How to learn a language on Netflix, why you should spend more time by the water and an awesome transcription app.
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TUESDAY 07 APR 2020 | EDITION 61
Did you know that ancient Greeks used a psychological trick to memorize epic poems? The ‘method of loci’ involved imagining a library with many rooms and mentally filing each line into a separate drawer in this fictional space. It turns out this method actually works because our monkey brains evolved to be better at remembering physical places than boring stuff like this month’s pre-tax revenue growth.
THING OF THE WEEK
OTTER AI

OTTER AI

Instant transcription magic

This app uses artificial intelligence to command an army of aquatic rodents to do your evil bidding. Just kidding — it’s actually a nifty transcription app that converts the spoken word into text in real-time. Super useful for remembering what was said at meetings.

YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
HOW TO USE NETFLIX TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

HOW TO USE NETFLIX TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

5-minute read | Forge

The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it completely, but that’s not always possible. It turns out more and more people are using Netflix to learn how to speak a new lingo before taking a trip somewhere new. This article looks at what works and doesn’t work about this approach.

WHY TIME SPENT NEAR WATER IS THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

WHY TIME SPENT NEAR WATER IS THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

8-minute read | The Guardian

Being close to water, especially the sea, has been found to improve many metrics for physical and mental wellbeing. Now, doctors are asking if they should prescribe time by the coast to combat poor mental health, since it can help increase vitamin D levels and improve social relations.

MEET THE COMMUNITY
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Jennifer Hasche
Jennifer Hasche's career and passion has led her down the path of recruiting and the strategic initiatives within HR, specifically within high growth scaling tech companies. Now Jennifer is the Head of EMEA Tech Recruiting & Sourcing, HR for Uber, working from their EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. Jennifer was a Long-stay Resident at Zoku for 7 months, and became a much-loved member of the Zoku family.
What path has your career taken?
I started out life as an Art Major and two years into the program switched to International Business. I was very open about where I worked and what jobs I had after college to get “experience”. Eventually I landed a recruiting job in a boutique firm and was just really good at closing candidates (accepting the job offer). Eventually I joined a tech company and broadened the scope of the role to leadership and more strategic initiatives within Recruiting and HR. Most recently I’ve been helping tech companies scale their business and really enjoy supporting high growth businesses. I moved to Amsterdam for my job at Uber as the EMEA HQ is in Amsterdam. I had visited a few times before and the timing was perfect to accept a new business challenge and move to Amsterdam to lead a functional business area across EMEA.

How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam and what are your thoughts?
Seven months! So many thoughts and all positive. I love the concept and have been recommending Zoku to all my friends and colleagues. It really felt like an extended family. The minute you check-in and walk upstairs you feel welcomed. I love the design and the convenience of the Lofts and top floor. The food is excellent and the open kitchen concept is fun and social. Zoku has managed to be hip but inclusive, efficient but warm, quality but affordable and (I think) hires really fun, smart and talented people.

What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal is a 2001 book written by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry. It changed how I ate, how I purchased food and how I cooked at home. I went very local and organic after reading this book almost 20 years ago and many of the stories about the human beings (ranchers, butchers, farmers) have stuck with me to this day. It’s impactful storytelling.

What is your top tip for being productive while working from home?
Turn off notifications. When you are working from home you have a bit of mystery (no one can walk up to your desk) and take advantage of that. Take 2 hours (or more) and turn off all notifications and you will be amazed what you can get done with no interruptions. That email can wait.

Which book/product have you gifted the most?
Lately Le Labo perfumes and products. The scents are gender neutral, the product is high quality and you can personalize the perfume bottle labels.

How do you manage to keep up your mental health/wellbeing while working from home during these times?
It’s obvious but exercise is the most important activity to keep up my mental health. Walks, bike rides and runs. I do a bit of online yoga and pilates (tip Class Pass just moved to online classes from your favorite local studies). If you haven’t tried Yoga Nidra, I would recommend finding it on YouTube and trying that right before you go to bed...you will sleep very well. Finally, essential oils and flowers. These are small investment items that bring a lot of joy while we stay indoors.

What is the most interesting/inspiring place you’ve been to or have visited and what was so special about it?
South Africa. I did a 54K run called the Two Oceans Marathon in April of 2019 in Cape Town. I was so focused on training that I didn’t realize how much I would get out of a safari post Cape Town and the running event. I actually teared up leaving the bush. You are immersed in nature and there was very little electricity and (thankfully) no WiFi. Seeing elephants' huge eye lashes up close, lions bathe each other and roll in the grass....so many beautiful wild animals, plants and birds….not to mention amazing sunrises and sunsets. It was a life changing experience.


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