Best Of the Web: How To Avoid Burn-out, Robots For Olympics and Underwater Hotels

Good range of articles this week. On the self-improvement side: life-lessons for movie cats, how depression hits teenage boys and girls differently and the science of innovation. On the tech side: Volvo’s in-car camera to watch you, edge AI tech and US’s new exascale computer. On the fun side, 100 podcasts to listen to, most influential books of the past 20 years and silly and cruel beauty products from the past. Enjoy.

As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born Enter the face mask, an accessory ripe for the market in these dystopian times. People who live in desert areas have long known to cover their mouths and protect their lungs from dust. But in the past few years, a handful of companies have started making air filtration masks engineered specifically for both fashion and function. 

Shopping Trip

Guess What Shoppers Buy When Drunk By gender, men spent $870 on drunk purchases versus $511 for women….  food and apparel/footwear took the top slots with 52.1 percent and 43.2 percent, respectively.

The inventor of Jelly Belly has launched cannabis-infused jelly beans David Klein, who invented Jelly Belly in 1976, recently launched a business called Spectrum Confections that makes jelly beans infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana.

A Sea Change in Plus-Size Fashion A new clothing line from the retailer Anthropologie portends more options for an underserved market.

Surgery Of Self-Help

6 Principles to Crush in Life Without Burning Out 1) Drive from Within 2) Focus on the Process 3) Don’t Worry About Being the Best—Worry About Being the Best at Getting Better 4) Embrace Acute (in the moment) Failure for Chronic (over lifetime) Gains 5) Be Patient  6) Be Here Now

How to be human: Life lessons from 4 cinematic cats “Toto preached loyalty by defending Dorothy as she braved the perils of the yellow brick road. “

Confronting a Driver from Your Bike Is Never Worth It Let’s just say you do yield to the impulse to confront a bad driver, and at the next red light you’re face to face with the piece of crap who almost hit you with their car. What do you do now?

24 easy habits that psychologists have linked with health and happiness Includes “Go on a hike or gaze up at the stars on a clear night”, “volunteer” and “smile more”.

Department Of Health

There Are Sex Differences In The Trajectory Of Depression Symptoms Through Adolescence, With Implications For Treatment And Prevention “The symptoms didn’t peak until around age 20 for both sexes, but there were sex differences in the age at which symptoms increased most rapidly: for females this occurred at 13.7 years old, while for males it was much later, at 16.4 years old. “

Horrifying Case Study Shows Why You Need to Lay Off Cotton Buds For Ear Cleaning  One man’s run-in with a severe and potentially life-threatening infection in his skull may give you pause.

Semen Frozen 50 Years Ago Just Produced Dozens of Healthy Lambs Semen frozen back in 1968 has been used to impregnate dozens of Merino ewes, resulting in healthy lambs. The Australian scientists who made it happen say it’s the oldest sperm ever used to produce offspring.

Inflammation links heart disease and depression, study finds People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression, and the opposite is also true. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge believe they have identified a link between these two conditions: inflammation – the body’s response to negative environmental factors, such as stress.

Death Of the Calorie “For more than a century we’ve counted on calories to tell us what will make us fat. Peter Wilson says it’s time to bury the world’s most misleading measure”

Business School

The Science of Innovation Lessons from the physics of complexity can help organizations achieve breakthroughs… As teams and companies grow larger, the stakes in outcome decrease while the perks of rank increase. When the two cross, the system snaps. Incentives shift from encouraging a focus on projects and outcomes to encouraging a focus on politics and promotion. 

The Stormtrooper Problem: Why Thought Diversity Makes Us Better Diversity of thought makes us stronger, not weaker. Without diversity we die off as a species. We can no longer adapt to changes in the environment. We need each other to survive.

‘Alternative Universities’ What if every college student had to major in three subjects, unrelated to one another? What if colleges built degrees around a series of global experiences?

The global zipper war is heating up How a Japanese company (YKK) came to dominate a century-old American invention—and how a bold Chinese upstart (SBS) could unzip its dominance.

Global Traveller

Beat Jet Lag With The Pre-Trip Diet Of Secret Agents  figure out the breakfast time of your destination in relation to your current local time. You’ll then need to fast for 12-16 hours prior to that mark on the day of take-off.

This Is the Proper Etiquette for Leaving a Hotel Room Includes: “Pick the hair out of the drain. Flush. Put garbage in the garbage.”

Even tech workers can’t afford to buy homes in San Francisco In tech’s capital, even programmers with six-figure salaries are struggling to afford studio apartments.

How did the top 16 UK metropolitan markets compare for mobile performance in 2H 2018? Birmingham, London and Edinburgh at the bottom! Coventry, Leicester and Manchester at the top. 

The new frontier for ultra-wealthy tourists? Underwater hotels and restaurants “It’s like riding in a first-class cabin on Emirates airline,” says the interior architect behind one $50,000-per-night hotel suite beneath the Indian Ocean.

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner The most acclaimed eatery in Arkansas is a two-table diner on the ground floor of a family home.

Department Of Entertainment

The New Canon What’s the most influential book of the past 20 years?

Google Made Chromecast Cool Again “Google has effectively turned the Chromecast into the video game console of the future.”

A 100-Podcast Syllabus: Here are the ones worth listening to. Includes popular ones like “Comedy Bang! Bang!”, “Slow Burn” and “WTF with Marc Maron” and weird ones like “Beef and Dairy Network Podcast”, “10 Things That Scare Me” and “Walking”

‘The Capitalists Are Here!’ Are we in a podcast bubble? With 660,000 shows and 62 million listeners, the century’s first new art form enters its corporate stage.

Meet YouTube-linked games-streaming Stadia, yet another thing Google will axe in two years (unless it kills Twitch) Challenging Amazon and Microsoft for the attention of gamers and for the billing of game industry customers, Google announced a planned game streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

James Bond’s next Aston Martin might be electric the director of the next Bond movie, Cary Joji Fukanaga, wants 007 to drive Aston Martin’s electric Rapide E 

‘Our Planet’ Trailer: Ambitious Netflix Nature Series Visits All Seven ContinentsThe ambitious new nature doc series was filmed across 50 countries and claims to feature “never-before-seen footage of wildlife and their habitats.”

Future is Here

Volvo will use in-car cameras to combat drunk and distracted driving If you’re drunk or distracted, the car could intervene by actively slowing down and safely parking the car

UAE announces pan-Arab body for space programme The pan-Arab team’s first project is “a satellite that Arab scientists will work on from here in the UAE”

The US is building a $500m ‘exascale’ computer that will be the world’s most powerful Officials claim the machine will be seven times faster than the current most powerful system.

The U.S. Military is Buying a Brutal-Looking Powered Exoskeleton They give its wearers “the strength of a forklift but a gentler touch.”

Japan unveils robot assistants for 2020 Olympics  Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR), a small white robot with built-in facial features, will assist wheelchair users. The robots can carry food and other goods, guide viewers to their seats and provide event information. The Power Assist Suit from Panasonic, will have people strapped into them, which enable users to repetitively lift and carry objects without putting a strain on their back.

Ministry Of Distractions

 A brief history of Brexit Very very funny

The highest-paid coaches in the NCAA Tournament This is men’s college basketball, which I have no clue about. Some chap called John Calipari of Kentucky is highest paid at $9.3mn.

The Truth About Wasabi Have you ever eaten wasabi? If you answered “yes” to that question, you are likely mistaken. Most sushi eaters—even in Japan—are actually being served a mixture of ground horseradish and green food coloring, splashed with a hint of Chinese mustard. 

‘Lewis Hamilton of pigeons’ sold for world record €1.25m Racing pigeon Armando goes for huge sum after bidding war between Chinese enthusiasts

Silly and Cruel Beauty Gadgets That Were Destined for Failure Includes the Dimple Maker (1930s), Beaty micrometer (1932, see pic), and Glamour Bonnet (1942, “provides vacuum to aid complexion”)

Ministry of Big Tech

We are already ruled by “private governments,” and they suck “The “private governments” created by companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook are as stupid and corrupt as conservatives think our real government is.”

Instagram moves into e-commerce with shopping button  A new “checkout” button for instant purchasing launched in a beta version of the app in the US with a limited number of businesses, according to the popular image-centric messaging service.

AI Trends To Watch In 2019 Includes “open source frameworks”, “Edge AI” (gives devices the ability to process information locally and respond faster) and “facial recognition”

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