FROM Manoush Zomorodi
How to Focus on One Thing in a Multitasking World? In our plugged-in world of constant distractions and never-ending emails, texts, and tweets, it’s hard to focus on just one task. UC Irvine researcher Gloria Mark has found that interruptions can cause increased levels of stress and anxiety. There’s simply too much information to consume and distribute; and that’s affecting our brains. Is the remedy single-tasking? And how can we mono-task in a multitasking world?
Web Roundup: “The Internet of Things” We’re getting closer and closer to the day when our cars, appliances, and even our own bodies are plugged into the Internet at all times. The idea is referred to as “the Internet of things.” It means our refrigerator can warn us when we’re almost out of milk, or our washing machines can order more laundry soap directly from Amazon. But also, our cars can tell our insurance companies exactly how fast we drive and our FitBits can send health information directly to our HMOs. This all could make our lives a little easier, but also scarier. We talk about that and more in our weekly web roundup.
Obama’s Millennial Media Tour and More Glozell Green calls herself “The Queen of YouTube,” and she’s one of three stars of the site chosen by the White House to pepper the president with questions in a live web stream this afternoon. We get more background on her, President Obama’s millennial-focused media blitz, and other Internet news in our weekly web roundup.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?