Deep Thought Sounds: How Music Aids Focus & the Best Albums to Listen to While Working


Some people doubt the intertwined human connection to music, but those people are generally idiots. While music clearly means different things to different people, ignoring that a connection exists is naive. The proper music sets the mood, triggers memories, and can boost your brainpower if managed correctly. Connecting two highly variable concepts like music and learning may seem tricky to connect, but if we break it down it's fairly scientific. The best place to start in this case would be with the toughest aspect to prove, is their a definitive scientific link between music and productivity. Establishing a Scientific Link Between Your Brain & Music For me, several often overlooked tangential connections began to hint towards the connection between humans…

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New Favorite Thing… Smart Car Body Kits


It’s not a Micro-Machine. It’s not a Golf Cart w/ a grill. It’s a Smart Car, with a Body Kit, and it's kinda amazing. Smart car body kits are a clever way to make those eco-friendly cars (that we all love) look just a bit cooler. The upside of smart cars has always been obvious, but the drawbacks lurk right beneath the surface. The largest drag on the potential growth of smart cars is their look. Not all of these are real, obviously - Forced perspective, a little photoshop cropping, a motion blur, etc. The point to me is that this is an idea with demand, that could be done, and should be done. A few killer…

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Dear America – Letters to America


Like a lot of people who work remotely, I keep the news on in the background when working most of the time. Although the freedom is always appreciated, by the end of the day I often find myself making a fair amount of snarky comments towards the tv. Since that really doesn't accomplish much, I think I'll start making “Dear America” pictures when I get annoyed with the news. This may not achieve much more, but I think it's a healthier way to vent my frustration at the crazy path the masses seem to take sometimes. I’ll be sure to update this list over time, but to start with… These are just a few that have been bothering me…

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Meet Axiron (aka Drugs with Funny Side Effects)


Funniest side effects? Lets give Axiron a shot. If any of you have seen the commercial for Axiron, then you already know the answer to that question. If you haven't, here's a quick recap... So, to start with Axiron cures "Low-T" (which is a clever way to say low testosterone). Apparently Hypoandrogenism actually is a disorder afflicting less then 3% of our population, but that's not the market Eli Lilly is shooting for. Their advertisements in fact suggest that 7 out of 10 men suffer from "Low-T". But I suppose the legitimacy of the disorder is besides the point (even though I'd suggest checking it out for yourself)... The real gift here though are the funniest side effects you could…

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Fresh off the Boat to Huangs World - aka Who is Eddie Huang?


Some characters both embody and spit in the face of the American ideal. They come in many forms, but always end up drawing attention. There's no professional or educational requirement either, it really just requires authenticity, some humor, and the ability to look beyond convention. Huge figures in America have embodied these traits, names like Frank Lloyd Wright and Mark Twain spring to mind quickly. It's line of thinking that brings me to Huang's World. While he hasn't yet reached "household name" status, he's quickly approaching and the wide swaths of people he's met will vouch for his unique spirit. You may have already seen him on Vice or Fresh of the Boat, but let's start at the top... Who…

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Why I Like Obama in a Picture & Moment aka Obama's Coolest Moments


Good photography can evoke plenty of emotion and candid images can sometimes do the difficult job of conveying who a person really is. Major politicians make so many appearances that it's hard to think any picture is unplanned, but when you see a candid picture you know. The picture and clip I've included below didn't get a ton of airplay, but to me they're some of Obama's coolest moments. They show why I like Obama, but they also convey very well that when a genuine moment is captured it's easy to see.Why I Like Obama In One PictureWhen it comes to President Barack Obama, I must say I'm a little torn. I certainly don't agree with all his decisions,…

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The Worlds Best Animated Gifs


To me... Animated GIFs are a little piece of magic. When I first started learning the "art of graphic design" I wanted to absorb EVERYthing possible about formats... Mostly so I could clearly see the advantage/disadvantages of each. GIFs are one file type I skipped past though. In hindsight, it was intentional...The nerd in me would say that GIFs are obsolete - mostly because the horrid resolution to file-size ratio. A GIF felt like a sad old version of a PNG. Now though - even with my decade of experience, I really don't understand where they came from. I understand that their just rotating, low quality images... but really, they're a cool little fluke that bubbled up from…

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The Movie Industry is Weak


Surely I'm not the first person to think or say this, but... The movie industry seems to have hit an all time low. The last three successive movie commercials I've seen have dropped these bite-sized gems... Jason Statham's best film ever. Mark Walberg's at the top of his game Nicholas Spark's best screenplay since "The Notebook". ...that's all.…

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