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The World’s Most Michelin-Starred Chef Is Coming Back To New York

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New York City foodies are having a fantastic week. 

Not only did Michelin reveal its 2015 restaurant ratings for the Big Apple on Tuesday, but it was announced Wednesday that world-renowned chef Joël Robuchon is set to reopen his famous L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in New York’s Battery Park City.

Robuchon, whose restaurant empire encompasses Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Monaco, Paris, and Tokyo, has more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world  an impressive 28 in total.

He closed the original New York L’Atelier at the Four Seasons in 2012, departing entirely from the New York restaurant scene. But he often told reporters that he would like to come back and try again.

l'atelier four seasons new york (now closed)The new iteration of NYC's L’Atelier — the more affordable version of Robuchon’s series of eponymous restaurants— will open in March 2015 at Brookfield Place, formerly the World Financial Center. The new establishment will be 11,000 square feet with both counter and table seating, as well as a bar, lounge, and waterside outdoor area.

Robuchon currently has one other American L’Atelier location in Las Vegas, which offers two prix fixe options ranging from $78 to $105 and items like foie gras ravioli and his famous Le Burger — a beef and foie gras burger with caramelized bell peppers. 

l'atelier robuchon le burgerThis will be Robuchon’s third restaurant in America, and 23rd in the world. Sometimes called the "chef of the century,” Robuchon became famous thanks to his first Paris restaurant, Jamin, which was regarded as one of the best restaurants in history. 

After retiring from Jamin in the '90s, Robuchon re-emerged with a series of restaurants bearing his name and with his protégées at the helm.

Now that he's coming back to New York City, the Michelin Guide should get ready to make another spot on its list.

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This Guy Cashed In His Frequent Flyer Miles For A $18,000 Ticket On Singapore Airline's Incredible 'Suites Class'

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First class can be plenty luxurious, but it's nothing like Singapore Airline's iconic Suites Class.

Travel blogger Derek Low recently cashed in his frequent flyer miles to purchase a $18,125.30 round trip ticket in Suites Class, and thankfully he took lots of gorgeous photos of his journey.

From your own personal cabin and full-sized bed to private rooms and classy meals, you've never seen a classier way to fly in style.

Note: All photos used with permission.

Boarding began at the Singapore Changi Airport First Class terminal.



Checking in is a little less crowded in First Class.



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The World's Greatest Chef Joël Robuchon Describes His Two Most Memorable Meals

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Joël Robuchon is — without question — one of the best chefs on the planet.

In 1989 he was declared "Chef of the Century" by the well-regarded Gault-Millau guidebook, and since then he has amassed an incredible 28 Michelin stars at his various restaurants around the world.

He has also mentored top chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Eric Ripert, in addition to his various protégées at the helm of his global locations.

That's why foodies across New York City exclaimed in delight when it was announced Robuchon would be bringing his world-renowned L'Atelier restaurant back to NYC.

And while many believe that his fantastic food is the most memorable meal of their lives, I sat down with Robuchon earlier in 2014 at his Las Vegas restaurant location to ask him about his most memorable meal. 

"It's always difficult to answer such a question because the best meal I ever had depends," Robuchon told me in French at his eponymous restaurant at the Las Vegas MGM Mansion. "As an example about 15 years ago, I had lunch on the mountain with another great chef, Guy Savoy. And at 10 AM in the morning, we're eating on top of this mountain with a bottle of Château d'Yquem 1987.

"We were with friends, and people that we enjoy, with great cheese. And that certainly is marked as one of the great moments of my life. It may seem strange that one of my best memories is cheese and a bottle of wine, but it's built by the company that one chooses."

But that was not his only favorite dining experience. In addition to friends and company, Robuchon described what must be one of the most unique and delicious dishes any of us have ever fathomed:

"I was in Tours, and I was with a chef who was the first really to cook his own bread and to have ovens specifically designed for bread," Robuchon explained. "And in the center of this bread, he had actually cooked a chicken, and the chicken itself was infused with the flavor of the bread. You could eat the bread and taste the chicken. And yet the chicken itself tasted almost like cake. It had a golden crustiness to it.

"Anybody can do a roasted chicken, but to do a roasted chicken such as this within the bread — it had taken all the humidity out of the bread and it was so tender. And the skin itself looked like the crust of the bread. Those are the big moments, those are things I will remember."

