what do we we do the other 364 days?
I get it, these cities want to be hip. Me too. But really, isn’t every day social media day, don’t most people spend their day on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, writing a blog (or more likely starting a blog with the intention of being rich and famous but then realizing that it takes hard work… not that I have littered the landscape with blogs like that of course), or even just sending old-fashioned email.
#bestheadline Mating turtles shut down runway at JFK – CNN.com
If this doesn’t make you laugh… you were probably trying to fly out of JFK. But even still can you imagine the pilot making that announcement over the PA system in flight… “um ladies and gentlemen, we’re being rerouted because of….”
Mitch Kapor (@mkapor )
Please someone explain how it makes sense for Lehman’s Chief Risk Officer to
become World Bank Treasurer http://t.co/WWNLvuR
I tried to think of other phrases and failed. Like Charlie Sheen policing a
brothel didn’t quite work.
The kicker in this article is that the reporter concludes that it’s probably
okay for this appointment since “she was kicked out of meetings in which
risk was discussed”. Um, good reasoning there.
Having canceled my Groupon subscription this weekend (too much Botox, too far away) I was surprised to find an AmazonLocal deal in my inbox this morning.
Surprised because I hadn’t heard anywhere that Amazon was launching this service. Maybe I missed it in the frenzy of anti-Groupon articles or in the articles about which other deal services LivingSocial just acquired.
But I am surprised that Amazon could launch something like this without seeing more “Groupon is dead” type reports. Frankly with the cash Amazon has and the local network I’d think this is a natural move for them and one they can do better than most. Amazon also knows a lot about me like my address, my purchasing history, a wish list of things I wish I had, and even my music collection since that 20GB of music in the cloud for $3.99 was hard to pass up while I wait for iCloud to launch. I imagine that plenty of local merchants would like to access that aggregated data and suggest things for me to buy. Given the penchant for all deal sites to suggest yoga and Botox I can only assume my history and demographics say I am inflexible and saggy.
The other potential entrant in this market should be eBay since they already deal with people trying to sell goods and services.
I can only dream-Europe Stifles Drivers in Favor of Mass Transit and Walking – NYTimes.com
We lived in Zurich for a time and it was pleasant. We walked everywhere and in the downtown cars weren’t all that common.
We also lived in Paris and yep, cars and motorbikes everywhere. But there was great transportation underground as well as rental bicycles (yeah Velib!) as well. Right before we moved the city added a bunch more bike lanes. Good move.
I can only dream of such a thing happening here. Part of the problem of course is population density. It’s tough having a transport scheme when everyone lives on their own sacred plot of yard. But the hardest part is really breaking down the notion that driving is somehow good, a right, or even easier. Breaking down this mindset is hard.
I’m guilty too, I’m not living in an urban setting, I don’t ride the bus now (tried that, it comes every 30 minutes and doesn’t go remotely near anything of interest), and I don’t bike nearly as much as I should. But I am cognizant of this and would support reducing the subsidies we attach to cars and driving.
is it me or do I have more and more followers each day? I know my writing is wonderful, the prose explaining all the mysteries of life and technology and my quest to always be smarter. But hm… why do so many of these followers post naked pictures of themselves or require that I go through a Google URL shortener (kudos to Google, they warn about phishing when you use one of these URLs).
Seems like Tumblr is now important and popular enough that the scumbags of the world are now glomming on. I am sad that Tumblr will now need to spend time and resources fighting this rather than add new features and innovate (like maybe add HTML tables!)
xkcd: Connoisseur hits a little too close to home
Um… why are you looking at me? I don’t write a blog about primal living and barefoot running and the joys of grain-less living. I mean really, grass-fed beef is just that much better and shoes are the great killer of our times.
And I only sometimes bore people to death talking about the differences between Oregon Pinot Noir vs. French ones.
TSA-proof energy drink sub has fliers talking sheet | Gadling.com #badideas
If Red Bull and vodka was a bad idea (and it was) then Sheets is almost certainly worse. I can see this being the cool new things for kids (and by kids I mean anyone under 30:) as it’s a simple caffeine ingestion device. And it is probably easy to pop these things throughout the day and forget just how much caffeine a cup of coffee has. Coffee is also somewhat self-regulatory as trips to the WC increase linearly with use.
I wonder if caffeine ingested via the tongue is faster or more powerful than when it has to pass through the stomach? Certainly many medications taken sub-lingually are more effective and faster acting.
Of course is someone invents Sheets the wine version, I’m all over that.
Domain squatting just became less valuable
For anyone who bought a bunch of domains hoping to sell it later for a hefty sum they just dropped in value. Moving forward I suspect many of the big players will simply become mail.google or halo.xbox or of course iPhone.apple. If the company or entity owns the TLD then most of their branding efforts will simply accrue to that TLD. I can’t imagine Apple paying millions (reportedly) for icloud.com if they could just as well have icloud.apple.
Of course this wont change trademark issues (eg iCloud).
Why You (Probably) Can’t Exercise Too Much | Playbook, shoddy science oh my
This article is an example of really shoddy science writing. First the conclusion of the piece is based on the fact that Tour de a France riders appear to have a life expectancy 17% greater than others.
For all we know being at high altitude repeatedly caused the change. Or given what we know of Tour riders and doping you could equally claim that massive amphetamine usage can help you live 17% longer.
Do people who would otherwise live longer (ie healthy people) tend to join the Tour?
Do Tour riders stay active after their careers are over? A cyclist’s career typically isn’t long (the doping and crashes tend to catch up with you).
Without answering these questions the only real conclusion this article can draw is that Tour riders before 1942 tended to live longer than compatriots.
The study may in fact be solid but you’d never know it from Wired’s coverage. The conclusion in the study’s abstract is “Our major finding is that repeated very intense exercise prolongs life span in well trained practitioners”. Note the well trained tidbit there.