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Longest Movie Ever Made Offers 72-Minute Trailer #movies

Most movies run somewhere between 1 ½ to 2 hours long. And most often, their concepts and content are sold to us in trailers that are 1 ½ to 2 minutes long. Let's say you made a movie that's projected running time is estimated to be 720 hours how could you possibly be expected to boil down the details of your opus in so few minutes? This may well have been the thought process behind the trailer above, which clocks in at 1 hour and 12 minutes. For a trailer.

The Film Stage tipped us to the trailer for Ambience, an experimental film that is the brainchild of Anders Weberg. The Swedish artist claims to be a very prolific director, reporting on the trailer's Vimeo page that he has made 300 films. However, he will bring his career as a moviemaker to a close with his 30-day long Ambience.

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Branson's 5 Fashion Startup Secrets You Don't Learn in Business School #fashion #biz

Q: I am 16 and studying entrepreneurial management in the Philippines. Do you recommend that my friends and I start a business now (we are looking at fashion)? Compared to our classmates, we are not the best students, but we want to try and will not give up easily. You don’t learn everything in business school, and we want to discover and have fun while studying.

I reached out to you because I bought your book “Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School” -- I’m on page 58.

Thank you very much for getting to page 58 of the book. I hope you made it all the way through!

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Are single women really deluded, embittered rodents? #sex

Women gather around a dinner table to have a free-ranging, uncensored discussion about life, including sex and partnering and marriage. The organizer is a Susan Walsh, a Wharton MBA who stays home to raise her two kids. Sometimes the women are high school students, other times college students.

It sounds intriguing, doesn't it? I like the idea of conversations across generations, especially in comfortable informal settings. The description I just gave you came from Kate Bolick's wildly popular story in the Atlantic magazine, "All the single ladies." Susan Walsh started the Hooking Up Smart blog to continue the conversations with the high school students who graduated and went off to college.

I don't read that blog, but I do have a Google Alert for my name, and so I got a heads-up when I was mentioned in a post there a few days ago. It was a day when I was inundated with other emails and appointments and such, so I just skimmed the post at the time. I noticed this last line:

"The Single by Choice movement is political, not personal."

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10 Habits Of People Who Follow Their Dreams #livingthedream

1. They see challenges as opportunities Most people interpret fears as obstacles and tend to run away from them. People who live their purpose successfully have developed the capacity to see fear as a sign of what they really need to go for and put all their courage and energy into it.

2. They see life as a game. Having this vision of life opens up space for playfulness and creativity instead of limitation. This also cultivates qualities of resilience, problem solving and confidence that helps them take risks to get to the next big place.

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Amazon: See How Big Data Can Drive Business Success #bigdata

Amazon is a big data giant, which is why I want to look at the company in my second post of my series on how specific organisations use big data.

We all know that Amazon pioneered e-commerce in many ways, but possibly one of its greatest innovations was the personalized recommendation system – which, of course, is built on the big data it gathers from its millions of customer transactions.

Psychologists speak about the power of suggestion – put something that someone might like in front of them and they may well be overcome by a burning desire to buy it – regardless of whether or not it will fulfil any real need.

This is of course how impulse advertising has always worked – but instead of a scattergun approach, Amazon leveraged their customer data and honed its system into a high powered, lazer-sighted sniper rifle. Or at least that is the plan - they don't seem to get it completely right yet. Like most of us, I have had some very strange recommendations from Amazon.

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8 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing #biz #entrepreneur #bhive

Let go of any crippling anxieties for a second and think back to childhood. Remember the fear and trepidation you felt the first time you peered down from the top of the playground slide—which immediately turned to utter joy and triumph when you reached the bottom? Our creativity is hampered by that same type of fear, according to innovation and design firm IDEO founders (and brothers) David Kelley and Tom Kelley.

Great innovators, including Steve Jobs, do "insanely great" things by adopting a bias toward action, forging creative strategy with active practice. Everyone will have their own unique methods that work for them, but oftentimes the hardest part is starting the exploratory process. They argue that it's well worth the effort to break through the societal pressures and corporate norms that scare us toward normalcy.

In their new book, "Creative Confidence," the authors offer a number of strategies that can spark creativity and unleash the innovative potential in us all. While not all of us are artists, they argue that creativity is a mindset, a way of thinking, and a proactive approach to finding new solutions that can only improve our lives. Here are eight tactics from their book to start you off.

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Galactic Umbrella's Tale Revealed #galaxy #space

The beautiful swirls and streams surrounding the Umbrella Galaxy (NGC 4651) are the result of a dwarf galaxy being eaten up by a larger one. A study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has revealed the processes involved, and something about the unfortunate former galaxy. Besides its beauty, the Umbrella Galaxy is of particular interest because it is considered a good model for our own.

Galaxies grow by cannibalizing smaller ones, and it is common for us to see the process underway, including in our own Milky Way. Consequently its hardly news that the streams of stars and gas around NGC 4651, nicknamed the Umbrella Galaxy because the largest stream looks like the handle of a parasol, were formed through this process. However, that still left room for plenty of questions: Was one galaxy being consumed or several? How large was the meal?

