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September 9, 2014 at 7:16am
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Quote of the Day, Crossfit Edition

Quote of the Day, Crossfit Edition

BloombergBusinessweek, in a story headlined: “Is CrossFit Dangerous?“:

CrossFit Inc. doesn’t just want to make people fit. It wants to be fitness. A reputation for injuries, accurate or not, stands in the way of that.

More on my experiences with Crossfit here (2009) and here (2011).

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September 4, 2014 at 6:43am
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Travelfish Founder Stuart McDonald Talks Southeast Asia Travel

Travelfish Founder Stuart McDonald Talks Southeast Asia Travel

If you’re interested in Southeast Asia travel, you might enjoy listening to this podcast interview with Stuart McDonald, founder of the travel site

McDonald has been traveling in the region for more than 20 years, and has some interesting thoughts on how travel — and travelers — have changed over time.

He talks mainly about Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia, and…

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September 3, 2014 at 6:48pm
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Video of the Day

YouTube user sciu89: “Walter, is a Labrador. He’s a special dog, who really loves the sea!

September 2, 2014 at 10:09pm
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'How the Sun Sees You'

‘How the Sun Sees You’

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “How the Sun Sees You.”

Worth a watch.


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August 30, 2014 at 7:58pm
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Personal Blogging: Everything Old is New Again

Personal Blogging: Everything Old is New Again

Blogging — at one’s own custom domain, as opposed to scribbling away over at Medium or penning an email newsletter — is cool!

Seriously, is it 2014, or 2004?

Fred Wilson:

There’s a bit of a renaissance of real personal blogging here in NYC. Two of the original NYC bloggers have, after years of writing professionally and editing others, returned to their own blogs.

It started with Lockhart Steele,…

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August 29, 2014 at 9:36pm
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Our Exclusive Today: Twitter’s Opening an Indonesia Office

Our Exclusive Today: Twitter’s Opening an Indonesia Office

Twitter’s global head of revenue, Adam Bain, told me in an interview that the company will be opening an office in Jakarta in the next three to six months.

Our story today is online here.

As I wrote in the piece, the move underscores the importance of fast-growing, emerging markets for Twitter.

About 75% of the company’s 271 million monthly active users are outside the U.S. But Twitter derives…

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August 28, 2014 at 8:35pm
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Hello Kitty is British — and is Not a Cat

Hello Kitty is British — and is Not a Cat

Anthropologist Christine R. Yano, who has studied the history of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty:

“I was corrected — very firmly,” Yano said. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does…

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August 24, 2014 at 12:17am
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Video/Audio of the day

Video/Audio of the day

There is something oddly calming — despite the underlying menace — of this Death Star ambient audio, which lasts for no less than 12 hours:

This is the classic Death Star sound from Star Wars for 12 hours. Perfect for imagining that you are a Jedi working towards justice in deep space. Also great for meditating, relaxing, sleeping,…

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August 13, 2014 at 8:31pm
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Samsung’s Plan to Hook Consumers in Southeast Asia

Samsung’s Plan to Hook Consumers in Southeast Asia

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Can free Frappuccinos, deals on hotel rooms, and apps offering localized content keep users hooked on Samsung’s smartphones as the company loses market share here in Southeast Asia?

The South Korean electronics giant is betting that the answer is yes.

That’s the focus of a story I wrote that ran on the front page of the WSJ Asia and in the U.S. paper yesterday.

You can find it online here.


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August 10, 2014 at 8:37pm
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Joel Mokyr on Tech, Innovation and Economic Growth

Joel Mokyr on Tech, Innovation and Economic Growth

Joel Mokyr, a Northwestern University economist and author, in a WSJ op-ed:

There is nothing like a recession to throw economists into a despondent mood. Much as happened in the late 1930s—when there was a fear of so-called secular stagnation, or the absence of growth due to a dearth of investment opportunities—many of my colleagues these days seem to believe that “sad days are here again.” The…

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