Ruk Digest 2/5

Hello Fellow Rukkers!

"The crosswalk button is a relic of the age before computer-controlled traffic signals. In New York City for instance, “the city deactivated most of the pedestrian buttons long ago."

Then there is the close door button on elevators. "According to a 2008 article in the New Yorker, the close door buttons included in most elevators since the 1990's do not actually work the way passengers think. The buttons are installed for emergency personnel, not for the general public. Firefighters use the buttons to open and close doors between flights, but they can do so only with a key or other special instructions."

Office thermostats are another example. "If you work in an office building, there is a good chance your attempts to regulate the temperature in your office are just as futile as pushing a crosswalk button. With the advent of building-wide control systems, individual office thermostats often do little more than decorate the walls."

Read the article in the link for more details on the buttons. 

And next time you encounter them, realize that you are probably not actually doing anything.

This Remote Controlled Buoy Can Change The Way Lifeguards Save People

 
With this device if a person is drowning in the ocean lifeguards will no longer need to swim in the water to rescue someone. Instead, lifeguards can drop this buoy in and guide it towards the person in need. 

The buoy has two handles for the individual drowning to grab onto and from there can be guided back to safety. 

Unfortunately this is still in product development and not yet available to the public, but one day, this could be a game changer. 

Deal of the Week

Song of the Week

 3 Songs From The Movie Hidden Figures

Gospel / Uplifting / Soundtrack / Feel-Good / Powerful / Groovin Vibes

I watched Hidden Figures this weekend, the documentary about black woman mathematicians who worked at NASA during the time of the Civil Rights Movement and served a pivotal role in getting John Glenn to space. 

It was the first movie in a while that I watched and actually really liked. 

And I loved the songs played: 

Pharrell Williams - Able
Pharrell Williams - Runnin'
Kim Burrell, Pharrell Williams - I See a Victory

Health and Science

This Wearable Device Measures Your Hydration Levels
 

It can let you know if you are dehydrated or not. 

Large commercial systems for checking this cost around $8,000 however, this patch/strap could cost as little as a Fitbit. 
 Pics of the Week
Stunning Ice Sculptures

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China
World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska
Music Festival in Norway where the instruments are made out of ice!!!
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Thought of the Week

BE PRESENT

We are ALL guilty of staring down at our phones when we're hanging out with other people. Make it a point to engage more with others this year. Break the bad habit by reminding yourself  that people > pixels (it works!)

(Taken from the great Sev Cities blog).
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Ruk Digest 1/29

Hello Fellow Rukkers!
 
The futurist adviser to Steven Spielberg's Minority Report gave a truly fascinating TED Talk on Artificial Intelligence. 

My mind has seriously been blown. 

Kelly talks about how our interpretation of our own intelligence is flawed, that "we tend to think that intelligence is a single dimension, that it's kind of like a note that gets louder and louder and that's completely wrong." 

"Intelligence is much more like a symphony of different notes"... a symphony of different kinds of intelligences. 

Intelligence can range from deductive reasoning, emotional intelligence, spatial intelligence..."we have, maybe, 100 different types that are all grouped together."

Kelly then talks about AI, predicting that cars in the future will not only have 250 horsepower, but will also have 250 minds. 

And after hearing that I think that the amount of "minds" in a machine could become an industry metric in the future. 

Kelly also predicts that jobs will eventually become a function of humans and AI working side by side as a team and that you'll be paid "by how well you work with [those] bots."

Skitch Is A Great Screenshotting App

 
This has been a very useful tool for me.

It allows you to markup your screenshots making it super easy to get your point across. 

Unfortunately it's only available on Apple devices.

Deal of the Week

Get An Amazon Prime Rewards Card

The benefits:
You get a $70 Amazon.com Gift Card upon credit card approval
5% back on Amazon.com purchases
2% at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores
1% back on all other purchases
No annual credit card fee
No foreign transaction fees


Available only to Amazon Prime members. 

