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White Hoods, Faux-News, And The Insanity Of Rage

Anger makes you dumb.Writing for Psychology Today in 2010, Leon Seltzer explained: "anger makes you see the world in simplistic, absolutist terms. Everything looks either black or white--as in "I'm good and you're bad," or "I'm completely right and you're totally wrong." Needless to s ...
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As a cyclist, I have both heard and said almost every single one of these things. Everything in these videos is 100% accurate, and it's totally okay to make fun of us if you must. Ours is an absurd subculture. We are walking, breathing, tapering clichés.I am Jack's oversized head tube.https://www. ...
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It's that time again: Christmas is coming, you're somewhere between done-with-my-shopping and haven't-started-my-shopping, and you are trying to wrap your head around what to get your favorite cyclist this year. (Everyone has a cyclist in their life nowadays, whether they're speed-obsessed racers  ...
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You might not know it from the posts I generally write here, but if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you know that I am a pretty avid cyclist. My love for the bike has gone through many phases over the years, from riding old dusty beaters on country roads in France when I was ...
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Brand Snapshot: Imperial Black

Every once in a while, I like to deviate from the inner workings of branding, marketing, social business and other "businessy" stuff, to showcase companies and products that actually apply all the principles we discuss here and do things right. (See earlier posts about Poler, Rapha and Ford, for ...
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Pretty awesome cover of Pharrell's "Happy," and a fun, creative video to boot.If the video doesn't play for you here for some reason, click here to go watch it on the YouTubes. ...
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My week with the 2014 Ford Fusion

Before I even start, let me put your minds at ease. I haven't been paid by Ford or any agency to write this review. I received no payment or gifts of any kind. What happened was Ford let me borrow a Ford Fusion for a week, no strings attached, to convince me that I could actually like a car that was ...
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“Quantified Self,” fads, and shark-jumping.

This happens every few months: a few high profile bloggers pick up on a keyword, try to be the first to write a book about it, and legions of bloggers immediately roll in to try to score that fourth or fifth spot on Google searches for the term.Like some of you, I am not a huge fan of fads (or hype ...
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MLK

Today in the US is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Whether you choose to make it a day of reflection, a workday like any other or just a day off, take a few minutes to consider the man, his legacy, his wisdom and his sacrifice. He isn’t just a name and a footnote in history. He was a man with a family ...
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The Last Year

What if 2014 were your last year, your last chance at leaving your mark or doing something great or crossing out every item on your bucket list?This has nothing to do with the Mayan calendar or the financial crisis, mind you. It’s just a simple what if question.What if you went another year with ...
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