My cab driver shares his tragic state of love affair.

This is a story about love.I was taking a cab to Pasir Ris Mrt after a wonderful lunch at a friend's home when the conversation with the uncle turned to his Love life when I asked him how his day has been so far.Turns out he was madly in love with a lady who was just … Continue reading My cab driver shares his tragic state of love affair.


Sleep and the Teenage Brain | Brain Pickings

Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do … Continue reading Sleep and the Teenage Brain | Brain Pickings

A “Dynamic Interaction”: Leo Buscaglia on Why Love Is a Learned Language | Brain Pickings

Most of us never learn to love at all. We play at love, imitate lovers, treat love as a game. Is it any wonder so many of us are dying of loneliness, feel anxious and unfulfilled, even in seemingly close relationships, and are always looking elsewhere for something more which we feel must certainly be … Continue reading A “Dynamic Interaction”: Leo Buscaglia on Why Love Is a Learned Language | Brain Pickings

Your body’s amazing reaction to water

Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate.

In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt in a lake on the island of Capri, Italy. Bucher would sail out to the center of the lake, take a breath and hold it, and free-dive down one hundred feet to the bottom. Waiting there would be a man in a diving suit. Bucher would hand the diver a package, then kick back up to the surface. If he completed the dive, he’d win a fifty-thousand-lira bet; if he didn’t, he would drown.

Scientists warned Bucher that, according to Boyle’s law, the dive would kill him. Formulated in the 1660s by the Anglo-Irish physicist Robert Boyle, this equation predicted the behavior of gases at various pressures, and it indicated that the pressure…

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“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” ― Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story The first actual portrait I tried to do with crayons. Inspiration: The Ikea painting I have in my room. Inspiration: Post card. After finishing this sketch, … Continue reading iDoodle.

The Baked Brownie: Guest Post by @wallflourgirl

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I have such a treat for you guys today! Remember my funfetti Rice Krispies post, where I sang the praises of my friend Ala, aka Wallflour Girl? Well, she’s guest posting for me today and she really went above and beyond, both with her writing and with her dessert. Brownies are the best (obviously) and I’m in love with her “Wall of Smiles” idea. How this girl has the power to make me laugh and tear up in the same post is beyond me. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? Read on, my friends, read on!

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Hello, Gotta Get Baked readers! I’m Ala from Wallflour Girl and I’m so thrilled to be guest posting for Nancy today. I don’t think I’ve felt this excited since folks announced the launch of a new Sailor Moon arc coming out in 2014 after nearly 17 years of silence. Am…

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Vogue (January 2007)

Jolie-Pitt Press Archive

The Bold and the Beautiful

By Jonathan Van Meter
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Fresh from filming The Good Shepherd, Angelina Jolie opens up for the first time about falling for Brad, life as a mother of three, and why she doesn’t need a shoulder to cry on.

It’s official: “The middle of nowhere” is about halfway between L.A. and Las Vegas, just off Route 40, at a dusty old airstrip in the desert called the Barstow-Daggett Airport—airport being something of a misnomer, a word that conveys a sense of modernity that this place most certainly does not possess. There are two tiny runways and a few long wooden sheds where a handful of single-prop planes are parked out of the life-leaching sun. There are also a couple of humongous empty hangars, built in the 1930s, that were used by the military during World War II and look as if they…

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The Science of Creating Demand

Sean on Startups

If you gave a random person your product for the first time, do you think they will immediately become a loyal customer? Maybe not for most products but definitely for your product, right?


Creating demand for your product is more than just building a great product. People have to know about it, understand what it does and have a problem that it fixes. Every year thousands of fantastic products fail because no one (or not enough people) knew they exist.

Whether you are building a physical product, writing a new blog or starting a consulting company you start with an audience of zero. Building an audience for your product starts on the same day you start working on the product. In fact, building demand for your product is often more important than building the product itself.

So, how do you build demand?

Step 1. Recruit Your Customers

Even before…

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