Friday, February 22, 2013

How I Meteored Your Motherland

Something to pump you up for March Madness

(Thanks, Olivia)

PSYs youngest fan

I don't know what's cuter -- the dancing baby or her laughing older sister. (Thanks, Julia)

This Is What Happens When Advertising Is Done For Women, By Women

Finally, a totally safe-for-work video featuring hot dudes groping themselves (for education!)

Read more at UpWorthy. (Thanks, Julia)

12 Inappropriate Valentine’s Day Cards

My favorite:

Read more at DotComplicated.

Bow Down to the Queen: Notes on Beyonce's Halftime Show

Read more at Grantland.

(Thanks, Gloria)

Kids React to Valentine's Day

The red-head was my favorite! (Thanks, Claire)

Bookshelf "Porn"

See more pictures in BuzzFeed. (Thanks, Jules)

Cameron Crazie Style

(Thanks, Jules)

McKinsey Tries to Recruit Mothers Who Left the Fold

McKinsey & Co. wants its moms back.  The big consulting firm is quietly reaching out to female employees who left some years ago—presumably to start families—to see whether they are ready to return.

Read more in the WSJ. (Thanks, Brandon)

Finance and the American poor: Margin calls

Life on the edges of America’s financial mainstream. Read more in the Economist.

HBR Daily Stat: Big Food Companies Are Training You to Like Less Salt

Several major food companies have launched "stealth" campaigns to reduce salt in processed foods for health reasons, according to Agricultural Research. One firm has removed 2 million pounds of salt from retail brands in less than 10 years, and another plans to reformulate 600 products to reduce sodium. The companies are seeking to "retrain the American palate" but want to give consumers' taste buds time to adapt, the journal says. 80% of Americans' dietary sodium comes from salt added to processed foods.

Read more at USDA

10 Brutally Honest Valentines From Kids

Monday, February 18, 2013

Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital

Interviews conducted in 2000 by the Social Investment Task Force in the UK revealed what most nonprofit leaders already know: almost all social-sector organizations are small and perennially underfunded, with barely three months' worth of working capital at their disposal.

And that hasn't changed in the last 12 years. This situation occurs because social entrepreneurs who want to raise funds for private programs have virtually no access to capital markets and little flexibility to experiment at various stages of growth. But this may soon change.

Just as the formation of the venture-capital industry ushered a new approach toward funding innovation within the private sector, impact investment has started to bring opportunities to the social sector. For instance, government agencies in the UK, the US, and several other countries have recently begun exploring the potential of social-impact bonds, which are financial instruments related to social programs sponsored by the private sector.

If the private programs improve a metric, such as the prisoner-recidivism rate, equally or more than a similar government program, investors make money. If there is less improvement, investors lose money.

Read more at HBR

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tammy Duckworth’s Deadly Hot Cocoa

Check out NYT's profile on Tammy. (Thanks, Lucy!)

Cat Burglar

Dusty the Clepto! The most crafty burglar I've ever seen. (Thanks, Mom!)

An Engineer's Guide to Cats

Cat yodeling? Crying laughing...

(Great find, mom)

KKG Remixed with Gangnam Style

(Thanks, Claire)

Ellen Lets John the Cute Sprinkles Kid Eat As Many Sprinkles As He Wants

I love Ellen. This is too cute. (Thanks, Leila)

The horrors of getting an abortion under current Wisconsin law

A crushing story. Read more at the Daily Page. (Thanks, Claire)

Valentine's Day 2013: Chivalry Isn't Dead, It's Just Different

Read more at PolicyMic. (Thanks, Katie)

The 40 Greatest Dog GIFs Of All Time

The best, cutest, and most ridiculous canine moments probably ever. More on Buzzfeed. #17 is my favorite. (Thanks, Jules)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

I couldn't agree more with this article:
THINK for a moment about your typical workday. Do you wake up tired? Check your e-mail before you get out of bed? Skip breakfast or grab something on the run that’s not particularly nutritious? Rarely get away from your desk for lunch? Run from meeting to meeting with no time in between? Find it nearly impossible to keep up with the volume of e-mail you receive? Leave work later than you’d like, and still feel compelled to check e-mail in the evenings?  
More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal -- including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations -- boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health...
Read more in the NYT. (Thanks, Claire and Kate)


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 .