Practice, Practice, Practice May Not Be The Fastest Way To Carnegie Hall

The music student asks a successful violinist, "What's the fastest way to Carnegie Hall?"  The violinist answers... "Practice. Practice. Practice."  That's what musicians and language learners have been doing forever!  But...

Social Bookmarking Replaces Digg With Foursquare, News With Location

The excitement of Digg recently reinventing itself to resurrect social bookmarking as a viable news service dissipated as fast as it was introduced. Folks have found Twitter and Facebook more reliable resources for gathering and saving real-time news.

Irritating Thoughts: Why You Should NOT Try To Get Rid Of Them

If that nasty comment made by a co-worker is playing over and over again in your mind... Or the middle finger you saw in your rear view mirror repeatedly reminds you that you were in the right... Or worrying about a presentation you have to give tomorrow is keeping you from enjoying a night out with your honey... Research at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine reveals that trying to get rid of these thoughts is worse for your health than having the thoughts.

Australian Ultrarunner Takes On Pole-To-Pole Run

Pat Farmer is preparing to take on what's being called the "longest run on earth," an epic voyage from the North Pole to the South Pole.

Social Media "Together In Concert" With Chris Hughes' Jumo (VIDEO)

While Mark Zuckerberg has focused on the commercial enterprise of the Web with his monolithic social network, Chris Hughes, one of Facebook's co-founders and  former director of online organizing for Barack Obama's successful presidential campaign is carving his social media niche in a space that has come to be known as "The Good Web."

The King Of Cardboard: Designer Giles Miller

I discovered Giles Miller after spotting a very cool vase design he made out of glass, aluminum, and brass peelings, the latter being moldable into virtually any shape you want.  This vase naturally intrigued me, so I visited his website, where I found that most of Miller's designs have been carved from corrugated cardboard.  Jaw-dropping designs...


"Mad Men" Of YouTube Haven't Won Any Awards Yet?

Historically, AMC's "Mad Men" is the first TV show to win Emmys for "Best Drama" three years in a row. In a recent episode, the show's lead character Don Draper accepted a CLIO award for his agency's Glo-Coat TV commercial. However the fictional ad agency known as SmithWinterMitchell that parodies the fictional ad agency known as SterlingCooperDraperPryce doesn't appear to be getting the same type of accolades.

Non-Invasive Type 1 Diabetes Testing On The Horizon

There is possibly some good news on the horizon for the millions of people who suffer from type 1 diabetes.  Rather than having to continually draw blood for testing blood glucose levels, patients may one day have the option of testing without pricking the skin at all.  Hard at work in the labs of MIT, researchers are developing a method of testing the blood with light. 

Social Media Phones It In With A Facebook Mobile Device?

Giants of the Internet have gravitated to mobile devices over the years as a conduit to sell apps and advertising. Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platforms have proved successful and compete aggressively for marketshare. So it's somewhat inevitable to believe that a social network with a built-in market of 500+ million users would consider jumping into to the fray to slice off its own piece of the action.

15 SIAL Trend & Innovation Awards To New Foods & Drinks Announced

Every two years, The Trends & Innovations Observatory of SIAL, an international group of judges, awards the brand new products that are innovative and have the potential to become successful because of their uniqueness and quality.  These 15 mouth-watering foods and drinks from 6 countries have been announced. Nine of the 15 awards went to French companies.



Social Media Cartoons Adds Dilbert, A Graphic Novel & Randy Glasbergen To Its Fold

Back in February I posted my Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists list for the year. While cartoonists are less likely to take on the topic of social media, there are a few established cartoonists as well as some new writers and illustrators who  find humor in a lot of social networking issues that consume so much of our waking hours. To my TOP TEN, I add the following.

Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Social Media Introduces iTrailer For 'The Social Network' Movie

Without clearing it with Apple, the producers of The Social Network and Scott Pilgrim vs The World have introduced  "iTrailer" - as an innovative means for users to interact with a movie's trailer while the video is playing online.

Eel Burger Slides Onto Ritzy Japanese Hotel's Lunch Menu

Where's the beef? You won't find any on this burger because the patty is a delectable filet of wine-marinated eel. Mmm, now that's a moray!

Type D Personalities Should Be Very Concerned About Their Health

You may not have paid much attention to your 'personality type,' those rubrics of A, B, and C, developed by psychologists in the 1950's.  A comprehensive study of Type D personality (a Type added to the group in the 1990's), its relationship to heart disease, and the findings will no doubt be disappointing to those in that group. This will make them really grumpy.