Feel Good Thursday

— OH YEAH, IT’S THURSDAY \ 19 July 2012 —

Failure Doesn’t Suck

Sir James Dyson on getting it right after 5,126 tries–and how to move air at 400 mph.

Most parents don’t encourage failure. Since young, it’s been instilled that you have to succeed no matter what. It is not taught that failure is part of life and only from it that you will learn and grow. ‘Though well-meaning, the parents has given the child unnecessary stress about success which later influences the child’s mindset as they grow into adulthood.

We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way.

You once described the inventor’s life as “one of failure.” How so?
I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.

Not all failures lead to solutions, though. How do you fail constructively?
We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way. Initiate a failure by doing something that’s very silly, unthinkable, naughty, dangerous. Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path. It’s exciting, actually. To me, solving problems is a bit like a drug. You’re on it, and you can’t get off. I spent seven years on our washing machine [which has two drums, instead of one].

Fast Company | Failure Doesn’t Suck Part 1, Part 2

When I was around 5 or 6, my mom brought me cassettes of chinese nursery songs. I would, while lying on the floor and legs propped up against his standing speakers, played them on my dad’s state-of-the-art hifi on infinite loop and sang along loud out with unbridled confidence. And one of the song that touches my tender mind the most is 自己跌倒自己爬, roughly translated as Pick yourself up if you fall.

The lyrics goes like this:

There there, don’t be scared
You are a good child
You have to climb up by yourself a fall
Can you see, upon the hill top,
the red flowers are blooming for you
You are a good child
You have to climb up by yourself a fall

Of all the things from my childhood, this song makes the most sense.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Seal off all entrance areas. As part of your big kitchen clean, do some of your own scouting work. Can you tell where the ants are entering the house? Follow the first ants to see where they’re entering and leaving from. Seal all the entrance holes that you can find using silicone caulk, putty, glue or plaster. Temporary methods can include petroleum jelly or poster tack. If you use a temporary sealant (such as poster tack), only do so until you can purchase a more permanent solution, as it will deteriorate over time and open up the gap again.

Load the soapy water. Soapy water will both kill the ants it hits and it will destroy their chemical trail, preventing more ants from following in their tracks. This cheap and easy method consists simply of putting one teaspoon of liquid dish soap into a spray bottle and filling it with water. When you see ants, spritz them and that will be it!
Additions to the water for added potency include mint oil or citrus peels or citrus rind oil.
Adding soap to water barriers can make them even more effective than simply using the water.

Put up defensive barriers. There are a number of barrier methods that you can put into place to really terrify the ants and keep them at bay. Many of the products that form these natural barriers are probably already in your kitchen; they just need to be deployed properly. A barrier doesn’t need to be wider than a quarter of an inch (6.35mm) but it must be an unbroken line.[8] Be clear that barriers won’t work on ants already in the kitchen (indeed, you’ll be trapping them inside) but they will prevent any more ants from coming in. Some of the items with which to make barriers include:
Powdered charcoal
Citrus oil
Black or cayenne pepper (hotter is best); or try red chili pepper
Chalk lines
Vaseline (great for doors and windows)
Baby powder
Powdered cleanser
Desiccating dusts such as diatomaceous earth or silica aerogel.

wikiHow | How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Dear Marissa Mayer, PLEASE MAKE flickr AWESOME AGAIN

Dear Marissa Mayer, PLEASE MAKE flickr AWESOME AGAIN

I love Flickr. I do use external hard drive, but over time they get temperamental or full. Eventually you will have multiple copies in different towers. Flickr is the only place I know my photos will be safe even when there’s a fire. I love its sets and collections and EXIF data handling. But sadly, it’s a convenience store in a ghost town where people only goes when they need something.
The mobile app is shit. Communities non-existent. I’m not entirely blaming Yahoo, but since Yahoo owns it now, they have get some love back into this once-beloved child.

No matter what kind of upgrades its team rolls out, Flickr can’t be “awesome again” as long as it’s a ghost town.‪

Nobody loves Yahoo. But people do love some of its parts, most notably Flickr, the photo sharing site that once seemed poised to take on the world, at least until it was acquired by Yahoo, which largely squandered its potential. There was a point in time when Flickr could have been Instagram, or even Facebook. Instead it joined the ranks of Friendster and MySpace and other sites that also could have been, but never quite were.

Despite that, Flickr is still incredibly beloved — so much so that it represents a huge opportunity for Yahoo’s newest CEO. In short, who cares about the greater Yahoo whole? The real question is, Can Marissa Mayer save Flickr, the one Yahoo property with legitimate user affinity?

No matter what kind of upgrades its team rolls out, Flickr can’t be “awesome again” as long as it’s a ghost town. It’s not that Flickr needs more features, per se. It’s not going to take off thanks to a great lightbox, or brilliantly displayed EXIF data, or amazing slideshow features. Those things are nice. But what makes it awesome is people.

Wired | Flickr’s Engagement Problem May Be Too Big for Even Marissa Mayer
Make an Appeal to Marissa Mayer – http://dearmarissamayer.com/

Cure that Hangover

When you tend to drink on a Thursday and Friday is not a bank holiday.

Coconut water. Fill with electrolytes, its high potassium and mineral content. In fact, one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana. Coconut water is also used as an intravenous hydration fluid in some developing countries where medical saline is unavailable.

Eat Burnt Toast. Butter and honey on burnt toast – if you can stomach it – will help calm the upset stomach with the sugar from the honey giving you a needed boost of energy and the charred bread acting sort of like charcoal and absorbing excess alcohol remaining in the stomach. If you’re the type who vomits with your hangover this might give you some relief, or at least something to heave.

Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Although all of these are helpful for relieving headaches, you’re better off avoiding them when you’re hung over. Aspirin is a blood thinner, but so is alcohol. Combining the two is a bad idea. Acetaminophen when combined with alcohol can cause liver damage, and ibuprofen is more likely to irritate your stomach lining when combined with alcohol. edit: Take a couple of aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen before going to bed and you will get up tomorrow headache free. Are you taking a chance by taking a blood thinner? Not really, unless you plan on cutting yourself on a broken highball glass.

Bury yourself up to the neck in moist river sand. Some people in Ireland swear by this method. It’s really just here to illustrate that all those hangover cures your friends will tell you to try are unfortunately just folk tales. There is no easy cure, save toughing it out.

Wired | Prevent a Hangover