During your engineering career, you’ll encounter a slew of coworkers. Some will help you, some will hinder you, and some will make you weep for the human race. Whatever the case, remember: failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
If there is one thing Southern Sudan, Africa’s latest independent state, does not need, it is shockwaves; in this case, revelations that foreign investors are quickly chalking up huge tracts of fertile land in the country. (Source)
Penn Jillette and Teller on comedy and the space shuttle:
The countdown gets close. We get down into double digits. It’s dawn and you can see the shuttle artificially lit, glowing brilliantly five miles away. Mankind’s lights are kicking dawn’s ass in the candlepower department, and NASA hasn’t really started yet. The countdown gets to single digits, and you can see the engine start. They’re on their way to space. The old guy in Bermuda shorts next to me was ready; he had his handkerchief out. None of us punks were ready.
Now, a student would write something much differently on her best friend’s dorm door whiteboard than she would on a flyer she plastered on every public corkboard on campus. The way we talk and what we share differs based on who we think can see and hear those things. From what I can see so far, Google’s doing its best to recreate that sense of who-can-see-what-here in Google+. Building Better Online Privacy Models
Banks still have more than $2 trillion in cash uncommitted to loans. ……. I suggested that the federal government set aside—not spend—$15 billion of the TARP money and create a loan-guarantee program that would work exactly the way the Small Business Administration does. Basically, the bank lends money to a business after the federal government guarantees 75 percent of it. Let’s say that the SBA fund has about a 20-to-1 loan-to-capital ratio, and it’s never come anywhere near bankruptcy. If we capitalized this more conservatively at 10-to-1, we could guarantee $150 billion in loans and create more than a million jobs. (Source)