Day: March 7, 2017

Steve Reich-ian iPhone ringtone composition

Seth Kranzler created “Steve Reich is calling,” a delightful composition for two iPhones that celebrates (and parodies) legendary minimalist composer Reich’s early phase music. This form of composition employs two or more identical phrases of music played at slightly different tempos so that they shift in and out of phase. Reich’s most famous phase music compositions are “Clapping Music” (1972), “Piano Phase” (1967), and the fantastic tape music pieces “Come Out” (1966) and “It’s Gonna Rain” (1965). Listen to the latter two below.

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Fish Chowder

Fish Chowder

My first job out of college was in Boston, in the financial district downtown. My local friends did their best to initiate this wide-eyed Californian into New England traditions of every sort, especially food.

We feasted on as many menu items as we could afford at the Union Oyster House and the No Name Restaurant, and $5/lb lobsters I would buy from the Italian fish monger across the street from where I lived in the North End.

One dish I could never get enough of was “chowdah”. Clam chowder, fish chowder, seafood chowder, whatever, I loved it.

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Fantastic vinyl Star Wars Rebels Chopper bobblehead

This is a beautiful model of Chopper. Star Wars Rebels C1-10P is a sociopathic astromech, and my favorite droid!

Rescued from the wreckage of a Clone Wars Y Wing fighter by a young Hera Syndulla, Chopper is one cantankerous old warrior. I’ve loved him the first, and watched dutifully for his appearance in Rogue One. My favorite scene with Chop is probably the one where he suggests leaving an annoying force-sensitive baby on a boobytrapped starship.

Now Chopper can hang out next to the BB-8 I never play with.

Funko Pop Star Wars Rebels Chopper Vinyl Bobble-Head Figure, 3.75-Inch via Amazon

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Guide To Life Insurance: How to Make Sure Your Policy Takes Care of You

Life Insurance. It’s one of those things no one really wants to talk about, but everyone has to.

You need insurance for protection against accidents, coverage in times of need, and security when your financial situation becomes vulnerable. While regular insurance can cover car repairs, medical bills and home repairs, life insurance can make sure your family will still be provided for and left money to live on in case something happens.

In this article, you’ll learn the best tricks to make sure your life insurance policy is prepared to take care of you and your family. You can consider this your quick guide to life insurance.

Term Insurance Only

You should never buy any sort of life insurance that is not term insurance. Permanent or “whole life”, as some insurance agents are now calling it, is nothing more than a scam-like, highly complex product put together by insurance companies so they can charge large commission fees off you.

The premise of the claim is that the payments you make into the policy build cash value (almost like an investment) which you can later use as collateral for loans or payment for your monthly insurance premiums. You can also withdraw them out as cash, too.

However, the amount of money you pay to have this “inner-policy” cash value is actually more expensive compared with the fee that you have to pay to own it.

In reality, the monthly premiums are almost always so much higher than for a similar term policy. This can end up with you losing money with a whole life policy, even if it seems like you are “investing”. This can be a good option for some individuals, but might not work for everyone.

Buy Term With A Renewability Feature

Term insurance is dirt cheap so there’s no reason not to buy it. When you do, make sure it has a “renewability” feature attached to the policy. This feature will allow you to renew your policy without the need to provide evidence of insurability again.

health problems

This can be incredibly useful, especially if you experience health problems later in life. If these health problems showed up on an EoI doctor’s report, your rates for a future term insurance policy would be higher.

Be sure to ask about the policies’ coverages as you go through your options.

See Also: What To Look For In A Good Health Insurance Plan 

Cover 10X Your Current Income

No one likes to buy insurance. However, since it’s meant to secure your family in the event you die, it still makes an essential investment.

death in the family

Because of this, you should purchase a policy with a face value that is, at least, ten times your current income level. Thoroughly review your financial capability and make sure you can afford and are prepared to invest in this kind of insurance.

It shouldn’t take up too much of your paycheck, but it should still cut off a chunk of it. Make sure that you still have enough funds in case your family experiences an emergency. A financial planner can help you with this.

If used wisely, your family could invest the insurance money and make it last as they search for jobs. In case you invest in less than ten times your current income, it will be difficult to stretch the money over a number of years.

Be sure to research all types of policies and keep your options open. Just by knowing what you have available and what you qualify for can make the initial process easier. You can use the information as a guide to life insurance.

See Also: Win The Life Insurance Game: Do These 4 Things Before Getting Your Physical


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Airbus reveals a modular, self-piloting flying car concept

 Airbus has been talking about its Vahana flying autonomous vehicle project for a while now, but at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it’s showing off a concept design created in partnership with Italdesign. The demonstration vehicle offers modular functionality, meaning it an operate both on the ground and in the air, and Airbus thinks it’s one potential answer to the growing… Read More

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Wikileaks' CIA dump contained WAY more bad memes than you would think


Wikileaks dumped a huge cache of CIA documents and files this morning in the first of a series of Vault 7 leaks, and in doing so, showed the world the agency’s horrible taste in memes. 

The whole leak, codenamed “Year Zero,” can be viewed via torrent download. When you check out all the files on your PC, you’ll find more than just zipped documents and PDFs. There’s a whole array of .gifs and .jpgs too — and most of them are memes. Old, lame memes, for the most part.      

Here’s a quick look at some of the memes that came along with the dump. You’ll see they include everything from Boromir’s “One does not simply…” warning to a pipe-smoking baby.  Read more…

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Pinterest brings its visual search technology to the web

 Pinterest has been ramping up its efforts in visual search to make its search and discovery features more useful, but today it’s opening up the technology a bit more with an integration into the company’s Chrome browser extension. With the updated extension, you’ll be able to hover on any image on the web in order to find related ideas and products – that is, you… Read More

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See Darren Criss menace Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist in 'The Flash' musical episode


Glee alums Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist will reunite with their former co-star Darren Criss in The Flash‘s upcoming musical crossover with Supergirl, and Mashable has an exclusive first look at the trio in action.

Gustin doesn’t seem particularly thrilled to see his fellow Warbler in the sneak peek image below — but that’s probably because Criss is playing the villainous Music Meister — a metahuman whose powers cause people to spontaneously erupt into song and dance when they hear his voice.

Melissa Benoist as Kara, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Darren Criss as Music Meister.

Melissa Benoist as Kara, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Darren Criss as Music Meister.

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Snap has already tumbled 11% on day four

 Snap, the parent of Snapchat, had a great first two days on the stock market, only to be followed by two terrible ones. Shares quickly tumbled to beneath $22, an over 11% drop in morning trading. This means that most investors are already losing money on the social media company. Snap opened Thursday at $24 per share. It is still above its $17 IPO price, but that’s mainly relevant for… Read More

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Congratulations Ken Fisher, creator of Tom the Dancing Bug and winner of the 2017 Herblock Prize

Ken Fisher, the brilliantly funny creator of comic strips we’re proud to debut each week here at Boing Boing, has won the 2017 Herblock Award. His scathing and insightful treatment of Donald Trump, as featured in many episodes of Tom the Dancing Bug throughout the election campaign, were key to the Herb Block Foundation’s pick.

“Tom the Dancing Bug” is a free-format comic strip that uses varying types of humor, artistic styles and formats. It’s an unusual strip in that in any given week, it could feature a spoof, a multi-panel sketch, political or absurdist humor, recurring characters or caricatures of real people. But during 2016, political subject matter was at its heart, as it mostly dealt with the election and the rise to power of Donald Trump.

Fisher works under the pseudonym Ruben Bolling, and we’re proud and honored to publish his work here. Be sure to read the latest, published today!

Michael Cavna at the Washington Post, Herb Block’s longtime home, quotes the judges and artist thus:

“Ruben Bolling created his own unique style of political cartoon, one that’s full of sly allusions and clever twists,” wrote judge Matt Wuerker, the Politico cartoonist and 2010 Herblock Prize recipient. ” ‘Tom the Dancing Bug’ pushed the form into new territory with imaginative tropes, deft imagery and provocative allegory.”

