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A water bottle that creates it’s own drinking water

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This isn’t your average water bottle. You’re looking at a bottle that creates clean drinking water out of thin air — for real. Think of the possibilities!

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Technology Trend Analysis

Here is further proof that “Consumerization of IT” (CoIT) is a reality. And, that has significantly altered the dynamics of technology adoption. Before I explain this shift, let us look at…

How experts explain technology adoption cycle

The accepted premise is that every new technology goes through the following phases:

  1. Hype: Search for next big thing leads to Hype around any new technology.
  2. Struggle: Adoption of these Bleeding Edge technologies depended on the Visionaries who had the vision, energy and money to make it work.
  3. Success: Mainstream adoption required convincing the Pragmatists who needed success stories and support system around the technology.

Not all technologies made it to mainstream. All these are from the perspective of an enterprise. Consumers had very little role to play in this lifecycle. This underlying theme comes out in both the “Hype Cycle” model used by Gartner since 1995 and the…

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A Frog in the Fjord

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1. Accept things and people as they are
Accept that this is another country with its own culture. Sure, half of what Norwegians do is new and strange to you, but for them that is the norm. It is the same all over the world: people do things in a certain way and they are sure this is the only and best way to do it. It is the case for the French, the American, the Kenyans etc. They might know how their neighbouring countries do things, but it stops there.

As a foreigner you have different views obviously. You want to do crazy things such as eat a waffle with ham and cheese on top, spending 30 years in Norway without buying a flat; not breastfeed your kid more than a month; or taking a shower in common garderobe with your swimsuit on because you…

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Da begynner fadderuka og vi faddere gleder oss til å ta imot fadderbarna!

Etter våre prognoser (Med hjelp fra yr.no) vil det foregå slik:

  • 11. Tirsdag
    Immatrikulering på Gløshaugen. Tildeling av faddergrupper i Idrettsbygget på Dragvoll, pluss omvisning på univeristetet.
    Immatrikuleringfest på samfunnet
  • 12. Onsdag
    Vrimledagen på Dragvoll.
    Bli kjent kveld.
    (Gatefæst)
  • 13. Torsdag
    Bli kjent kveld.
    (Gatefæst)
  • 14. Fredag
    Etter infomøtet stikker vi til Estendalsdammen på tur.
  • 15. Lørdag
    Opptak til linjeforeningen på Lianvatnet.
  • 16. Søndag
    Hviledag/Trønderbataljonen .
  • 17. Mandag
    Grilling med entreprenørskap og geolektor.
    Geolympix
  • 18. Tirsdag
    Hybel til Hybel.
  • 19. Onsdag
    Temafest på Studenter Samfunnet. (Tema: Havet)
  • 20. Torsdag
    Geopils på Cafe Geo(Løkka).
  • 21. Fredag
    Rebusløp/bar til bar.
    Standup på kvelden.
  • 22. Lørdag
    Avsluttningsfest.

    Endringer blir det nok, men det blir informert om underveis.14505959-Two-school-kids-in-blue-t-shirts-with-backpacks-Stock-Photo-school-children-back

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Fortune

Even for the de facto head of one of the world’s largest family-controlled business empires, Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics [fortune-stock symbol=”SSNLF”], has had a lot on his plate lately. On the same Thursday morning in early June that he breakfasted in Seoul with J.P. Morgan [fortune-stock symbol=”JPM”] CEO Jamie Dimon, for instance, Lee learned that the $26 billion New York hedge fund Elliott Management had launched a surprise attack against him. Elliott wanted to stop Lee from merging two publicly traded pieces of his family’s network of companies, potentially foiling Lee’s plan to consolidate control.

A few weeks later, on the day he turned 47, Lee gave his first-ever nationally televised speech in South Korea to offer an apology—including a symbolic bow—because the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul had failed to contain an outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome virus known as MERS. Not…

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R is my friend

About a year ago I wrote a post describing average length of dissertations at the University of Minnesota. I’ve been meaning to expand that post by adding data from masters theses since the methods for gathering/parsing the records are transferable. This post provides some graphics and links to R code for evaluating dissertation (doctorate) and thesis (masters) data from an online database at the University of Minnesota. In addition to describing data from masters theses, I’ve collected the most recent data on dissertations to provide an update on my previous post. I’ve avoided presenting the R code for brevity, but I invite interested readers to have a look at my Github repository where all source code and data are stored. Also, please, please, please note that I’ve since tried to explain that dissertation length is a pretty pointless metric of quality (also noted here), so interpret the data only…

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ideas.ted.com

In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. An edited version of the conversation, moderated by TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz, follows. First, Pico Iyer on how he became taken with the idea of staying still:

Guy Raz (left), Pico Iyer (center), and Matthieu Ricard (right) discuss mindfulness and the importance of being still at TED Global 2014. Photo by Duncan Davidson/TED. Guy Raz (left), Pico Iyer (center), and Matthieu Ricard (right) discuss mindfulness and the importance of being still at TED Global 2014. Photo by Duncan Davidson/TED.

Pico Iyer: When I was in my twenties, I had this wonderful…

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