MUST-READ: The inflated world of Internet traffic.
Monday, March 31, 2014
IT'S NOT the 1%, it's the 0.01%.
Friday, March 28, 2014
WHEN we lose antibiotics, here’s everything else we’ll lose too.
Have a nice weekend.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
HOW MUCH would it cost to live a New York Times lifestyle? “There are many reasons to be annoyed with the trend pieces the New York Times runs (not the least of which is that most of these stories are apparently knowingly fabricated), but chief among them is the fact that—even if these trends were actual things that actually existed in the real world, rather than just being things that some Times intern had dreamed up after a night of hard partying at the McKibbin Lofts—the lifestyle that the Times is trying to sell is really, really expensive and therefore out of the reach of most New Yorkers. But just how expensive is it? Just how rich would you need to be to live the Times lifestyle? Well, we decided to do a little bit of math and find out.”
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
REALITY CHECK: Mao invented traditional Chinese medicine in the 50s, because he couldn't pay the Western kind to so many people, but he personally wasn't a believer and never used it. And he got away with it, as you see.
MICHAEL BARONE: “What's the proper size of government? Here's an article from American Enterprise Institute's The American website citing a study by Canadian economist Livio De Matteo of the free-market Fraser Institute. The bottom line: The optimal government size of maximizing economic growth is 26 percent of gross domestic product. Below that, you miss out on useful services; above that, you start to plunder the private sector economy. The bad news: The current share in the United States, counting state and local as well as federal spending, is 40 percent. The good news: You can ratchet back spending quite sharply, as Canada did in the mid-1990s.”
NOT even security:
Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said.Imagine the scene: one of the hulk-sized guys protecting the president (I've seen then in person and they're HUGE and intimidating), on the floor, passed away, totally waster. I'd say that's unthinkable in previous modern-era presidents.
[…] The alleged behavior would violate Secret Service rules adopted in the wake of a damaging scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, in April 2012, when a dozen agents and officers had been drinking heavily and had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms before the president’s arrival for an economic summit.
Under the requirements, anyone on an official trip is forbidden to drink alcohol in the 10 hours leading up to an assignment. As members of the advance team for a presidential trip, the CAT members would have been called to duty sometime Sunday for a classified briefing ahead of the president’s arrival on Monday. Drinking late into the night Saturday evening and Sunday morning would have violated that rule.
ELEVEN nutrition lies that vegans will tell you.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
100% SPOT ON: 11 Awkward Things About Email.
Friday, March 21, 2014
WHICH PROFESSIONS have the most psychopaths? And the fewest? “But first off, psychopath doesn’t just mean someone who cuts you up with a chainsaw”.
Glad you cleared that up…
Thursday, March 20, 2014
TEN of the maddest scientists who ever lived.
HOW THE TRUTH IS MADE at Russia Today.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
“CLEOPATRA LIVED closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid” and other of the 77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True.
Amazing, check 'em out.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
MIRACLE CURE NOT SO MIRACULOUS AFTER ALL: Abenomics Crucified With Lowest GDP Since Abe, Worst Current Account Deficit On Record.
NSA SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls.
THE 17 EQUATIONS that changed the course of history.
KEYWORDS: EFFORT MAXIMIZATION. “Why Clever And Lazy People Make The Best Leaders”
Monday, March 17, 2014
25 THINGS you didn't know about The Godfather.
Friday, March 14, 2014
FIVE THINGS Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos" gets wrong.
ROLLS-ROYCE considers building a plug-in hybrid.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
GOOD THING it's the Obama, not the Bush administration, or we'd be deaf by the shouting by now: How CIA snooped on Senate Intel Committee’s files.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
NEWS YOU CAN USE: I'm a Telemarketer. Here's How to Get Rid of Me.
I have my own techniques: one, I just leave the phone unhung on a table without saying a word. I keep on with my life, and after a few minutes they loose patience and hang up. This worsens their time spent / effectivity ratio and they generally write it on their logs so that their colleagues know my number is not a good one to call. Since I'm doing it, telemarketing calls have gone down perhaps 60 or 70 percent.
Two, taken from Seinfield, and only if it's a nice, feminine voice: I reply, “sorry, I'm having dinner right now, why don't you give me your home or cell number and I'll return your call later?”