“Ruben Bolling’s cartoons are consistently sharp, funny and incredibly original,” wrote judge Mark Fiore, the freelance political animator who won the Herblock last year. “His use of recurring characters, like Hollingsworth Hound and Lucky Ducky, [adds] a wonderfully inventive richness to his masterful satire.” (Also judging this year was Martha Kennedy, Library of Congress curator of popular and applied graphic art.)

“‘Tom the Dancing Bug’ is an unusual comic strip because it’s totally free format; it can deal with australopithecines and giant wombats, or real-world politicians and topical issues,” the creator said. “I made a decision early in 2016 that Trump was the political phenomenon of my lifetime and just about devoted the strip to that.”

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Brain activity recorded as much as 10 minutes after death

University of Western Ontario researchers examined the electrical activity in several patients before and after their life support was turned off and they were declared clinically dead, when the heart had stopped beating. In one patient, brain waves, in the form of single delta wave bursts, continued for minutes after death.

“It is difficult to posit a physiological basis for this EEG activity given that it occurs after a prolonged loss of circulation,” the researchers write in their scientific paper. “These waveform bursts could, therefore, be artefactual in nature, although an artefactual source could not be identified.”

This kind of research in the niche field of necroneuroscience is relevant to ethical discussions around organ donation and how the moment of death is defined.

(Neuroskeptic via Daily Grail)

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Shut it down: Jesus is on Tinder now


Jesus may be your lord and savior, but could he also be your next boyfriend? Just swipe right on his amazing Tinder profile to find out.

A dating app doesn’t seem like the most obvious place to find the son of God, but this is 2017. Anything can happen. And Jesus has recently been popping up on Tinder, where he displays his characteristic modesty by listing his profession as carpenter. 

He’s looking for love with both men and women. So if you’re into beards, draped robes and much older men — he’s listed as 21 but he reminds you in his profile that he’s actually several thousand years old — this could be a match made in, er, heaven. Read more…

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Goodyear’s AI tire concept can read the road and adapt on the fly

 Goodyear is thinking ahead to how tires – yes, tires – might change as autonomous driving technology alters vehicle design, and as available technologies like in-vehicle and embedded machine learning and AI make it possible to do more with parts of the car that were previously pretty static, like its wheels. Its new Eagle 360 Urban tire concept design builds on the work it… Read More

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CIA hack of Samsung TVs was named after a Doctor Who monster


WikiLeaks’ sudden dump of secret CIA documents includes a lot of detail on the exact methods the agency has been allegedly using to hack various devices. One of the more colorful descriptions is the tool created to hack Samsung smart TVs, which turned them into covert microphones.

The CIA called the hack “Weeping Angel.”

For any fan of the Doctor Who, the reference was clear. The Weeping Angels are a monster on the show, known for their peculiar ability: The Angels (which are evil, of course) can move lightning-fast, but only when no one is looking at them. As soon as you lock your gaze in their direction, they freeze, unable to move, resembling statues. Read more…

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Barbra Streisand doesn't need people, she needs pancakes


People who need pancakes are not the luckiest people in the world – they’re the most disgusted with the current state of the world. 

Formidable songstress and political activist Barbra Streisand has admitted to letting the current state of political affairs get to her in the most relatable of ways: stress eating. 

Donald Trump is making me gain weight. I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!

— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) March 5, 2017

Streisand, who has previously called Trump, “both dangerous and unfit for office,” followed up that initial tweet with another one that reinforces her new breakfast routine. Read more…

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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

Gary Wolf of Quantified Self writes:

Princeton University Press has just reissued this classic essay [“The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge” by Abraham Flexner, 1939] by the founder of the Institute for Advanced Study, with a new companion essay by the physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf. I’m going to buy the book, but you don’t have to do that to read the original essay, with its terribly relevant opening paragraph: “Is it not a curious fact that in a world steeped in irrational hatreds which threaten civilization itself, men and women – old and young – detach themselves wholly or partly from the angry current of daily life to devote themselves to the cultivation of beauty, to the extension of knowledge, to the cure of disease, to the amelioration of suffering, just as though fanatics were not simultaneously engaged in spreading pain, ugliness, and suffering?”