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5 Amazing Australian Cities Everyone Needs To Visit

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From tropical beaches to dusty deserts, buzzing cities to wildlife sanctuaries, Australia has an amazing range of experiences for the adventurous traveler. 

The largest island on earth, Australia is almost as big as the continental United States, offering itself as a backdrop for films like Finding Nemo, The Great Gatsby, The Matrix, and Mad Max.

Famed for their laid-back attitudes, Australians enjoy a modern culture with a unique blend of European, American, and Asian influences.

So while you're packing your bags, here are the top five cities you just have to see if you want to get a true feel for this massive continent.

Sydney

Sydney is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The shiny clean city sits on the sparkling blue water of Sydney Harbor, framed by the opera house and towering bridge.

Sydney

Coffee culture, student culture, and underground culture have been refined to an art in Newtown and Glebe, two neighborhoods in Sydney. Bondi, it's main beach, is one of the most famous in the world.

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Suburbs like Surrey Hills, Paddington and Rose Bay are filled with class, wealth and sophistication, and if city life is all too much, it's just a 15 minute drive to the surf of beaches like Bondi or Manley.

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Colonialism and Asian immigration give the city quite a distinctive feel, and locals are spoiled by the impressive range and quality of international cuisine. Jagged cliffs and beach coves line the coast, and just one hour west of the city are the sheer rocks and thick bush of the Blue Mountains.

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Cairns

If your image of Australia is primarily formed by "Finding Nemo", then Cairns is the place for you. With the Daintree rainforest to the north and the Great Barrier Reef to the east, Cairns is the ideal base for snorkeling, hiking and scuba diving. 

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You can stay at island resorts, snorkel for clown-fish among the coral, or even practice speaking whale on humpback-spotting tours. 

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Seals, turtles and dolphins also cruise the colorful reefs. Between Cairns and the larger city of Brisbane, there's also the Whitsunday Islands if you're after some more exclusive resort offerings. The Qualia resort in the Whitsunday's offers one of the most exclusive (and expensive) hotel experiences in Australia. 

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The Daintree rainforest to the north offers lush hikes through Australia's tropical north-east.

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Alice Springs 

Alice Springs lies in the very centre of Australia, hundreds of miles away from anything. With its pubs and wildlife reserves, it's authentic outback Australia, but your main reason for visiting will be a bit of a drive.

Kangaroo Australia

200 miles south-west of Alice Springs is Uluru, the largest rock on the planet. The sandstone behemoth is 600 million years old, and the ancient landscape around it offers the most authentic outback experience in the country. 

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Aussies like to explore the the area in four-wheel drives and camper vans, but there's also a luxury hotel and plenty of bus tours. You can also take eye-opening tours with local Aboriginal guides, part of one of the oldest continuous civilizations on the planet.  

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Darwin

In contrast to Alice Springs, the landscape surrounding Darwin is spectacularly lush, especially in the wet season. In Australia's tropical north, you can find ant hills 20 feet tall, crocodiles 16 feet long, and waterfalls 600 feet high. 

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Again, the best way to explore is by hiring a four-wheel drive and heading out into the well sign-posted national parks. There are free BBQs, showers and toilets scattered throughout the area, and there's always a campground not too far away.

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You can escape the heat by diving into the waterholes and waterfalls throughout the park, but just make sure it's signposted as a croc-free-zone.

Northern Territory Australia

The city of Darwin itself has great seafood, fresh tropical fruit and excellent local markets — there's also a Crocodile Farm near a suburb called Humpty Doo. The bushland and waterholes of Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National park are just a couple of hours drive away. 

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Melbourne

If you can't stand hipsters, then Melbourne isn't for you. The lively city is known for its street art, small trendy bars and an overload of cultural heritage. There's a Melbourne museum, a science museum, an immigration museum, a Jewish museum, a sports museum, a racing museum, a film museum, a police museum, a railway museum and even a banking museum.

Melbourne Australia

Famous for it's coffee and lane-way culture, this is the city where you grab a micro-brewed beer at a rock gig, have a glass of red at the opera, or sip latte at an obscure gallery.

Melbourne Gallery

The city also hosts 'the race that stops the nation' — the Melbourne Cup horse race — and the Australian Open tennis tournament.   

