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Mindful : February 2014
22 mindful February 2014 Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Here’s a new product for those too speedy to stop for a cup of coffee or an energy drink: spray-on caffeine. A tiny spritz on the inside of your wrist will give you a jolt, though it’s recommended that you limit your exposure to 20 sprays a day. Can spray doughnuts be far behind? The pressures of a stu- dent workload getting you down? If you go to Syracuse University, the counseling center there offers a free eight- week course in Mind- fulness-Based Stress Reduction. Students who participated last year described the pro- gram as “invaluable.” A Sioux City, Iowa, college student has come up with a life- saving business idea: He rides his electric bike to bars, where he offers to drive inebri- ated patrons home in their own cars. He folds his bike in their trunk, charges what a cab would cost, and doesn’t mind stopping if his “ fare” wants a snack on the way home. What do these people have in common? 1) The man in Georgia who called 911 when McDonald’s got his order wrong. 2) The viewers in Connecticut who called 911 when their cable ser vice went down during an episode of Breaking Bad. Answer: A serious lack of perspective on what constitutes an emergency. In response to surging popular demand, Twinkies are back. They’re a little smaller but still have about a potato-and-a -half’s worth of calories. Their shelf life has also been lengthened from 26 to 45 days. A spongy tube filled with sugary goo that’s a month- and-a -half old? Now that’s a treat. New York’s Metropoli- tan Opera is installing ergonomic seating in 3,300 chairs over the next 10 years. They’ll improve blood flow to the lower extremities, diminishing opera lov- ers’ urge to fidget over the course of a three- hour performance. Butt cramps begone! Look out weeds, here comes the Detroit Mower Gang. The city’s financial woes means no one is maintaining its public green spaces, so resident Tom Nar- done recruited a group of volunteer guerilla groundskeepers. “We like to help kids,” says the Mower Gang web- site. “Because 6 -year- olds can’t mow their own park.” When a 37-story building nicknamed the Walkie Talkie appeared on the London skyline, it looked pret ty cool. In fact, it’s too hot. The building’s concave glass surface reflects and magnifies the sun’s rays, leaving bicycle seats, tires, and assor ted car parts melted at street level. The $371-million tower’s new nickname? The Fryscraper. ● Johns Hopkins Univer- sity is collaborating with Facebook to see if they can get more peo- ple signed up for organ donation. The results look promising: people who update their status with “Organ Donor” are given a link to a state donor registry, and their friends get a message about their new status, which prompts even more people to register. London firefighters have been called 79 times in the past three years to free citizens from handcuffs. They’re blaming the popularity of E.L . James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. We’re recommending a safe word and a nearby set of keys. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not mindlessmindful now Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon