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The Best Articles of the Year
To Work Better, Work Less
Toiling away for more hours diminishes productivity. Why do so many do it anyway? Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed.
Too Busy? 7 Ways To Increase Leisure Time, According To Science
Feeling overwhelmed? Are you constantly running from thing to thing but never getting it all done? When researchers survey people, they say they’re too busy — about everything. Too busy to make friends, date, sleep, have sex, to go on vacation… or to even have lunch.
How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time
Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree. It’s hard to be efficient.
The Cult of Overwork
For decades, junior bankers and Wall Street firms had an unspoken pact: in exchange for reasonably high-paying jobs and a shot at obscene wealth, young analysts agreed to work fifteen hours a day, and forgo anything resembling a normal life. But things may be changing.
36 Hours in Copenhagen
The mystique of Copenhagen is multifaceted, but for many, it begins with food. The Danish capital is the standard-bearer for New Nordic cuisine, a movement sustained by a society that encourages homegrown talent, in this case chefs experimenting with local ingredients.
I spent the majority of this summer at Middlebury College, studying at l’École Française. I had never been to Vermont. I have not been many places at all. I did not have an adult passport until I was 37 years old. Sometimes I regret this. And then sometimes not.
36 Hours in Chicago
Chicago is a city that changes noticeably with the seasons. It is endlessly beautiful in the warm months, when the sidewalks transform into cafes, the Lakefront Trail becomes a Divvy Bike highway and the beaches along Lake Michigan might be mistaken for Miami.
Stop being a tourist
Look at these idiots. Oblivious, naïve, and probably American. Even their execution of the quintessential holding-up-the-leaning-tower-of-Pisa pose is deeply flawed.
36 Hours in Washington, D.C.
While most Americans associate Capitol Hill with Congressional misadventures and general dysfunction, thousands of people — senators, reporters, congressional aides, artists, working-class long-timers and young families — call it home.
How to avoid every common mistake when booking a flight – Quartz
This originally appeared at LinkedIn. You can follow Peter here. As the Travel Editor for CBS News, people expect that I spend weeks, even months, researching the process and logistics of travel. And I do.
36 Hours in Prague
For people who haven’t traveled to Prague recently, the Czech capital might seem like a known quantity: a city with a thousand years of architecture, cheap beer and often boring restaurants where the most unusual ingredients are the doughy dumplings.
Has Travel Become Another Exercise in Narcissism?
The concept invaded my consciousness as only an insidious radio advert can. Then came that slogan: “Travel yourself interesting,” and here was the rub — the once tedious Mr. Nuttall had been injected with an ebullient charisma by way of a simple trip abroad.
36 Hours in Madrid
In the five years since Spain’s economy took a nose-dive, madrileños never stopped going out, but they did become more judicious in their spending.
How to Travel to Exotic, Expensive Cities on $50 a Day
OK, I’ve had a few short posts recently. Now it’s time for my favorite: a post you will want to print out, refer to often, and take with you on adventures. In this case, we’ll explore budget travel that is luxury travel.
36 Hours in Upper Manhattan
In the 18th century, the northern half of Manhattan Island served as a bucolic escape for New Yorkers with the cash to afford it and the horse and carriage to get them there.
36 Hours in Seattle
The sky is often gray, the residents tend to be muted (except when cheering their teams), calm waters lap the green cityscape, but beneath its mild exterior, Seattle has always careened wildly between boom and bust. For better or worse, boom is the mode of the day.
Game of Thrones
Seven years ago, I flew business class on Qantas from Australia to California, a thirteen-hour trip.
36 Hours in Kyoto, Japan
A full 36 hours, 36 days, or even 36 weeks could be spent exploring the thousands of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Zen gardens, palaces, pagodas, parks and walking paths in Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan.
40 Incredible Secret Places Most Travelers Don't Know About. The Last One Blew Me Away...
36 Hours on the Beach in Barcelona
So many travel articles extolling the cultural and gastronomic attractions of Barcelona close with something along the lines of “and you have the beach right there.” But that is usually the last you hear about the city’s nearly three-mile stretch of sand and gently lapping waves.
The Top 50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime
With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth.
36 Hours in Nashville
Country music is alive and well in Nashville; you might even see a young family in broad daylight practicing their line dancing on the sidewalk outside a bar downtown — all in cowboy boots, including the toddler who just learned to walk.
A Hacker’s Guide to Git
A Hacker’s Guide to Git is now available as an e-book. You can purchase it on LeanPub. Git is currently the most widely used version control system in the world, mostly thanks to GitHub. By that measure, I’d argue that it’s also the most misunderstood version control system in the world.
Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: "Bro,1 you don't work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver."