Song of the Week

Apollo Symphony Orchestra & Roger-Luc Chayer - Egmont

Classical / Orchestra 

Not only is this a good song, but the video here is well worth checking out. It's footage of a drone exploring the beautiful Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, Germany
 Pics of the Week
Beautiful Hospital Designs

 I firmly believe that the way a hospital looks and feels has a large impact on patients.

The right design should help reduce stress and promote healing.

The photos are links so if you want more info click away
Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Forest Park Medical Center Southlake, Texas
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies Orlando, Florida
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Thought of the Week

Thoroughly read the 23 laws of interesting poster. (If you are looking at this on your computer zoom in to read this).

Start making changes. 

Be a better you.

I loved this poster so much I ended up buying it. 
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Ruk Digest 1/22

Hello Fellow Rukkers!
 
I wrote a post on Medium summarizing the NPR podcast: How I Built This.

Zumba began because of a simple mistake, and through that mistake "Alberto “Beto” Perez had discovered the exercise that people want to do, instead of the exercise that people have to do.”

Richard Branson Wants To Create Sports Festivals

 
Think music festivals, but for sports. 

In this case though Branson envisions families coming out, bringing a picnic, buying healthy snacks, and spending the day being active, whether its taking outdoor fitness classes, yoga, or participating in races. 

Branson says that: "sporting events in the past have all been very much aimed at the individual and not at the family as a whole."

The first Virgin Sport Festival will be in late April in England, but there are plans to have these festivals come to the states. 

Deal of the Week

Song of the Week

Spy Game Theme Song - Harry Gregson-Williams

Classical / Opera / Soundtrack  

Over the weekend I caught the end of the movie Spy Game. The last 10 minutes always gives me chills. This is the song that plays at the very end.  

The song builds up and becomes pretty upbeat. 

Health and Science

Scientists Have Found A Way To Help Wounds Heal Without Scars
 

The super basic secret: using fat. 

"Fat cells called adipocytes are normally found in the skin, but they’re lost when wounds heal as scars."

"Scar tissue also does not have any hair follicles associated with it, which is another factor that gives it an abnormal appearance from the rest of the skin."

"The secret is to regenerate hair follicles first. After that, the fat will regenerate in response to the signals from those follicles"
 Pics of the Week
Winter Outdoor Spa Retreats

I wish the states had more of this to offer. 

If you know of any good ones here in the states please share by replying to this email. 

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Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland 
Nordik Spa-Nature, Ottawa city area 
Cafe Kuusijärvi, Finland
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Thought of the Week

"What habits make you successful?"

- Dan Charnas, one of the first writers for Hip-Hop magazine The Source

I think it's worth to spend some time thinking about the question and also writing down your answers. 

Start to think about how you can make those habits a bigger part of your life. 

And also think about and write down which habits make you unsuccessful. 

I found this quote in a post about what knowledge workers can learn from chefs
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Ruk Digest 1/1

Happy New Years Fellow Rukkers!!!

I went to sleep at nearly 9 am today and woke up shortly after noon. I've definitely struggled very hard to finish the digest today. 
 
Two Stanford professors borrowed "the same process designers use to develop new products and gadgets and applied it to finding greater fulfillment in our lives."

I Love How Many Inventions Were Made By Mistake: Here Is The Story Of Silly String

 
Originally, Leonard A. Fish, and Robert P. Cox set out to make an "aerosol can that could spray an instant cast on a broken leg, or arm."

Click the link to watch a 1.5 minute long video detailing the story. 

Deal of the Week

Song of the Week

Addal Ft. Lisa May - Morning In Love

Chill / Deep House / Beautiful Vocals 

I'm listening to something mellow right now as I'm relaxing from the New Years festivities. 

Let this song remind you to be with someone that makes you come alive. 

Health and Science

New Technology Harnesses Movement Of A Person's Finger On A Touch Screen To Generate Electricity

 
Researchers from Penn State University hope that this idea could one day provide as much as 40% of the energy needed to power smartphones and tablets. 
 Pics of the Week
New Year celebrations across the world: Times Square, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. 

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Thought of the Week


I found this post on LinkedIn. 
Let this remind you how different the world will be 10 years from today.
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Ruk Digest 12/25


 
Happy Holidays Fellow Rukkers!!!

