Summary of “The Power of Imperfect Starts”

What is optimal for them right now isn’t necessarily needed for you to get started.
If you set your bar at “Amazing,” it’s awfully difficult to start.
Comparing your current situation to someone who is already successful can often make you feel like you lack the required resources to get started at all.
You don’t need new cooking bowls to start eating healthy.
You don’t need a new backpack to start traveling.
You can point out how your business mentor is successful because they use XYZ software, but they probably got started without it.
Don’t let visions of what is optimal prevent you from getting started in the first place.
An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.

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Summary of “The Inside Story of How McDonald’s Innovated the Quarter Pounder”

“McDonald’s new fresh-beef Quarter Pounder is hotter and juicier. It’ll leave you speech-less. I can almost feel that juice sizzling…. Oh baby, the melted cheese is hugging every corner of that grilled patty…. That cheese is so hot, so melty.”
It was timed to the arrival-at every one of the restaurant chain’s 14,000 U.S. outposts-of fresh, never-frozen beef patties in its signature Quarter Pounder burgers, a change that execs say has been as seismic for the company as the introduction of all-day breakfast, in 2015, or even the drive-through window, which McDonald’s began experimenting with in 1975.
Menu chief Linda VanGosen, who joined McDonald’s from Starbucks last year, works closely with chefs and food scientists at McDonald’s suppliers and keeps a close eye on food trends, which have to reach a certain level of mass appeal to make sense for McDonald’s.
McDonald’s began testing fresh-beef Quarter Pounders a few years ago at restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Dallas, markets selected because they are serious burger country.
On a late-spring Tuesday, not long after the new patty began being served nationwide, Christa Small, one of the company’s top operations executives and the person whose team was responsible for coming up with the procedures that make fresh beef possible, visits a McDonald’s near the old campus in Oak Brook.
In crafting the new Quarter Pounder, McDonald’s has made subtle improvements to the entire sandwich, adjusting grill time and the bun-toasting process, for example.
McDonald’s switched from batch cooking to preparing each Quarter Pounder when ordered.
To demonstrate, Small takes me to the other side of a McDonald’s counter and asks an associate for a Quarter Pounder.

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Summary of “How to Put a Fake Island on the Map”

Zeno called the island Frisland and claimed that two of his ancestors, Antonio and his brother Nicolò, had discovered the island in the 1380s.
Zeno’s map provided additional support for his story.
In his book, Zeno claimed the map dated back to the 1390s, but its sources are clearly from the 16th century.
Bordone’s Isolario of 1528 not only provided images of North Atlantic islands, but it also contained descriptions of Vespucci’s voyage and the island of Hispaniola, which served as a template for Zeno’s picture of the New World inhabitants.
Even the map can’t fully explain the enduring power of Zeno’s story.
To understand why modern scholars might defend Zeno’s story, look at another case of alleged exploration forgery: the Vinland map.
Many scholars argue that the Vinland map is a forgery, perhaps because it lacks a compelling element found in the Zeno tale-a centuries-long track record of evidence.
Zeno’s map gave the appearance of truth to his claims, but the English declaration of ownership over Frisland in 1580 reveals the true power of Zeno’s story.

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Summary of “The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News”

Hacker News readers who visit the site to learn how engineers and entrepreneurs talk, and what they talk about, can find themselves immersed in conversations that resemble the output of duelling Markov bots trained on libertarian economics blogs, “The Tim Ferriss Show,” and the work of Yuval Noah Harari.
“One of the things I’ve learned is that almost all of the generalizations are wrong. And I’ve learned this because people love to post generalizations about Hacker News to Hacker News.”.
In an Emacs file, Gackle collects a list of contradictory statements that people have used to describe Hacker News.
Gackle later told me that he sees frustration at work as part of the DNA of Hacker News.
For Gackle and Bell, moderating Hacker News has presented an opportunity for self-work.
N-gate, a satirical Web site with the slogan “We can’t both be right”, offers a weekly summary of Hacker News discussions, dubbed “Webshit weekly.” The N-gate entry about a Hacker News discussion of a Times article on the crashes of two Boeing 737 airliners, in Indonesia and Ethiopia, is typical.
The creation of Startup News was a response to Reddit’s Eternal September; some of the problems with which Gackle and Bell are grappling can be traced to a similar phenomenon at Hacker News.
A few weeks after meeting with Gackle and Bell, I checked Hacker News to see what commenters were saying about a Times story on the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’s antitrust work with the Federal Trade Commission.

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Summary of “Why You Should Have Two Careers”

By committing to two careers, you will produce benefits for both.
In my case, I have four vocations: I’m a corporate strategist at a Fortune 500 company, US Navy Reserve officer, author of several books, and record producer.
My corporate job paycheck subsidizes my record producing career.
With no track record as a producer, nobody was going to pay me to produce his or her music, and it wasn’t money that motivated me to become a producer in the first place – it was my passion for jazz and classical music.
My day job not only afforded me the capital to make albums, but it taught me the skills to succeed as a producer.
A good producer should be someone who knows how to create a vision, recruit personnel, establish a timeline, raise money, and deliver products.
After producing over a dozen albums and winning a few Grammys, record labels and musicians have started to reach out to see if they can hire me as a producer.
While I was in Cuba making an album, one of my clients observed about the dancing musicians, “I’ve never been around people who have so much fun at work.” That my clients have a phenomenal experience only helps me drive revenue at work, so my corporate and recording careers are mutually beneficial.

