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five minutes after you watch this, your dog will notice that you have become much more INTELLIGENT and CLEVER.

a fashion video made from the composition of over 20 iphones. sick.

reading list for founders

the mystery of capital: why capitalism triumphs in the west and fails everywhere else

"the hour of capitalism’s greatest triumph," writes hernando de soto, "is, in the eyes of four-fifths of humanity, its hour of crisis." in the mystery of capital, the world-famous peruvian economist takes up the question that, more than any other, is central to one of the most crucial problems the world faces today: why do some countries succeed at capitalism while others fail? in strong opposition to the popular view that success is determined by cultural differences, de soto finds that it actually has everything to do with the legal structure of property and property rights. every developed nation in the world at one time went through the transformation from predominantly informal, extralegal ownership to a formal, unified legal property system. in the west we’ve forgotten that creating this system is also what allowed people everywhere to leverage property into wealth. this persuasive book will revolutionize our understanding of capital and point the way to a major transformation of the world economy.

guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies

life isn’t fair—here’s why: since 1500, europeans have, for better & worse, called the tune that the world has danced to. in guns, germs & steel, jared diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. it’s an elemental question. diamond is certainly not the 1st to ask it. however, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of european genetic superiority. diamond, a ucla physiologist, suggests that the geography of eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals & the free flow of information. the more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms of government & communication, & increased resistance to disease. finally, fragmented europe harnessed the power of competitive innovation in ways that china didn’t. (for example, the europeans used the chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns & subjugate the new world.) diamond’s book is complex & a bit overwhelming. but the thesis he methodically puts forth—examining the “positive feedback loop” of farming, then domestication, then population density, then innovation etc.—makes sense. written without bias, guns, germs & steel is good global history.

spent: sex, evolution, and consumer behavior

a leading evolutionary psychologist probes the unconscious instincts behind american consumer culture

illuminating the hidden reasons for why we buy what we do, spent applies evolutionary psychology to the sensual wonderland of marketing and perceived status that is american consumer culture. geoffrey miller starts with the theory that we purchase things to advertise ourselves to others, and then examines other factors that dictate what we spend money on. with humor and insight, miller analyzes an array of product choices and deciphers what our decisions say about ourselves, giving us access to a new way of understanding-and improving-our behaviors to become happier consumers.

influence: the psychology of persuasion

influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. dr. robert cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. his thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

you’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.

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ABC of fashion // i-D magazine feat. toro y moi

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reading list: week of nov

a silicon valley of one insights from an app-developer veteran: think dimple, low-risk venturebeat

how snapchat plans to make money business insider

auto correct new yorker americans are in 10 million car accidents every year, and 9.5 million are their own fault. second, the google self-driving car has covered 500,000 miles without causing a single accident, and it can go 50,000 miles on a highway without experiencing a major error.

what is instagram’s next big thing? messaging, perhaps gigaom

SKINGRAFT: the making of “dark light cycles”

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soulland spring/summer 2014 “KATASTROPHE” collection video

tech company engineering blogs

through the course of living life trying not to be entirely depressed by the prospect of merely living. i’ve learned to embrace some philosophies in life, and things, for the most part, are for the better. as a result of it.

first i’ve learned to embrace the importance of satin underpants. (it’s true. haven’t had a chaffing problem in god knows how long). second, to accept that i love my hyper organized ways of being a fucking crackhead. and stemming from my love of learning, i’ve compiled a not, not-that-bad, semi-half-mediocre, almost entirely adequate list of tech company (mostly) engineering blogs that are worth their weight in satin.

so, here, i’m teaching myself the value of sharing some of the birthings of a legit crackhead: a list of tech company engineering blogs (oddly sorted by name)

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false gods | life in nior | embrace the culture

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co-produced & directed by jan cawood & magali pettier for tin man films uk, “a jacket for life” is a look into the lifetime appeal of barbour waxed jackets with looks at legacy owners – some as long as 30 years – who continue to turn to their barbour day in and day out.

lady dior web documentary