Hearing voices in one’s head is historically a sign of insanity. But for me, it’s the opposite. advertisement advertisement Over the past decade, podcasts have taken on an increasingly dominant role in my daily routine, to the point where it almost feels wrong when there isn’t an extra voice or two being piped directly into my brain. Frankly, I’m an addict. I listen to podcasts while feeding my cats and while cooking; while doing the dishes and returning clothes in exchange for store credit; while exercising, commuting, flying, and, on rare occasions, while doing absolutely nothing at all. Thanks to podcasts, I’m never alone. An IV drip to news and opinions and (one-sided) friendships is always at the ready. I’m not alone in my outsize listening habit either. Just a hair over half of all Americans—144 million—have tuned in to at least one podcast before, but according to Nielsen, 16 million of us are “avid fans.” … [Read more...] about I’m a podcast addict. Here’s what happened when I went cold turkey for two weeks
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Each year, food companies and supermarkets donate millions of meals to hunger relief nonprofits like the Greater Boston Food Bank, a massive warehouse with two-story-tall refrigerators. Around the country, a sophisticated network of food banks and pantries helps feed people every day. But despite the billions invested in the system, it’s designed to mitigate hunger, not fix the underlying problems that cause it: millions of people in the country still rely on donated food—even if they have full-time work. advertisement advertisement “We have the most-efficient emergency food system, and we have historically low unemployment,” says Noreen Springstead, the executive director of the nonprofit WhyHunger. “And still 40 million Americans are hungry.” Hunger is less a problem of food scarcity than of poverty, she argues. And that means that the country’s system of hunger relief, and the philanthropy supporting it, needs to continue to … [Read more...] about Can food banks put an end to hunger if their biggest donors are the cause of the hunger?
A huge chunk of our modern lives is spent staring at screens, reading and interacting with the web. Web design has never been more crucial. From a detailed look at the New Yorker‘s online redesign to GIFs explaining responsive design, here are the 16 most popular web design stories we wrote in 2014. advertisement advertisement 9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly Ever wonder what responsive design is, and how it differs from an adaptive design? These GIFs will educate you. Oh, Snap! ’90s Web Design Is Hot Again A growing number of developers have sought to bring back the early aesthetic and, more importantly, the spirit of innovation and community that prevailed on the early Internet. Take a look at how they’re trying to bring the essence of the ’90s back to the web. The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design Responsive design, which allows designers and developers to build websites that adapt to every screen size, is one of the most … [Read more...] about Our Top Web Design Stories Of 2014
Jamie Kern Lima cofounded It Cosmetics in 2008 with her husband, Paulo Lima, hoping to create products that would address skin concerns such as rosacea. Eight years later she sold her makeup line to L’Oréal for $1.2 billion and stayed on as CEO, becoming the first female to hold that role in the beauty giant’s history. advertisement Here, Lima shares her tips and tools for getting the most out of every day. What’s your On Switch? I get up by 5 a.m. every day. I have a morning routine with meditation and prayer, a gratitude journal, a morning coffee, one hour of exercise, and then a smoothie. I get it all in before 7 a.m. when I then switch gears to being mom and CEO. What’s your Off Switch? I stop looking at screens one hour before bed. It’s so tough to make this a habit, but once I did, it was a game-changer. I feel so much more present and get better sleep. What are five books on your nightstand? The Path Made Clear: Discovering … [Read more...] about It Cosmetics CEO Jamie Kern Lima has a must-read book recommendation for every woman
The Sheltersuit is a home that you wear. Designed in the Netherlands for use by homeless people, the suit is a water-resistant, insulated jacket and sleeping bag, which zip together to keep the wearer warm and dry when they sleep on the street. advertisement advertisement “The Netherlands is well set up for the homeless,” designer Bas Timmer told Co.Exist, “but for every person who gets a bed, one still sleeps rough.” Timmer was moved to do something when the father of a friend died on the street because the shelters were full, and was given just a blanket to see him through the night. The suit was designed by Timmer, a Netherlands-based fashion, and reuses discarded sleeping bags to make its two sections. The jacket has a hood, long, palm-covering sleeves, and a reflective armband. The bottom section looks like a sack until it is zipped onto the hem of the jacket, whereupon the whole thing becomes a semi-cosy sleeping bag. The suit comes with a … [Read more...] about The Sheltersuit Is A Wearable Homeless Shelter Made From Sleeping Bags