7 tours that offer an authentic look at Tokyo and beyond
- And as more and more guided trips through major areas such as Tokyo and Osaka have bubbled up, a growing number of tours offer a specialized focus on these urban areas.
- Tour company Magical Trip takes visitors through Japan's major cities after dark, operating tours in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
- The Akihabara Culture Tour matches visitors up with a knowledgeable local who takes them around the Tokyo neighborhood devoted to all things anime, manga and video games.
- Organizing tours in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, they offer a variety of options including a handful of family-friendly options and even green tea-focused explorations.
- A few highlights include their Hidden Gem Food Tour in Tokyo's Shimbashi, which helps visitors navigate the labyrinthine backstreets of the capital's business district, and their tour through Kyoto's Nishiki Market.
Must-See Tech Talks for Every Programmer
- When thinking about the future, you can’t do better than Alan Kay. In The Future Doesn’t Have To Be Incremental, Kay describes how Xerox PARC was able to develop so many new technologies in such a short time, including the personal computer, bitmap displays, GUI, desktop publishing, word processing, laser printing, Ethernet, and object oriented programming.
- What We Actually Know About Software Development, and Why We Believe It’s True is an important call to change our practices and move to a world of evidence-based software engineering.
- What we’re learning from online education talks about some of the techniques they are using to run classes of hundreds of thousands of students - including video, discussion forums, interactive UI’s, automatic grading, and peer grading - and how this experiment is giving us unprecedented insight into how humans learn.
Who Are My Investors?
- The CEO asked his VCs because questions were coming up internally and he wanted to answer honestly and accurately.
- That said, I believe the investors in the USV funds we have raised over the years are ones we can be proud of.
- And they include the founders and leaders of some of the best companies that USV has invested in over our 15 years.
- It is time for all of us in the startup and VC sector to do a deep dive on our investor base and ask the question that the CEO asked me.
- Those who can be proud of their investor base stand to gain from this emerging situation as our portfolio companies can recruit and retain talent better and we can compete with others in the market for deals with one more arrow in our quiver.
Former Retail Food executives called to Canberra for grilling
- Tony Alford, a former chief executive and major shareholder of RFG, Andre Nell, who abruptly departed the company in late May, and former senior executive Alicia Atkinson were served with a summons late last week after repeatedly thumbing their nose at the committee, chaired by Michael Sukkar.
- The parliamentary inquiry into franchising kicked off in April in response to a string of scandals that highlighted serious flaws in the $170 billion sector, most notably an abuse of power and weak regulation that had been operating in plain sight for decades and was destroying the lives of many small business operators.
- "Our detailed submission to the inquiry makes a strong case for changes that would result in a substantial increase in penalties for breaches of the code, improved and more meaningful information disclosure to franchisees, and stronger unfair contract terms laws," he said.
Actress Selma Blair reveals she has multiple sclerosis
- In an Instagram post Saturday, the "Cruel Intentions" actress revealed she was diagnosed in August, and is facing the effects of the disease everyday.
- Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease that occurs when there's a breakdown in communication between the brain and other parts of the body, according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Symptoms include blurred vision, and difficulty with coordination and balance.
- Multiple sclerosis affects 400,000 people in the United States and 2.1 million people worldwide, the NIH says.
- Blair, 46, said she's had symptoms for years, and thanked her producers at Netflix for being understanding.
- She said she hopes "to give some hope to others.
- And even to myself," and encourage people to ask for help when they need it.
- Several celebrities have revealed they have multiple sclerosis, including TV personality Jack Osbourne, talk show host Montel Williams and "Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
How digital is upending payments worldwide and what it says about the future
- However, some of the greatest examples of digital payments disruption can be found in developing nations.
- The fact that digital disruption in these regions can be complex and varied, makes it difficult for the industry to devise effective strategies for international expansion — but understanding the drivers of this disruption can significantly aid payments companies.
- Despite each region's unique attributes, there are shared key conditions that make a market ripe for digital disruption.
- These include new payments infrastructure, increased access to financial services, and government intervention to drive digital payment capabilities.
- In this report, Business Insider Intelligence examines several case studies of digital payments disruption to draw valuable insights for players in developed markets like the US to consider.
- It also analyzes disruption in Australia to show how major digital disruption can be facilitated in a well-developed market.
14 limited-edition launches to shop this month before they sell out — from 'Game of Thrones' whisky to Disney-themed Vans
- Limited-edition products and collaborative collections are the way to a loyal customer's heart.
- Whether they want to celebrate a particular time of the year or reach new audiences by linking up with another company, brands hope to create hype and stay top-of-mind for customers with these exclusive releases.
- It can be as simple as introducing a new color option, or as involved as enlisting the influence of a celebrity and creating an entire collection around them.
- We love seeing how brands get creative throughout the year, so we've rounded up the best limited-edition products and collections worth shopping every month.
- The newest colors to add to your Wool and Tree sneaker collection include French Fry, Kauri Marine Blue, and Fiddle Leaf.
- The Fall/Winter season from Dagne Dover brings sophisticated camo patterns and new color options across all its neoprene and leather offerings.
The History of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Gargoyles
- Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is celebrated as one of the most exquisite examples of Gothic architecture.
- Constructed in the Middle Ages, the church has welcomed worshippers and sightseers for centuries, inspiring awe with its sky-high spires, ethereal stained glass windows, and spell-binding sculptures.
- Among carved depictions of holy figures like saints and prophets, the cathedral’s exterior also features a menagerie of grotesques, stone creatures intended to protect the church from malevolent spirits.
- The grotesques of Notre-Dame, for example, include both functioning gargoyles and a curious collection of decorative sculptures called chimera.
- However, by the middle of the 13th century, the Gothic style was gaining popularity, with gargoyles at the forefront.
- Notre-Dame’s collection of chimera includes frightening animals, fantastical hybrids, and mythical creatures.
- Today, visitors to Notre-Dame Cathedral can spot both the looming gargoyles and the perched chimera.
I toured an exclusive NYC club where freelancers, fashion influencers and entrepreneurs pay up to $1,250 a month to network in a stylish Tribeca building — and I didn't feel nearly cool enough to be there
- My first thought upon walking into Spring Place was that I didn't feel cool enough to be there.
- Tucked away on a secluded side street in New York City's trendy Tribeca neighborhood, the hip members-only club opened in May 2016 and has since become a popular destination for fashion influencers, celebrities, and other creatives.
- Guests at its opening party included Leonardo DiCaprio and Victoria's Secret models, according to The Daily Beast.
- Spring Place doesn't share how many members they have, but they did share with Business Insider that the largest percentage of those members — 18.6% — work in fashion.
- Another 17.8% work in media and communications, and 10.9% of members work in luxury and consumer goods.
- Other industries represented include tech, finance, film, art, music, philanthropy, and more.
- Spring Place is set to open their second location in Beverly Hills at the end of October 2018.
The genetics of university success
- Twin analyses indicate substantial additive genetic influence on university entrance exam achievement (57%), university enrolment (51%), university quality (57%) and university achievement (46%).
- In addition to achievement, EduYears GPS has also been used to explore ‘environments’, for example the likelihood of going to university compared to becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) at age 1826, social mobility27 and whether students attend selective or non-selective high schools28.
- Capitalizing on both twin and molecular genetic data, we perform the first genetically sensitive study of university success, including: achievement in university entrance exams, enrolment at university, university quality (the ranking of the university in league tables), university quality regressed for prior achievement and achievement at university (final degree grade for the whole sample and separately for STEM and humanities subjects).