Yap, which exists as a sort of digital roundtable, was designed to give people a place to discuss real-time events or media, such as an awards show or a popular YouTube video. Each chat room caps off at six participants, a function of practicality as much as smart programming. “It was largely a component of design; we’ve got a certain amount of space [on the website] and also the cognitive load,” Pash says. “It just feels too noisy and too chaotic to enjoy and take in [otherwise], so it was very much about finding the sweet spot where . . . it feels manageable and not chaotic. Chaos in a small group is because you’ve chosen it; chaos in a large group is because it’s an error.” … [Read more...] about The best chat app you never knew you wanted is here
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Designed by Dror Benshetrit, a frequent collaborator with synagogue member and fashion designer Yigal Azrouël, the space challenges nearly every aspect of traditional synagogue design. Set in between two of Benshetrit’s Peacock Chairs is a circular Torah Ark bearing the Star of David which, when opened, reveals its composition as one triangle on the left and right. “It’s usually just a square box, maybe ornamented, with fancy woods and a two-hinged door,” says Benshetrit. “I love how it comes together and collides in the front.” Elsewhere, custom, low-slung benches can be moved easily; coffee tables can be folded and hung on the walls as art or cantilevered for additional seating; the typically drab donor wall and names are handpainted in unique letterforms. … [Read more...] about Studio Dror’s Nightclubby Soho Synagogue Aims To Draw Young Worshippers
dipped into the helicopter business in June with a $200 New York City airport shuttle service. That’s just the first step in Uber’s grand plan, called Elevate, to one day fill urban skies with morphing electric planes that transform to helicopter mode for pinpoint vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Aerospace giants including Boeing and Embraer are developing these futuristic VTOL craft for Uber’s network—which it plans to launch in three cities, including L.A., starting in 2023. (Separate from Uber, Airbus is also working on autonomous electric VTOL craft.) … [Read more...] about This startup wants to make urban flying as accessible as riding the bus
Total flexibility is somewhat hamstrung by regulation, says Adam R. Calli, principal consultant of the human resources consulting firm Arc Human Capital. Payroll is governed by a patchwork of federal, state, and local legislation. For example, in Virginia, hourly employees must be paid at least twice per month. Employees who are involuntarily terminated in Colorado are usually owed their wages immediately. And, of course, proper withholding must be calculated and remitted. … [Read more...] about Should you be able to pick when you get paid?
Some of the #CrookedGopSenators are complaining about sitting and listening to testimony. 1st and foremost its your d*mn job, so do it without complaining! When I go to #JuryDuty, I sit & listen with an open mind. It's called civic duty. DO YOUR JOB FOR ONCE! #ImpeachmentTrials pic.twitter.com/bpjRADLC7x … [Read more...] about The impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump is underway—and here are the best memes so far