I'm going to start on a difficult note, but it all comes together to make a point as you celebrate the holidays. 
 
And for those over the age of 60, that number jumps to nearly 50%. 

Several companies are working to reduce this problem through virtual reality experiences. 

Click the link to see how VR can help. 

But more importantly, I shared this to get you to think about how big of a problem loneliness is. 

These holidays, I hope you all take the time to be with the people that are close to you. 

These holidays, let's be more social with our loved ones. 
Let's begin to bring the loneliness rate down. 

Watch This 12 Minute TED Talk To Learn How To Have Better Time Management

 
One of my favorite thoughts from this talk by Laura Vanderkam is that:
"I don't have time, often means it's not a priority."
"It's not a matter of lacking time, it's that you don't wanna do it."

Here is one technique from this talk that can help you prioritize your time:
Pretend to write the family holiday letter for next year. 
For 2017. 

What 3-5 things would make next year personally great for you?

THOSE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES!


Click the link to watch the video for more in-depth thoughts on time management. 

Deal of the Week

Join Ebates. Spend $25 Or More And Get A $10 Walmart Gift Card


For those that don't know, Ebates is a cashback website. You spend money with big name companies and get varying levels of cashback depending on the offer. 
 

Song of the Week

Emancipator - Land and Sea

Trip Hop / Chillout / Beautiful Vocals 

Let this song remind you that: 

Everything will be in it's right place.

Enjoy the holidays!

Health and Science

The History Of Traffic Signals And What Lies Ahead

 
To address the problem of horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians crowding the streets of London, John Peake Knight suggested taking the railroad method for controlling traffic. 

The first traffic signal was thus installed on December 9th, 1868. 

Click the link to get more details on the history. 

As for what lies ahead...

Imagine a world where traffic signals are nonexistent. 

A future where autonomous cars are in communication with each other and engage in "slot-based" intersections, "in which cars, instead of stopping, automatically adjust their speed to pass through the intersection while maintaining safe distances for other vehicles."

And as I think about the "slot based" idea from MIT, I predict that traffic lights may become nonexistent within the next couple of decades. 
 Pics of the Week
Last weekend I went to a holiday bazzar.  I came across Buzz Bear Studio, a creative baby outfits company based in Mclean, Virginia. 

I loved the outfits so much, that this week's theme is cute baby outfits. 

The top two pictures are from Buzz Bear Studio. The bottom left is from Noah's Boytiques, and the bottom right is from Au Lait Baby Boutique. 

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Thought of the Week

"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."

- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first female head of state on the continent of Africa and current President of Liberia.

I've had this quote up on my bathroom mirror for many months. 
I would read it every day to inspire myself. 
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Ruk Digest 12/18


 


Hello Fellow Rukkers!

Perhaps Succeeding Early In Your Career Is Not Best

 
Actress Sarah Paulson said that "If my career had turned out like the fantasy I had of what it was going to be, it would never have made me happy. But I couldn't have known that until it didn't happen. I found a success that is so much bigger and deeper and better, and it's because it happened later. If any of what I'm having happen now—the successes—would have happened to me when I was younger, I would have been ruined. Because when you're young, and things come super easily to you, and you have success right out of the gate, you're liable to think that's how it actually works. You start to think you don't need to be fully prepared or committed."

Deal of the Week

50% Off Your Next 5 Uber Rides when you pay using Android Pay!!


Basically you just need to get Android Pay, load it onto your Uber account and pay for your rides using Android Pay. 

Song of the Week

Zen

 Relaxing / Spiritual / Soulful 

On Saturday I went walking around exploring the Shaw neighborhood of DC. I finally ended up at Calabash Tea & Tonic, a place I have been trying to go to for several months now. 

While drinking a heavenly Vanilla Creme & Coconut Infused Black Tea, I heard this song come on in the cafe. 

I was put in a state of zen. 

Listen to this song, maybe drink some hot tea, and try to relax. 

Natureboyrd - The Ways of Nature

Recipe of the Week

Butternut Squash Soup

Now that it is getting cold, I am going to start putting in yummy soups. 

