This Tiny Country Feeds the World

The Netherlands, at only 1/270th the size of the US, is the world’s second largest food exporter by value…behind only the US. How did they do this? It’s all about the efficiency. Source: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Is Social Connection the Key to a Long and Healthy Life?

According to psychologist Susan Pinker, research indicates that it’s not exercise and diet that most determine longevity, but the number and quality of personal relationships that does. Pinker studied the inhabitants of the island of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, which boasts six times the number of centenarians as the mainland and ten times […]

Essential Oils For Old Dogs?

Tokyo, Japan: It wasn’t until recently that my knowledge of oils was limited to two types: the black stuff that you put into your car and the clear stuff that you put on your frypan. Yes, I know, I was a typical clueless and uninterested guy. Fortunately, starting about fifteen years ago, my younger sister […]

65 Best Tiny Houses 2017 – Small House Pictures & Plans

Check out these tiny, inexpensive, energy-efficient homes you can retire comfortably in. With stock prices at all time highs, maybe it’s time to take a little money off the table and invest in a roof over your head. Source: 65 Best Tiny Houses 2017 – Small House Pictures & Plans

KAAT’s Alice in Wonderland Plays July 22nd through August 6th

Yokohama, Japan:  The Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) recently announced the production of a dance-themed adaptation of 不思議の国のアリス, Alice in Wonderland. The show will run from July 22nd through August 6th. Tickets went on sale from May 21st. More information (in Japanese) can be found on the KAAT website here: http://www.kaat.jp/d/alice_kaat.       Interestingly, the KAAT casting committee made […]

Agribusiness Goes High-Tech

Silicon Valley is digging around for new startups to grow and is betting the farm that high-tech agribusiness won’t be small potatoes for long.  Big data and AI are being applied in more and more ways to better understand how we can improve agricultural systems around the world. Source: Agribusiness Gets Less Hands-on and More High-Tech […]

From Waitress to $2.8 Million Retail Brand

Cheekys founder, Jessica Roberts, started out as waitress and ended up with a $2.8 million fashion brand for country gals. Source: How This Former Outback Steakhouse Waitress Built a $2.8 Million Retail Brand | Inc.com

MARIA Featured as FMG Agency’s Top Teen Talent in Audition Magazine

Tokyo, Japan:  Rising teen actress, MARIA (first from right), was prominently featured on the FMG Talent Agency’s promotion page in Audition Magazine.   Maria recently appeared as the struggling hurdler in Mrs. Green Apple’s music video, “In The Morning.”  The “In The Morning” CD/DVD album, released by Universal Music in late 2016, is available for sale across Japan and […]

‘Requiem For The American Dream’: A Wakeup Call for the Middleclass

In this 2015 interview renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky reveals the ten principles the wealthy ruling elites have used to acquire the bulk of America’s wealth.  The film was quite prescient in predicting many of the symptoms we have been experiencing since the 2016 presidential election through the first month of the Trump administration, but explains that they have been present throughout […]

Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker | The Japan Times

In a high stakes battle for world dominance, artificial intelligence has finally bested humans in the game thought to be our last hope for supremacy:  poker. Source: Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker | The Japan Times