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The World Domination Summit . . .

Editor's Note: Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week. In addition to the update, I answer a reader question via video. The question . . .

Will you be at the World Domination Summit?

Here's my response . . .

For those of you who can't watch the video, here's a brief summary . . .

Yes, I will be at the World Domination Summit and I'm super excited! If you're in town and want to meet-up I'll be at the Breken Kitchen, with my friend Bridget, from from 9-11:30 this morning. I'd love to see you there.

Now onto the news

mnmlist: walking ads

"When we wear things with the logos and slogans of the companies whose products we use (Apple, Nike, Prada, Gucci), we are doing their advertising for them. We are walking billboards. When we tweet about their new products, we aren’t just sharing cool things with our friends, we are playing into their hands. When we post reviews of new gadgets — or read them daily — we are not just sharing and researching good information, we are a part of the marketing machine."

Why People’s Cell Phone Conversations Annoy Us

Emberson tells WebMD that she came up with the idea for the study while commuting by bus and noticed that she couldn’t read or even concentrate on music when someone nearby was talking on a cell phone.

“I used to think that I was eavesdropping, but these results suggest it is beyond my control, that my attention is reflexively shifted to their conversation because of the unpredictability of the speech,” Emberson tells WebMD.

She says in a news release that overhearing half of a conversation “has a really profound effect on the cognition of the people around you, and it’s not because they’re eavesdropping or they’re bad people. Their cognitive mechanism basically means that they’re forced to listen.”

Bike-Mad Author Finds 'Happiness On Two Wheels'

"I've been riding bicycles for thirty-six years. Today, I ride to get to work, sometimes for work, to keep fit, to bathe in air and sunshine, to go shopping, to escape when the world is breaking my balls, to savour the physical and emotional fellowship of riding with friends, to travel, to stay sane, to skip bathtime with my kids, for fun, for a moment of grace, occasionally to impress someone, to scare myself and to hear my boy laugh. Sometimes I ride my bicycle just to ride my bicycle. It's a broad church of practical, physical and emotional reasons with one unifying thing — the bicycle."

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