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Science: From A Spiritual Perspective #ants #spirituality

From the ant’s perspective, we as human beings are incomprehensible. We are so large and so powerful that the ant experiences us as part of their universe in the form of weather and all manner of “godly” forces from the sky. A simple flick of our hand produces an epic wind storm that lasts for half an ant’s lifetime. Truly powerful stuff. Now I invite you to look up at our so-called “sky.” Where does our concept of weather originate from? Scientists would have you believe weather is an interaction of various atoms and elements that produce atmospheric conditions in regards to temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.. Accurate? Yes, of course, but it is merely our way of conceptualizing the universe that is, by nature, incomprehensible.

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Hood or Helmet: To Snip or Not To Snip? #circumcision

In the Atlantic this month, Shawnee Barton wrote a detailed account of how she and her husband arrived at a decision about whether to circumcise her newborn son. Barton and her spouse pored over studies tracking penile cancer and urinary tract infection rates in cut and uncut men. They surveyed friends about their experiences putting their kids’ genitals under the knife. And, of course, they carefully weighed their son’s chances of receiving oral sex as an adult. One friend lobbied for the Barton family to lop off the boy’s foreskin because “it’s hard enough for a guy to get blowjobs as it is.” A friend-of-the-family OB-GYN concurred: “Don’t you want him to get blow jobs some day?”

And here I thought teens and young adults were handing out blow jobs like candy. Apparently, some parents remain concerned that their son's penis won’t be granted any mouth access unless they start planning for their future sex lives at birth. But is it really that hard for an uncircumcised man to receive oral sex?

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How the Best Couples Keep Their Romantic Spark Alive #sex #couples

There’s no great mystery in understanding why couples become less sexually active as their relationship matures: As passionate love mellows into a relationship characterized by intimacy and companionship, long-term couples will almost certainly have sex less frequently. The demands of daily life and the reality of taking care of a household mean that many couples devote less time exclusively to their physical relationship.

But it's an issue worth addressing: We may prefer not to think about our parents or grandparents having sex, but plenty of older couples maintain physical intimacy in their later years. There are real benefits in continuing sexual activity throughout life, as shown by researchers studying sexual life expectancy. If for no other reason than to support your long-term mental and physical well-being, figuring out the formula for staying sexually active with your long-term partner is a good idea.

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It’s Official: No One Wants to Host the Winter Olympics #sochi #olympics

Hosting the Olympics is nice and all, but, after watching host city after host city get bludgeoned by the International Olympic Committee, and the media, for their prep work as they try to pull together what has become a colossus of an event, perhaps we’ve reached a tipping point—nobody really wants to host the Olympics anymore. While that may be a bit of an overstatement, perhaps this is more accurate: Beijing is set to be the perma-host of budget busting Olympic Games.

How bad has it gotten for would-be hosts? Take the 2022 Winter Olympics. On Monday, the IOC announced its three host city finalists—Oslo, Almaty, and Beijing. And the problem with that announcement is that it’s uncertain if one of the finalists—Oslo—will even keep its bid in the game and one of the cities—Almaty—is in Kazakhstan. Lovely country, lots of oil, not ready for primetime. Or as the New York Times describes it: “a nation with an autocratic government and a dubious human rights record.” That kind of leaves Beijing as the frontrunner to be the first host of both the summer and winter games.

“No matter which city is awarded the Winter Olympics, these games will forever be known as the one no one wanted to host,” the Associated Press reports. Here’s more from the AP on the ever-dwindling field of host city hopefuls.

In May, Krakow joined the growing list of cities who do not want to host the Winter Games that year. The Polish city withdrew its bid this week after residents overwhelmingly voted against the plan. Krakow had proposed co-hosting the games with neighboring Slovakia, but more than 70 percent of the voters in Krakow's referendum said they did not want to host the event. It is the latest city to reject the opportunity to host the games: Stockholm, Sweden, withdrew its bid in January citing cost; voters in Munich, Germany, rejected a proposal to host the games citing "greed" of the International Olympic Committee; and voters rejected a bid for Davos and St. Moritz to jointly hold the games. Just last week, Lviv, Ukraine, became the latest city to drop out, citing the country's ongoing political turmoil.

Why the reluctance to put on the Winter Olympics? Here’s one pretty good reason for most countries: the Sochi Games cost Russia some $51 billion to host. The “winner” of the 2022 Games will be announced next July.

Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/07/07/_2022_winter_olympics_host_city_finalists_are_announced.html

Wanted: Quinoa #health

In the last year or two, quinoa was able to gain a worldwide attention on the scale that can’t be compared with any agricultural commodity. Well, maybe only with the production “success” of soybeans in Argentina and Brazil or the corn boom in the United States, but obviously with different, non-GMO related attention and with new “ethical” issues associated with its large scale cultivation. From the shelves of specialty, health, and “hippie” food stores, quinoa successfully reached large scale sellers like Costco, Walmart, Loblaws, and Sobeys. Currently, none of the serious food selling chains can afford to not have quinoa or quinoa-containing products in their stores. There is a crazy demand for quinoa worldwide and it seems that even though the supply of quinoa and its derivatives tries to go in contango with its demand, it is still rather far from the level satisfying current quinoa related demand. The United Nations' (UN) efforts additionally pushed the worldwide recognition and current success of quinoa. Thanks to their campaign that established the year 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa, and the appointment of Bolivian president Evo Morales as Special Ambassador to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this quasi grain from the Andes became the most overexposed agricultural product in a long time –{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C} maybe even in the history of the modern era agricultural production, thus far.

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