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Melbourne demonstrates Australia's cosmopolitan city-life at its best. From grand colonial buildings and landscaped gardens to grungy bars and graffiti-strewn lanes, Melbourne has something for every type of cultural explorer.

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How Bill Gates And Warren Buffett Overcame A Totally Awkward First Meeting To Become Best Friends

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With an estimated net worth of $80 billion, Bill Gates is the richest guy in America, and Warren Buffett is the second-wealthiest at $67 billion.

And, although Buffett is 26 years older than Gates, the two are clearly the closest of friends. 

As a team, they started a campaign asking the world's richest people to give their money to charities. They lobby Congress as a team. They criticize flat taxes as a team. They read classic business books as a team

They play ping pong, they chill out in China together, and they throw newspapers as part of a strange tradition at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.buffett newspaper

Buffett trusts Gates: He gave the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $2.1 billion.

Gates trusts Buffett: He says that his dialogue with Buffett has been "invaluable" to his career.

But they didn't want to have anything to do with each other when they first met through Washington Post editor Meg Greenfield on July 5, 1991.

It's the stuff of bromantic comedy.  

Greenfield — a family friend of the Gateses — was cruising through Seattle with Katharine "Kay" Graham, the Post publisher who presided over Watergate, and Buffett was along for the ride since he was BFFs with Graham and Berkshire Hathaway held a stake in the Post. 

Gates newspaperThe plan was to hang out with Bill Gates Sr., his wife Mary, and that software mogul son of theirs, Bill Gates.

Buffett was nonplussed.

"While we're driving down there, I said, 'What the hell are we going to spend all day doing with these people? How long do we have to stay to be polite?" he tells the Financial Times

Buffett thought he'd want nothing to do with the younger Gates — computers were like Brussels sprouts to him.

And Gates remembers complaining to his mom about meeting Buffett. 

"What were he and I supposed to talk about, P/E ratios?" he recalls in a Fortune column. "I mean, spend all day with a guy who just picks stocks?"

But Gates was excited about meeting Graham — he was intrigued by the Post and its history.

Resigned to his fate, Gate said that he would stay for a few hours to chat with his elders, and then he'd helicopter back to the Microsoft headquarters to crush it at the office.

Then Graham, Greenfield, and Buffett arrived.

After a few introductions, Buffett and Gates started talking about the changes in the newspaper business. Then Buffett started asking Gates about his industry. 

"If you were building IBM from scratch, how would it look different?" he asked. "What are the growth businesses for IBM? What has changed for them?"

Then Gates told Buffett to buy two stocks: Intel and Microsoft.

They were immersed in conversation. The bromance was blooming.

In recalling that first meeting, Gates says that he was struck by a few things. First, Buffett "asked good questions and told educational stories." Second, he'd "never met anyone who thought about business in such a clear way." Third, Buffett taught him a fun mental exercise.

"On that first day, [Buffett] introduced me to an intriguing analytic exercise that he does," Gates says. "He'll choose a year — say, 1970 — and examine the 10 highest market-capitalization companies from around then. Then he'll go forward to 1990 and look at how those companies fared. His enthusiasm for the exercise was contagious."

Gates was hooked. Before the Oracle left that day, he agreed to fly out to Nebraska to see Buffett's beloved University of Nebraska Cornhuskers dominate a college football game.

Now they have fun together all the time, whether lobbying Congress, fighting disease, or just hanging out and talking about "Business Adventures," as geniuses do. 

In Buffett, Gates found a mentor.

"When Melinda and I started our foundation, I turned to him for advice," Gates says. "We talked a lot about the idea that philanthropy could be just as impactful in its own way as software had been. It turns out that Warren’s brilliant way of looking at the world is just as useful in attacking poverty and disease as it is in building a business. He's one of a kind."

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What I Learned From Spending The Weekend At A Life-Coaching Workshop

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At first, I was pretty skeptical of spending almost my entire weekend at a life-coaching workshop in New York.

I expected it to feel either cultish or boring. And of course, any event dedicated to talking about your feelings runs the risk of being mind-numbingly corny.

But you know what? I liked it. I left with a plan addressing things I need to work on to overcome some hurdles in my life, and they're realizations that I came to with some nudging along, rather than being artificially implanted into my head.

