Essential Tipping Knowledge (Chart Included)

We should all know how to tip properly. Unless, of course, you live in Japan.

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Ello Promises A New Kind of Social Network

ello.co promises to be a new kind of social network, one in which you and your network of friends are not just data for advertisers. A refreshing idea. But is such an idea sustainable? Time will tell. The network was conceived by Kidrobot founder, Paul Budnitz. I’m very intrigued by the possibilities of this audacious new network. Take the red pill, and request your invite today.

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President Obama X Funny or Die

It’s amazing that the President of the United States can go on the internet and do something like this. I love it. It’s refreshing and fun. It shows that the even the President has a funny side. To know that someone of his stature would not turn his nose up to the comedy of Funny or Die and the antics of Zach Galifianakis is great. And it looks like the the video did what it was supposed to do. The only question left is, do you have healthcare? If not, then what are you waiting for?

A Yelp 100 Checklist

I’ve got some work to do. This will be my working list. Strikethrough’s mean that I’ve eaten there. Four out of a hundred is not acceptable. I have some work that needs to be done when I visit New York City and San Francisco this summer. Those two cities alone will help to scratch out thirteen of these Yelp hot spots. Looks like visits back to Austin, Seattle, and Los Angeles is in order? Chicago is only represented twice on the list. I’m a little surprised by that.

Without further adieu, here is Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States:

  1. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, HI
  2. Paseo, Seattle, WA
  3. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Kansas City, KS
  4. The Cinnamon Snail, New York, NY
  5. Porto’s Bakery, Burbank, CA
  6. Dametra Cafe, Carmel by the Sea, CA
  7. Alinea, Chicago, IL
  8. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
  9. Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
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Magic

Call it magic
Call it true
I call it magic
When I’m with you
And I just got broken
Broken into two
Still I call it magic
When I’m next to you

Magic is the first single from Coldplay’s upcoming album, Ghost Stories. The follow-up to Mylo Xyloto is expected to be released on May 19, 2014. I’m excited for this. Here’s a sneak peak at the track list for the new album:

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Life In Five Seconds

Life in Five Seconds: The Short Story of Absolutely Everything is a beautiful book. Over two hundred stories told through pictograms. Can you figure out the classic books referenced in the pictograms below?

Life in Five Seconds takes over 200 important events, inventions, great lives, wonders of the natural world and cultural icons that you really need to know about, and then – hey presto! – cuts away all the useless details.

Available now from Amazon.

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Six Tips On Writing From John Steinbeck

Via Brain Picking. Sourced from The Fall 1975 Issue of The Paris Review.

  1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
  2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
  3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
  4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
  5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
  6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.

Great tips.

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