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Summary of “What Happens to Your Body After Giving Birth?”

Watch: What they won’t tell you about being a new mom.
“You have Instagram, you have Facebook, you have this idealized version” getting publicized and shared on social media, Karp says.
“I bet if you searched a million images of new babies and new mothers, you’d get only one image that focuses on swollen ankles.” Which can lead, he says, to unrealistic expectations and discomfort with sharing the less adorable realities of new parenthood.
Mayer credits social media with having the opposite effect.
As the Millennial generation, known for its propensity to post status updates and frequent broadcasts to social media, has grown up, all facets and stages of people’s lives have become fodder for sharing, including new motherhood.
“They can share anything they want to share, and that’s really powerful.” And perhaps, she adds, the same culture of radical public honesty about the unglamorous, unpleasant aspects of new motherhood has given rise to the graphic, unfiltered mothering humor that Wong, Teigen, and Schumer have helped popularize.
New motherhood and its medical challenges have come into the public spotlight in other ways, too, Mayer notes.
A few notable books aimed at enlightening new mothers on how to care for their own bodies after birth have been released in the past couple of years-such as 2016’s The First Forty Days and 2017’s The Fourth Trimester.

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Summary of “A scrappy solution to the fashion industry’s giant waste problem”

Last school year, Maione started bringing her students at Parsons School of Design here to give them a first-hand look at the current state wastefulness on the maker side of the fashion industry.
In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that individual Americans generated 16 million tons of textile waste.
Consumer kondo-ing isn’t even the biggest source of the fashion industry’s waste problem.
Although no one is keeping exact track of the scale, commercial textile waste is estimated to account for about 40 times as much fashion waste as residential dumping.
There are laws in place that are supposed to reduce fashion manufacturing waste.
New York City actually requires companies that generate waste consisting of more than 10 percent textiles to recycle rather than trash their excess fabric.
Tracking companies’ waste is challenging; making the recycling law difficult to enforce.
Companies aren’t required to report their waste streams to the city, nor does the city’s Department of Sanitation pick up trash from commercial businesses.

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Summary of “The Future Of The Mall Might Be On Your College Campus”

Chain retailers have their eyes on a new type of mall – your university.
The University of Pennsylvania was one of the first institutions of higher education to bring retailers onto its campus at what is now known as Sansom Place, said Swain, who worked on the project in the early 2000s.
Today, retailers on the campus include Urban Outfitters and Lululemon, which both pay rent to the university, with profits going back into the university’s real estate portfolio.
It has opened 98 small-format stores so far, with 26 of them located near college or university campuses, a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
In the last two weeks, it opened three small-format stores in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State; in Lexington, Kentucky, near the University of Kentucky; and in Seattle near the University of Washington.
“We want campus life experiences to be convenient and enjoyable,” the University of Minnesota’s vice president of university services, Mike Berthelsen, told BuzzFeed News.
Many university representatives who spoke to BuzzFeed News anticipate that retail will become a more central part of campus life.
Berthelsen, at the University of Minnesota, said the school is in discussions with the city of Minneapolis and the local community to envision the future of its college areas, including its retail centers.

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Summary of “5 Surefire Ways to Make Friends While Traveling”

Saying yes to every opportunity is one way to meet new people and experience adventures you never imagined.
If you’re like me, one of the scariest things is making friends and connecting with locals.
I’ve gone sailing in Greece with people I met in a cafĂ© after asking them to share their favorite local haunts and admitting I was traveling alone.
Not only will you likely make a few friends, but you’ll also get to know the city you flew halfway around the world to explore.
Take Your Time One of the best ways to make friends with locals is simply to slow down.
Say Yes to Every Opportunity It may seem obvious, but when I moved to Wanaka and went in search of new friends, my personal philosophy was to say yes to everything, whether it was an adventure in the mountains or simply hanging out by the lake.
Five years later, I’ve yet to get back on a mountain bike due to sheer trauma, but I now count some of the strangers I met on that ride as my best friends.
Let me tell you, while asking questions is a great way to start a conversation, I find myself engaging more with the travelers who treat me like a human instead of a walking guidebook.

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Summary of “Author and CEO Meik Wiking Shares 7 Tips for Creating Happier Travel Memories”

Happiness Research Institute CEO Meik Wiking shares how we can make the most of our time on the road. Meik Wiking is an author and the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, a think tank based in Copenhagen.
“Travel is about being brought out of your routine,” Wiking says.
“It’s experiencing new things, new culture, new food, new people.And that’s the quick route to [making] memories: novel experiences. There’s nothing wrong with going back to the same place over and over again. But if we want a trip to stand out and be memorable, we have to seek out new experiences.”
The right kind of stress can help cement moments in our memories.
As Wiking explains, “People remember emotions. When they do something that frightens them a little bit, it gets the adrenaline pumping.”
“It’s good to ‘outsource’ some of our memories-the photos, the soundtrack,” Wiking says.
“So you might want to finish on a high,” Wiking says.
“Photos can trigger your memory five, 10, 20 years down the line. Pick the top photos-the happiest memories, the best experiences you had-and bring them into print.”

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