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Health and Science

Virtual Reality Is Being Used To Help People Cope With Fears, Anxiety, And PTSD

 
Exposure Therapy has been around since the 1950's. As per the name, the idea is to expose the patient to his or her fears in a safe environment. 

Virtual Reality is taking this to a whole nother level. 

Click the link for more details. 
 Pics of the Week
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Presenting math in a whole new light, Zaha Hadid Architects created The Winton Gallery, which showcases how math has played a pivotal role in our lives. 
Carrying your baby while cross country skiing - now that is hardcore.

The Pulk is a "Nordic word for a pod-like sled used to transport children or goods."
Moscow Lights. 
Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Azerbaijan. 

Thought of the Week

"Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live."

- Anne Sweeney, former President of Disney Channel
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Ruk Digest 12/12


 


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I Wrote A Reflection On Happiness For BuzzFeed, Titled: Several Hours Before My 27th Birthday

 
I question what is the right way to measure your life. 

Is happiness really the right way?

I think the answer may be no, and propose another solution.

The History Of Air Force One Planes With Pictures

 
In 1933 the government got the first plane for presidential travel, however, it was only until 1959 that the planes became known as Air Force One.

The Air Force One's design was made by legendary designer Raymond Loewy.

The flying Oval Office nowadays features "4,000 square feet of interior space incorporating presidential living quarters, work areas, meeting rooms, and 2 galleys capable of serving 100 people at a time."

And there are actually two planes, not just one. 

Deal of the Week

List Of Discounts For People Over The Age of 50

The list includes deals from Banana Republic, IHOP, Kohls, and 16 more. 

For the many readers that are clearly not even close to 50, you can share this with your parents =). 

Song of the Week

Chill

 Relaxing / Folk / International  

Banda Neira - Senja Di Jakarta

Recipe of the Week

Sumo Stew

"Sumo Stew is a robust soup brimming with mixed vegetables and tons of protein in a rich dashi broth."

It is eaten by Japanese Sumo wrestlers as part of a weight gain diet. 

Click the link to see the recipe 

Health and Science

New Study Reveals Faults In Flight Research

 
Conducted at Stanford University, a graduate student made 3D-printed goggles for a bird to fly through laser light in order to study the bird's flight physics.

"Using a high-speed camera, scientists captured the swirling vortices produced by a slowly flying bird. Surprisingly, they found that the vortices rapidly dissipated. The unexpected effect suggests that scientists need to rethink methods for calculating the lift produced under such conditions"

Click the link to get more details. 

Also here is a less scientific and easier to read article that includes a nice video describing the research. 
 Pics of the Week
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"The world’s first year-round ice hotel."
This bar in Toronto Canada has a great Mahogany interior. 
Take in the scenery in comfort with this Bubble Sled. 
Another epic view from a hotel pool in Italy.

Thought of the Week

"Seventy-five percent of internet use in 2017 will be mobile."

Forecast by Zenith, a media buying agency.
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Ruk Digest 12/4


 


Hello Fellow Rukkers!

Here Is A Challenge For You:
Be A Creator For 30 Days


Spice up your life a bit. 

Try something new. 

Get that creative side of yours working. 

Click the link to see why this will be a beneficial project to try. 

The Evolution of F1 Steering Wheels Video

 
This is a super cool montage of how complicated F1 steering wheels have gotten throughout the years.

Nowadays, the wheels look more like gaming controllers than actual steering wheels. 

Deal of the Week

Song of the Week

Hit You Deep In The Feels

 Dance / Chill / Electronic / Old School

Dirty Vegas - Lost Not Found

Recipe of the Week

Baked Brown Rice Kibbeh

Rice balls stuffed with ground beef, inspired by a traditional Middle Eastern dish.

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Health and Science

Glowing Tumors Could Help Improve Cancer Surgery

 
The idea has been out for several years, but it is still a long way away from becoming the norm. 

Basically, it is super hard to identify and remove tumors in a person's body without accidentally removing healthy tissue around the area. 

But with Fluorescence Detection, dye molecules are sent through an IV which makes the cancer cells glow to help guide surgeons to tumor sites. 