The Programmer’s Price
Not long ago, Stephen Bradley, a New York tech entrepreneur, was looking to expand his company, AuthorBee, which aggregates tweets and Instagram posts and puts them together in story form.
June 26, 2014Mike BostockVisualizing Algorithms The power of the unaided mind is highly overrated… The real powers come from devising external aids that enhance cognitive abilities. —Donald Norman Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization.
The Next Big Programming Language You’ve Never Heard Of
Andrei Alexandrescu didn’t stand much of a chance. And neither did Walter Bright. When the two men met for beers at a Seattle bar in 2005, each was in the midst of building a new programming language, trying to remake the way the world creates and runs its computer software.
Why Apple’s Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming
Chris Lattner spent a year and a half creating a new programming language—a new way of designing, building, and running computer software—and he didn’t mention it to anyone, not even his closest friends and colleagues.
These Are the Highest Paying Programming Skills to Have on Your Resume
Programming in general is a valuable skill when it comes to searching for jobs, but employers will pay more for some of them. If you're wondering what you should learn to broaden your horizon, here's a list of the top 12 paying skills right now.
Don't Be Scared Of Functional Programming
Functional programming is the mustachioed hipster of programming paradigms.
The Case for Slow Programming – Nature...Brain...Language...Technology...Design
My dad used to say, “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.” I’ve worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now 52, and I program slowly and thoughtfully.
10 Articles Every Programmer Must Read
Being a Java programmer and Software developer, I have learned a lot from articles titled as What Every Programmer Should Know about ..... , they tend to give a lot of useful and in-depth information about a particular topic, which otherwise is very hard to discover.
A Coder, a Programmer, a Hacker, a Developer, and a Computer Scientist walk into a Venn Diagram
It's like woodworking. You can START by growing a tree, then chopping it down and finishing it, sanding it, before you make a table. Or you can go to Ikea. More likely you'll try something in between. Modifying a WordPress theme is going to Ikea.
Code of Ages
Google has Go, first conceived in 2009. Facebook introduced Hack last spring. And Apple unveiled Swift not long after. In war, as George Orwell had it, the winners write the history books. In tech, the winning companies are writing the programming languages.
When Women Become Men at Wellesley
Hundreds of young women streamed into Wellesley College on the last Monday of August, many of them trailed by parents lugging suitcases and bins filled with folded towels, decorative pillows and Costco-size jugs of laundry detergent.
The Trans-Everything CEO
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
Watch Emma Watson Deliver a Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N. (UPDATED)
Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past few months can be seen online (crashing the U.N.
Why “Psychological Androgyny” Is Essential for Creativity
“Creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too.
The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.
On May 24th, a few dozen people gathered in a conference room at the Central Library, a century-old Georgian Revival building in downtown Portland, Oregon, for an event called Radfems Respond.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Nerdy guys aren’t guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick as long as we work hard. There isn’t a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by getting the girl. (Read the sequel: Who Died and Made You Khaleesi?)
Why Are We So Conflicted About Manhood in the Modern Age?
In the last post, we explored the origins of manhood – how it consists of an energy born of the innate biological and psychological characteristics of males that is then channeled by cultures towards service that benefits the collective good.
Conversation and the sexes
Stop interrupting me. No explanation needed.
A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy
The behavior gap between rich and poor children, starting at very early ages, is now a well-known piece of social science.
10 Simple Words Every Girl Should Learn
Men interrupt women, speak over them, and discount their contributions to a discussion with surprising regularity. Here’s how women should respond. In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I won for being polite.
Harassment in Science, Replicated
As an undergraduate student in biology, I spent several weeks in Costa Rica one summer with an older graduate student on a research project deep in the cloud forest. It was just the two of us, and upon arriving at our site, I discovered that he had arranged a single room for us, one bed.
It's 2014: Why Are Men Still Paying for First Dates?
NPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji recently dropped in on a professional-etiquette class for teens to see what they made of traditional chivalry. “I can open my own door. I don’t see the point,” 18-year-old Chiamaka Njoku told her. “Most of these doors are automatic anyway.”
Why Men Never Remember Anything
This article originally appeared in Science of Us. Recently, I was visiting my family in Seattle, and we were doing that thing families do: retelling old stories. As we talked, a common theme emerged.
Sorry, Emma Watson, but HeForShe Is Rotten for Men
Cathy Young is a contributing editor at Reason magazine. “Gender equality is your issue too.” That was the message to men from Emma Watson, Harry Potter star and now United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, in her widely hailed U.N.
Who Is a Feminist Now?
In a recent interview with Time magazine, the actress Shailene Woodley was asked if she considered herself a feminist. “No,” said Ms. Woodley, 22.