Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Mental Toolbox for Avoiding Unnecessary Purchases | The Simple Dollar

First, let’s start with looking in detail at how I handle non-essential purchases (things I don’t strictly need).

If I don’t need something and I’m considering buying it, I put it on a list that I keep on my phone. I just type in what it is and add an online link if there’s one available.

Sometimes, if an item isn’t too expensive and I haven’t spent much of my incidental/hobby money for the month, I might just go ahead and buy the item spontaneously. I budget a certain amount for my hobbies and for such purchases each month and so some smaller purchases will come out of that money in a spontaneous way, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. An example of this: recently, I bought a couple bottles of seasoning at Trader Joe’s that we really didn’t need. I just wanted to try them out and they weren’t too expensive. I didn’t add them to any list – I just bought them.

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Capital One’s breach was inevitable, because we did nothing after Equifax | TechCrunch

Another day, another massive data breach.

This time it’s the financial giant and credit card issuer Capital One, which revealed on Monday a credit file breach affecting 100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians. Consumers and small businesses affected are those who obtained one of the company’s credit cards dating back to 2005.

That includes names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, self-reported income and more credit card application data — including over 140,000 Social Security numbers in the U.S., and more than a million in Canada.

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Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week | WIRED

TAKE IT FROM us, the experts at WIRED Transportation: When you’re trying to get from A to B, navigational prowess is just as vital as power, speed, or efficiency, if not more so. And this week, we’ve got a lot of stories about folks (and machines) finding their way, whether they’re autonomous cars in parking lots, internet-slinging balloons in the stratosphere, robo-vans moving between Walmart stores, or automakers and California regulators striking a compromise on emissions and electric cars.

Speaking of electrics, we watched Ford’s prototype battery-powered Ford F-150 haul a train, saw Cruise delay its plans to launch a robo-taxi service in San Francisco, and inspected financials from Tesla showing that while deliveries are up, so are losses. It’s been a week—let’s get you caught up.

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The Power of Asking Dumb Questions | Entrepreneur

The people who work within my organization, Scribe Media, are called Tribe Members. And one day, a new Tribe Member stood in front of our co-founder and dropped two black trash bags on the ground.

Our co-founder looked at the Tribe Member, then down to the trash bags.

“What the hell is this?”

“These are the binders for the Guided Author workshop,” the Tribe Member said. “You asked me to bring them.”

“In trash bags? What are you doing to me?!” These were going to be handed out to workshop attendees. Garbage bags was not the look we were going for.

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The Tale of the Vegan Plumber (and Other Successful Multi-Passionate Entrepreneurs) by Getentrepreneurial.com

Got a lot of ideas? Hate the idea of being put in a box? Horrified by the idea of being stuck doing just one thing forever?

Congratulations! You’re a creative person.

And you’re not alone. I’ve spent years working with tens of thousands of creatives, helping them to embrace their unique personalities to find success.

To help you do the same, let’s take a look at the following three areas:

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Bloomengine automates the growing of delicate plants | New Atlas

It can be challenging, growing delicate plants from seeds. A group of Korean entrepreneurs is out to make the process easier – and techier – with the Wi-Fi-connected, water-pump-equipped and smartphone-controlled Bloomengine.

Users start by placing an included disc-shaped peat pellet in water, and allowing it to expand. That expanded pellet is then put in the bottom section of the Bloomengine, and a seed of the user’s choice is added to the peat. Next, water and an included liquid fertilizer are poured into the device’s built-in 40-oz (1.2-l) reservoir.

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How The Meat Industry Will Look Like In 20 Years | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

Over the past few years, countless plant-based meat alternatives have hit the market, and customers’ increased demand for more ethical and environmentally-friendly products are slowly starting to disrupt the meat industry. And according to a new paper, it’s predicted that 20 years from now, the market for vegan meat and lab-grown meat will actually surpass the market for animal-based meat.

In fact, the report predicts that only 40 percent of the meat we eat in 2040 will come from the bodies of animals, while 35 percent will come from lab-grown meat, and the other 25 percent will come from plant-based replacements.

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Put these keywords in your YouTube video title if you want more views | Mashable

A recent study from the Pew Research Center takes a deep dive into some of YouTube’s most popular channels and provides some interesting findings.

According to the study, YouTube videos that mentioned keywords such as “Fortnite” or “prank” in their titles received more than five times as many median views than videos with titles that did not.

Videos that mentioned the video game “Fortnite,” in particular, were found to have the biggest increase in views when compared to others. In fact, 15 percent of all video game uploads from the popular YouTube channels in the study had the word “Fortnite” in its title.

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Is swearing at work really ok? | CNN

S*!t happens.

Your computer crashes taking the document you’ve worked hours on with it. You lose one of your biggest clients. You slam your finger in a drawer.

Bad words are bound to slip out of your mouth at the office. As profanity becomes more common in every day speech, it becomes more difficult to control, said Richard Alaniz, a labor and employment attorney.

But that doesn’t mean it should be a welcome or pervasive part of the office culture.

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Crocodiles Are Breeding Near a Nuclear Power Plant (No, They’re Not Radioactive) | Live Science

Hundreds of crocodiles make their home in a network of canals in southern Florida. These channels also happen to carry water that cools a nearby nuclear power plant.

But don’t worry — these crocodiles aren’t mutants, monstrous or radioactive. In fact, the reptiles are thriving in these waters. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) were formerly edging toward extinction, but their numbers have multiplied enough to elevate their federal status from “endangered” to “threatened” in 2007.

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