(Note: The 10x10s I post on my blog are from the previous week’s email to maintain a certain degree of “special-ness” to those I email the digest to directly.)
1) LinkedIn: 10 Things To Start Every Week, Brian de Haaff
I have always been focused on achievement. I’m a “goals first” guy and I generate lists that help me do my best. A to-do list gives me a sense of control and makes me feel productive when I get work done. Every time I get to cross off a to-do, a little shot of adrenaline is mine. It keeps me motivated and focused on the next job to be done.
2) The New York Times: The Well Guide to Activity Trackers
How much do you move, sleep or do nothing at all? A crop of new activity trackers promises to collect data on your every move and offer new insights about your health.
3) Fast Company: From The Designers of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin, Mark Wilson
For Co.Design’s Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing.
4) The Wall Street Journal: Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair?, Lauren Weber and Elizabeth Dwoskin
Workers who apply online at RadioShack must say if they agree with the statement: “Over the course of the day, I can experience many mood changes.” Lowe’s asks job seekers if they “believe that others have good intentions.” A test at McDonald’s said: “If something very bad happens, it takes some time before I feel happy again.”
5) Slate: The Beauty of Bounded Gaps, Jordan Ellenberg
A huge discovery about prime numbers–and what it means for the future of math.
6) NPR: From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes, Allison Aubrey
The word bitter can make some of us wince. In conversation, we talk of “a bitter pill to swallow” or “bittersweet” memories.
7) USA Today: Americans snack differently than other nations, Bruce Horovitz
The snack is nibbling away at how the world eats, drinks and lives.
While Americans snack a bit differently from the rest of the world, with a special penchant for chips, the simple snack — from a candy bar to a piece of fruit to a granola bar — now permeates the globe as it increasingly replaces breakfast, lunch and dinner in households from Houston to Hanoi.
Texas is enjoying a burst of entrepreneurship after enacting laws that let anyone turn a home kitchen into a business incubator. Under “cottage food” laws, people can sell food baked or cooked at home, like cookies, cakes and jams, if it’s deemed to have a very low chance of causing foodborne illnesses. Crucially, cottage food laws exempt home bakers from having to rent commercial kitchen space.
9) The New York Times: Grilled Cheese? Try a Tartine Recipe Instead, David Tanis
Those old-fashioned neighborhood cafes and bistros in Paris — the sometimes charming, sometimes seriously funky ones that serve a single plat du jour, along with a few salads and sandwiches — are becoming harder and harder to find.
10) The New York Times: Austin City Council Is Primed for an Ideological Shift in November, Bobby Blanchard
In many ways, this city has always been the anti-Texas.
Texas as a state is deeply conservative; Austin is a liberal stronghold. Texas voters have not elected a Democrat to a statewide office in 20 years; Austin has felt much the same about conservative Republicans.