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Laura Reed

Laura Reed's Public Library

Oct 08, 15

"You make thousands of decisions every day — from what to eat for breakfast to which job offer to take.

And you might think you approach all those decisions rationally.

Yet research suggests there are a huge number of cognitive stumbling blocks that can affect our behavior, preventing us from acting in our own best interests."

Sep 29, 15

"Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days.

What that means, though-and how to measure it-is less clear. Employers complain that colleges are not producing graduates who can solve problems and connect the dots on complex issues, but bosses stumble when pressed to describe exactly what skills make critical thinkers. That leaves job seekers wondering what employers really want and, once on the job, unsure of whether they're supposed to follow the rules or break them."

Sep 03, 15

"Any bar worth its rimming salt should be stocked with at least a couple of bottles of bitters. Sure, you can make a cocktail without them, but you can also roast a chicken without salt or pepper. Like these everyday seasonings, cocktail bitters add flavor and depth to almost any beverage, and making your own allows you to put a unique stamp on every cocktail you serve."

Aug 25, 15

"Once a source—an online resource, an “expert”, and so on—demonstrates trustworthiness time and time again, add it to your list of vetted sources. This method isn’t always bulletproof (then again, you’ll want to avoid any methods branded as “bulletproof”), since you could misidentify a source or the source might build a reputation only to “sell out.” But in a world of endless information, you have to trust something. Continuously refine your list, adding the ones that prove themselves and throwing out the ones that lose their credibility."

Aug 20, 15

"You never know whether you'll have to jump on a plane for a last-minute meeting, so it's best to be prepared with a go-bag of essentials. Instead of packing and unpacking your toiletries over and over again, while chasing around the apartment unplugging cables, have a bag with TSA-friendly 3.4-ounce bottles of toiletries, as well as an extra set of cables and chargers for your devices at the ready. "

Aug 16, 15

"“Business casual” is one of those terms that’s been used for decades but is just as elusive as ever. In some cases it could mean wearing a bright-colored polo shirt; in others, it could mean wearing a neutral-colored button-down and a sports jacket."

Jul 21, 15

"One of the most delightful parts of user testing is watching users do things in a completely different way to how you thought they would. As designer Marcin Treder advised in Interaction Design Best Practices, “never underestimate the path of least resistance”.

User behavior should surprise you. These are the sorts of findings that you test users for in the first place. It means that your testing was well worth the effort."

Jul 16, 15

"The best way to eat healthy is to grow it yourself."

Jun 30, 15

"This simple chocolate cake gets its deep chocolate flavor from the addition of espresso powder. More espresso powder is added to the chocolate frosting to give it a light, yet distinct, coffee flavor. And the whole thing’s easy to assemble, making this an ideal recipe for a novice baker who wants to make a special birthday cake. "

Jun 26, 15

"So you want to learn programming. Maybe you have asked your developer friends for recommendations and get different answers. They explained with terms that you don’t understand (what is object-oriented?!). To help you to pick your first programming language to learn, here is an easy-to-understand infographic that recommends the best option, depending on your purpose and interest. Details such as learning difficulty, popularity, and average salary for each computer programming language are provided too."

Jun 19, 15

"It’s that time again to get learning! Well, in this industry, that time is always I suppose. This is the fourth of such posts I’ve put together and this might be the best one yet."

Jun 15, 15

"Regardless of who you are, what you do for a living, where you are in your journey, or what your specific goals happen to be at any point in time, success is always about one thing: setting aggressive goals and accomplishing them. That’s the one common denominator. Successful people are those who set their sites pretty high and accomplish what they set out to do."

Jun 11, 15

"How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?

Whatever happened to a world in which kids get muddy, get dirty, get messy, and heavens, get bored? Do we have to love our children so much that we overschedule them, making them stressed and busy — just like us?

What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?"

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