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Gun stores for liberals

I know a bunch of liberal gun owners. Here’s an article in Vocativ by Ethan Harfenist and Jacob Steinblatt about this growing group.

Membership increased by 10 percent since election for the Liberal Gun Club, which provides “a voice for gun-owning liberals and moderates in the national conversation on gun rights.” Vocativ found an entire subreddit dedicated to Liberal Gun Owners, a four-year old community that has close to 7,000 subscribers and includes a thread dedicated to liberal gun stores.

It appears that some of those who lean left don’t want to fork over money to shops run by trigger-happy, extreme right-wing folks who sell target sheets shaped like Hillary Clinton and stickers that read “Muslim Free Zone.” It makes sense, at a time when consumers are more aware than ever about the values backed by their favorite businesses and services

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Can You Heal the Chakras By Being Grateful?

Can gratitude heal your chakras?

The short answer is yes.

Whenever you experience an energetic imbalance due to strong and persistent thoughts and emotions, your body experiences the imbalance, too. The body keeps all the information, such as your persistent negative thoughts and emotions, until you take care of their underlying causes.

Unfortunately, many people focus on addressing their symptoms, rather than treating the root cause of their problems. They medicate themselves until they feel better, like western medicine.

Although it does offer relief, it isn’t long lasting. Unless you take care of the underlying emotional issues, the symptoms will flare up again as the corresponding chakras remain blocked and unbalanced.

Let’s look at the destructive potential of persistent negative thoughts.

If you’ve ever been through a difficult emotional time, such as a relationship ending, loss of a loved one, or bankruptcy, you know exactly how these instances affect your body. You’ll experience a number of physical symptoms, like upset stomach, headache, hot flashes, and muscle tension. You can also suffer from insomnia, indigestion, fatigue, pressure around the heart, difficulty breathing and so much more.

If this is an isolated incident and you are able to bounce back quickly, that’s great. The problem, however, is that life rarely offers isolated incidents. Even your tendency to negatively talk to yourself counts.

The problem starts when the emotional trigger isn’t resolved quickly. As you drown yourself in that situation, stress hormones begin to flood your system and cause actual changes in your DNA. These physical changes correspond to energy blockages within the chakras which, in turn, causes a lot of symptoms.

So, how can you avoid all those things? Start with gratitude.

being grateful

Gratitude helps you see your problems in a better light. Instead of seeing them as situations you are powerless against, it enables you to see them as learning experiences and growth opportunities.

I realize this can seem far-fetched when you’re in the thick of a struggle, but there is no harm in practicing gratitude. So, what have you got to lose?

Practice gratitude very first thing in the morning, upon waking. Give thanks for the new day, hope and all the things you’ll get to experience. Things like health, friends, family and even your pet are some of the things you should be thankful for.

See Also: A Little Bit of Gratitude, Everyday!

As an added challenge, in addition to writing down all the things you’re grateful for, you should also express the reason why. This will help you truly feel the power of gratitude.

In addition to the positive things, you should also express thanks for the struggles you are experiencing, like the difficult people who have made life hard for you. Again, express why these difficulties and hurtful people are actually blessings in your life.

It may take some digging and introspection, but there is always a benefit, even if you can’t see it immediately. Other than helping you heal, you can also learn forgiveness and compassion. It will make you tougher and more capable than you ever believed, too.

Just keep digging until you see the benefit. That doesn’t mean you have to like the person or be happy with the situation. You just have to know what’s really causing you troubles so that you can easily get rid of their root cause.


See Also: How to Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Take it as a challenge to learn to be grateful, forgiving, and compassionate. You will soon feel be able to feel the difference of healing chakras.

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Top 10 Best Mobile Accessories To Carry With You 2017

Whether you are frequently outdoors for business or you simply like traveling, bringing some essential gadgets with you can help ensure not only your comfort but safety, too. However, with so many items to choose from, picking out the most important ones can be tricky. You can end up spending a lot of hours just packing your things.

