Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
"Zipcar, an American firm, has 400,000 members who pay an annual fee and can then rent cars by the hour. People are renting things they never used to rent, such as clothes and toys. Some pioneers of "collaborative consumption" have dispensed with inventories and act purely as brokers, helping people sell their spare capacity in everything from parking spaces to energy..." Read the Economist article.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
“Having a Sister Makes You Happier”: that was the headline on a recent article about a study finding that adolescents who have a sister are less likely to report such feelings as “I am unhappy, sad or depressed” and “I feel like no one loves me.”Read the NYT article here. (Thanks, Clare)
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Read the NYT Magazine article written by Nicholas Kristof. (Thanks, Claire)
"Geoengineering, or manipulation of the planet's climate, can be a dangerous practice--so much so that the UN is attempting to ban it. But there is little downside to painting rooftops white--making them reflect sunlight, cutting down on temperatures in crowded urban areas, and reducing the need for air-conditioning. That's why New York City's Cool Roofs initiative, which just whitewashed its one millionth square foot of rooftop, has become so popular."Read the FastCompany article.
Read the FT post.
How important is money to you?
You’d have to look hard for the banker who pooh-poohs money. But that’s not the same thing as material wealth. Money gets things done. Bling is a waste of time.
What is the most treasured possession in your office?
The door. It opens and, best of all, it closes.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Google's Android operating system may not be as pretty or easy to use as Apple's iOS -- but it is more powerful and customizable. Case in point: the Tasker Android app, which makes your Android phone automatically perform certain tasks based on its environment, its location, even its rotation.Read the FastCompany article.
Imagine turning off your ringer by just setting your phone on the table face down, automatically texting your wife when you reach the nearest train station without taking the phone out of your pocket, or setting the screen timeout to "never" when the Kindle app is running. You'll have to navigate a deep set of menus, buttons and dropdowns, but if you're willing to brave its bewildering interface, Tasker can do all that and more. Here's how...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .
Read the VisualEconomics post .
Read the FastCompany article here .
"Jessica Ladd, founder and chief executive of Sexual Health Innovations, whose Callisto service lets college students anonymously rec...