The Handel Group's "Design Your Life" weekend served as an introduction to the Handel Method, essentially a process that gets people to dig to the roots of their beliefs and behaviors with the aim of addressing the reason why they aren't as happy as they'd like to be in their personal and professional lives.

The essence of the Handel Method is having a coach motivate you to be completely honest with yourself, which is something anyone can benefit from.

I got the invite from Lauren Zander, the group's founder, when I interviewed her about her career as a life coach. After working as a life coach for six years, she started the Handel Group in 2004 to codify her coaching method and train others to teach it. Today the group has 14 life coaches with an additional nine in training and seven corporate coaches with an additional 10 in training. Zander works as both, and has consulted with companies like the New York Times and Sony Music Entertainment. The Handel Group also has coaching electives at MIT and Stanford University.

As a guest, I didn't pay the $600 fee. While pricey, it's pretty standard for high-level personal coaching. For comparison, the cheapest ticket for the upcoming Tony Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within" weekend in Dallas goes for $695.

From 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday and Sunday in mid September, I joined 27 other Design Your Life participants and three of Handel's coaches. The program was pretty low key, taking place in some rented office space in a Madison Avenue high-rise. The only prop was a modest television streaming slides and video from a laptop.

I'll take you through my own experience of the workshop, sharing pieces of insight you can apply to your own life.

Homework

Before we began Saturday morning, everyone filled out a homework assignment that detailed the most important aspects of their lives, including their upbringing, career, bad habits, and haunting memories. It served as a way for the coaches to form an idea about the strengths and weaknesses of their group members, and for the participants to get their thoughts prepared.

We were assigned to either Hildie Dunn or Suzee Edwards as our personal coach, who read each of our homework assignments. I had a chance to talk to my coach, Dunn, for about 20 minutes a week before the event to get a loose idea of what the weekend would entail and what I'd like to focus on.

Handel Group Co-President Laurie Gerber led the weekend and coaches Dunn and Edwards each had smaller groups of 14 people called "pods" to work with.

Saturday

Gerber kicked off the morning session before we went to our pods to talk and work through written exercises. As we worked on these exercises, the coaches would take time to speak to participants on a one-on-one basis.

The first order of business was determining a "dream" to work on for the weekend, an ideal vision in which a particular bad trait was overcome to achieve certain goals. It could be related to a specific area like your career, romantic life, or money issues.

For this weekend, I decided to focus on effective time management. Following the method of "dream writing," I wrote a paragraph in the present tense, imagining myself as someone who addresses my (many) anxieties and goes to bed with a completed to-do list. But according to my pod coach, Dunn, I shouldn't have even used the word "address," since it comes across as panicked and uptight.

After thinking about it and talking it through with Dunn and my group, I decided that my dream regarding time management was to live in a state where I eased my way through schedules so that I had the chance to maximize my chances for connecting with loved ones and new professional contacts.

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Then it was time to find out why we haven't yet made our dream a reality. In the Handel Method, there are three kinds of excuses that people use to explain not meeting their goals:

The Weather Report: You failed because something was out of your control. Think: "I'm sorry I'm late, but the storm hit during my commute."

The Chicken: You didn't do something because the fear of failure seemed scarier than suffering the consequences of not doing it.

The Brat: Things turned out to be more difficult than you expected, and that's not fair. Throwing a tantrum seems preferable to actually putting forth effort.

An excuse I wrote down was, "I don't have the ability to do this to the best of my ability right now." It's an excuse I've used to justify procrastination in just about every aspect of my life, from work to friendships (it's a "bratty weather report").

So instead of being a brat, I'm going to recognize when that excuse runs through my head and immediately counter with, "Getting just one step done is valuable."

Your counter-excuses will probably be things that are simple and that you've known all along. You only need to put forth some effort to quiet the voice that has become routine. And make sure your counter-excuse isn't self-bullying, Gerber and Dunn warned. Telling yourself to "get over it," for example, is dismissive of what you're actually thinking and feeling, and thus setting you up to throw in the towel.

The point of the entire exercise was to break down lies we tell ourselves.

At the end of the day, we were given a homework assignment of having a moderately difficult conversation with someone, clearing up a lie that we had told. Since I was in a situation where I felt compelled to participate, I went ahead with the cathartic conversation, and I don't think I would have done so for a long time had I not had that push.