Click the link for more detailed info. 
 Pics of the Week
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Would you live in a house on the edge of a cliff??
This is a Lamborghini speaker! Though not so nice, the price. 21,000 Euros. 
Fantastic long exposure tunnel shot.
Incredible view from an infinity pool at Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland.

Click to watch an amazing video of swimming in the pool.

Thought of the Week

"You can't have happiness without having had unhappiness, because how else would you know what's happy?"

- Larry King
A few weeks ago I bought a fantastic book called What I've Learned by Esquire. The book is a series of interviews of famous people and a collection of wisdom and insight from them. 

I got this quote from that book. 
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Ruk Digest 11/20


Hello Fellow Rukkers!

Bill Gates Is Working On Toilets For The Developing World


The big idea?

Improve the smell of toilets.

By doing so, it would get people away from emptying their waste in unsanitary ways. It will also allow people to have a more pleasant experience. 

Gates is working with a perfume company to achieve this

The technology can be compared to noise cancelling headphones, except in this case, the ingredient in the fragrance will block the receptors in our brains from perceiving the bad smell.

Summon These Drones To Light Your Way

 
With this prototype service you can call a fleet of drones to light up dark places to help you navigate around. 

This is offered by a UK insurance company that believes "that the notion of insurance will move from restitution—i.e. fixing things that are broken—to prevention, and actually [stopping] bad things [from] happening in the first place."

Deal of the Week

Get $25 Off When You Spend $150 Or More

When you click on "Claim" you will be prompted to share the promotion. You will only get the code if you share the promotion.

Song of the Week

Workout!!!

 Classical / Epic / Hardcore / Little Metal / Motivation

Black Sails Opening Title - Composer Bear McCreary 

My friend who is a beast at working out and who has a rugby player physique got me into listening to epic classical music during workouts.

Recipe of the Week

Turkey Meatballs With Cranberry Sauce

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Health and Science

This Skin Patch Could Treat Peanut Allergies

 
The idea is that it would deliver "tiny amounts of peanut protein through the skin".

This is not yet out to the public as it is still in test phase, but so far the tests have been promising.

Click the link for more info. 
 Pics of the Week
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Driving in Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, Italy.
Chillin in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State.
Winter Cabin With An Epic View. Mount Kanin, Slovenia.
Table Styling. 

Thought of the Week

- Bethany Hamilton 
A pro surfer who survived a vicious shark attack that left her with one arm. 
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Ruk Digest 11/13


 


Hello Fellow Rukkers!

I am trying to make the Ruk better and am looking for feedback. 
Can you please take this very short 9 question survey to help me? 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6H576B2
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This Wheelchair Gives People That Are Paralyzed The Ability To Move In A Standing Position


The revolutionary idea was developed by an Israeli quadriplegic.

Watch the video in the link.

Boomerang: Make Your Gmail More Efficient

 
With this app you can schedule emails to be sent at a later time, get reminded about emails you haven't heard back from, and more. 

Click the link for more info. 

Urban Outlaw: Rebel Porsche Customizer


Watch this 30 minute documentary on Magnus Walker, a famous and not your ordinary Porsche Collector. 

If you're into cars, this is a must!

Deal of the Week

Bunch Of Coupons For Kellogg's Products

Find things like: $1 coupon for Kellogg's Special K Cereal
$1 coupon for Frosted Flakes
$.50 cent coupon for Pop Tarts

And make sure to also click on Partner Coupons for things like
$2.00 off Huggies
$.50 cents off Puffs tissues
$.25 cents off Bounty Paper Towels

Song of the Week

Fun Chill

 Reggae / Drum N Bass 

Johnny Osbourne - In Your Eyes (Aries & Gold Dubs Remix)

Recipe of the Week

Tofu Kimchi Stew

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 Pics of the Week
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Photographer Alex Strohl takes some pretty cool pics.
Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
Walking in Harriman State Park, New York.

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Ruk Digest 11/6


 


Hello Fellow Rukkers!

