Billionaire Says We Should Only Be Working Three Days A Week

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Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is calling for a shorter work week, and thinks the system of a 3-day work week working 11 hours a day will improve the quality of life. The trade off: we will be working long into life, but a new system might be worth it.

Slim explains more in Financial Times:

“With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life. Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.”

The 74-year-old self-made magnate believes that such a move would generate a healthier and more productive labour force, while tackling financial challenges linked to longevity. He is putting his money where his mouth is. In his Telmex fixed-line phone company in Mexico, where workers on a collective labour contract who joined the company in their late teens are eligible to retire before they are 50, he has instituted a voluntary scheme allowing such workers to keep working, on full pay, but for only four days a week.

Doesn’t sound half bad, eh? If I’m living to 110, I can be cool with not retiring until 75-80.

Photographer Gets Deathly Close To Leopard Seal That Tries To Feed Him Penguins

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Ummmm, uh what the heck? Leopard seals?! Are you kidding me? This thing looks like a prehistoric ocean monster that has just been discovered in the depths of the arctic. But it’s not. Apparently leopard-seals have always been around. IFL Science explains:

Leopard seals are huge predators who mostly live in and around Antarctica. Though they will eat small fish and krill, they are the main predator for penguins. These seals can reach up to 3.5 m (11.7 ft) in length and tip the scales at up to 600 kilograms (1,320 lbs). They have massive sharp front teeth used for shredding meat and can open their mouths twice as far as a Grizzly bear. Yikes.
To make things more exciting, Nat Geo photographer Paul Nicklen put his life at risk coming face-to-face with one of these bad boys, however, what ensued was not what he nor you would expect.

Just Keep Swimming – Here Are America’s 50 Swim Cities

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There are some great ways to break out of a creative/productive rut. Some people go to a cozy coffee shop, some people just take a nap, and others may take their dog for a walk.

Perhaps one of the best ways to break out of the daily grind is to splash around in some water. Swimming not only is terrific exercise, but the water man, it does things to a person.

Going for a nice swim, whether it be in a pool, lake, or the sea is a terrific way to refresh not only your body, but your money maker — your brain as well.

It is also a great way to spend a day with your kids, too.

So next time you feel like you’re so frustrated you can throw your laptop through a window, grab your swim trunks and dive on in, the water’s fine.

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Here’s the full list:

1. Ann Arbor, MI
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
3. Raleigh-Durham, NC
4. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
5. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
6. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
7. Madison, WI
8. Austin-Round Rock, TX
9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
10. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
11. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
12. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
13. Boulder, CO
14. Trenton-Ewing, NJ
15. Colorado Springs, CO
16. Anchorage, AK
17. Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
18. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
19. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
20. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA
21. Lexington-Fayette, KY
22. Lincoln, NE
23. Richmond, VA
24. Denver-Aurora, CO
25. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC
26. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
27. Tallahassee, FL
28. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
29. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
30. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
31. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
32. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
33. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
34. Provo-Orem, UT
35. Reno-Sparks, NV
36. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
37. New Haven-Milford, CT
38. Albuquerque, NM
39. Columbus, OH
40. Baltimore-Towson, MD
41. Pittsburgh, PA
42. Tucson, AZ
43. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA
44. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
45. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL
46. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY
47. Fort Wayne, IN
48. South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
49. Rochester, NY
50. Salt Lake City, UT

The Gamification Of Business

What the heck is gamification? In a time when companies are trying to find new ways to engage employees and customers, Inc. explains:

Gamification is one tool many businesses use to help solve this problem. The idea is to motivate employees or customers with a little old-fashioned competition–albeit facilitated with new tech tools.

Gamification works inside your organization, for example, when workers compete to accomplish company objectives. The concept also applies to customers, such as when Nike introduced Nike+, an app that lets people share their workout stats and compete with each other and bring their performance to a higher level.

Check out the infographic below:

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Anthony Bourdain And Jeremy Wade Are The Best Hosts On Television

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The irony of television lineups today is both well-noted and often mocked. History channel spends its money on stoner-shows like Pawn Stars and Ancient Aliens rather than catering to history enthusiasts. The Learning Channel pays millions of dollars to make a mockery of the life of a Southern Toddler known as Honey Boo Boo.

What is refreshing though, is the rise of documentary television series. The formula these docushows employ seems to be working. It’s a pretty simple idea, interesting host, talented crews, and interesting original stories will create a loyal audience that wants to spend time watching.

This season even the bats over at FOX sunk tons of money to make Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and it is pretty darn good. Sure, lots of people find science to be evil and/or boring, but some people want to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson get his rocks off to stars eating themselves.

These shows are risky because the onus rests almost solely on the shoulders of the host. So it pays to get a loquacious New York City chef that beat heroin or a maniacal fisherman that has survived a plane crash in the jungle to play pedagogue.

That is why Anthony Bourdain and Jeremy Wade are the best in the business when it comes to inspiring masses through quality television.

Bourdain got his start by penning Kitchen Confidential –  a book that turned chefs into rock stars. Following the success of his story, Uncle Tony worked a short-lived show on Food Network before really showing off his chops as a TV Man on Travel Channel’s No Reservations. The foodcentric travel show is a must-watch for foodies, travelers, and fans of culture alike.

The unapologetic Bourdain became a bit of a cult-hero and was poached by CNN to run a show called Parts Unknown.