As a guide, here’s a quick list of the gadgets and best mobile phone accessories you can carry around for your trips.

Phone Power Bank

anker power bank

Despite carrying a lot of advanced features, mobile phones still don’t have an infinite battery life. You’ll have to recharge them from time to time. Since charging points aren’t always accessible, carrying a phone power bank now becomes a necessity.

Devices, such as the Anker Astro E1, are great since they have high capacity despite being the size of a candy bar. They can recharge an iPhone 7 and 6s twice and can add around 80% of battery life to an iPad Mini.

If you are looking for a super fast charging feature, you might want to consider the KMASHI Portable Power Bank. It has two USB ports so you can simultaneously recharge your gadgets.

Flash Drive


Your battery isn’t the only thing that’s limited. Even your phone’s storage may need an upgrade, especially if you like taking pictures and keeping videos.

The Samsung 32GB Bar Flash Drive promises durability, thanks to its high-quality metal casing. It even has a key ring, so you’re less likely to lose it inside your bag. Apart from the high-speed data transfer, the flash drive is also water proof, magnet proof and shock proof.

When you’re on the go, taking gadgets that can keep up with you is a must. Featuring a 115MB/ sec, reading speed, the PNY Turbo Elite Flashdrive is something you shouldn’t miss. It has a capless design with an integrated loop so you can easily attach it to your bag.

Mini USB Cable

mini usb

Leave the long USB cables at home as they can easily get tangled in your bag. Instead, invest in mini USB cables, such as the Startech Micro USB Cable. Although it’s only 6 inches in length, it can support high-speed USB data transfer. Another good option is the one from Griffin.

Mobile Hotspot

mobile hotspot

Most phones now support hotspot mode. Unfortunately, however, they may not be able to support a handful of devices. They also have less security options.

Instead of using your phone, you can invest in devices like the Verizon Mifi. It only weighs 3.3 ounce, which is just right for your backpack. It has an 8-hour battery life and can support up to 10 devices.

Power Splitter/ Surge Protector

belkin surge protector

A power splitter and surge protector may not sound like a must-have item in your bag- until you have to charge multiple devices at the same time. The Belkin Surge Protector has a number of USB and AC ports to accommodate your different devices. It comes with a 360-degree rotating plug for your convenience. The Anker 10-port Hub also makes a good choice. It utilizes a high-power 60-watt adapter for protection and stability.


bose headphones

Whether you’re in a flight or just walking around the city, blasting your favorite music can make the activity more worthwhile. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones is a great option for music enthusiasts. Apart from the good audio performance, it also has the ability to collect noise data and cancel them.

For something you can easily tuck inside your gym back, try Lohi Bluetooth Headphones. It’s made from a sweat proof material and is extremely comfortable to wear, thanks to its soft silicone gel surface.

Bluetooth Speaker

wireless bluetooth speaker blkbox

If wearing headphones isn’t up your alley, your next option is to bring a Bluetooth speaker so you can still enjoy your music from anywhere. Modern Bluetooth speakers are more compact and convenient to carry around. They are now wireless and comes with really innovative features and eye-catching designs.

Beats Pill, for example, only has a height of 2.5 inches and weighs 1.6lb. It has a battery life of 12 hours and can connect to devices that are as far as 30 feet. Blkbox Pop360 is another great device. Apart from the excellent sound performance, it has a built-in LED and rechargeable batteries that can run for 5 to 8 hours.


grid it organizer

If you tend to carry a lot of things in your bag, two things can happen. You’ll either get big and weird bulges in your bag or you’ll end up with lots of tangled and jumbled cables. With so many things going on inside, you might even find it hard to find some things inside.

The Grid-It Organizer is one of the best investment you can make if you are a tech enthusiast. It can firmly hold a number of devices. It’s made from elastic bands so you can tuck in any size and shape of gadget. It even has a sleeve which you can use to keep your laptop.

The organizer has a handful of color choices and sizes to fit your preference.

