Archive for May, 2011

The Economics of Digital Journalism

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How journalism is changing, or will change, a primer.

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Posted: May 12th, 2011
at 4:26pm by mnp


Categories: business,et cetera,development

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Women in Science

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Science doesn’t pay:

There are three broad hypotheses about the sources of the very substantial disparities that this conference’s papers document [percentage of women among tenured professors of science] and have been documented before with respect to the presence of women in high-end scientific professions. One is what I would call the-I’ll explain each of these in a few moments and comment on how important I think they are-the first is what I call the high-powered job hypothesis. The second is what I would call different availability of aptitude at the high end, and the third is what I would call different socialization and patterns of discrimination in a search. And in my own view, their importance probably ranks in exactly the order that I just described. (Source)

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Posted: May 12th, 2011
at 9:38am by mnp


Categories: science,jobs

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Old Guys Rock

Old guys rule. And they are far more likely to be the founder of a successful technology company than most of you understand. How do I know this? Research that my team conducted, based on a survey of 549 entrepreneurs in high-growth industries, showed that the average founder of a high-growth company launched his venture at age 40. We also learned that these founders are likely to be married and have two or more kids. They typically have six to ten years of work experience and real-world ideas. They simply got tired of working for others and wanted to rise above their middle-class heritage.

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Posted: May 12th, 2011
at 9:38am by mnp


Categories: entrepreneurship

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Meditation Fail

Phil Dhingra on getting rid of excuses and starting to meditate.

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Posted: May 12th, 2011
at 9:38am by mnp


Categories: health,philosophy,fail

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Twitter said that news of bin Laden’s death "saw the highest sustained rate of tweets ever".
For more than an hour there were over 3,000 tweets per second about bin Laden, peaking at 5,106 tweets per second as President Obama addressed Americans. #link#

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Posted: May 11th, 2011
at 8:34am by Black Ock


Categories: politricks,real life news,the column,#twitterisfothebirds

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Super Mamika

A few years ago photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. So to cheer her up, and put a spark back into her life, he turned her into a superhero! He took a series of awesome photographs of her wearing costumes in unusual superhero type posses. "Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling."

Check out the full series of awesome photos here.

 

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Posted: May 11th, 2011
at 8:29am by Black Ock


Categories: photo,9th dan

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"Look Ma, No Hands" aka Pragmatic Solutions to Sagging Pants

In an effort to show you that they have nothing better to do than act racist, the Florida legislature has approved a bill to outlaw, not only sagging pants, but all other manner of fun and tomfoolery, like hands-free biking and whatnot (…wonder if this applies to unicycles).

From TCPalm:

The "sagging pants bill"

Belt (blt) n. — A band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist to support clothing.

It probably won’t show up on their SAT vocabulary list anytime soon, but if a few legislators get their way, Florida students might have to reacquaint themselves with this old-fashioned piece of clothing that seems to have gone the way of the wristwatch in recent years.

Concerned that too many kids these days are lookin’ like fools with their pants on the ground, in late March the Florida Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 228 — dubbed the "sagging pants bill." A similar version is ready for a full House vote, but it doesn’t seem likely this late in session.

The bill would require school districts to adopt a dress code policy that forbids students from wearing clothing that "exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner." Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has been pushing the bill since 2005.

Scofflaws could face penalties ranging from a verbal warning to an in-school suspension.

"I would think the dress code issue would have already been dealt with by the schools," said Jessica Baker, 25, of Port St. Lucie. (source, which I recommend reading)

So if this all sounds very 2007 to you, that’s because it is.

In response to any concerns about accidental exposure, a colleague and friend of mine has located the following, extremely pragmatic, solution:

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Posted: May 10th, 2011
at 9:08am by Black Ock


Categories: too good to be true,politricks,real life news

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Quote of the Day

"First I want to acknowledge that this week we finally vanquished one of the world’s great villains. And I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric." —Tina Fey, reprising her Sarah Palin impression on SNL

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Posted: May 9th, 2011
at 11:41am by Black Ock


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Elliptical Bike

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Posted: May 8th, 2011
at 9:06am by mnp


Categories: bikes

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