Can you believe the year's nearly HALF over? Crazy that it's already summertime, when a lot of you all are probably gearing up for your tropical vacations. Well don't leave just yet! We got some must-read material for you right here and, of course, more all week at @BWCnews!
2. Why Weird is Wonderful (And Bankable) via Forbes Magazine: There's a refreshing thought — that all those things that make you quirky and unique can actually get you ahead in your career. Just learn how to play up your strengths, market all the things that make you different and keep blazing your own (weird) trail. It can actually pay off, personally and professionally. Has that held true in your own lives, you weirdos?
3. That Book You Judge Might Have a Badge Under Its Cover in the Contra Costa Times: We spotted this piece in the local paper the other day. It's another life lesson, this time about thinking twice before you pass judgment on someone. The columnist uses as an example a friend of his who's an undercover cop, under the cover of a homeless-looking disguise. He says that rugged appearance often changes the way people treat him. It's a good reminder to give people the benefit of the doubt.
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5. Behold! The 'Fahrradi FFX' Push Bike on TopGear.com: Speaking of cars, let's talk about fake ones ... take a look at this thing, the fanciest push bike ever! Imagine driving this around on Bike to Work Day (which incidentally happened on Thursday this past week). Crazy cool!
6. Just How Important Is Manufacturing? in the Harvard Business Review: There's a huge case to be made for how manufacturing will give the United States an edge in the global economy. The author here talks a lot about exactly how it will and why it's important to foster its growth. "Having a strong domestic manufacturing base is vital to the United States maintaining its world leadership in innovation," Will C. Shih writes. "That is because advanced manufacturing provides an important institutional foundation for learning and developing process skills and capabilities that are increasingly intertwined with core R&D in some of the industries most important to the country's economic future. These include advanced and specialty materials, biologics, nanotechnology and precision mechanical devices." Click through to read the rest of the article.
7. Bay Area Maker Faire Coming Up via MakerFaire.com/BayArea: We've anticipated this event all year after having a blast at the 2011 event! A bunch of us here at the office plan to make a day out of the annual gathering of inventors to peruse their crazy, fantastic, creative and brilliant creations. If you've never been, you should definitely check it out!
9. The Science of Spilling Your Coffee on the Science Channel: Apparently, there's a science to your klutziness. Turns out the average human gait holds just the right frequency to jostle your bitter brew. The more you know ...
10. DC Retro Posters on ForgetFoo.com: We know the Marvel superheroes have been all the rage lately, but let's take a sec to appreciate the retro charm of these DC superhero posters: Wonder Woman, Batman, The Green Lantern. Awesomeness!