Smart Watch

apple smartwatch

You can easily go without a smart watch. However, considering how much time and effort it can save you from having to open your bag and fish out your devices, it may actually be worth it. You can answer calls, send text messages and check on your email even if your phone isn’t around. Samsung Gear S Smartwatch makes a good option for those using Android devices. For iOS, it’s the Apple Smart Watch.

GPS Tracker

tile mate phone finder

With so many devices in your bag, it’s only right to ensure its protection. One of the best ways to do that is to get a portable GPS tracker, like the Spy Tec Mini Portable GPS Tracker.

Tile Mate is a good option, too. It’s smaller than most GPS trackers and easily hooks to anything you’d like to keep track of. It comes with an accompanying app to make tracking a lot easier. The app automatically keeps a record of where it has last seen your valuables.

If you like daily deals, check out this online store for the best mobile phone accessories.


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4 Things Highly Successful People Do Differently

If you are genuinely happy with your life and your career, it’s easy to consider yourself successful. Most of us can agree that Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey are also successful people, even though we don’t know them personally.

All we know is that their businesses are great and that they have made quite a lot of money running them. Apart from these factors, there are other things these people share.

In case you are wondering what they are, below is a list of the things highly successful people do differently.

Keep A Routine

Keeping a routine is crucial to success. Time spent wondering what to do next is time wasted.

Elon Musk, for example, schedules his day in five-minute increments.  Knowing what he should be focusing on keeps him from wasting time. He splits his days between Tesla and SpaceX- always.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has a slightly different way of avoiding wasted time: he wears basically the same outfit every day. By spending less time thinking about insignificant things, Zuckerberg is able to spend more time on important ideas.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, used to break up his self-improvement plans into 13-week chunks, cycling through 4 different points of improvement every year. Throughout those cycles, he kept the same daily schedule. He asked himself every morning: “What good shall I do today?”

Continuously learning

reading habit

Reading is crucial to learning, yet most people would often complain that they have no time. In reality, books can give you access to the knowledge of other high achievers.

Oprah Winfrey began reading when she was 3 years old and, since then, has never stopped. She claimed that books were her pass to personal freedom and she encourages other people to think the same way. Her book club has already made over 70 book recommendations since 1996.

Warren Buffett began his investment career by reading 800-1000 pages a day. Today, he reads an average of 80% of his waking hours. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year and advocates strongly for others to do the same, noting, “Almost one book a week is very doable- try it!”

See Also: 7 Reasons To Start Reading Books? Here’s why!

Staying fit

daily exercise

Physical fitness helps you learn to push through barriers while enhancing your cognitive abilities. Richard Branson is a good example.

He wakes up at 5 a.m. to do various forms of physical activity. He claims that he gets 4 additional hours of productivity out of each day because of it.

Tyra Banks, meanwhile, recommends keeping workouts fun and inspiring while Mark Cuban suggests doing 6-7 hours of cardio per week.

Being persistent

Steve Jobs is known not only for his great success but also for getting fired from the company he helped built in 1985. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance,” said Jobs.

He was well known for his drive and for his way of looking at things differently- if he heard the word “no” too often, he knew that meant something has got to change.

See Also: The Top 3 Habits That Made Steve Jobs Successful

Part of perseverance and persistence is being flexible. If you are too rigid in your thinking, it will prevent you from being innovative. Peter Thiel believes in keeping things unplanned so you can have room to experiment.

Thomas Edison is well known for learning from his mistakes and turning those mistakes into teachable moments. “I have not failed 10,000 times, I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work,” said Edison.

Applying These Lessons In The Workplace

Looking for job candidates who have a good sense of work-life balance is the best way to nurture things like perseverance, physical fitness, and lifelong learning. Candidates who want to punch a time clock and go home after just to play video games should not be expected to work on their personal development in their spare time.

If you want to find innovative people, find out what their traits are. Looking at the habits of highly successful people can give you an idea of what a successful job candidate might look like.

Learn more about these traits from this infographic.

Source: Habits of Highly Successful Entrpreneurs

The Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs [Infographic]


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Donald Trump-inspired app counts how often men interrupt women


Tired of being interrupted? A new app claims it may be able to help.

