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Information Overload

How to deal with information overload? Consume information consciously, practice attention fitness and breathe.

"As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes." - Denis Diderot>


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How to Write a "Malcolm Gladwell Bestseller" (a MGB)

With this 8 step guide you to…>

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Posted: June 30th, 2010
at 2:52pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,et cetera,blogs

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National Civil Discourse Day

MNP will be celebrating this September! (help Preemptive Karma by spreading the word about this day!)

The goal of National Civil Discourse Day is for everyone in all forms of media, from Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow on the Left to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on the Right on down to the most anonymous members of the politicosphere, to commit to a day of respectful and substantive discourse.

Hopefully, the NCDD will raise awareness and show people that America will be better and stronger if we can have respectful debate about our differences in ways that foster consensus (even if that means just agreeing to disagree) and produce beneficial solutions.>

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Posted: June 28th, 2010
at 11:38pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: mnp is for the children,politricks,et cetera,internets,today in history

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The Other French Paradox

Foie gras, creme fraiche, butter, red wine a and lots of it! All these excesses leading to a higher life expectancy, to say nothing of the joys of sinning. That's the legendaryAnow officialAFrench Paradox. Scientists strain to explain the phenomenon: 'It's theAphenolic compounds in the red wine', they say. Me, I look at eating habits in my adopted country: restaurant chains like theACheesecake Factory, "family-style" servings,A food everywhere, everyday, at all times inAoffices like Google's.AMethinks there is no paradox just quantity, 360 degrees and 24/7 availability, as the recent but unmistakableAwidening of French bottoms attests.>

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Posted: June 28th, 2010
at 8:46pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: grub,et cetera,drinks

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Is it Worth it to Pick Up a Penny?

Dear Cecil:

On the way home this morning I stopped to pick up two one-dollar bills which I assume someone lost in an alley. Reflecting on the decreasing value of the dollar led me to consider this question: is it worth it to pick up a penny? That is, considering the amount of energy expended and the cost of food required to provide said energy, can the penny be considered a profit?

a Nick L., Chicago

Cecil replies:

Let’s not make this any more complicated than we have to. The Scientific Research Team here at Straight Dope HQ has proven that a proficient penny-picker upper can probably pick up a particular penny in five seconds. On an hourly basis this works out to $7.20 per hour. As of 9/1/97, minimum wage will be a mere $5.15 an hour. Wherefore, if perchance a penny appears, pounce upon that puppy promptly, Poopsie. And pass that spittoon your way out. Please.

aACecil Adams>

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Posted: June 22nd, 2010
at 2:18pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,business,"ninja",et cetera

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Bear Stearns’ CEO Joint Venture

WSJ printed a bad article at a bad time late 2007 about Bear Stearns’ CEO smoking dro in the bathroom while playing at a bridge tournament in Tennessee that lit the house of cards on fire… he then broke a deal to never be out of town at the same tourney at the same time of a soon to be fired exec….>

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Posted: June 19th, 2010
at 8:09pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: drogas,games,et cetera,trade

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What’s New? : Digital Afterlife?

What's New? covering what's new in tech…… we ask….

There are well defined legal, social, and religious traditions that come into play when our physical lives end that help decide how people remember us, and what happens to our property. Yet we also have digital lives, and their fates are much less understood and controlled. Facebook pages, Google, Twitter - all of these services exist in a legal murky ground after you die as most of these companies maintain rights to any public information you share through their sites. That can prove hectic to loved ones trying to tie up loose ends after someone has passed, but it also highlights a curious condition of the modern age: we may continue to live long after we die thanks to our online records. Are we creating a digital afterlife?>

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Quote of the Day

[Art] is a matter of producing ourselves, and not things that enslave us. -AGuy Debord>

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Posted: June 15th, 2010
at 2:10pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: art,et cetera,quote of the day

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How to Start a Cafe

So you want to start a cafe, eh?

Michael Idov reflects on how it took all of 6 months for his cafe to close- Anthony Bourdain sums up the psychological gap that becomes between most aspiring cafe owners, "The most dangerous species of owner … is the one who gets into the business for love."

We here at MNP, are looking to change this, by helping you get your cafe up and running and swing a profit.

Italy, the land of coffee, has over 200,000 coffee establishments- the U.S. has approximately 15,000, so there is plenty of room for new businesses.

If food security is an issue, then consider what Nomad Cafe in Oakland has achieved with their "green cafe" format. Worldchanging recently interviewed Chris Waters, the guy who started Nomad Cafe and he offered these pieces of advice- secure financing, establish relationships, get green certified, find a location, interview your staff well, make your business inviting to everyone, work long hours and don’t do it for the money!

Eugene Cho, founder of a non-profit community cafe called Q Cafe located in Seattle- after responding to inquiring parties with "Haiku emails," he eventually buckeled down and made this informative video:

If after watching the video, you still have more questions, email Eugene and he’ll send you a manual and even do so some consulting for the cost of a donation to the cafe.

Green and community oriented? Check. In an effort to take away the intimidation factor that law offices bring, a brand new place called Chicago’s Legal Cafe just oppened last month where they basically have speciality lawyers on staff from a pool 20 professionals. Interesting right?

Still not impressed? The UK has developed an idea called Cafe Scientifique, where their mission is to promote discussion about exciting scientific ideas between experts and non-experts in an informal environment. Ahhh, the cafe.

If you want to set something up abroad, check here at the International Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Sydney Community College has an interesting agenda that could be a good checklist for the aspring entrepreneur.

Lastly, the innovative Cannabis Culture Magazine has an informative piece on starting a green friendly operation (where laws permit).

Need more motiviation? Here are 37 reasons to start your own business! Good luck!

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Posted: June 6th, 2010
at 3:29pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: grub,et cetera,drinks,entrepreneurship

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