1. Stunning 23-foot wall chart of human history from 1881 | “Sebastian C. Adams’s Synchronological Chart from the late 19th century presents 5,885 years of history (4004 BCE – 1881 AD) on a magnificent 27 inch x 23 foot illustrated and annotated timeline. What a stunner. You can zoom and pan through the whole thing at the David Rumsey Map Collection or order a scaled-down print.”
  2. Building an Optimal Workspace in Illustrator & Photoshop | “The most important lesson I teach in my Illustrator and Advanced Photoshop classes is how to create an efficient workspace—that is, the arrangement of panels such as Layers, Appearance, Adjustment Layers, Properties, etc. An optimal workspace stimulates and accelerates creativity.”
  3. Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything | “Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, we’ve seen over and over again that a diligent approach to mindfulness can help people create a one-second mental space between an event or stimulus and their response to it. One second may not sound like a lot, but it can be the difference between making a rushed decision that leads to failure and reaching a thoughtful conclusion that leads to increased performance. It’s the difference between acting out of anger and applying due patience. It’s a one-second lead over your mind, your emotions, your world.”
  4. xkcd: Password Strength | “Through 20 years of effort, we’ve successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess.”
  5. Star Wars, In One Animated Chart | “Last month, upon the release of the new Star Wars1 movie “Rogue One,” we explored the collapse of the Imperial Navy over the course of the original Star Wars trilogy. Central to that analysis was a chart showing Imperial troop loss as the story progressed through the major battles. Now you can see an animated version of that chart in the video above. Enjoy!”
  6. Robot-proof your kids by teaching them to perform “unpredictable” jobs | “On Quartz, Dave Edwards and Helen Edwards assert that after studying 30 professions, they’ve concluded that the occupations that are most resistant to roboticization are those that are “unpredictable” — CEOs, school psychologists, economists, allergists, immunologists, and environmental scientists.”
  7. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things | “…examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. After its successful theatrical run, Minimalism, the #1 indie documentary of 2016 (largest box-office opening), is finally available online.”
  8. How Green Buildings Could Save Our Cities | “As we become a more urban society, the number of buildings will rise. Here’s why that may be a good thing.”
  9. Why connecting to wifi is such a pain in the phone | “A group of computer scientists from Tsinghua University, Tencent and Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology have posted a first-of-its-kind paper to Arxiv, analyzing the problems that make connecting to wifi networks so achingly slow.”
  10. NPR And The Word ‘Liar’: Intent Is Key | “There’s an active debate inside newsrooms, and particularly within the NPR newsroom, about how to characterize the statements of President Trump when they are at odds with evidence to the contrary.” Hmmmph. Related: Why Trump’s Staff Is Lying &  In a Swirl of ‘Untruths’ and ‘Falsehoods,’ Calling a Lie a Lie