Recommended Reading

The universe is immensely large.
To try imagining how big, place a penny down in front of you. If our sun were the size of that penny, the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, would be 350 miles away. Depending on where you live, that’s very likely in the next state (or possibly country) over.
In our ever expanding knowledge of: animals are basically just like us. Rats appear to have empathy. Also in the article, rats will share food and give up chocolate in order to help another rat.

Who are the 1%? They tend to vote Republican even if they aren't more conservative. They tend to have far more education with a simple caveat - being highly educated doesn't guarantee vast membership in the top 1%:
This is not to say that college degrees guarantee vast wealth. To the contrary, only a small fraction of all Americans who report having a postgraduate education (1.5%) or an undergraduate degree but no postgraduate education (0.8%) fall into the top 1% category.
And Some videos in order of educational - funny.

Via Freakonomics:


Via GOOD:

Invalid Object?

I'm in the middle of finishing my semester so that means lots of experimentation in architecture/imaging programs. This often leads me to obscure forums looking for answers to problems, so I thought this was appropriate.

I've been a big fan of XKCD lately (link).



Backlog of Readings

Stuff White People Like - #34 - Architecture.

The secret world of Trader Joe's.

Short mockumentary on plastic bag migration.

Letter grades for vehicle efficiency.

HP hold The Navy hostage to the tune of 3.3 billion (3,300 millions).

Apparently Microsoft thinks it's a good idea to let people pirate their stuff because, you know, it increases your market share. In fact, they didn't let people pirate Vista and it hurt Microsoft somewhat badly, or perhaps no one wanted to steal such a terribly designed OS.

The Chinese envision a double decker bus with cars passing underneath.



Young, single, childless women earn more than men their same age. So further proof that the vast majority of the wage discrepancy is due to the fact that womens' priorities shift after having a child.

Scientists have built a computer program that suggests potential research hypothesis after doing a complete reading of the relevant literature. Pretty awesome.


Short - it's actually quite hard to tell if someone is drunk.

Sustainable building at 301Monroe.com.


Starcraft 2



Starcraft 2 is finally close to release (here's a Q&A with the lead developer on Wired). For those people who aren't aware the original Starcraft has been the most successful RTS (real time strategy) game ever. In Japan and Korea there are professional gamers who pack stadiums with fans to compete for large prize pools. Crazy right? So this is kind of a big deal for them. (Hat tip: Gintas for the video)

Indexed

This is an interesting blog I check out occasionally. These ones are actually a bit older. You can see all the (hilarious and inane) comments (at least for the first one - I mean, what is to be expected?) by clicking on the images.

These are titled:

Choose Your Battles Carefully


Let's Talk About the Weather