Sunday

On the second day, we determined a single negative trait to focus our energy on, coming up with an adjective and noun that captures it. We did this as a way to confront the worst parts of ourselves that we had been ignoring or justifying in some way.

Everyone had fun thinking of creative ways to characterize the worst aspects of themselves, coming up with titles like "righteous critic" and "dramatic victim."

I have to say, I think my coach Dunn did a surprisingly accurate read on me from the relatively little she actually knew about me. I wrote down that I was an "anxious judge," and she replaced the second word with "controller," which I actually like better.

I talked it through with Dunn in front of the group and then followed up with her one-on-one afterward.

I explained how there have been times in my life where I've either performed with utter responsibility and carefulness, and other times where I've been completely dismissive and reckless. Our conversation made me realize that I tend to equate the path to success with an adrenaline rush, as if something is only good if it was the product of an intense struggle. I tend to create obstacles if the road to accomplishment appears too clear and simple. Of course, that's not a sustainable or even healthy approach.

Dunn suggested that I try to switch over to a "chilled engager," a phrase that got everyone laughing but came with a real strategy. I will always need to feel like I'm in control, but I also need to build trust with myself and not make plans that I know I can't keep.

"The feeling of being overwhelmed comes when there's no trust in your plan," Dunn told me, saying that it's something she's dealt with herself.

To get us to stop telling lies that hold us back, we each came up with promises to ourselves that we would keep, with accompanying consequences to hold us to them.

One of mine was "I will finish my planned work by 6 p.m." so that I can work more efficiently. I need to skip an end-of-day beer or glass of wine anytime I break that, and a drink is so much better after a day that's gone on long past 6...

Taking action

After all the writing, listening, and conversations, I left feeling good.

There were a couple of small things I wasn't sold on completely — the brief mentions of New Age-sounding spirituality or the furthest extent of how much your traits are a reaction to those of your parents — but I experienced enough to conclude that it was valuable training.

When coaching works, you are not "learning" anything, but rather compelled to confront something you've always known but ignored.

After taking two days to reflect on myself and listen to what smart and talented people are going through, I realized that, to put it simply, I don't need to be making my life so hard. And that little bit of insight has been empowering.

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This Map Shows Where There Are The Most Eligible Bachelors For Unmarried Women

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A great new interactive graphic from the Pew Research Center shows which cities are best for single men and women looking to settle down.

What's particularly interesting about the data used for this map is that it doesn't just take into account the ratio of men to women in a particular area, rather it looks at unmarried men and women from ages 25 to 34 who are employed, giving a more accurate look at what Pew calls "the marriage market." 

There is one caveat — Pew wasn't able to calculate statistics for about a third of US metro areas because there was a mismatch between geographic boundaries from the data files they used. Statistics aren't available for some less-populated areas.

For women looking to marry, coastal California and some parts of the US have high ratios of unmarried men to unmarried women.

For men, the South presents good prospects, with high ratios of unmarried women to unmarried men.

Men are going to have a much harder time than women in finding a partner who's employed. There doesn't appear to be a single metro area that's shown on Pew's map where employed, unmarried women outnumber employed, unmarried men.

Check out the interactive map, and scroll over a metro area for a more detailed look at the numbers:

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How To Be Interesting (In 12 Simple Steps)

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It's easy to be boring. It's harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book "How To Be Interesting."

Go exploring.

Explore ideas, places, and opinions.

The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.

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Expose yourself.

To embarrassment. To ridicule. To risk. To strange events and conditions. To wild ideas. To things that make you cringe. To strange vistas and new sounds. Trust me. It'll be fun.

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Become a spy.

People watch. Eavesdrop. Lurk. Loiter. Listen. And you'll learn the secret codes of others. Every day can be an interesting recon mission.

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Tweak the schedule.

Wake up before the alarm. Steal moments between stoplights to compose poems. Sneak off to a moonlit spot when you'd otherwise be watching something on a glowing screen. Work at night and play in the daytime. Carve out hours for the dreams you've been putting off. There's always time to explore. You get to decide when it is. 

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Keep asking why.

Parents hate it when kids do it.

Why? Because.

Why? Because.

Why? Because.

And on and on. But try it. You'll be surprised at how quickly a simple Why? can turn into a fascinating Because.

