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April 21 2016 7:23 AM

Is Oak the Only Acceptable Wood for Aging Whiskey?

Answer by Laurence Shanet:

Oak (especially American white oak) is far and away the most common type of wood used for making whiskey. However, it is not the only type used. Occasionally, other woods such as maple, hickory, and a host of others are used for aging whiskey. 

April 20 2016 7:05 AM

How Do I Motivate Myself to Finish Projects?

Answer by Milena Rangelov, who works to improve herself 1 percent every day:

Great question. I feel compelled to answer because guess what? I struggle with finishing things, too. In fact, I'm doing it right now. Here are 10 ideas for you:

April 19 2016 7:08 AM

How Do You Become a Minimalist?

Answer by Jonathan Brodsky:

I hate this question. And I hate it because people hear about minimalism and they think it's about cutting stuff out of your life (literally—they think it's about throwing stuff out). It's not about that. When you're talking about a life philosophy, it's about how you assign value to the things and people in your life. It's about how you figure out what's essential to you.

April 18 2016 7:06 AM

What Career Wisdom Do People Learn Too Late?

Answer by Matt Cohler, general partner at Benchmark, pre–Series A team at LinkedIn and Facebook:

Figure out what your comparative advantage is and play to your strengths. In a hypercompetitive world, it's not enough to be really good at something; you also need to be better at it than all of the other good people who are trying to do it too, who are vying for the same opportunity.

April 17 2016 7:31 AM

If Britain Had Gone to War With the U.S. in 1910, Who Would Have Won?

Answer by Stephen Tempest, qualified amateur historian:

Germany.

The Kaiser would laugh himself silly at the sight of his two great Anglo-Saxon rivals destroying each other in a fruitless war that neither of them could win decisively.

April 16 2016 7:17 AM

Do People Ever Regret Getting Tattoos?

Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, 50 hours under the needle and counting:

I'm going to say something that may surprise people who have followed things I've said about tattoos in the past: I regret some of my ink, and that sucks.

 

April 13 2016 7:10 AM

How Do I Assert Myself as a Leader Within a Group?

Answer by Aaron Webber, CEO, investor, and learner of leadership:

The answer is: You don’t. In fact, don’t even try.

That is the fundamental error that most people make. They assume leadership is something you put on, something you act out, or something you turn on for the moment and then can relax when the time has passed when you have finished operating that way.

April 11 2016 7:03 AM

Are Behavioral Differences Between Boys and Girls Biological or Cultural?

Answer by Joyce Schenkein, Ph.D. in neuropsychology:

An early answer to this question was offered by Sigmund Freud in his statement that “anatomy is destiny.” His opinion was that all girls experience penis envy, whereby they endlessly feel cheated by nature. In contrast all boys undergo an Oedipal complex, whereby they sexually desire Mama and then live in constant fear that Papa discover their lust and castrate them. Furthermore, Freud postulated that boys must resolve their complex, ultimately by identifying with Papa (and thereby acquiring social values). Because girls do not go through this complex, Freud postulated that women were “amoral” (which means they should not be empowered to  vote or hold political offices, etc).

April 8 2016 7:17 AM

Why Do Jedi Turn to the Dark Side?

Answer by Damien Allan, I've watched the Star Wars movies dozens, maybe hundreds, of times:

There are three quite well-known movies that discuss exactly this: the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

In The Phantom Menace, Yoda says, “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” This is a succinct foreshadowing of Anakin's eventual fall. Every evil or bad character in Star Wars has one or more of the major bad qualities George Lucas equates to the Dark Side: greed, fear, and anger and hatred. Anakin eventually embodies all of these at the point he chooses Palpatine over the Jedi.

April 6 2016 7:01 AM

What’s Surprising About Growing up in Hawaii?

Answer by Nathan F. Yospe, software developer, Hawaii born and raised:

Most people already know Hawaii is expensive, and everyone knows how beautiful it is. The oceans, flowers, waterfalls, rainbows, mountain streams, tropical fruit, and rainforests should come as no surprise. What may surprise some is that Hawaii has its own culture. We're American, but we're kinda not. 

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