The 35 Fittest People in Tech


Years ago, few people conflated technical prowess with physical fitness. The archetypical techie of the early 90s, for instance, was Dennis Nedry, the portly computer programmer in Jurassic Park played by Wayne Knight, a.k.a. Seinfeld‘s Newman. In real life, tech titans like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would never be mistaken for underwear models.

Twenty years later, though the image of the Red Bull-fueled, pizza-consuming, pencil-necked techie lives on, it’s balanced by another strain: The tech Master of the Universe who is not only proficient in Objective-C, but can run a sub-3:30 marathon as well and regularly bikes hundreds of miles over the weekend.

Though endurance sports have grown overall in recent years, the idea of running to the point of physical exhaustion seems to hold a special appeal to Silicon Valley types. John F. Murray, a sports psychologist, says that anyone who engages in such activity in their off time is usually “very competitive and very compulsive.” Such personalities may not be unique to the tech industry — you can find a fair share in high finance as well — but tech, with its culture of long hours and creative autonomy seems suited for the kind of guy who regularly runs races of 50 miles or more.

The following list demonstrates that the tech world is full of people who are not content to rule the virtual world, but want to make an impact on the physical one as well.

The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds


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Tumblr has built itself as the center of a large creative community. You can find graphic artists, hilarious GIFs and talented musicians sharing their work. It’s also home to countless readers, writers and book lovers.

If you’re a true bibliophile, Tumblr has lots of blogs to feed your love of the written word. Here’s a small sampling of its book bonanza.

Real Authors

Social media is a great way to stay connected to people you admire, and there are several intriguing authors active on Tumblr. It’s an especially busy platform for young adult writers. For instance, if you loved The Fault in Our Stars, take a look at author John Green’s Tumblr thoughts.

Here’s just a handful of the great author-run Tumblrs out there:

Publishing Houses

While many individual authors have taken advantage of Tumblr as a way to share their thoughts, the publishing sector has built itself up as a great resource on the platform. Several well-known imprints offer readers of all stripes insights about the book industry, and spark conversations about reading.

Independent bookstores

Strand Books

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Independent bookstores are also a great resource for readers. Even if you don’t have an indie outpost in your hometown, you can still find more obscure new authors and titles, as well as plenty of Internet humor, by following the accounts of some famed U.S. stores.

Reading Recommendations

Tumblr is great for figuring out the next title to read. If you don’t get enough ideas from the publishers or bookstores, luckily these accounts focus just on recommendations. Whether you’re looking for the popular titles or the indie authors, these Tumblrs will leave you with “so many books, so little time.”

Book Art

Old Book

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Readers like a little art and a little humor in their Tumblr feeds, so here’s a handful of random book-related blogs to round out the list.

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An Honest New Year’s Eve Party

After ASAP Science’s prediction of your New Year’s going to suck, College Humor presents us an honest New Year’s Eve party. This freshly uploaded clip is going viral right now with already over 300,000 views. Hopefully you’ll have a great party!

“It’s almost as if New Year’s Eve consistently fails to live up to our collective expectations.”

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Commuters Use Online Carpooling to Comply With Post-Sandy Road Rules


After Superstorm Sandy ripped through the East Coast, commuters in the Tri-State area were left stranded with few options. The mass transit system, crippled by flooding and debris, is slowly coming back on line. Until everything is up and running, however, daunting delays are discouraging straphangers from their regular routine.

Instead, commuters are choosing to drive into the city despite 30-minute lines at the gas pumps, dwindling supplies, three-passenger minimums to cross the East River bridges and plenty of gridlock.

Commuters are turning to the social networks to fulfill the three-passenger minimum for cars entering Manhattan issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday. Many are posting ads on Craigslist.

Rideshare requests on Craigslist have exploded since the super storm’s passing. Hundreds of individuals have posted listings in search of additional passengers. Many commuters are offering free pick-up and drop-off in the city.

