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Today is the Birthday of Les Paul, the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, and he has a few things to teach us about business. Can you even guess what inspired this invention? A critic. When he was about 13 Les began entertaining customers at Beekman's BBQ for tips. He sang, played his guitar, and his harmonica (using a neck worn harmonica holder that he also invented). The customers who were closest to him and could hear him well would pay him tips. He was a smart kid and knew he could get MORE tips if everyone could hear him.  So he figured out how to amplify his voice using a telephone mouthpiece attached to the top of a broom handle and ran it through a radio speaker.  That worked fine until someone in back sent a note that said, “Your voice and harmonica are fine, but your guitar’s not loud enough.” Les borrowed the needle arm from his Dad’s radio-phono player and jammed it into the guitar’s bridge and taped it in place. The rest is history. Les is the only musician to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame AND the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
 
Listen to your critics. They might just give you some really great ideas. That’s this week’s Imagination Hat.

Read the full story at The Les Paul Foundation website: http://ow.ly/xN6F7

Photo courtesy of GuitarInternational.com
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Wii U is on track to become Nintendo's worst selling console ever: http://on.mash.to/QG9dMQ
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Cyber Threats Mapped In Real Time Look Like A Giant Laser Battle
Better duck and cover, or just get some decent antivirus software.
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A visualization showing just how thick air traffic is over Europe

Using real flight data from a single summer day, air traffic solutions company NATS has created a stunning and revealing data visualization showing just how incredibly busy the air traffic is above Europe at any given time.
The UK's Heathrow is the busiest international airport in Europe, while Gatwick is home to the busiest single runway airport in the world. Here's the visualization in all it's glory:

http://io9.com/a-visualization-showing-just-how-thick-air-traffic-is-o-1542200848
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One of the most important parts of growing up, from a child's point of view, is blending in with their peers. I recall as a child, dreading having to get eyegla
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Meeting & working with other people will enrich their lives and yours. Get out there! http://virg.in/1lf
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