The stuff on your desk affects the ideas you come up with, now more than ever

Messy desk with old-school desktop computer with post-its on it.

Every time I interview someone for a story, I spend half the interview not looking at their face. Instead, I look around them, surreptitiously collecting data from the objects in their workspace. I did this before Zoom, in real life, and now I do it through our little internet windows…

The massive bestseller (still!) is really outdated, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful

This story started as a takedown. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a cornerstone of the business self-help canon, a genre given to saccharine platitudes and lampoonable poster slogans, neither of which bodes well for cultural relevance. …

Time seems to be moving at warp speed or super slow right now: It doesn’t have to

Four office clocks in a row, all portraying different times.

I thought I had a handle on time. Just a few weeks ago, a day contained 24 hours, each of which contained 60 minutes, and all of those had 60 seconds in them. Not so now that some nefarious superpower is running a sick Salvador Dali experiment on clocks. Whole…

Jim Carrey called his quarantine beard a ‘meaningless transformation,’ but psychologically it’s not meaningless at all

JJim Carrey is doing it. Stephen Colbert had something going on in that last episode before The Late Show went on hiatus. My own husband, who couldn’t grow a full beard with Rogaine and Jason Mamoa’s mandible, is currently sporting a kind of adorable patchwork-type thing. …

The Forge Guide to Slack, Email, and Video Calls

Here’s how to behave on camera at work

PPopular culture has been flirting with videotelephony as a sign of hyper-advanced societies since it was featured in Fritz Lang’s silent, sci-fi film Metropolis in 1927, because it’s way more exciting to imagine getting an update about alien planets/spy missions/imminent nuclear reactor meltdowns from a face on a screen than…

Jacqueline Detwiler

Jacqui is the former articles editor at Popular Mechanics. Her work has appeared in Wired, Esquire, Men’s Health, and Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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