Vaughn Browne, from Brooklyn, posted an ad on Craigslist to find two passengers looking for a ride into Midtown. Within a few hours, he received the responses he was looking for.

“I suspect if I had posted during the early morning rush the responses might have been greater,” Browne said. “As for choosing Craigslist, it was honestly the first option that came to mind.”

For Brooklyn resident Laura Kortz, the personal ads network was the only place she posted inquiries for rideshare passengers. During the week, she’s used Facebook to connect with friends and family with power.

“I work in Jersey City and live in Brooklyn,” Kortz said. “It just seems really perfect for this situation and I wish there was a way to get the word out to more people.”

After conducting some research, we found there’s a lack of online networks and mobile carpooling apps for the East Coast market. For commuters traveling to Manhattan by car, many people seem to be turning to Craigslist to coordinate with locals and neighbors trying to get to the same place they are.

There’s also eRideShare or Both online platforms are places where drivers and passengers connect.

The simple directories, reminiscent of Craigslist, are dedicated to daily carpools and cross-country travel. Travelers can search by states, cities and neighborhoods.

Another carpooling social network is Zimride, available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. The network seems to be geared towards long-distance trips. But, it’s still a possibility for commuters looking to get into the city and abide by the three-passenger mandate through the tunnels.

These networks offer drivers and passengers a convenient way to connect. Payments, such as splitting the cost of gas, are determined by each party.

Zaarly is an online marketplace where individuals can request or sell personal services. Carpooling requests aren’t common on Zaarly, but it seems like a great forum to sell or buy a ride post-Sandy. All users will have to do is fill out a “Request Anything” form to get started.

“It’s simple: They just go onto Zaarly through the web or app, post when they need a ride and how much they’re willing to pay (or if they’re willing to kick-in for gas, tools, etc). Then, local people can respond and they can work out the details from there,” a Zaarly spokesperson told Mashable.

Residents in the Tri-State area are also using social media to reach out to friends, neighbors and coworkers to figure out travel arrangements. Has your commute been affected by Hurricane Sandy? Tell us in the comments if you are using mobile apps or social networks to get to your destination.

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LIVE: Chat About the Best Tech for Health and Wellness

Technology seems to take us away from “active” activities like sports for recreation instead of video games or just walking around a physical store rather than shopping online. But, plenty of innovations help us live more healthily.

In today’s Hangout we’ll discuss these things with Derek Flanzraich, founder and CEO of lifestyle site Greatist.

The following are a few topics we’ll be discussing in today’s Hangout.


A digital lifestyle can allow for a flexible schedule and traveling — which makes those visits to the gym even harder to fit in. For those dedicated to hitting the gym, running outdoors or using the UP by Jawbone wristband to keep track of activity, GymPact helps keep you on track.

Workouts at home are nothing new, but digital workouts stand out from the VHS or DVDs that domintated the past few decades — a digital workout can be different each day. Bodbot offers a calendar based on your goals so you do different exercises each day. The scientific 7-minute workout is supposed to replace cardio and weights in less time while only requiring a wall and a chair as props. Zova wants to become the Spotify of workouts and will eventually allow instructors to take its boxing and soccer sets and remix them into new workout playlists.

What workouts are best for you when you can’t make it to a formal exercise class or the gym?


For engineers used to programming the tedium out of daily tasks, it was only a matter of time until one of them decided to disrupt food, right? A a Y Combinator alumnus did just that with Soylent, a liquid food replacement that should reduce time and money spent on food while still providing the nutrition your body needs. Some of us find cooking to be and art and eating a celebration, and may not understand the need for such a product, but Soylent’s crowdfunding campaign shows it’s garnered much enthusiasm.

If it’s not serving a social purpose, should eating a meal be engineered away?


Standing desks are all the rage, and it’s been said that sitting is our generation’s cigarettes. Five years from now, will many of us have “quit”?

Lift is an app that helps you track your daily activities with the purpose of building habits — a much easier task when you are able to visualize the progress. The team at Greatist recently used the app to do a month of mindfulness. Is a month enough to build a new habit and make a lasting change?

