I have this new initiative in my life, and I’m trying to push my colleagues to do it, too, where I want to work less and think more. In a given month, I do a lot of very mediocre stuff, but once in a while I come up with a really good idea. Maybe I’ll come up with two in a month. Those two inevitably happen when I’m either falling into a nap, or coming out of a nap, or waking up slowly on a Saturday morning. I’m trying to engineer more of those in my life. I’m trying to encourage more people to have naps because, hopefully, more people will have these brilliant ideas. —
Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot, in an interview by Adam Bryant
I also find the interstitial time between waking and sleeping to be the source of insights and creative ideas.
Global Warming Affects Whales in the Short and Long Terms - Room for Debate -
Climate changes are altering whales’ ecosystems, and those threats could be more dangerous than a harpoon.
U.K. Town will build a driverless podcar system | SmartPlanet
Driverless cars are coming to one town in the United Kingdom faster than you might imagine.
Milton Keynes, a town of more than 200,000 people, announced that it will begin a pilot program for a transit system that uses driverless, electric podcars starting in 2015.
I needed to realize that every day mattered, and that is very easy to forget when you’re in the midst of some trauma. It’s easy to forget all the time. And I find that I still have to remind myself that every day is like a little life. — Novelist Alice Hoffman, talking with Radio Boston about her latest book “Survival Lessons.” (via wbur)
New posts up at www.tayastarling.com featuring @prismandsol & all things Singapore 🍝☕️💃 #TayaStarling #GypsyWanderlust #FatGirlAtHeart #PrismAndSol
Can You Get Rich by Investing $1,000 During an Internet IPO? (h/t jeremyjohnstone)
People Desire Labeling for Food Nanotechnology -
New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota finds that people in the United States want labels on food products that use nanotechnology – whether the nanotechnology is in the food or is used in food packaging. The research also shows that many people are willing to pay more for the labeling.
(Source: futurescope, via emergentfutures)
Good collection if not comprehensive
Wise Words with Jason Johnson
Springwise has seen a slew of new products that aim to make the Internet of Things a reality over the past few years, many of which have understandably focused on the home. The August smart lock is one of those, hoping to make the physical key a thing of the past and provide management of home access through smartphones. The idea is one that clearly resonates with consumers, with the device gaining 10,000 email signups in the first 24 hours following its announcement and the company since gathering a sizeable reservation list. Working with renowned designer Yves Béhar on the August, Jason Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of the company and we caught up with him to find out how getting together a great team is key to the success – and maintained sanity – of entrepreneurs.
Jason is no stranger to the tech industry, having co-founded the ISP InterQuest – now known as Ygnition – as well as publishing software company Rethink Books and PC efficiency solutions firm BlueSprig. He now divides his time between his role as a Managing Partner at startup community FoundersDen and his work with August. READ MORE…
Who should fund Australia's adaptation to climate change? -
The current state of adaptation policy, like the rest of climate policy, is highly uncertain. The refusal to refund NCCARF by the current government, presumably to help reduce the budget deficit, was seen by many as robbing Peter to pay Paul. Much like taking from tertiary education funds to increase secondary school funding.
There is also a view that the federal government should fund mitigation and the states fund adaptation. Some state governments have taken this to heart by dismantling renewable energy programs but have not necessarily invested in adaptation to the same extent.
Victoria is the most organised state, funding the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research supported by the state adaptation plan, with South Australia closely behind.
However, in Queensland, one of Campbell Newman’s first actions as premier was to close the Office of Climate Change. Programs continue in data preparation and delivery, and the Queensland Government says it is committed to responsibly and cost-effectively managing the impacts of climate change on our economy, communities, infrastructure and environmental assets, but gives little detail on how this is being done.
Meanwhile, millions of dollars of state and federal funds are being used to rebuild infrastructure after recent disasters, but much of it is being rebuilt to the same standards and in the same locations.
Advanced commentary weaves Aussie politics and climate risk together. And it gets better, via The Conversation