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For the winner in all of us

10 tricks to appear smart during meetings " Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on."
posted by mooselini on Jul 3, 2014 - 84 comments

Smart glasses developed to help the blind

Researchers at Oxford University have developed glasses that enhance images of nearby people and objects to help those with failing vision.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 18, 2014 - 16 comments

He ain't smart, he just gestures that way

7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual
posted by St. Peepsburg on Feb 4, 2014 - 89 comments

Would you believe...

What do you need to be an international CONTROL super spy fighting the forces of KAOS? A Shoe-Phone. A Cone of Silence. A Bulletproof Invisible Wall and a Laser Blazer. Then, and only then, can you Get Smart. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 16, 2013 - 52 comments

Being Dumb

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith writes in praise of dumb art.
posted by chrchr on Jul 27, 2013 - 39 comments

Your dog is stupid

No, really, your dog is stupid. But THIS dog, this dog is pretty smart.
posted by HuronBob on Feb 21, 2013 - 86 comments

Can you hear me now?

The number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on Earth by the end of 2012. (Never mind the phone chargers.) By 2016, there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita.
posted by wensink on Feb 15, 2012 - 26 comments

"I cannot even decide whether [my face] is handsome or ugly. I think it is ugly because I have been told so."

Why are smart people usually ugly? (SLSlate) [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jan 12, 2012 - 101 comments

If you don't like the conversation, change it

It's either really smart, or really stupid. Perhaps some genius in an advertising agency thought took the phrase "there are no stupid questions" to heart and decided to launch it as the new mantra for Diesel Jeans - Be Stupid. [more inside]
posted by Jon-A-Thon on Jun 12, 2011 - 156 comments

Smart Pretty and Awkward

Smart Pretty and Awkward is a daily blog in which Molly Ford shares advice on how to be smarter, prettier, and (less) awkward.
posted by jouir on Feb 12, 2011 - 25 comments

You want me to blow on your what?

Is wind power bad? Many people think so. Americans are by far the largest energy user in the world, so why all the backlash ?
posted by woodjockey on Nov 15, 2010 - 135 comments

got mny in yr pkt? kthxbai

M-Pesa, the mobile platform based money transfer system launched by Safaricom in Kenya, is changing the landscape of money in Africa, and around the world. Competition is heating up even while the service expands internationally allowing transactions to occur between Africa, UK and Asia. Bankers, regulators, startups and operators all want a piece of the pie as even the phone manufacturers themselves get into this potentially lucrative business.
posted by infini on Jun 12, 2010 - 12 comments

We don't need no stinking flashcards!

Ever wanted to know how you would do on the SAT verbal? Feel like showing off at cocktail parties that you know the capitals of Africa and the Middle East? Now you can! [more inside]
posted by the_royal_we on Feb 22, 2010 - 23 comments

Great Old Ones - now in coconut

Exactly how worried should we be? The Octopus is a MetaFilter favourite, but their skill development is coming on apace. Previously 1, previously 2.
posted by She Kisses Wyverns on Dec 14, 2009 - 70 comments

Smart? Tossers.

The latest craze among yobs in Amsterdam seems to be Smart tossing. Jeremy Clarkson would undoubtedly approve, were he not busy urging Britain to invade France.
posted by acb on Jul 27, 2009 - 47 comments

Excuse me, I think I may have dropped my SAT scores by your table.

Smarter men have more sperm (via)
posted by device55 on Jan 9, 2009 - 55 comments

The unfortunate burden of genius

Medical studies have indicated that high intelligence is often synonymous with the likelihood of alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. Animal studies have suggested that being smarter can actually be bad for animals...and it's not always an advantage for humans either. There should be a point here, but I'm a little fuzzy on what it is.
posted by deusdiabolus on Dec 9, 2008 - 85 comments

Curvy = smart

Do you have an hourglass figure? Then you may be smart. (CNN video)
posted by dov3 on Jan 5, 2008 - 48 comments

Insert You Momma So Fat Joke Here

High BMI Now Means Cognitive Difficulties Later? A study published in Neurology attempts to discover if there is a link between cognitive function, cognitive decline and BMI (body mass index) over time. Yes, I am aware that BMI is a flawed metric.
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posted by fenriq on Jan 10, 2007 - 32 comments

Go away, I'm thinking.

Are smart people grumpier?
posted by footnote on Aug 12, 2006 - 48 comments

Wiring an Intelligent World

What is ubiquitous computing or "ubicomp," other than a geeky buzz-phrase for smart objects, "things that think"? In his provocative new book Everyware (freely excerpted here and here), interface designer and MeFite Adam Greenfield provides a thoughtful meditation on one of the digital world's most resonant hopes for the future, encompassing everything from pervasive RFID-chipping, Orwellian surveillance, and a humbly practical magic wand to a "coming age of calm technology."
posted by digaman on Jun 19, 2006 - 29 comments

Get Smart

Get Smart! Can a few simple exercises really sharpen your mental acuity in 7 short days? According to this BBC program, yes.
posted by vronsky on Apr 9, 2006 - 34 comments

Not embedded in your hand, just your credit card.

Not embedded in your hand, just your credit card. Your Providian VISA with Smart Chip Technology comes with a smart chip that's embedded on the front of the credit card. Soon, a smart chip will let you store information and applications that make shopping easier and more secure. Anyone here a little leary of this kind of "smart"ness? Thoughts?
posted by thunder on Jul 3, 2001 - 23 comments

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