To add your own favorite tips or apps, leave us a comment.

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Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak With This Simulator


A research group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is developing a cooking simulator designed to help anyone prepare the perfect steak. It features a force feedback frying pan and a digital spatula that accurately recreates the sense of cooking.

Amateur cooks can turn the steak and move the pan and to feel a simulated resistance that mimics the weight of the ingredients. The simulator also calculates the heat transfer from the pan to the meat and displays the visible changes that would occur.

See the tool in action in DigInfo‘s video above.

This article originally published at PSFK

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Visa Tooth Fairy App Helps Parents Price a Lost Tooth


Visa has created a novelty app to help parents determine how much money the Tooth Fairy should leave their children for a lost tooth.

But not even the Tooth Fairy is immune to inflation. This year, kids found an average of $3 under their pillows after losing a tooth. That’s a 15% increase from 2011, according to a recent Visa survey.

To find the “going rate” for a tooth, parents simply punch in a few details, such as their age, gender, home state, income, education levels and salary. The app will automatically calculate how much money the Tooth Fairy is leaving in similar households.

The Visa Tooth Fairy app is part of the financial education program Practical Money Skills and is available for free in the iTunes Store and online.

This article originally published at PSFK

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Why Betches Love Candles

Ever since we blew out the first candle on our birthday cake, betches have been a fan of the wax and wick accessory. Maybe because Lumiere so captured our hearts in Beauty and The Beast, or maybe just because we like shiny things, there’s something about candles that makes a betch’s cold heart light up.

As a child we were told not to play with fire, and as an adult we’ve learned it’s one of our favorite things to do.  We may not always have our shit together on Sundays, but you can bet a betch’s home decor will include an expensive candle collection for every season. It’s a well known fact that everybody looks good in candlelight and having candles around the house is like a real life Instagram filter. We recommend going more for the nature and spice scents rather than edible smells, unless you want your apartment to smell like a fat girl’s couch, but to every betch her scent.

Candles are betchy because they’re expensive and make everything we cook look Instagram worthy. Some point in our American history, Benji Franky discovered electricity and then the idea of using candles for light became as antiquated as Miley’s VMA performance. Now that we no longer need them to see, we like them even more. What’s the point of owning things we need? 

Next to a nice Restoration Hardware ensemble and a warm kitchen with a marble island, nothing sets the mood in a bro’s apartment like some well placed lit candles. We can’t help but let our icy walls melt a little when a bro hands us a glass of whisky with the scent of Autumn Pine in the air.

When we eventually do settle down into our manor/ranch/castle in our later betch years, our love of candles will transition to tapered dinner candles, perfect for a long dinner table we’ll sit at while we discuss our prenups with our family attorney. Until then, we’ll keep blowing candles out for every 21st birthday we celebrate. Cheers.

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Back-to-School Shoppers Eye Discounted Laptops and Tablets


The dog days of summer means it’s go-time to buy discounted gadgets. Despite savings, consumers anticipate spending more on back-to-school supplies including tech, according to a recent study.

Knowledgable consumers know summer is one of the best times to buy gadgets as retailers are slashing prices on older models to make room for new stock. About 50% of consumers will purchase a laptop or tablet for school, according to the PriceGrabber survey of 4,450 U.S. online shoppers.

Students and parents anticipate buying more mobile gadgets — only 10% say they will invest in a desktop computer. Even though schools actively ban cellphones, 28% of back-to-school shoppers have smartphones on their lists.

The survey also reveals more parents and students are shopping online for tech. Most shoppers, 79%, will scour the web for deals this year, according to the survey. Gadgets are on top of back-to-school shopping lists, along with clothes and supplies.

Exactly how much will they spend? About 63% of consumers say they’ll spend up to $500 for school supplies including tech. Some respondents, 20%, are willing to spend up to $1000 while 17% of study participants said they don’t have a budget.

Do you look at seasonal price trends when buying gadgets? Share your tips with us below.

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