About to Rise?, Ray Kurzweil believes that Google will soon "know the answer to your question before you have asked it. It will have read every email you've ever written, every document, every idle thought you've ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself."  That doesn't sound like good news, but maybe meditation will help us outsmart the machines. :)

Car GPS Affects Our Brain GPS

Aug 22, 2013, 4 smiles When we use GPS, the research indicates, we remember less about the places we go, and put less work into generating our own internal picture of the world.  From Our Brains Pay the Price for GPS

2012 Stats On Giving

Jun 21, 2013, 4 smiles Some interesting stats on giving in 2012 in the US ... About 64 million Americans volunteered; some 65 percent of US households made a donation; a total of $298 billion was donated by individuals, foundations and corporations; individual gifts made up 82 percent of these donations!

Google: Magical And Creepy? :)

May 24, 2013, 2 smiles Read a nice review on an emerging trend :) ... "At I/O conference, it became even more clear that Google no longer sees search as returning a list of 10 or 20 relevant links when you type in a query. Google Now is much more than that. It's the embodiment of that geeky dream of a "Star Trek Computer," an intelligent machine that understands natural language and real-world context to assist you before you even know you need assistance.  Google Now scans your email and knows when your Amazon package is arriving. It knows what sports scores to show you based on the teams you've searched for. It knows what stock prices to show you based on the companies you search for. It scans your calendar and reminds you when to leave to make your appointment on time. And all that data is delivered to you without you having to ask.  Following I/O, Google ... Read Full Story

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Jun 27, 2012, 2 smiles Happiness comes from Respect, not Money - Yahoo! Small Business Advisor From Yahoo! Small Business Advisor: A recent U.C. Berkeley study suggests that admiration from peers drives MBAs more than fat salaries.