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One lucky liker (chosen at random) will receive a personalized, signed copy of the mag & a signed copy of Mark S. King’s latest book!

Preview Release - v1.0

Announcing the test launch of

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, we have completed the test launch of Brainiest’s first product, Kudos. Kudos allows you to give thanks to those who make your work life happier, through their intelligence, integrity, thoroughness, hard work, cooperation, and positive attitude.

This site is dedicated to all those excellent people out there! Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble!

Release 1.0 features:

  • The ability to create native accounts
  • LinkedIn based accounts
  • Ability to add LinkedIn to a Brainiest account
  • Ability to give kudos
  • Basic user profile and contact information page
  • Email notifications settings page
  • Basic Help page
  • Feedback widget
  • Ability to view profiles and give kudos directly from a profile

In the next couple of weeks we will be gathering feedback from a handful of customers and stakeholders, and doing some burn-in testing before we turn things over to our larger audience.

You will never have a cup of coffee the same way again!

A young woman went to her mother, told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as though every time one problem was solved, a new one arose. 

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. 

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. 

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

"Carrots, eggs and coffee," she replied. 

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. 

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity, boiling water. Each reacted differently. 

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt, become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a break-up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? 

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. 

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

anonymous asked:

Dear Miriel, I know that you are definitely the brainiest woman of the group, being very adept in magic and the sort, but were you ever much of an athlete? And were you ever bullied by other girls because you were a brainiac? And for YOU Sully, being the muscles of the women, were you ever actually um..."smart?"

"The girls who did attempt to ridicule me were quickly humbled by the fact that I could give lengthy monologues on the flaws in the school system and society that could possibly lead them to feel they needed to treat me as such.  Quite often I think I left them so bored and confused that they wished me to be silent, and so left me alone.  As for the question of physical exertion, I participated in such activities in my younger years.  I neither enjoyed nor disliked them."

"Okay, HOLD UP.  What I’m getting from your message is you think girls can have brains or brawn, but not both, and I’m gonna tell you that that’s a crap notion.  Thinking women are one-sided and only capable of possessing one stereotypical trait isn’t gonna get you anywhere, okay?  Hell yeah I’m the muscles, and hell yes I was the top of my class.  I can kick your literal ass and your intuitive ass, but I gotta admit that Miriel has me beat out in the brains department.  Women aren’t grouped into distinct traits—we’re as similar and different as any guy out there, and you’d better remember that.”

We completed release 1.2 between 11am and 1pm PST on January 24th. We would normally complete releases at night or on the weekends, but decided that since it was a major upgrade, we wanted all hands on deck in case any troubleshooting was required.


Watch out David Cameron! Schoolgirl, 12, who has higher IQ than Einstein sets her sights on Downing Street

Ophelia Gregory took the Mensa test in London last month
Pupil was awarded a mark of 162 - the highest a person under 18 can get
The score puts her into the top one per cent of Britain’s brainiest folk
Prof Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein all scored 160

A 12 year-old schoolgirl who has a higher IQ than Einstein has high hopes for the future - she wants to be Prime Minister.
Ophelia Gregory had always been curious about her intelligence after excelling at school.
Last month she decided to travel to London with her mother Kerry where she sat the the Mensa test

Genius: Kerry Gregory with her daughter Ophelia who has scored 162 on a MENSA test, the highest a person under 18 can get

The pupil was stunned when she discovered she was awarded a mark of 162 - the highest score possible for somebody under the age of 18.
The score puts her into the top one per cent of Britain’s brainiest folk and ahead of Prof Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein who all scored 160.

Ophelia, from Ashford, Kent, said she hoped one day to use her intelligence to reach Number 10.
She said: ‘I was just curious to see how smart I was. I was hoping to get into Mensa but I didn’t think I would get the top score.

Clever: Ophelia is also a talented violinist and cellist and regularly calls radio programmes to talk about political issues

'I am quite proud. I told some of my friends but only one of them knew what Mensa was and that was because they saw it on The Simpsons.
‘There are a few career paths I could follow but I would quite like to be a politician - I plan to go for prime minister.
‘I regularly listen to radio programmes and I’m lucky enough to be in a family that discusses political issues.
‘I really don’t understand the way the country is being run at the moment.’

Talented: Orphelia holding the certificate which shows she has qualified to become a member of Mensa

Ophelia, one of three children, is also a talented violinist and attends Highworth Grammar School.
Her mother Kerry, 43, said: ‘We’ve always been curious about Ophelia and she was up for doing the test.
‘She scored higher than Einstein or Stephen Hawking - I don’t know where she gets it from.
‘She’s getting an excellent education anyway, and we’re getting help from Mensa, but we hope her school will now support her to reach her full potential.’

Ambitious: Ophelia Gregory, who has scored 162 on a MENSA test, holding a copy of Animal Farm by George Orwell

Father Tom, 45, an business analyst, added: ‘Ophelia has always had a great interest in politics and current affairs and likes to call radio talk shows and give her opinions.
‘We knew she was smarter than the average 12-year-old from the things she talks about and the questions she asks.
‘She’s being quite modest but we’re very proud of her.’
Ophelia scored 162 on the Cattell IIIB test which is designed to test a person’s range of abilities and intelligence and in the UK the average score is 100.
John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa Ltd, said: ‘Ophelia’s score shows she has great potential and we are pleased to welcome her to Mensa.
‘We hope she will enjoy being part of the society and interacting with fellow members.’

Release Announcement - v1.0 (Dec 3, 2012)

We are pleased to announce the public availability of Brainiest. This first launch features:

  • The ability to create native accounts
  • LinkedIn based accounts
  • Ability to add LinkedIn to a Brainiest account
  • Ability to give Kudos
  • Basic user profile and contact information page
  • Email notifications settings page
  • Basic Help page
  • Feedback widget
  • Ability to view profiles and give Kudos directly from a profile