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The Dakar Rally is over, but the challenge will never end. Thanks to our fans for supporting our teams through a tough raid. Enjoy the race digest video just released on the Toyota Dakar website, packed with emotional photographs and daily race reports:

■TEAM LAND CRUISER #345 finished 1st, #344 finished 2nd in the
Production Vehicles Class
■IMPERIAL TOYOTA #302 finished 4th overall, and 1st in the Improved Cross- Country Vehicles Class

El Rally Dakar ha terminado, pero el reto no tendrá fin.
Gracias a nuestros fans por el apoyo a nuestros equipos a través de un ataque duro. 
Disfruta del video resumen raza, acaba de publicar en el sitio web de Toyota Dakar, repleto de fotografías emocionales y reportes cotidianas de la carrera:

■TEAM LAND CRUISER # 345 terminó primero, # 344 terminó en segundo lugar en la grupo esquí de vehículos de serie
■IMPERIAL TOYOTA # 302 terminó cuarto en general y primero en la grupo vehículos todo terreno mejoradas
Dakar Rally 2014
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How people queue in Thailand ...

#travel   #Thailand   #holiday  

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In 18 minutes, I explain what I learned from Steve Jobs.


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You Sir/Madam will never ever never ever be able to guess the secret to the incredible creativity this painting displays.

Ready? Excel. Microsoft Excel!  Yes. M.i.c.r.o.s.o.f.t. E.x.c.e.l. 

The painting, Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle, is by Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year old Japanese artist.

He has a whole bunch more. You can view them here  At the site you can also download this painting as an Excel file and prove to yourself that it is real - and that your Excel skills stink (as do mine!).

Data visualization never looked this pretty. :)

#creativity   #imagination  

PS: H/T to my good friend +Bryan Eisenberg for sharing this site.

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After he came back from school, saw their home has been destroyed by Israeli bulldozers...

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How to Learn Anything

"The major barrier to skill acquisition isn't intellectual... it's emotional." An excellent reminder of how easy it can be to learn a new skill. Kaufman says it only takes 20 hours!

Update: I'd like to add a counterpoint to balance Kaufman's message. I love his talk and it feels intuitively true to me, but there's also another side to the story.

Sometimes it's more fun to learn inefficiently! I love leisurely learning, like following tangents or indulging in reading too many books. :) Every field of study has its own culture and community, its own legends and weird trivia and rich backstories. Exploring and immersing yourself in those strange new cultures is half the fun!

So on top of those 20 hours focused on efficiency, I think it's just as important to have at least a few hours of fun, inefficient, purely exploratory learning.

And unlike what Kaufman says, I think feeling stupid and incompetent is actually the best part! Being a complete beginner at something is a bit like being in love for the first time; everything is completely new, your perception is heightened, and those first experiences are more likely to become lasting memories. And since complete beginners are guaranteed to be stupid and incompetent at first, there's absolutely no pressure!

As for the frustration of learning something completely new, I say embrace it! Frustration is just the build-up to the dopamine rush of the magical "aha!" moment -- you know, when things just "click" and everything suddenly makes sense. It's a rush, isn't it?

And that's my favorite thing about learning: you'll never run out of those "aha!" moments, because there's always something new to learn!

Video description:
"Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way."

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Meat-flavored ice cream for dogs?

A Chicago dog food store called Arrfscarf launched a line of meat-flavored ice cream for dogs.

They're made with a foundation of vanilla, honey and Greek yogurt, augmented with flavors like Peanut Butter Bacon, Beef Brisket, Chicken Cheddar, Pulled Pork and Gouda Burger.

What's next, bone cones?

Props: +Anthony Curreri

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Many people think that business websites and landing pages are for website maintenance teams, but that’s only half of it. If both the design and content aren’t marketable, you could be losing out on a significant portion of potential new business.

Check out latest blog post as Sangeeta breaks down what you need to include in your landing pages to make them effective.
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