In stagnation, people learn little from past failures of any number, such as a grant applicant who considers only the most recent proposal. Those in this regime hit an early, terminal saturation point, failing to engage in intelligent improvement. In many cases, they throw out prior attempts altogether, though some components may be on target. The stagnation region is similar to water’s physical phase of ice—although the temperature may rise from -400 degrees C to -100 degrees C (symbolizing learning from more failures), ice remains solid. … [Read more...] about Science reveals the tipping point between success and failure
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American Girl still sells some $98 historical dolls whose stories are set in different periods of America’s past, but today it also offers other generic dolls that aren’t very distinct from others on the market. There’s a line of $60 baby dolls for toddlers called Bitty Baby, which have no story attached to them at all. Four years ago, American Girl launched a new brand of $60 dolls for preschoolers called Wellie Wishers, who live in the present day and teach kids about empathy and friendship. For $98, you can also design a doll from scratch—customizing its hair color, nose shape, and skin tone—to look exactly like your child. (American Girl dolls have always been on the more expensive end of the toy market: The original doll and book combo cost $82 in 1986, which is about $150 today adjusted for inflation.) … [Read more...] about American Girl sales are plummeting. Can the iconic ’90s brand be saved?
Yes, this sounds downright grim, but Elsey doesn’t see things this way. He believes that such a design is perfectly humane, and in fact, more humane than handing over this budget, basement real estate to bike storage as many buildings do. But he also argues that living in a central location of the city, for an affordable price, has to intrinsically come with trade-offs. For instance: As manager of the building, he believes people in the pods shouldn’t have sex, which means, the units do provide shelter, but they can’t quite meet Maslow’s full hierarchy of needs. … [Read more...] about Housing in SF is so bleak, this developer wants to build underground ‘sleeping pods’