Monday, January 31, 2011

A Hefty Price for Entry to Davos

What's the price for entry into Davos? An estimated $622,000. Learn the breakdown in Andrew Ross Sorkin's Deakbook post.

How Busy are Americans?

This is definitely not how I spend my days!

Read the Visual Economics post.

93% of Wall Street Journal's Climate Op-Eds Misrepresent Science

Read the TreeHugger article here.

Behavioral economics under attack

The burgeoning field of Behavioral Economics has been a hot topic recently. Most articles I read are about new finds and studies, and rarely do I see a critique of the entire field. Read the full Slate article for a psychologist's perspective on the relatively new field. (Thanks, John)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The power of vulnerability

(Thanks, Claire)

A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder

"Troops from nearly 50 lands dine on combat meals in Afghanistan — each reminding them of where they’d rather be." Check out MREs from around the world in this NYT interactive graphic.

Did China try to pass off Top Gun footage as Air Force training exercise?

"A few days ago, China Central Television showed footage of what they claimed was an air force training exercise conducted on January 23. From the looks of things, they were actually just playing clips from Top Gun." See for yourself here.

The Last-Name Effect on Buying Behavior

Do you believe it?
Kurt Carlson of Georgetown University and Jacqueline Conard of Belmont University theorized that children with last names that start with letters toward the end of the alphabet often find themselves at the back of the line or the classroom.

As a result, when they become adults, they're faster to respond to opportunities to get what they want, including things they want to buy. Early alphabet people are so used to being first that individual opportunities to make a purchase don't matter as much: They "buy late."
Read the full post in Yahoo Finance. (Thanks, Tom)

On Perseverance and High Achievement

Read the address by Taft School's headmaster, William R. MacMullen, to parents on high achievement. His basic premise is that true greatness is not all god-given, but developed through dedication and self-perseverance. It's a good thing to compare to the Tiger Mom approach. (Thanks, Lucy)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

This is one of the most talked about articles recently. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's definitely worth it -- it might even make you smile. "Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back?" Read Amy Chua's article in the WSJ. (Thanks, Ekat)

Kate Zernike covered Amy Chua's thoughts
on the overwhelming response from the WSJ article (Thanks, Yousef), and David Brooks wrote about what type of greatness can be missed with the Tiger Mother approach in Amy Chua is a Wimp (Thanks, Julia).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Google Embeds Wild Flower Seeds in Adsense Letter

Incredibly cool: "Google has been sending cards that are printed not only on recycled paper ... but that also contain embedded wild flower seeds. They recommend that the reader plants the cards 'in a sunny spot with a thin layer of soil, add water, and watch it grow.'"

Read the TreeHugger post.

Social Animal

"How the new sciences of human nature can help make sense of a life." Check out David Brooks's article in the New Yorker. (Thanks, Scott)

The U-bend of life

"Why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older." Read the Economist article. (Thanks, Joyce!)

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Fed’s QE2 Traders, Buying Bonds by the Billions

"Three Fed traders, all under 30, are executing the Fed's controversial $700+ billion bond purchase program known as QE2. How's that for a post-college job?"

Read the entire NYT article. (Thanks, Jules and Eugene)

The Rise of the Creative Class

"Why cities without gays and rock bands are losing the economic development race."

Houston ranks as the 7th most creative US city! Oh, yeah. Check out where your cities ranks in Richard Florida's Washington Monthly article. (Thanks, Gloria)

The 41 Places to Go in 2011

Durham NC... and Kosovo... and Iraq are on the list! Read the NYT post. (Thanks, Clare)

Videos shot in one piece

Read the FastCompany post behind this video. (Thanks, Jules)

Organize This!

Read the NYT story about professional organizer Barbara Reich.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

How to remember to tuck in your shirt?

(Thanks, Cassie)

The Hazards of Duke

Although this article about Duke was rather poorly-researched article (and is definitely pushing an agenda!), lots of people are talking it. Here's the tagline: "A now infamous PowerPoint presentation exposes a lot about men, women, sex, and alcohol—and about how universities are letting their female students down."

I thought the Atlantic was better than this? It not only grossly misrepresents Duke life, but it also out of touch with my entire generation. Read the Atlantic article. (Thanks, John)

Apparently I wasn't the only one frustrated by Caitlin Flanagan's article. Check out this Jezebel post. (Thanks, Jules)

Happiness and Sadness Are Contagious: An Interview With David Rand

Although this is something you have probably already surmised in your own life: "The more friends you have that are content with their lives, the more likely you are to become content." This was a bit startling: "We found that sadness is twice as infectious as happiness."

Time to re-evaluate some friendships? Read the entire FastCompany interview.

No Jobs? Young Graduates Make Their Own

Hannah Seligson from the NYT follows a few recent grads as they create their own companies. It features stories from the Young Entrepreneur Council, SizzleIT, and HerCampus (Harvard '10 grads!). Read the full NYT column. (Thanks, Claire)

How to be a 20-Something

This has floating around for a while, but in the event you missed it: check out the thoughtcatalog post.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

pwned kitten

America by the Numbers (Recent Census Release)

Read the NYT article and check out the related graphic. (Thanks, Gloria)

Let the men handle it! Ron Franklin, Antonin Scalia, and sweetcakes

Read Alexandra Petri's article in the WSJ. (Thanks, Claire)

The Happy Marriage Is the ‘Me’ Marriage

Read the NYT article. (Thanks, Scott and Claire)

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords highlights the 'man-up' culture in US politics

"In a country that sees violent masculinity as the ideal, it's no wonder this rhetoric resonates." This article is one take on the tragedy that happened yesterday at Congresswoman Giffords's rally. Read Jessica Valenti's article in the Guardian.

Flex Time Flourishes in Accounting Industry

"Experts say some firms are especially respectful of the work-life balance, and they are retaining valuable employees as a result." Read the entire NYT article. (Thanks, Jules)

Navigating the Airfare Maze Online Gets Tougher

Now that more airlines are pulling their fares from, how are you going to find the cheapest fares? Read the NYT article (... You'll probably save hundreds of dollars by just reading it).

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders (TED talk)

A L♥ng-Distance Affair

Read (a somewhat fluffy) long-distance article in the NYT.


From last year:

This year:

(Thanks, Haley)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jewel Undercover

Resisting the Online Tracking Programs

Definitely worth taking 15 min to make sure you have these things installed / uninstalled from your computer:
If you have ever worried about specifically aimed ads that seem aware of your private moments on the Web, such as looking at sites for kitten-heel pumps, eczema medications or how to get out of debt, here is something else to fret about.

Keeping your computer free of tracking programs is not easy because of the ad industry’s aggressive and sophisticated efforts, says Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “It’s like trying to get the room of your teenager clean,” he said. “You have to do it all again the next day...
Find out how to clean out your computer in the full NYT article. (Thanks, Jules)

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .