Links I Love: April 27, 2014

Want to stay in bed longer? Here’s what I’ve been loving, laughing, and getting intrigued by all week long. Now cozy up with your laptop/iPad and enjoy :)

Links I Love

Original image source: Mike Licht


Which Cities Sleep in, and Which Get to Work Early? (Five Thirty Eight) by

Why You Need To Ask Questions As A Manager. (Levo League)

Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture? (Hotel News Now)

Outstanding and spot on; this is a must-read! The Confidence Gap. (The Atlantic)


A good hair day may make you happy, but it also makes you hierarchical. (Quartz)

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming… for your family. (TED Talks)

Downsizing your joy? Stop that. Let us be happy for you. (Alexandra Franzen)

Interesting… When Email Overload Actually Works In Your Favor. (Fast Company)


American Strong: The Untold Story of American Teamwork and How Ryan Hall Helped Meb Keflezighi Win Boston. Lots of controversy on this one, but I’m in the camp that it doesn’t take anything away from Meb’s win. There are always external factors and “if only X had been different”, but a win is a win. (Let’s Run)

Here’s an inspiring one though (thanks, Emily H!): Team Hoyt, Dick and Rick Hoyt Today Show Story. (YouTube)

Here’s Why You Should Book Your Next Massage ASAP. Didn’t have to tell me twice! (Huffington Post)

Why Runners Need Spinning. This is why I love Flywheel Texas! (

2 year case study demonstrates an increase in arch height from running in minimalist shoes. (Dr. Nick’s Running Blog)

This Woman Filmed 100 Days Of Pushups And The Results Will Inspire You. They inspired me – I’m making daily pushups a thing now! (Huffington Post)

10 Amazing tips to improve your sleep and How to wake up feeling great. (Richard Wiseman)

Peer-Reviewed Sci Evidence for Non-Celiac Gluten-Sensitivity is Scarce, But Prob Not Non-Existent. This supports what I’ve kind of thought all along – that gluten sensitivity is kind of like being obese for genetic reasons. Yes, it definitely does happen to some people, but a lot of people are using it as an excuse. (Suppversity)

If you are avoiding gluten, though: 20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don’t Suck. (Greatist)

The Ways Food Tricks Our Brains. Great list! (The Atlantic)

This is hilarious: Lululemon’s cheeky response to Jimmy Kimmel’s spray-on yoga pants joke. (Metro News Canada)


Back to basics: If You’ve Never Heard of the Freedoms of the Air, Here’™s What They Are. (Cranky Flier)

Poll Shows Majority of Americans Believe TSA PreCheck Hurts Security. Anyone else wondering why they polled people that don’t fly very often, instead of experts/frequent flyers? (Skift)

Some good points, but some major stuff missed. Theoretical models are great, but in practice, a lot of people don’t show up at the gate right when boarding begins, so people can’t be in perfect order. The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no sense. (Vox)

Airlines look for new ways to squeeze in more seats. (LA Times)

This is a really cool use of new tech: The Mexican Hotel That’s Ditched a Reservation System for AirBNB. (Skift)

Related and hilarious! 12 Menu Items from AirBNB’s Cafeteria That Reveal an Appetite for Disruption. (Skift)


This is so true, and made me tear up: Racked With Guilt. (Rookie Mag)

This makes me incredibly angry. I can’t believe parents would jeopardize their kids’ education just to save money on a vacation. How about going somewhere cheaper, or just not going at all?! School holidays: A price worth paying. (Economist)

3 Steps To Spring Clean Your Wardrobe. (LevoLeague)

Technology and Loss: Cropping out the Sadness. (Elle)

Don’t Make Me Over. (Dame Magazine)

Laughed hysterically at this: Low Self-Esteem Is Not a Problem in Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches for Men. (AdWeek)

Finally, some short funny videos: Brian Williams Raps “Gin and Juice” and How dogs react to magic tricks. (YouTube)

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  1. It is interesting that the article about the kids missing school bothers you…

    I have twin boys in 3rd grade, and this year they have missed 4 days of school, none of which were illness related. I don’t believe these absences in any way jeopardized their educations, if anything the experiences they had were beneficial. The first two absences were because we had a last minute, once in a lifetime opportunity to go on an all expense paid trip to Mexico. Yes, we stayed at a fancy resort, but the boys (whose babysitters only speak Spanish to them), go the opportunity to practice their Spanish, see another part of the world, and do things like release baby sea turtles and snorkel. They also missed one day to go to Hawaii, and again, they had the opportunity to see things they don’t see at school — including snorkeling, and visiting a tropical arboretum. For the last day off, they came to take your kids to work day. Not only did they learn about robots, they also got to dissect a shark, and learn about physical and chemical reactions.
    I am not the type of mom to let their kids miss school “just because”, but I do feel that there are valuable opportunities to learn outside the classroom… And I can understand the parents wanting to save money. $200 extra for a plane ticket for one person is one thing, but when buying 4-5 tickets, the extra money really adds up, especially if the trip was a stretch in the first place.

    • Great points, Kristen! I think my concern is that a lot of parents wouldn’t be as thoughtful about it as you are. Taking kids out of school for a once-in-a-lifetime trip or take-your-kids-to-work-day is one thing. (In fact, I recently volunteered at my firm’s Take Your Kids to Work Day and relished the opportunity to make it an informative day for the kids rather than just a break from school!) But the examples in this article seem to be more skewed toward pulling kids from school just to save money, without regard for whether the experience is an educational one. I definitely believe travel is important and a fantastic learning experience, but I think rather than trying to save money by pulling kids out of school, parents ought to consider going someplace less expensive, taking fewer vacations, etc. Hope my comments on the post didn’t come off as any kind of personal attack – I think I probably should have elaborated on my thoughts more than I did.

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