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In the News 08.04.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 08.04.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

1. Here’s Google’s Secret to Hiring the Best People

“’You never get a second chance to make a first impression’ was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately encapsulates how most interviews work. There have been volumes written about how ‘the first five minutes’ of an interview are what really matter, describing how interviewers make initial assessments and spend the rest of the interview working to confirm those assessments. If they like you, they look for reasons to like you more. If they don’t like your handshake or the awkward introduction, then the interview is essentially over because they spend the rest of the meeting looking for reasons to reject you. These small moments of observation that are then used to make bigger decisions are called ‘thin slices.’”

 
Read the rest of this article at Wired

 

 


 

 

2. The Assistant Economy

“When I was an undergrad at Harvard, the English department produced fancy brochures about the opportunities available to its majors: teacher, editor, Rhodes scholar. Personal assistant was not listed. I hadn’t even heard of such positions until senior year, when older friends, artistically inclined friends, started snagging them. It’s the position I think I’ve heard most about now.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Dissent

 

 


 

 

3. Peter Thiel on the Future of Innovation

“Peter himself doesn’t need an introduction; he has a best-selling book. His role in PayPal, Facebook, Palantir, many other companies, is well known. Peter is a dynamo. There is no one like Peter. But the purpose today is to focus on Peter’s views as a public intellectual.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Medium

 


 

 

4. A Modern Guide to Eating and Drinking in London

“London, playground of Pepys and Pippa, city of old ladies going commando at sodden 30-something birthday fests. In L.A., everyone is the same age. In New York, hipsters and breeders and grandees socialize on separate tracks. One of the major charms of London is its demo­graphic untidiness. Pensioners get pissed. Students cook. Babies go to pubs. The city’s age agnosticism is on its most splendid display in the restaurant scene, which hails the Mayfair dowager as enthusiastically as the Shoreditch punk. ­Londoners won’t abandon a restaurant after six months, or six years, just for novelty’s sake, nor is brand-newness a sufficient condition for adoration. The Concorde is out of commission, but get to London with an appetite and you can still bend time.”

 
Read the rest of this article at bon appétit

 

 


 

 

5. America’s Immortal Cereal

“I was eating a bowl of Corn Flakes in my apartment and I picked out a single flake, looked at it, and wondered what it was. Of course, I could turn the box around and see the list of ingredients. They were Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Flakes and they were made from organic milled corn, organic evaporated cane juice, sea salt, organic barley malt extract, soy lecithin, and some vitamins. But how, I wondered, did milled corn turn into this thin, bumpy thing—golden, delicate, and slightly translucent in the light? I thought of a corn kernel, popped corn, corn tortillas, and cornbread, all of which I’ve prepared in my kitchen. I understood how those foods were transformed from their raw ingredients. But I could summon no vision about the flake. Out of curiosity, I saved it and waited for it to mold. It didn’t.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic

 

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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