Called Woman Interrupted, the app uses your smartphone’s microphone to analyze conversations and track how many times men interrupt women in a given conversation. 

Created by Brazilian ad agency BETC to coincide with International Women’s Day, the app’s creators say Woman Interrupted was inspired in part by the first presidential debate when Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted Hillary Clinton. 

The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, uses your smartphone’s microphone to track conversations and determine the number of interruptions in a given conversation.  Read more…

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Land Rover’s new Discovery search and rescue SUV has a roof-mounted drone

 A special version of the new Land Rover Discovery dubbed ‘Project Discovery’ and designed for search and rescue operations is actually being deployed with the Austrian Red Cross – complete with a quadcopter drone that can take off from and land on the SUV, even while it’s moving. Magnets lock the drone in place while the Discovery is login, and the drone can assist… Read More

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Turtle living in wishing pond gets surgery after years of eating of coins left by tourists


The Thai sea turtle that spent years eating coins off the bottom of a wishing pond has undergone a successful surgery.

The 25-year-old, nicknamed Omsin (Thai for “piggy bank”), was found with an engorged stomach full of heavy coins, and she made headlines as a warning to people casting coins into ponds for good luck.

The coins, found in her stomach and intestines, were pressing on her other organs, and preventing her from diving, breathing or eating properly.

Vets operated on Omsin on Monday, removing removed some 915 coins weighing nearly 5 kg, according to Nantarika Chansue, an associate professor at Chulalongkorn University who has been spearheading the turtle’s recovery. Read more…

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Samsung Pay is now live in India

 Samsung Pay has launched in India where it is working on selected devices, according to a report from Sam Mobile. The Korean firm had teased its entry to India’s payments market last month, but now it has rolled out with support for banks Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, and Standard Chartered, and credit and debit cards from MasterCard and Visa. Beyond traditional financial organizations,… Read More

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American paparazzi confuse Deepika Padukone with Priyanka Chopra and she isn't amused


They’re both bonafide Bollywood stars. They’re both pursuing Hollywood. They’ve both appeared on the same talk shows. They’ve both attended the Oscars. 

But dear paparazzi, they are NOT the same! 

For the second time, the American media has mistaken Deepika Padukone of xXx: Return of Xander Cage fame with Priyanka Chopra of Quantico fame. 

First, when promoting xXx, which also starred Vin Diesel, and now, at Los Angeles International Airport where shutterbugs lined up to welcome Padukone with chants of “Hi, Priyanka” and “Priyanka, welcome back!” Read more…

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Brother and sister fight over a guy in Coke's new ad


Nothing like some good old sibling rivalry. 

Coke’s new ad features a brother and sister that are both fighting over the attractive guy cleaning their pool.

The video, which has been viewed almost three million times, has been praised for being inclusive and supporting diversity. 

But the real question is, who gets the guy in the end? Watch to find out. Read more…

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People are furious that 'Madam Secretary' will feature a lecherous Filipino president


This weekend, an episode of CBS political drama Madam Secretary will feature a lecherous Filipino president getting punched in the face.

The episode, scheduled to air on Saturday, was promoted with a trailer that’s getting people talking, because many are drawing parallels with the real president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, who’s been criticised for making overtly inappropriate and sexist remarks.

The episode’s plot will feature the fictional president Datu Andrada (played by Joel de la Fuente), making sexual advances toward the protagonist, U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by Téa Leoni). Read more…

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Safaricom and mSurvey launch Consumer Wallet to map Africa’s cash economy

 Kenya’s leading mobile provider, Safaricom, is teaming up with data collection startup, mSurvey, to launch Consumer Wallet―an online platform using mobile and SMS to map Africa’s cash-based economy.
A beta version of the product goes live in Kenya this month. Safaricom and mSurvey are testing the app with potential clients and corporate partners, including McKinsey Consulting… Read More

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The Sonos Playbase sits comfortably under your TV

