How can male gym-goers be persuaded to eat less meat?

As someone who has personally seen the benefits of eating a lot less meat, I don't need too much persuading about the value of a plant-based diet. The same can't be said, however, for many of my male friends—especially in my native England, where meat is often just seen as "what blokes eat."

A new campaign from food charity Hubbub is aiming to explore ways that 20 male gym users—selected from project sponsor Nationwide Insurance's workforce—might be persuaded to cut their meat consumption, and consume more plant-based foods instead. Here's the rationale behind the Meat Your Match campaign, according to the charity's own website...more 

Forget TED Talks: Let's do Drink, Talk, Learn

Learning new stuff doesn't have to be a chore. In fact, if you take the "Drink, Talk, Learn" approach, it can be the basis of a memorable party.

The idea is brilliantly simple: All the people invited to the party bring a three-minute presentation with them on any subject. The only rules are that the presentation can't be longer than 180 seconds, and it should include a visual element in the form of a slideshow, like PowerPoint.

Twitter user Michal, a software designer from Seattle, tweeted about the party idea. She included images from her presentation on Sonic the Hedgehog — which won best presentation at her party — and it went viral. "I’d highly recommend it; I ended up learning a lot about Seattle public transit, the history of Windows startup sounds, and fancy rats," Michal wrote of the other presentations she heard at her party....more 

Bold and diverse illustrations that challenge inequality and racism by Alva Skog

"Illustration is a way for me to communicate, express and question ideas and ideals. For me, illustration and art is a powerful (political) tool and I want people to reflect on things that we might ignore, such as gender inequality and hidden racism," says Alva Skog.

The Swedish illustrator is currently studying her final year at Central Saint Martins but is already making an impact in the industry. In 2017, she won a Yellow Pencil in the D&AD New Blood awards and she has exhibited twice at the Cluster Arts Illustration show in Shoreditch.

"My wish is to highlight and challenge social issues in society and contribute to the much-needed diversity in media and advertising," she adds. Here's a recent selection of her illustration work, along with an animation entitled About Morfar – an adaptation of a recorded conversation between her mother and grandmother about her grandfather. The soundtrack is All Is Not Lost by Stephen Daniel Lemaire. One to watch....more 

Meet the Millennial Who's Breaking All the Rules of the Wine Industry

Emma Toshack always enjoyed having some wine when she went to the beach or the pool behind her Los Angeles apartment building, but glass containers and public consumption of alcohol weren't permitted. So to get around the rules, she would pour a $30 bottle into an empty San Pellegrino can.

It was not an ideal solution. There were canned wine options, but she felt none offered both the convenience and premium quality she craved.

"There was a perception that the drink doesn't matter in those formats," Toshack, the founder and CEO of Nomadica, an L.A.-based canned wine company that launched in 2017, says of the quality of canned wine. "I think the wine space has been ripe for doing things differently and starting to break the rules for a while."...more 

This New SGV Hotel Has Robots That Bring You Room Service

If you’ve ever been jealous of The Jetsons and their robot housekeeper, Rosie, then you’ll be delighted to know robot helpers are starting to pop up in hotels. Instead of a person standing on the other side of the door, you might find a boxy robot bearing food, coffee, toiletries or your luggage. Blade Runner-level they’re not, but they are quite cute.

The recently opened Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel Hotel is San Gabriel’s second hotel and, apparently, the site of the city’s first Starbucks. The 288-room, 17-suite space caters largely to Chinese visitors, who account for roughly 60 percent of guests. Americans might notice that the elevator is missing a button to the fourth floor. This is because in Chinese, the word for ‘four’ bears a similarity to the word ‘death,’ making it an unlucky digit. If you’ve ever stayed in a Vegas hotel, you may remember that hotels are often missing thirteenth floors for similar superstitious reasons. The hotel also contains several meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, a fitness center, a sixth floor club lounge, multiple restaurants and bars, a garden terrace with a pool, and yes, robots....more 

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