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Meet Alexa: inside the mind of a digital native Alexa was choosing a dress for a party. It was taking a while. This always happens, she gets carried away with every little thing. Not THAT Alexa… Social Media, Online Accountability, and the Meaning of an Apology Still so much to learn about how to ‘be’ online. Bad sex award 2018: the contenders in quotes “Empty my tanks,” I’d begged breathlessly, as once more she began drawing me deep inside her pleasure cave. Her vaginal ratchet moved in concertina-like waves, slowly chugging my organ as a boa constrictor swallows its prey. So so SO very bad. How to stop your brain’s addiction to bad news Turn on the news these days …

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“Automated Customer Service” A short story. This day is coming, mark my words! The Simple Joy of “No Phones Allowed” A few nights ago I saw Jack White in concert. It was a wonderful night, and a big part of that was due to a new rule he has imposed on all his tour dates: no phones. Kate Tempest asked the audience to do this a couple of years ago. Was utterly immersive. These days a few snaps and I’m done. Three Ingredient Oreo Fudge Recipe Line the baking tray with aluminium foil, pressing it fi rmly into the corners and sides. Put the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour in the condensed milk. Microwave on full power …

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I’m Meditating (I’m Just Not Sitting Down) For a while, it seemed like everyone was talking about how meditation changed their lives—friends, acquaintances, podcast interviewees and interviewers, authors, even the baristas at the coffee shops I went to. Someone told me about the Headspace app, so I downloaded it. Other apps are available – I prefer Buddhify – but yes to this. Re: Hate Mail I’ve received 15 emails from my internet stalker in the past four days. It’s like watching an inmate from behind a two-way mirror. He read a short story I wrote once satirically titled “The Greatest Story Ever Written.” It’s about a group of male writers who lose their way. One wish for the world: End …

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Meditation in the Time of Disruption When I was 8 or 9, I became preoccupied with death. It wasn’t that I was afraid; I just like to be prepared. Meditation. Good for you? Or just another big business cashing in? Why do some people hurt more than others? Anyone who came of age in the 1990s remembers the “Friends” episode where Phoebe and Rachel venture out to get tattoos. Spoiler alert: Rachel gets a tattoo and Phoebe ends up with a black ink dot because she couldn’t take the pain. I’ve a fairly high pain tolerance (tattoos being a good example). Until it comes to plucking eyebrows… UGH European Parliament Approves Ban On Some Single-Use Plastics, Reduction On Others The …

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The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it’s too late During the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package from Taiwan. I can’t imagine NOT having bananas. That Time Coca-Cola Released a New Soda Just to Spite Pepsi Few companies have a rivalry as fierce and longstanding as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola and in their never ending battle for soda market dominance each company has gone to some spectacular lengths to screw over the other. I find this all the more amusing given I mostly drink water these days (yeah, I’m on my high horse, what of it?!) Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism At a time when …

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This Is Your Brain on Nature When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car. “Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for. The 20 Best iPhone …

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Kitchen machismo off the menu as female chefs blaze a trail in Scotland Julie Lin MacLeod worked in male-led kitchens for years, and her experiences there – inappropriate sexual advances among them – served as motivation to open her own place, one that would be run by women. Some of the best eateries in Glasgow on this list. 5 Psychological Strategies to Ease the Stress of Perfectionism The last three months I’ve been trying an experiment. It’s something that I’ve never done before, and in a certain way, it’s been a huge challenge. However, in other ways, it’s been an enormous stress relief, and I would say a largely successful effort. Read for myself, sharing for others. ‘I have an …

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The outrageous plan to haul icebergs to Africa If towing icebergs to hot, water-stressed regions sounds totally crazy to you, then consider this: the volume of water that breaks off Antarctica as icebergs each year is greater than the total global consumption of freshwater. And that stat doesn’t even include Arctic ice. Given the state our planet is in, this is anything but crazy, and it’s sad that it’s come to this. Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson Trade Coaching Lessons Favored to win their third straight championship, Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors face more adversity than fans realize. Kerr speaks with his former coach Phil Jackson — who led two teams to 11 NBA championships — about surviving success. Mindful coaching of athletes. Something …

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Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong In food and drink, we all want to do the right thing. We want to shop and eat sustainably. But, sometimes, it is easier said than done. Our willingness to jump on the latest eco-trends and unquestioningly accept reassuring labelling can lead to unintended consequences. Another week, another article about food. Time to get my own farm? The iPhone’s autocorrect is a blessing and a curse. A longtime Apple designer explains why it’s so hard to teach software to read your mind. I have a confection to make. Ugh! No, I don’t want to bake a cake. Let me type that again. I have a confession to make. …

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Innocent people with dirty-sounding last names face the “Scunthorpe problem” Sitting through roll call in school is already bad enough if you have a last name like Weiner, Butts, Cummings, Medick, Dickman, or Suconcock. But if that sounds rough, just try getting past the first stage of an online registration process. Seymour? Is there a Seymour in the room? A Mr. Seymour Butts? (yes, I am 8 yrs old!) Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read …

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