And three, when I'm fed up or in a bad mood: I reply, “sorry, can't talk right now: I'm cutting my grandma into pieces with a seesaw” or something like that. 9 out of 10 times they hang out immediately with no other word. The other one time, they hang up after saying “oh, sorry” embarrassedly.
MURDER MACHINES: Why Cars Will Kill 30,000 Americans This Year. The tone and angle are a bit off, though. To wit: “'Motordom,' as the collective of special interests including oil companies, auto makers, auto dealers, and auto clubs dubbed itself, launched a multi-pronged campaign to make city streets more welcoming to drivers, though not necessarily safer. Through a series of social, legal, and physical transformations, these groups reframed arguments about vehicle safety by placing blame on reckless drivers and careless pedestrians, rather than the mere presence of cars.”
Well, the mere presence of cars doesn't kill (I bet the author is pro gun control also). Nevertheless it's still a fascinating read, with great graphic art.
Eva Belén Abad Quijada, Spain, 30 years old
Monday, March 10, 2014
WHY TIME feels like it passes quicker as you get older.
Perhaps, but I have another theory that seems plausible to me, though I'm no expert: as years pass, every day is proportionally bigger as compared with the expected time you've got left. For example, when you're 10, one year is only 1/70th of the time you have left (assuming an perceived life expectancy of 80 years, year more, year less). When it passes it's a relatively small piece of time. But when you're 50, 1 year is 1/3oth so, being a bigger chunk passing, it seems much faster.
I think this is plausible because it works for vacations too; for example, that'd be why you feel the 2nd of a two-week vacation going faster than the 1st one. You may say my theory works only when the duration is determined 100%, and lifespan is not determined that way. But —accidents or illnesses notwithstanding— what counts for this is perception, and we generally perceive we have a life expectancy of 80 years give or take, and we tend to live accordingly.
THE DEMISE of the American dream, in two charts.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
IT'S A BIT SCARY TOO: This HD Video From Space Is Going To Change The World.
Friday, March 07, 2014
HOW TO CULTIVATE THE ART OF ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS:
Everyone knows about the mobile messaging app that sold for $19 billion. But have you heard about another amazing app—the one that helps you figure out what to do whenever you’re faced with a problem or a challenge? Doesn’t matter if it’s a business issue, a career decision, or a family dilemma: if you’ve mastered this app, you’re ready to tackle the problem. Did I mention it can also help you come up with brilliant ideas? Which increases your chances of success? And may lead to wealth and happiness?Keep reading at the link.
Here’s the best news about this app: you don’t have to acquire it, because you were born with it. The “app” in question is our aptitude for asking questions.
You can see this natural ability on full display in the average 4-year-old—for whom questioning is as normal as breathing, and almost as important. Constant inquiry helps young kids make sense of, and successfully navigate, the strange new world around them.
Studies show we tend to hit our questioning peak around age 4 or 5, and then ask fewer questions as we get older. Not that we’ve lost the ability to question—we just don’t exercise it as much. Teachers and bosses generally want answers, not questions.
But it’s a mistake to let that inquiry “app” go unused. Questioning can do as much for adults as for kids—helping us to explore, discover, and innovate. It’s no accident that many innovators and entrepreneurs are great questioners who use thoughtful inquiry to navigate uncertainty and find their way to breakthrough ideas and big payoffs. A number of the billion dollar tech start-ups, from Instagram to Nest, sprang from insightful questions raised and tackled by the founders.
So how do you get better at questioning?
AT LAST SOMEONE SAID IT: No, Deflation is Not a ‘Danger’.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
GREAT PIECE by Marcia Angell: a review of Alison Wolf's book The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World.
Make sure you read it.
PERHAPS A BIT TOO HARSH, but he's got a point: The Doomsday Cult of Bitcoin.
UPDATE. Related: The Face Behind Bitcoin. Fascinating reading.
THE ECONOMIST EXPLAINS: How North Korea's elections work.
I'M OFFICIALLY OLD: Adorably Perplexed Kids React to Rotary Phones.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
GREAT PIECE BY MEGAN McARDLE: Seven Easy Steps for the Downwardly Mobile.
IT TOOK FIVE YEARS to dawn on them: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy”.
Monday, March 03, 2014
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: How to Avoid Spreading Myths and Misinformation Online.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
IMPORTANT NEWS! How To Supercharge Your Coffee To Give You Even More Energy In The Morning.
It's for brewed coffee; I wonder how this works with espresso, which is the one I usually drink. Experimenting away!