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Mindful : December 2015
14 mindful December 2015 Don’t wanna get outofbedandgoto thegym at6a.m.? The Pavlok, a new wearable device, will help you get off your lazy butt...by send- ing electric shocks through your body if you skip a workout or give in to other “bad” behavior. Or, see page 34 for our approach to habits. A 3-storey lamppost in San Francisco cor- roded, snapped, and fell on a car, narrowly missing the driver. How did it corrode? A main factor, officials say, was too much urine. Maybe next time you stumble out ofabarwithafull bladder, um, don’t. ● One evening, Laura Rodger decided to park her car by a pond, roll down the windows, and meditate—only she accidentally put her car in neutral and rolled straight into the water. How’s that for paying atten- tion to the present moment? For this year’s National Women’s Day in South Africa, pen manufacturer Bic South Africa put out an ad with the hashtag #HappyWomensDay that read: “Look like a girl, Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a boss.” A Michigan man went to jail for selling a backpack full of dirty socks to a couple look- ing to buy a pound of marijuana. Mexican artist Pedro Reyes melted down more than 1,500 guns, used the mate- rials to make shovels, and gave them to art institutions and public schools to plant trees. He wanted to show people “how an agent of death can become an agent of life.” Lego has set a 15-year goal to stop making their products with oil-based plas- tic—which they say accounts for around three-quarters of the company’s current carbon footprint. The Untold Music Festival in Transylva- nia introduced a “pay with blood” option for ticket-buyers, offering a discount or free one-day pass to those who gave blood at a donation clinic in the region. Dracula would be proud. Dot, a South Korean startup, is developing a braille smartwatch, so blind people have simple, portable access to communica- tion. It will be able to translate ebooks, text messages, and web pages into braille. After visiting Nairobi, Kenya, and seeing a little girl walking in shoes that were too small for her, Kenton Lee was inspired to design a shoe that could adjust in size as kids’ feet grow. He invented The Shoe That Grows, which expands in length and width up to five sizes. Lee has given thousands of pairs to Kenyan children. culture Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to