"The Beginning Of The End Of Live Football On TV"


 According to Senior Investment Banker Porter Bibb, who specializes in analyzing Media, Entertainment, and Tech ventures, The NFL has a bleak future ahead. 

In short, people are finding other things to watch, like drone racing, and finding other ways to watch instead of on traditional TV. 

My favorite example of this is that people are now starting to live stream drone racing on Snapchat.

You can skip reading the article in the link and simply watch the 5 minute video for more info. 

A Chinese Theme Park Has Been Built In The Egyptian Desert

 
Wait what???

Introducing TEDA Fun Valley. 

As part of the Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation, the Chinese state owned company TEDA has been focusing on industrial projects in the Northwest Economic Zone of Egypt.

To give the families of Egyptian employees working in this area another thing to do, TEDA has built a theme park.

Hence, this may be the only place in the world where a dinosaur park is located right next to petrochemical plants.

Here Are The Top Celebrity Investors


People who appear in the list include Leonardo DiCaprio, Tyra Banks, Kobe Bryant, Joe Montana, Justin Timberlake, and more.

Click the link to find out who is number 1.
I bet you'd never guess. 

Make sure you scroll to the bottom once you click on the link. That's how you will find the infographic.

Deal of the Week

Song of the Week

Pump You Up

 Retro / 80's Feel / Synthwave / Great Singing

Neon Nox - Checkpoint Feat. Rebecka Stragefors

Recipe of the Week

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

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 Pics of the Week
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Skeleton of color. This Instagram account is filled with very unique and colorful pictures.
Fall in Trentino, Italy.
Would you stay in this hotel in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's wine region? 
MVMT watch promoted in the beautiful Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon.

Thought of the Week

"Only get married when you find someone who sees your worth."

- Anonymous 
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Ruk Digest 10/30


 


Hello Fellow Rukkers!

In The Future Doctors May Prescribe Virtual Reality For Pain Management


 "Several independent studies show that virtual reality can help the brain stop focusing on physical pain. 

One early VR game called SnowWorld helped burn victims reduce the amount of time they spent thinking about pain from 76% to 22%—even when the pain was severe."

Google Created A Digital Whiteboard Called The Jamboard

 
It's a 55 inch 4k touchscreen that allows you to brainstorm and collaborate on ideas. 

But wait. 

It costs $6,000 dollars!

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My favorite is the one pictured above, The Bernina Express that travels through Switzerland and Italy.

Make sure to hit "Begin Slideshow" once you get to the site. 

Deal of the Week

Couldn't help it - got two deals for this week.
Get $10 off when you spend $100 or more at Home Depot.
Buy One Get One Free At Smashburger.

Song of the Week

Sit Back And Relax

 Chill / French / Electronic Pop / Lounge Feel / Sip On A Drink After A Long Day

Christine and the Queens - Christine (Paradis Remix)

Recipe of the Week

Happy Halloween - Tis A Giant Chocolate Candy Bar!

Enjoy dat sugah!

Click the link to see the recipe 
 Pics of the Week
The photos are links so if you want more info click away
Aston Martin debuted this beautiful Powerboat last month in Monaco.
Yumbulagang - A monastery in Tibet.
Mercedes-Benz is planning on selling luxury pickup trucks.
This house in Muriwai, New Zealand has a spectacular view.

A Little About My Week

On Monday I went to my first ever Virtual Reality Meetup. 
I sat in on two talks about VR and then got a chance to demo some VR games. 
Here are the highlights from what I learned:
  1. Social VR is predicted to be a pivotal part of VR in the future.
  2. Facebook is betting big on Social VR.
  3. Headsets will get smaller and weigh less.
  4. Virtual Reality is being paired with Omnidirectional Treadmills. Thus the innovations in Virtual Reality will bring innovations in the Treadmill industry.
  5. Something like adding a fake nose in a VR simulation can help with the common nauseous feeling people get while playing.
If you have any things you want me to try, or places/events you'd like to see me go to, email me with your ideas. 

Thought of the Week

"We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome.

However it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life – a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances."

- Oliver Sacks
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Thank you for reading!
Be Happy and Keep Learning!
Igor B.M.


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