How Apple, Google and the White House Hold More Productive Meetings (And You Can, Too)


If you have ever wanted to pop an escape hatch or teleport to distant worlds just to get out of a meeting, take heart.

There are ways to hold a better meeting.

Forward-thinking companies have found creative ways to get their teams together, and their lessons and structure can be easily duplicated in meetings anywhere. These creative methods aren’t just clever for cleverness’s sake: Most of them are science-backed and all of them are grounded in successful experience.

With just a handful of hacks, meetings can be speedier, more productive, and more enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are 9 outside-the-box ideas—and the science and success behind them—that you can discuss … at your next meeting, I guess.

5 research-backed ways to hold a more productive meeting

1. Keep meetings to 15 minutes

What’s your record for longest meeting?

Can anyone beat my four-hour marathon? (I bet many of you…

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Cooking! Cataplana Recipe!


Hello dear readers,

One of my dear followers Wawahals from the blog PrettySwan has asked me for the Cataplana recipe after seeing a photo on Instagram! I have never done this dish before but I help my mom a lot and seen it be done loads of time. It’s a summer dish and very popular in the Coast and South of Portugal. It is named after the recipient it uses to cook, the Cataplana, a traditional cask iron closed pan.
Here is the recipe! Enjoy!



400g of Grouper(fish)
500g of clams
16 Shrimps 40/60
6 Surimi (optional)
4 tomatoes ( sliced)
2 white wine glasses
2 onions (sliced thin)
2 cloves of garlic
1 bailey leaf
1 spoon of tomato pulp
1 pinch of coriander
1 red/green pepper
1 chilli pepper (no seeds)
Olive oil

On a Cataplana put some olive oil, garlic and onion to simmer…

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One reason Time Warner execs are happy to sell: $80-million golden parachutes

Lanterns on Quang Ba

The Squeaky Robot





Maybe you don’t know yourself as well as you thought or, perhaps more accurately, you continue to surprise yourself. Before Vietnam I would tromp around loudly declaring, “All I want is travel! I have permanently itchy feet!” and a host of similar yet colorful varieties of this. I remembered how it used to be on any given trip, the thrill of the journey, the dirt that didn’t matter, the tranquil uncertainty of choosing left over right for no reason. It was this feeling of controlled falling I craved, and the lessons and adventures that were inherent. Hanoi would only be a juncture in my grand scheme, for the whole point was unrelenting, intrepid exploration across the Asian continent and beyond.

It’s been five months and I haven’t left Hanoi, save for one hour outside, twice. And I don’t feel that pressure building up, the one that tells me I should…

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Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report


A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potential savings of a delay.

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. President Barack Obama’s source for advice on economic policy, compared over 100 actions on climate change laid out in 16 studies to extract the average cost of delayed efforts. Released Tuesday, the findings suggests policymakers should immediately confront carbon emissions as a form of “climate insurance.”

“Events such as the rapid melting of ice sheets and the consequent increase of global sea levels, or temperature increases on the higher end of the range of scientific uncertainty, could pose such severe economic consequences as reasonably to be thought of as climate catastrophes,” the report reads. “Confronting the possibility of climate catastrophes means taking…

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Welcome To Toesday, Maci!

Two Bike Cultures: Weighing the Pros and Cons


Women riding as a group. Image credit: carbon addiction Women riding as a group.
Image credit: carbon addiction

I’m new to the bike, as regular readers will know. Being less than a year into it, I haven’t really settled into any particular ‘culture’ yet. So I need to qualify my comments a bit. I’ve only done a little bit of riding with road cyclists and a little bit of bike training with triathletes.

And I’ve been struggling with the bike over my few months of riding. First it was the clipless pedals. Then there was the issue knowing what a comfortable distance should be and by what increments to increase it (note: doubling previous furthest distance is too extreme for me).

And lately it’s been the demoralizing feeling that I’ll never get faster. And I’ve also got some toe numbness that sets in at about 20km.

And I should add that I’ve got persistent fears of…

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