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  • “More people need to focus on wanting to change the world. Your goal is to come into the world and leave the world better than the way you found it. I’m a graphic artist by trade, I came into retail, and my goal is to leave it better than when I arrived. If I get rich off making clothes, but it’s crap, then I’m not satisfied. Some people are satisfied. A lot of dude made money over the years in the industry, but did they really contribute to it, or did they contribute to their ability to make a ton of money? The balance for me is art and commerce, and being able to create a business that can actually change the world, and the world that I exist in. I’m a kid from Crown Heights. Love some music, love the culture, and I wanna take the culture back to the world.”

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  • “Timelessness is really about simplicity. There’s a beauty and a sophistication in simplicity, and the more we learn, the better we get, the bigger we get, the simpler we’re trying to get. When you look at all the pieces and items that we create, they’re fundamentally basic, but when you put it together and add your personality to it, then it becomes, like, ‘oh, wow, this is something different, I’ve never seen this before.

  • quality is something that you don’t have to explain to people.
  • we are all, as people, attracted to quality. Not everybody knows how to create it or re-create it, but we are all attracted to quality, which is why everyone aspires to be wealthy and rich, because you want to buy more quality.”

  • “Initially, the plan was to create a better men’s boutique. What we were into then was a lot more casual than what we’ve [grown into] over the years. We’ve added the tailored element to our casual style — we call it tailored casual. For us, we started the Circus environment with talented people coming together to create one show, one product. Now, it’s about finding all those talented people all over the world to come and contribute to The Brooklyn Circus and to grow into this vision. The vision is to refine this urban image. We sat down with JAY Z a few months back and we spoke about redefining urban. He was like, ‘Why would you redefine it? Why don’t you refine this urban image?’ [That] made a lot of sense.”

  • You're a guy who is taking it, not giving it. Day to day, this translates to letting yourself be pushed around—by your boss, by telephone tech support people, and of course, by women. I know my gender studies friends are going to get mad at me for saying so, but a whole lotta men (and a bunch of women, too) define manhood by the ways in which a guy is able to "stick it" to the world. I'm not saying that's how manhood should be defined, but I do know this: Being able to draw a (fair, loving) line is a key ingredient in partnering. And the most desirable women have so many options for mates, they're not often going to settle for any guy who can't do that.
  • But, the bigger issue is that a man's money game is indicative of something larger—like his whole life situation. Your money shows your relationship to work, and your relationship to power. And your relationship to power tells whether you're right within.

  • In English, present progressive can be used to describe what is happening now, or what will happen in the future.


    I am studying now.
     I am studying with María tonight.



    In Spanish, the present progressive is only used to describe an action that is in the process of taking place. It is not used for future actions.


    I am studying now.
     (use present progressive)


    I am studying with María tonight.
     (do not use present progressive)

  • To form the present participle of regular -ar verbs, add -ando to the stem of the verb.


    hablar: hablando
     (hablar - ar + ando)


    trabajar: trabajando
     (trabajar - ar + ando)


    estudiar: estudiando
     (estudiar - ar + ando)



    To form the present participle of regular -er and -ir verbs, add -iendo to the stem of the verb.


    comer: comiendo
     (comer - er + iendo)


    hacer: haciendo
     (hacer - er + iendo)


    vivir: viviendo
     (vivir - ir + iendo)


    escribir: escribiendo
     (escribir - ir + iendo)

  • the ability to harness serendipity, the unplanned discoveries, large or small, that end up being the turning points in careers and businesses. Hard work, training and process may be the foundation of success, but serendipity is where the magic happens.
  • mastering what we call the skills of planned serendipity, a set of behaviors that have allowed her, over and over again, to generate the chance discoveries, recognize the good ones, and take action on those that matter most.
  • one of the great advantages in cultivating serendipity, a geek brain–what we define as an obsessive curiosity in an area of interest and the ability to notice anomalies, overcoming the conventional wisdom that constrains others. The geek brain gave Jane distance from the rote conventions of design school, allowing her to connect ideas from across domains in unusual ways.

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  • A hot shower before you go to bed can help open nasal passages, Slaughter says. Also, keep a bottle of saltwater rinse in the shower. "Rinse your nose out with it while you're showering to help open up passages,"
  • Nasal strips may also work to lift nasal passages and open them up -- if the problem exists in your nose and not within the soft palate.


  • Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. When did you last dust the overhead ceiling fan? Replace your pillows?


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  • The hallmark symptom of OSA syndrome in adults is excessive daytime sleepiness. Typically, an adult or adolescent with severe long-standing OSA will fall asleep for very brief periods in the course of usual daytime activities if given any opportunity to sit or rest. This behavior may be quite dramatic, sometimes occurring during conversations with others at social gatherings.
    • The most widely used current therapeutic intervention is positive airway pressure whereby a breathing machine pumps a controlled stream of air through a mask worn over the nose, mouth, or both. The additional pressure splints or holds open the relaxed muscles, just as air in a balloon inflates it. There are several variants:

  • A second type of physical intervention, a mandibular advancement splint (MAS), is sometimes prescribed for mild or moderate sleep apnea sufferers. The device is a mouthguard similar to those used in sports to protect the teeth. For apnea patients, it is designed to hold the lower jaw slightly down and forward relative to the natural, relaxed position. This position holds the tongue farther away from the back of the airway, and may be enough to relieve apnea or improve breathing for some patients. The FDA has approved only 16 types of oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. A listing is available at its website.


