“Some tourists like to collect seashells on their journeys, or shards of pottery, or nostalgic postcards from the distant places they’ve visited, like the Pyramids of Giza or Timbuktu. But ever since those early days in Taiwan, I’ve always equated the glamour of travel and of living in a far-off land with the eternal joys of a good meal.”—Eating Myself Silly from Condé Nast Traveler on Concierge.com
I was in Lucerne, Switzerland last week speaking at a conference and Rio de Jeneiro this week on vacation. I used Airbnb for both trips. Airbnb says it’s restoring the humanity in travel. It’s true. When I travel, I want to feel as much of what it’s like to be a native. I don’t want five star…
At the Minnesota state fair last year, nestled among the rides and the livestock displays, one snack vendor had an unusual offering: camel on a stick.
The state has been a national leader in refugee resettlement programmes since the 1980s, and its main metropolis, the twinned cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, has adopted a series of initiatives aimed at supporting refugees of all kinds as well as regular migrants.
*I love Minnesota for this reason: growing up with Hmong markets and Vietnamese Pho in the Midwest is something I took for granted. But as the article eludes, it’s not easy. My best friend at home is an elementary school teacher and I have visited her classes in the past. Teaching a group of kindergartner’s who many not have English in their full grasp is a challenge. So, she does what she can. If there are bi-lingual kids in class, she pairs them up with other students to explain what the directions are for assignments. She spends fleeting extra minutes with students to draw/act the information for them. And, uses her bi-lingual skills if it fits. All in all, she’s more of a UN representative than a kindergarten teacher. (Even then, the UN has translators…) How much to UN reps get paid?
“He turns around and says, ‘Gee, I have nothing to do with the current deficit.’ Well, that’s interesting! You can’t say the new governor created the deficit. You can’t say the new legislature created the deficit. If the outgoing governor didn’t create the deficit, my heavens, who did? We should have a search party to find out who did it!”—
He explained that I should start working on a project as soon as it was assigned. An hour or so would do fine, he told me. He told me to come back to the project every day for at least a little bit and make progress on it slowly over time. I asked him why that was better than cramming at the very end (as I was doing during the conversation).
He explained that once your brain starts working on a problem, it doesn’t stop. If you get your mind wrapped around a problem with a fair bit of time left to solve it, the brain will solve the problem subconsciously over time and one day you’ll sit down to do some more work on it and the answer will be right in front of you.
“The Internet no longer belongs to the young tech genius with a great idea and the means to execute it online. Innovation on the Internet now belongs to the world, and that is perhaps the most exciting thing about this space. It’s attracting not just the “next Mark Zuckerberg,” but also thousands of super smart innovators from every field imaginable, each of whom brings extraordinary insights and drive to play. It now encapsulates the human narrative, writ very large.”—J Bat (via brycedotvc)