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35 Things to Let Go of Before Your Next Birthday

by Angel Chernoff, Co-Founder, is a regular paid contributor to the American Express Tumblr community.

If you identify exactly who you are and what you stand for, what you believe in, what you value, and if you then only ever behave, act and communicate in a way that is true to you, then you never have to worry about when anybody comes across you or what you’re found doing, because by definition you are never caught doing anything to be ashamed of.


England-based photographer Martin Kimbell uses long exposures and special lighting techniques to create spectacular light trails set against lovely landscapes. To capture each gorgeous spectacle, Kimbell attaches LED lights to a hoop and then tosses it up in the air to document the movement.

The most productive people work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes before getting back to it.

The employees with the highest productivity ratings, in fact, don’t even work eight-hour days. Turns out, the secret to retaining the highest level of productivity over the span of a workday is not working longer—but working smarter with frequent breaks.

The makers of a productivity app examine their user data to extract “the rule of 52 and 17.” This, of course, is nothing new – previous productivity studies of elite violinists have found that the best of them work in 90-minute chunks separated by 20-minute breaks.

Pair with some handy tips on how to master the pace of being productive, but don’t forget that presence is a greater art than productivity

(HT Quipsologies)


Control This Art Museum’s Robots From The Comfort Of Your Couch

In “After Dark,” Internet users around the world control a team of robots that livestream the Tate’s collections into the wee hours.

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Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.
Mark Twain (



Feeling the midday slump? Get out of the office and bring your laptop to a coffee shop! The right level of distraction is actually good for you:

When you need nose-down concentration, it might not sound efficient to head to a coffee shop, but studies show that the noise provided by most…

(via christelleletist)

Organizations ought to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Failing that, they ought to do the right thing because their public doesn’t belong to them, they belong to their public, and when they fail to understand that, value disappears.
Seth Godin. “Shame is a brand killer” via paulisakson (via peterspear)


Telephone Tower

About 5000 telephone lines were connected here. Even after the tower was decommissioned in 1913, it remained as a landmark until 1953 when it was damaged by fire.