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  • "A body pillow (a full-length pillow that supports your entire body) provides an easy fix," Slaughter says. "It enables you to maintain sleeping on your side and can make a dramatic difference."


  • Taping tennis balls to the back of your pajamas can also stop you from sleeping on your back
  • obstructive sleep apnea

  • You want to look sharp and put-together but also approachable and easy-going. Over thinking it with an elaborate outfit will make you seem nervous and less confident.


  • . Groupon is essentially a sub-prime lender that does zero risk assessment.
  • And as word continues to spread about what a terrible deal running a Groupon is for many categories of businesses, the ones that will choose to run Groupons are the ones that are the most desperate. For U.S. based businesses, the only time I can definitely recommend running a Groupon is if it is otherwise going to go out of business.
  • Unless Groupon begins to do risk assessment on deals before they run, changes its payout terms to businesses, or drastically changes its refund policies, I expect refund rates to continue to rise. If they do any of those things, I expect revenue declines because it will make running Groupons less attractive to businesses and buying Groupons less attractive to consumers.

  • Carsabi:  An evolved search engine for buying used cars. Carsabi aggressively crawls every online car sale listing it can find, from classifieds to dealers. It already surfaces more deals than industry leader AutoTrader, and has features that let you sort by the biggest savings, not just lowest price. Social features let users ask friends for purchase advice, which cleverly doubles as a viral mechanism. It’s a huge market, as last year $650 billion was spent on car sales and $3.8 billion on auto ads. Carsabi has 10% week-on-week growth since its mid-February launch, because when people save they tell their friends.


  • Priceonomics: An online price guide for anything. Type in anything you want to own and it will tell you how much it should cost, like a Kelly Blue Book for smartphones, laptops, TVs, stereos, etc. Priceonomics crawls through hundreds of millions of transactions to find out what people are selling and how much they’re selling it for. It got 250,000 page views in March, plans to make money through targeted advertising, and already has funding from SV Angel, Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, and several angels.


  • Your Mechanic: Aiming to be the “Airbnb of car repair,” Your Mechanic is a website that connects you with the best mechanics in your local community, and commission them to come to your house and fix your car. According to the company, this is on average 30 percent cheaper than the typical mechanic or car dealership. In private beta, Your Mechanic has had $90,000 in billings thus far, saving each user an average of $200 per transaction.


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  • PlanGrid is the example of a startup applying new technology to an industry that has been more or less stuck in the Stone Age: It offers a platform that will allow people in the construction industry to share blueprints without having to invest in printing and re-printing plans over and over again. That’ll provide real cost savings to major construction projects, which frequently budget millions of dollars for printing costs alone. According to founder Ryan Sutton-Gee, the construction industry has some 17 million people who use blueprints. With an average charge of $35 per person per month, that has the potential to translation into a $7 billion addressable market.


  • Sonalight solves a pretty big problem for mobile users — it gives them the power to do hands-free voice control of their phones. The big pitch is being able to send a text message without even having to take the phone out of a user’s pocket, which it says will save lives. And the voice-recognition technology seems pretty good, at least based on the demo given. While texting is the first use case, Sonalight could also enable hands-free email, maps, navigation and search, and could provide tech to be used for Siri-like control of your TV.


  • Kyte’s pitch is to parents whose children are chomping at the bit to own a smartphone, but who don’t want those kids to be able to access the open Internet or any type of apps that aren’t age appropriate. The Kyte app solves that by turning any Android phone into a kid’s phone, one that can only make calls and access apps that parents have approved. The app charges about $10 a month and based on a population of around 50 million kids in the U.S., gives it an addressable market of $6 billion a year.


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  • FamilyLeaf: This website allows families to create private social networks where they can share photos, information such as birthdays and addresses, and simple daily updates amongst themselves online. According to FamilyLeaf, Facebook and LinkedIn have conquered social networking for friends and professionals respectively, but the family market is still underserved. So far, FamilyLeaf is proving to be quite sticky: 70 percent of FamilyLeaf’s alpha users are coming back to the site, according to the company. You can check out a more in-depth profile on FamilyLeaf here.


  • Exec: Ever wish you had your own personal assistant? The Exec app lets you have one at your disposal within ten minutes for $25 an hour. You can use Exec to outsource errands and small jobs such as dry cleaning pickup and basic research tasks, and so far it has proved quite popular: 99 percent of customers in the past week have rated jobs completed with Exec with four or five stars, 29 percent of customers come back within the first week of using it, and the company has already processed $32,000 worth of transactions since launching in beta earlier this year. You can read our previous coverage of Exec here and here.


  • Be confident, but not arrogant. Walk in with a smile, without fiddling with anything you’re wearing, and give a firm handshake.
  • We’re all guilty of touching our nose, our lips, and our forehead, but these all imply that we’re either nervous or dishonest.
  • When you cross your arms, you are saying that you are closed off, closed minded, defensive, or just plain bored.

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