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Share what you discover.

And be generous when you do. Not everybody went exploring with you.

Let them live vicariously through your adventures.

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Instigate.

Do not wait until tomorrow. Say, do, or make it now. Go where you need to be. Do not wait to be invited places. Host your own parties. Do not sit by the phone. Pick it up. Spread the word. Press the buttons. Buy the tickets and enjoy the show.

HTBI instigate

State the obvious.

What's known to you is often a mystery to others. Your old fact is someone else's new lesson. Your simple task is someone else's impossible chore. Your mind is full of treasures that no one else has seen. Pass them on. An idea shared is not diminished: It's multiplied. 

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Do something. Anything.

Dance. Talk. Build. Network. Play. Help. Create. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're doing it. Sitting around and complaining is not an acceptable form of "something," in case you were wondering. 

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Sign up.

Join a club. Take a class. Volunteer. Have a party. Take a meeting. What we do shapes who we are. Be someone who's been there, done that, and wants to do new things tomorrow.

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Earnestly enjoy yourself.

Irony gets in the way of experience. Drop the pretense, and you'll have room to carry the day.

Sing along to cheesy pop music. Enjoy things that are out of style. Make silly faces. Stop stifling your giggles.

Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself. 

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Tinker.

Start with a wonder. How does this work? What makes that happen? Then poke. Take things apart and put them back together. Push buttons. Change settings. See how the pieces fit. See what powers the engine. See how interesting it all is. 

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Insane Manhattan Mansion Roman Abramovich Almost Bought Is Now Available To Rent For $150,000 A Month

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The gorgeous Fifth Avenue mansion that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich almost bought for $75 million is now available to rent for $150,000 a month, according to The Real Deal.

Almost a year ago, Abramovich was in contract to purchase three of the five apartments in the building at 828 Fifth Avenue from the family of late British real estate developer Howard Ronson, which included the penthouse, a triplex, and a duplex apartment.

The deal fell through after the seller — Ronson's widow, heiress Engelika Ivanc — reportedly held out because she thought she could get more money from the Russian mogul.

Abramovich had reportedly bought another apartment in the building, and was trying to purchase the final unit so he could restore the mansion to its former glory. Now it looks like that dream may never happen.

But for those with $150,000 to throw around each month, the eight-bedroom co-op is now available to rent on Stribling & Associates.

An interesting mix of classic and modern with tall ceilings and eight bedrooms, the home even has a rooftop terrace that looks out over Central Park.

The Manhattan townhouse sits directly across from Central Park Zoo.



It's currently divided up into five units.



Abramovich was hoping to buy them all and create a single-family mansion.



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The 16 Most Eligible CEOs

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There’s something incredibly alluring about the power and prestige that comes with running a company. 

We recently came out with our list of the Sexiest CEOs Alive! These CEOs all have power, ambition, charisma, and style—and they're top dogs at companies that people are buzzing about. 

While compiling this list, we kept tabs on which CEOs are married or single, and found the most eligible CEO bachelors and bachelorettes. We only included CEOs who are not married or engaged.

Here are the 16 most eligible CEOs.

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11 Pictures Of The Northern Lights That Just Dazzled Norway

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RTR48L06The village of Mestervik in Norway, located north of the Arctic Circle, recently got a fantastic view of the Northern Lights, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet. The colorful light display provides yet another reason to move to the Nordic region

Most people are prevented from seeing this light show in person due to the location — the Northern Lights normally shine in remote places like Saskatchewan in Canada or in Greenland. 

Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis recently took a trip to Norway and got some fantastic shots. We've pulled out some of the best. 

The Northern Lights, also called auroras, are natural light displays in the sky that occur around the Poles.



They are most visible at night, when the bright colors stand out in the dark sky.



Auroras are caused by the collision of solar wind with the Earth's atmosphere at an altitude between 60 and 400 miles above sea level.



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The Most Billionaires Live In These 20 Cities

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The world's 2,325 billionaires live all over the place, but they cluster together in a few moneyed metropolises. 

A full 34% of the world's billionaires base themselves in the below cities, according to a report from the research firm Wealth-X

"Certain clusters help explain the large billionaire populations in many cities," the report says. "For instance, New York's role as the financial capital of the world has helped attract new billionaire financiers. In addition, certain cities are particularly attractive because of the lifestyle they offer, from cultural attractions to a desirable environment in which to raise a family." 

