29 July 2011

07 May 2011

Breaking Bin Laden: Visualizing the Power of a Single Tweet

Pretty interesting article, if you're....interested in this sort of thing...

"A full hour before the formal announcement of Bin-Laden’s death, Keith Urbahn posted his speculation on the emergency presidential address. Little did he know that this Tweet would trigger an avalanche of reactions, Retweets and conversations that would beat mainstream media as well as the White House announcement."

Full Article Link - SocialFlow
The image above illustrates the spread of information about Bin Ladens death following Keith Urbahns posted tweet.
(via CNET news and SocialFlow)

30 April 2011

The 14 Most Unintentionally Terrifying Statues in the World

This thing gets me psyched for work on those 4am Monday trips to the airport...

"El Mesteno, or "oh sh*t run it's the giant hellhorse" as it is more affectionately known, is the gatekeeper between you and Denver, and the price for getting any further is your soul. Which it incidentally took the second it laid those eyes on you, so you now have nothing to bargain with.  Yeah, we're thinking the people in charge of erecting El Mesteno probably should've taken the hint when it straight-up killed its sculptor."

Full Article Link - Cracked.com

(via Cracked.com)

28 March 2011

Chavez Says Capitalism May Have Ended Life on Mars

I had to look twice to make sure this wasn't from The Onion...
"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.
Full Article Link - Reuters
Marvin the martian
(via Reuters - H/T S. Archut)

22 March 2011

The Perfect French Fry

Long article, but I did like this part...
"Myhrvold cuts his potatoes into batons and rinses them to get rid of surface starch. Then he vacuum-seals them in a plastic bag, in one even layer, with water. He heats the bag to 212 degrees for 15 minutes, steaming the batons. Then he hits the bag with ultrasound to cavitate the water—45 minutes on each side. He reheats the bag in an oven to 212 degrees for five minutes, puts the hot fries on a rack in a vacuum chamber, and then blanches them in 338-degree oil for three minutes. When they’re cool, Myhrvold deep-fries the potatoes in oil at 375 degrees until they’re crisp, about three more minutes, and then drains them on paper towels. Total preparation time: two hours.

The result is amazing. The outside nearly shatters when you bite into it, yielding to a creamy center that’s perfectly smooth. The key is the cavitation caused by the ultrasonic bath—it creates thousands of tiny fissures on the potato’s surface, all of which become crunchy when it’s fried. When Plato saw the shadow of a french fry on the wall of his cave, the guy standing behind him was snacking on these."

Full Article Link - Wired.com

(via Wired)

23 February 2011

Population 7 Billion

Long, but interesting read from National Geographic.

"And the explosion, though it is slowing, is far from over. Not only are people living longer, but so many women across the world are now in their childbearing years—1.8 billion—that the global population will keep growing for another few decades at least, even though each woman is having fewer children than she would have had a generation ago. By 2050 the total number could reach 10.5 billion, or it could stop at eight billion—the difference is about one child per woman."

Full Article Link
(via National Geographic - H/T M.B.P.)

11 February 2011

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Good/interesting/scary article I read on the plane lastnight...
"Algorithms have become so ingrained in our financial system that the markets could not operate without them. At the most basic level, computers help prospective buyers and sellers of stocks find one another—without the bother of screaming middlemen or their commissions. High-frequency traders, sometimes called flash traders, buy and sell thousands of shares every second, executing deals so quickly, and on such a massive scale, that they can win or lose a fortune if the price of a stock fluctuates by even a few cents. Other algorithms are slower but more sophisticated, analyzing earning statements, stock performance, and newsfeeds to find attractive investments that others may have missed. The result is a system that is more efficient, faster, and smarter than any human."

Full Article Link - Wired Magazine
Wall Street Algorithms Are in Control
(via Wired)

27 January 2011

How Your Last Name Affects Shopping Decisions

This explains a lot...
"Remember back in elementary school where everything from lining up to being called for attendance was done in alphabetical order, based on your last name? It turns out that experience may have had long-lasting effects on the way you shop."

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(via Today Show - H/T L. Zboray)

25 January 2011

America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches

"At ChurchKey, a house-made brioche donut is glazed in savory maple-chicken jus and topped with warm pieces of oven-baked pecans. While that sounds like a meal already, the brioche is cut in half and stuffed with a hunk of buttermilk fried chicken and wedges of applewood smoked bacon."
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(via EndlessSimmer.com - H/T J. Adamek)

14 January 2011

New Zodiac Sign Dates: Ophiuchus The 13th Sign?

Glad I didn't get that Pisces tattoo...
"Astronomer Parke Kunkle says that due to changes in the Earth's alignment the dates of many zodiac signs have changed, according to NBC. In addition, there may be a 13th Zodiac sign: Ophiuchus."
Read the Full Article Here - Huff Post

(via Huffington Post)

13 January 2011

Assessing the Fate of the 'Facebook Way'

Good read from CNET News a few days ago...

"We didn't always want to admit it, but in 2010 the world accepted that Facebook--the company that introduced us all to such mundane pursuits as photo tagging, virtual farmsteads, and the voyeuristic tracking of the lives of people we only half-knew in high school--has changed the world.

Yet Facebook has also begun to pioneer something different: a corporate structure and philosophy intimately tied to the mind of its young CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and the company's roots as a tiny cadre of coders in a college dorm. We'll call this "the Facebook Way." And in 2011 as Facebook continues to grow bigger (it kicked off the year with a $500 million investment from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies, after all), we may get an answer to the question: Will the Facebook Way continue to work? Will this turn out to be one of the great business philosophies that other companies emulate, or will it prove to be a consequence of a still-young company's own naivete?"

Read the Full Article Here - CNET News
(via CNET News)

12 January 2011

Are Americans Wusses or Just Fond of Trash Talk?

Good ol' Fast Eddie...
"When asked, Gov. Rendell admits to being unaware of the roots of the word wuss. But Mr. Adams is willing to give the governor a pass. "There are those who believe a word ought to always mean what it always meant, but that's not how language works. Words like 'wuss' and 'wussy' can end up de-vulgarized after awhile.""
Read the Full Article Here - WSJ.com

(via WSJ - H/T S. Archut)

Haiti One Year Later: Got Trash? Make Thread.

A worthwhile read.  Nice work, Ian...
"One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the country is still in the early stages of recovery. While financial aid, food and medical supplies have made it to the island nation, which is considered to be one of the poorest countries on earth, many argue that little has been done to improve Haiti’s long-term economic stability.
A Pittsburgh-based group of entrepreneurs is trying to change that. Known as THREAD (The Haitian Redevelopment Directive), the organization is committed to building a factory that turns discarded plastic bottles into fabric for use in high-performance apparel. They hope the factory will be operational by year-end."

Read the full article here - CSMonitor.com
(via Christian Science Monitor)

04 January 2011

The Most Banned College Band

"Their performances have enraged Irish, Mormons, Catholics and even Ann Landers, who once wrote an entire advice column demanding that Stanford suspend them. O.J. Simpson no doubt had something much more stern in mind after they played She's Not There on the courthouse steps during his trial. (To be fair, that was quite mild compared to their halftime show the next time Stanford's football team played Simpson's alma mater, the University of Southern California. It included a white van covered with bloody handprints driving around the field.)"
Full Article Link - Miami Herald

(via Digg and Miami Herald)