2014 in review: thanks for a great year (and I promise to be around more in 2015!)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

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The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram


Secrecy is hardly new on Planet Girl: as many an eye-rolling boy will tell you, girls excel at eluding the prying questions of grown ups. And who can blame them? From an early age, young women learn that to be a “good girl” they must be nice, avoid conflict and make friends with everyone. It’s an impossible ask (and one I’ve studied for over a decade) – so girls respond by taking their true feelings underground.

Enter the Internet, and Instagram: a platform where emotions can run wild – and where insecurities run wilder. The photo-sharing app is social media’s current queen bee: In a survey released earlier this month, three quarters of teens said they were using Instagram as their go-to app.

Instagram lets users share their photos, and “like” and comment on their friends’. The competition for “likes” encourages creativity in young users, who can use filters…

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Watch This First-Person Point of View of Going Down an Absolutely Terrifying Ski Line


The ski community has been in awe of professional athlete Cody Townsend after he skied down a long, extremely narrow, steep path in Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains. The skier can be heard saying, “Oh I’m getting nervous!” in the minute-long clip that now boasts more than 1.3 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on December 8. Powder magazine has recognized the mountain skiing feat as the line of the year.

Turns out, Townsend had wanted to conquer a straight line like that for about four or five years. “Since there were five years that went into it, actually skiing it wasn’t that hard,” he told Power magazine. “I felt like I was so prepared for it… I had skied it a thousand times in my head that, you know, it felt like it was meant to be.”

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The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them


This Influencer post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Follow Laszlo Bock and insights from other top minds in business on LinkedIn.

I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.

I have seen A LOT of resumes.

Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small…

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Bollywood Actress Slapped in Face for ‘Wearing Short Dress’

What the actual….? Since when does Islam dictate how a woman should dress? I don’t remember reading that anywhere in the Qu’ran. That’s just something patriarchy decided to slap on as a religious amendment to keep all of the power.


A Bollywood actress was slapped in the face during a taping of a reality show by a male audience member, reportedly for wearing a short dress.

Gauhar Khan, a model and reality TV star as well as an actress, was assaulted on Sunday during the shooting of the final episode of the singing competition India’s Raw Star in Mumbai, the BBC reports.

According to police, the man said that “being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress.” He had been taunting her before the altercation.

The man was accosted by security and arrested. He was due in court Monday.


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