Here's the list: 

billionaire cities

For a look at last year's billionaire arrangement, go here.

SEE ALSO: How Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, And Other Self-Made Billionaires Got Their Big Break

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An American Steakhouse Bid In A Private Japanese Wagyu Beef Auction For The First Time — And Then Served It

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On Monday night about two dozen journalists, steak-enthusiasts and all-around hungry people gathered in a private room at Old Homestead Steakhouse in Manhattan's Meatpacking District to enjoy an experience months in the making.

For the first time ever, Americans were about to dine on the highest quality Japanese Wagyu steak purchased at one of the country's exclusive beef auctions. Greg Sherry, a co-owner of Old Homestead along with his brother Marc, traveled to Japan's Gunma prefecture to bid on some beef and bring it back home.

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"Marc and I always try to be the first in everything we do," Sherry told Business Insider. "Wagyu is something Marc and I brought to this country 18 years ago and we've just kept searching for the best of the best of the best."

Indeed, in some meat-circles the Sherry brothers are known as 'The Ambassadors of Steak' for lobbying Japanese and American food regulators to get Wagyu to America in the first place. Eating the extra fatty steak has been a culinary experience for steak lovers across the country ever since.

Wagyu is distinct because of the way the cattle is raised — and that is, slowly. Unlike your average 1,600 lbs American cattle, Wagyu cattle are not force fed or allowed to graze (all that running around builds too much muscle). They're also only brought up to about 1,300 lbs.

The result is an incredibly fatty, tender meat that melts in your mouth like butter. 

Steak butter.

Think about that.

Old homestead mini burger

Greg Sherry started the process of getting into the auction about 4 months ago. Once he was approved, he jetted over to Japan. It took about 45 days for the meat to get through customs after purchase.

Once it got to the U.S., Marc Sherry went to work creating a tasting menu for the launch (yes, a meat launch).

On Monday night guests dined on five courses including Wagyu tenderloin bites, a Wagyu chuck mini burger with quail egg and truffles (a BQT), Wagyu sirloin Carpaccio, a Wagyu rib steak, and homemade vanilla bean Wagyu ice cream.

It was incredibly rich and incredibly incredible.

It's also, of course, incredibly expensive. A 12 oz cut of Japanese steak will run you about $350 at Old Homestead.

So save up.

 

SEE ALSO:  Step Inside The Place Where The Most Expensive Meat In NYC Is Served

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The 10 Best Laptops On The Market

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Laptop computers are always changing. Faster, better models of the last "big thing" arrive all the time, which makes it necessary to upgrade every once in a while in order to keep up with the times.

The experts at FindTheBest helped us put together a list of the best laptops and notebooks on the market right now.

Rankings are based on expert reviews and FindTheBest's Smart Rating Scale, which accounts for the technical overview and specifications of each product.

10. Alienware M18x ($1,999)

The Alienware M18x is an 18.4-inch gaming laptop that runs on Windows 7. Gaming laptops feature high-end display, graphics, processor, and RAM specs, as well as other features geared towards gamers.

9.  HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr ($1,399)

The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr is an ultrabook, which is a smaller notebook designed to reduce bulk and size without compromising overall performance. While the ultrabook is pricier than the average laptop or notebook, it features a very fast i7-Intel 3517U Single Core processor, which offers a base clock speed of 3 gigahertz.

8. Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch with Retina Display (mid-2012) ($2,199)

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch with Retina Display (mid-2012) is an all-purpose, desktop replacement laptop that runs OS X as its operating system. It comes with 8GB of RAM and a hybrid HDD drive that rotates at 7,200 RPM — faster than the average laptop or notebook.

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7. Dell Latitude 6340u ($1,297)

The Dell Latitude 6340u is a lightweight ultrabook with 8GB of RAM. It also comes with a longer-than-average 36-month warranty. 

6. Dell Precision M6500 ($1,699)

The Dell Precision M6500 is a desktop replacement laptop designed with a large screen and strong computing power. Thirty-two gigabytes of RAM makes it one of the fastest laptops currently on the market. 

5. Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (mid-2013) ($999)

The Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (mid-2013) is a mini ultrabook laptop designed with mobility in mind. It's sleek (0.68 inches thick), lightweight (2.38 lbs), and has an impressive battery life (nine hours). 

4. Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2013) ($1,099)

This model is very similar to the MacBook Air 11-inch. However, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2013)'s screen is two inches wider and slightly heavier. It has also has one of the longest battery lives on the market, lasting up to 12 hours.

3. Vizio CT15-A4 ($899)

The Vizio CT15-A4 is an ultrabook laptop that runs on Windows 8. It earned its spot because it has loads of style and performance. Like the MacBooks, its thin, lightweight design makes it incredibly portable. 

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2. Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch with Retina Display (fall-2013) ($1,299)

The Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch with Retina Display (fall-2013) scored a 100 on the FindTheBest Smart Rating Scale. The all-purpose laptop and desktop replacement has fast CPU, a long battery life, and a pixel density of 232 PPI. 

1. Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch with Retina Display (fall-2013) ($1,999)

Also earning a 100 on the FindTheBest Smart Rating scale is the Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch with Retina Display (fall-2013). Its best-in-class 15-inch high resolution screen and exceptional performance make it the most highly rated laptop or notebook on the market.

SEE ALSO: The 10 Best Home Printers On The Market

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The Official Instagram Of Iceland's Police Department Might Be The Goofiest Thing You'll See All Day

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Being a police officer is a very important and demanding job, one that should be respected and taken seriously. But that doesn't mean cops can't have a little fun here and there. The Metropolitan Police Department in Reykjavík sure seems to understand that. 

Their official Instagram is full of zany selfies, pictures with cute animals, and snaps of food. It might remind you of the Instagram feed of one of your sillier friends, except these people are cops. 

We compiled a set of our favorite shots to share with you. 

(via Mic, images via Instagram)

They take ridiculous selfies, just like you and I (with or without the mustaches).



They document their meals just like us, too. They especially like hot dogs.



... and ice cream, too. The Icelandic caption for this picture roughly translates to "Go gently into the weekend, and eat plenty of ice cream!"



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Don't Go To Las Vegas To Gamble — Go For The Food

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As spending in Las Vegas shifts from gaming to everything else, there's more and more reason to go to Sin City to eat.

The city has always been a hotspot for foodies, with high-end options like Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy, and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro, but it's really blowing up recently.

More than 60 new restaurants have opened, been designed, or plan to open in Las Vegas, according to Travel & Leisure. Many of these are affordable establishments with entrées in the $15-$30 range.

Thanks to Vegas’ nearly 40 million annual tourists, the local restaurant industry rakes in an estimated $8 billion annually, according to Applied AnalysisThe demand for great, attainable food is there, and the city has begun to deliver.

Contrast this with a decade ago, when the Vegas culinary scene was an arms race for hotels on the Strip to acquire a five-star restaurant. “When I first came 10 years ago, we felt a sort of competition between the restaurants that were within the casinos to set up these quality restaurants,” Joël Robuchon told Business Insider.

joel robuchon las vegasMGM Grand did ultimately open a Joël Robuchon, as well as Robuchon's L’Atelier, both of which now boast Michelin stars. For more ultra-high-end dining the Strip, the Bellagio has Picasso, a restaurant filled with works by the late artist, the Mandarin Oriental has highly-rated Twist, Aria has barMASA and Jean Georges Steakhouse, and Caesars Palace has Guy Savoy. The list goes on and on.

If you want to break the bank to eat amazing food, Las Vegas has you covered.

But whereas it used to be all about the fine dining, Vegas restaurants today are placing more value on quality food at affordable prices. Hotels now have sports bars, buffets, and sushi spots with ridiculously good food, and these places are mere doors away from the fine dining powerhouses that used to dominate the scene.

Bellagio buffet las vegasAnd then of course, there’s the true heart of the Las Vegas culinary scene, which has also seen a revamp: the buffets. From the huge selection at the Bellagio Buffet to the amazing food at the Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon and the high-class fare at the Bellagio’s Jasmine, Vegas buffets are shaking their abysmal reputations. 

There’s no doubt the food scene in Las Vegas will continue to get better as new restaurants open on the strip and add to the city’s burgeoning foodie culture.

So the next time you’re in Sin City, skip the sinning and get right to the food.

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