Drops from the Fire Hose – September 20, 2012

The 20 Most Significant Inventions in the History of Food and Drink — The Atlantic

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, had a question: What are the most meaningful innovations in humanity’s culinary history? What mattered more to the development of civilization’s cultivation of food: the oven? The fridge? The plough? The spork?

50 Best Websites 2012 — TIME

TIME’s annual salute to sites and services which can keep you entertained and informed, save you time and money — and maybe even change your life.

President Obama’s Productivity Tactics — Lifehacker

It’s a huge understatement to say that being president is a very demanding job. It requires some serious time management and work coping skills. 99U has compiled a list of things President Obama does that keep him going and focused and help him get things done.

How to Make Yourself Luckier — Lifehacker

Like it or not, we’re all a little superstitious. It’s not necessarily a bad thing—research shows that leaving things to chance and luck can enhance performance, increase productivity, and reduce stress. As writer Eric Barker explains, being lucky isn’t completely beyond our control.

What Exactly Is A Smart City? — Co.Exist

Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments. However, I believe that the smart-cities movement is being held back by a lack of clarity and consensus around what a smart city is and what the components of a smart city actually are.

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