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How Tinkering Helps You Learn

Tinkering is often thought of a lot like doodling. Mindlessly playing around with things certainly can't help you learn, right? Well, as research points out, tinkering might actually be really good for learning.
Tinkering, or figuring out how something works just by poking at it for a while, is a pretty time-honored technique. Research(International Journal of Engineering Education) in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth. Experiments are a way of learning things. They require self-guided trial and error, active exploration, and testing by all the senses. Experiments begin with important questions, questions that make you think or that inspire you to create.” This process of exploring, testing and finding out is vital to children’s intellectual and psychological development. It involves a loose process of trying things out, seeing what happens, reflecting and evaluating, and tryi…

Express Yourself - Aankhein

Hum aankhen kyun churaate hain, Hum baat karne se kyun katraate hain.
Nayi aawaz se kyun daar jaate hain, Kyun gunjhti duniya main khamosh reh jaate hain.
Naye logon se kyun sharmaate hain, Kyun hasraton ko duniyadaari main ganvaate hain.
Chalo dunaiya toh parayi hi sahi, Kyun apno ke aage bhi chup reh jaate hain.
Hum aankhen kyun churaate hain, Hum baat karne se kyun katraate hain.

Chromebook - Nothing but the web

Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, so you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. A new type of computer with everything built-in and designed to help you get things done.


Will you believe me, If I tell you Chromebooks are selling like hotcakes since 2011. Yup, you heard that right.

Take a look: http://www.google.com/chromebook

Executing Your Idea Starts With A Small Single Step

Draw Your Success Moment to Storyboard Your Next Career

+Joe Gebbia reckons it’s better to focus on your success moment, draw it out and storyboard the progress from where you are to that moment.


He asked participants to take a piece of paper and write one line on what they want to achieve. Then, he asks them to image the moment it all comes together and draw that ‘success moment’.

The definition of success can be anything from sitting with a huge balance in your bank account to relaxing on a beach—the point is to imagine what success looks like for you. You need to get into the small details of the moment, like who's with you.

Finally, when you have your 'one line' and 'success moment' together, look at them and ask yourself what is the one step you can take next to make it happen. Do that.

Google's Robotics Push

Google might be planning to have one of the robots hop off an automated Google Car and race to your doorstep to deliver a package.

And the engineer heading the effort is +Andy Rubin, the man who built Google’s +Android software into the world’s dominant force in smartphones.

I've always believed that technology should be used to free humans from repetitive tasks. And Robots fit into that type of tasks perfectly.

This is not the first time that Google has strayed beyond the typical confines of a tech company. It has already shaken up the world’s automobile companies with its +Google Self-Driving Car Project. Speculation about Google’s intentions has stretched from fleets of robotic taxis moving people in urban areas to automated delivery systems.

Unlike Google’s futuristic X lab, which does research on things like driverless cars and the wearable Google Glass device, the robotics effort — moonshots aside — is meant to sell products sooner rather than later. It has not yet been deci…

The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done

In Michael Dearing's The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done presentation, the five distortions are:

Personal exceptionalismDichotomous thinkingCorrect overgeneralizationBlank canvas thinkingSchumpeterianism
last one sounds difficult to understand, so he outlines Schumpeterianism like this:

Definition: sees creative destruction as natural, necessary, and as their vocation

Benefits: fearlessness, tolerance for destruction and pain

Schumpeterianism means the ability to let go of old ways and embrace teardowns and criticism as a way to improve the way you do things.

The processes that lead to change and innovation can never happen without at times criticizing and tearing down the old standard ways of work. On a personal level, this means that learning to embrace criticism well, even if it means an utter teardown of your work and a new approach. Ideally, that new approach will inevitably lead you to better things.

If you can embrace that kind of creative destruction…