No Reservations  and Parts Unknown are similar bits, which is forgivable because they’re both quality. CNN didn’t try to fix something that was broke; they just rubbed it with more money.

And Bourdain has responded by giving fans, both old and new, some highly interesting television.

Wade on the other hand is a bit more underrated than Bourdain. This is because Wade is a lot less arrogant than Bourdain, and therefore a lot less controversial. In fact, Jeremy Wade may be the most humble man on television.

His show, River Monsters, was just renewed for a seventh season by Animal Planet — a testament to Wade’s ability to both teach and entertain. And it was an easy decision because Wade is a different breed of absolute lunatic. His humility crossed with his craziness make for incredibly enriching television.

All you need to know about the size of Wade’s balls are that one time he willingly sat in a kiddy pool chock full of vicious piranha.

A host willing to go to that level of testicular fortitude/stupidity is worth building a show around.

But the theme of Wade’s show isn’t about frolicking amongst man-rippers, it is about shedding light on a demographic of fish that are often left out of shows that cover sexy water-dwellers like sharks and dolphins.

The stars of River Monsters are freshwater fish, like truck-sized catfish and blood sucking eel things and these fish are downright haunting. They look like a mix between aliens and monsters that are on medieval maps and stuff. And Wade’s life mission is to teach us about them.

Just as Bourdain likes to bring us into rarely explored cultures, Wade brings us into unchartered waters in South America and Africa.

Every episode features an unsolved mystery of horrific proportions set in freshwater. Wade sets out to solve the mystery and uncover the truth behind these often true stories. Using local help, he tries to then catch the fish that are responsible for said tragedies, and Jeremy always gets his fish.

Additionally, the show does a terrific job explaining how the freshwater source that Wade is fishing is also the artery of surrounding civilization. The people of these remote rivers and lakes rely on the water and it’s inhabitants in order to survive.

And we set our DVR for River Monsters marathons not just because we want to watch an Arapaima eat a Brazilian, but because we don’t mind giving Wade an hour of our time.

Hopefully more shows like this come around. History should have several, but instead they spend their money employing dudes to haggle.

 

Your Business Card is Crap

…compared to Cody Shaw. Cody Shaw is a an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. He was looking for internships and noticed that a lot of people had slick business cards. Cody wanted to take this to the next level and create a card that also showed his electrical engineering prowess…

In Cody’s words:

So I thought up this cool little project during my last few weeks during my co-op term at Echologics Engineering. I saw everyone had nice, professional looking business cards, and I needed something to springboard myself into PCB design and manufacture. One and one came together, and this idea came about.

Be sure to check out his blog for the tech specs. They ended up costing him $3 a card, which is expensive, but considering the press the cards have garnered, I think it was worth it.

See the cards in action:

The Next Twitter? Vegan Meat.

Twitter Co-Founders Biz Stone and Ev Williams have a business incubator called Obvious Corporation. Their current big bet is on a Vegan Meat startup called Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat or “BM” aims to:

  1. Make plant based meats that are so close to the real thing, hardcore vegans may be put off by it.
  2. Create a product with better nutritional value – all the protein, none of the cholesterol
  3. Eventually be cheaper than regular meat

BM’s mission (from their website):

Our vision is to become the market leader in the development and introduction of new plant protein products. We are focused on perfectly replacing animal protein with plant protein where doing so creates nutritional value at lower cost.

So why are the Twitter founders interested in a meat substitute company? For starters, Biz Stone has been a vegan for 10 years. He’s on board with all the things that come with the vegan lifestyle, plus he’s on board with the way the company is approaching the multi-billion dollar meat industry.

From co.EXIST:

“These guys are coming at the meat analogue industry not as a novelty kind of thing or hippy dippy,” says Stone.”They were coming at it from this big science, super practical, scalable angle. They were saying, ‘We want to get into the multi-billion-dollar meat industry with a plant-based meat.’” When it came time for Beyond Meat to raise a round of funding, the guys at Obvious jumped at the chance.

The company’s first product is a veggie chicken strip. Then they’re coming out with something called a beef crumble, which I’m not terribly excited about…

Are you bullish on Vegan Meat?

(H/T co.EXIST)

Bentley Is Now Making Smartphones

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Premium car manufacturer Bentley and luxury phone retailer Vertu have inked a five-year contract, partnering in producing high-end smartphones. The custom phones will have Bentley content content compressed into an app.

According to Mashable:

This is the second time Vertu has collaborated with an opulent car retailer. Beginning in 2005, the phone company partnered with Italian car maker Ferrari to produce two versions of the Vertu Ascent with a Ferrari twist. The cost for the specialty phone was $25,000.

The first Vertu for Bentley phone will be released in October of this year. A price has not yet been made public, but Vertu’s last phone, the Signature Touch, cost a jaw-dropping $11,300 for a basic model. The four consecutive phones do not have specific release dates, but will roll out over the next five years.

 

 

Manchester United’s New Uniforms Take Sponsorship To A Whole New Level

Sponsored kits are nothing new in soccer.

Big name brands pay hefty fees to have big time clubs wear their logos on the front of their uniforms for an entire season.

Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so they usually attract some of the biggest corporations in the world. Most of the time kit sponsors are fluidly worked into the front of the uniform. This season, it looks like the team that will be playing at Old Trafford is Chevrolet United. Yeesh.

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