 While all-in-one soundbars are popular with folks who have their TVs mounted to the wall, what about the few and the brave who have their TVs standing on a table? These people have been this far out of luck when it came to Sonos but, I’m pleased to report, their luck just changed. The Playbase (or PLAYBASE) is an all-in-one wireless speaker system designed to sit under a TV. This $699… Read More

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Tech takes a softer initial stance on Trump’s latest executive order

 After several courts shot down his executive order that banned travelers from seven nations from entering the United States, President Trump today made another attempt to implement his proposed Muslim immigration ban. Trump signed a new executive order this morning that reduces the list of affected nations to six — it now excludes Iraq — and provides some clarity about the… Read More

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New settlement allows civilian review of NYPD surveillance


Residents of New York City are on their way to having new oversight of their police department’s counterterrorism operations, which often includes surveillance. 

A new settlement filed Monday would permit a civilian representative to report police to a judge whenever the representative feels officers violate guidelines that restrict how far police can go in monitoring religious and political groups. The lawsuit stems from NYPD surveillance of Muslims, some of whom sued the city over that surveillance in 2013.

The representative will also be privy to how the NYPD runs its surveillance investigations, and will be allowed to stick around until the NYC mayor gets court approval to remove the person. The deal still needs to get final approval from U.S. District Judge Charles Haight.  Read more…

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'Supergirl' is planning the 'Lois and Clark' reunion of our dreams


Last week’s Supergirl revealed that Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) is no longer the hero he once was before being captured by Cadmus.

After 10 years trapped inside the shadowy group, he returned to his family for what seemed like a heartwarming reunion — only to betray his former allies at the DEO and steal a list detailing the names and whereabouts of every alien in the country as part of Lillian Luthor’s scheme to rid the world of extraterrestrial visitors. 

What would Superman say?!

The March 6 episode, “Exodus,” will give Daddy Danvers a chance to explain himself to his heartbroken daughter Alex (Chyler Leigh). Read more…

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'A Separation,' our next MashReads book, shows how sticky things get when relationships die


Reactions to loss can take many forms. Whether it’s a quiet withdrawal or hiring a professional weeper, every breakdown of a relationship can provoke something unexpected in all of us.

These are the type of themes explored in Katie Kitamura’s new book A Separation, Mashable‘s March pick for MashReads, our monthly book club.

In A Separation, Kitamura tells a minimalist tale about a woman seeking out her estranged husband in a small Grecian town, who seems to have gone missing while researching a book about grief. Taking place in a blighted landscape of fire, crime, lethargy and unease, the story investigates the intricacies of intimacy when love has long since diminished. Read more…

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With tech ready to go to bat, Supreme Court puts off transgender rights case

 The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would vacate a lower court’s ruling in the case of Gavin Grimm, sending what was to be a landmark case on transgender rights back to the drawing board.
The previous decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals drew on Obama-era guidance from the Department of Education stating that schools should treat transgender students in a way… Read More

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Shots of a passenger ferry going through intense waves are totally real


Australia’s Sydney Harbour is far from what you’d call the high seas.

But recent windy weather has led to some rocky trips on the Manly passenger ferry, which have also led to some amazing photographs of the challenging waves faced by these commuter boats on Saturday.

Captured by photographer Haig Gilchrist, one particular picture of waves rising higher than the ferry’s short railings looks utterly terrifying. It’s not Photoshop, we swear.

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Trump still refuses to wear his tie correctly and tapes it down instead


Donald Trump is a man of quick fixes — a big wall to deal with immigration, random rallies to build popularity, or “alternative facts” to blur away undesirable truths.

So it’s no wonder he has quite the fix for keeping his tie in place — clear office tape.

Months ago, Trump was spotted sticking a piece of tape on the back of his tie, and as learned on Monday, he’s still doing it now he’s president.

There it is again, the taped

— Jim Dao (@jimdao) March 6, 2017

For a man weirdly obsessed with appearances, Trump is pretty loose with that tie. It’s a small quirk that actually tells you a lot about the life philosophy of the reality star-businessman who was recently elected president — at least if Twitter jokes have anything to say about it. Read more…

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