Thursday, April 25, 2013

26 Reasons Kids Are Pretty Much Just Tiny Drunk Adults

Pull yourselves together, babies. Check out the Buzzfeed. It's too cute. (Thanks, JJ)

What Happens If You Text Your Parents Pretending To Be A Drug Dealer?

Nathan Fielder, star and creator of one of the funniest shows on television, Nathan For You, asked his twitter followers to tweet their parents saying they had weed for sale. And the results are as good and painful as you'd imagine.

See more at Buzzfeed.

Running of the bulls

(Thanks, Claire)

28 Pictures Of Golden Retriever Puppies That Will Brighten Your Day

Puppies! Read more in Buzzfeed. (Thanks, James)

Look! 5 Years of Hand-Drawn Sandwich Bags by a Dedicated Dad

Read more in the Kitchn. (Thanks, Jules)

Shoe study: The USPS discriminates against atheist packages

Read more at (Thanks Tom!)

Why women should embrace a ‘good enough’ life

Elsa Walsh is the author of “Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women.” She is a former Washington Post reporter and New Yorker staff writer. This essay is adapted from a speech she delivered at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on April 5. Here's a couple of my favorite excerpts:
When it is time for my daughter to make her way through this culture of overwork, I hope she follows some of Sandberg’s advice. I will tell her to work hard and take a seat at the table, speak up and, of course, always negotiate her salary. But I will also tell her to set her own course and follow neither my model nor Sandberg’s.
I will remind her of the time when she was barely 2 years old and ready for her first real Halloween. I thought I had the perfect outfit for her — hand-embroidered Chinese silk pajamas in turquoise and matching slippers with gorgeous feathers — until her father took her to Kmart,where she bounded over to a red Teletubby getup. 
I balked when they brought home the cellophane package. “In her own image,” her dad gently told me. I keep a smiling photo of her in that costume on the table next to my bed as a reminder. 
I’ll also tell her to make time for herself. Unplug from the grid. Carve out space for solitude. Search for work you love that allows flexibility if you want to have children. And if you do, have them when you’re older, after you’ve reached that point in your career when you are good enough at what you do that you will feel comfortable dialing back for a while. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start planning, because no one else is going to do it for you. 
 I’d also tell her, if she marries, to work hard on her relationship. It’s not only much easier than getting divorced, it’s more rewarding and more fun. Love. Full stop. That’s what matters.
Read more in the Washington Post. (Thanks, Kate and Brandon)

YouTube Announces Winners of 2013 DoGooder Video Awards

Check out the Mashable post. (Thanks, Jules)

A couple of the winners:

Jack Hoffman with a 69 yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game

Maybe you'll even tear up a bit. (Thanks, Jules)

Ship my pants


Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")

I have this song stuck in my head!

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip

Gabby Giffords writes a moving argument in the New York Times. Here's a couple excerpts:
SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.
On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms...
Read more in the NYT(Thanks, Alessia and Tom)

Ready in Case the Other Shoe Should Drop

Julia Ann Miller writes about her "Single Girl's Starter Kit" in this week's Modern Love column. (Thanks, Jules)

Why Boston’s Hospitals Were Ready

The Most Deranged Sorority Girl Email You Will Ever Read

Check out Gawker. (Thanks, Claire)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition

There's more to life than leaving home. Read the Atlantic article

Doctors Saved Lives, if Not Legs, in Boston

Sad, but inspiring story on the way doctors changed their traditional medical techniques to process all the people on Monday. Borrowed a lot of techniques from the military (e.g., felt markers on chests, tourniquets). Wonder if will impacts the types of training medical schools will offer to better prepare their doctors.

Read more in the NYT.

Sword & Plough is a quadruple bottom line bag company that works with veterans to repurpose military surplus fabric into stylish bags.

Support Sword and Plough at Kickstarter. Fantastic company supporting our military... and their totes are cute, too. 

An open letter from Oklahoma regarding the Boston Marathon

Read the letter at Wordpress. (Thanks, Leila & Claire)

The Saudi Marathon Man

A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn't alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed.

Read the New Yorker story.

Diamond tribute: Yankees play 'Sweet Caroline'

Something to make you smile: The NY Yankees put aside its legendary rivalry and played “Sweet Caroline” (go-to song for the Boston Red Sox) at their game last night.

Monday, April 15, 2013

HBR Daily Stat: Why Candies in Tiny Packages Are Especially Tempting

In an experiment, undergraduate women with low opinions of their bodies ate more than twice as many gumdrops if the candies were presented in small packages (four to a package) rather than loose in a bowl, say Jennifer J. Argo of the University of Alberta and Katherine White of the University of British Columbia, both in Canada. Although small packages are sometimes said to help people regulate their food intake, the researchers found that women with low "appearance self-esteem" are particularly drawn to such packages by the illusion of control that they offer.

School Vote Stirs Debate on Girls as Leaders

Phillips Academy was on the front section of the NYT Online for a debate that was sparked by this letter to the editor in the Phillipian on girls as leaders.

Perhaps my favorite part of this discussion was Sam Green's critique of the NYT article, which I largely agree with.

(Thanks, Cassie and Katie)

HBR Daily Stat: If You're Prone to Distractions, Mindfulness Training Can Help

A series of eight 45-minute "mindfulness" training sessions, in which participants learned to focus on a single aspect of experience, such as breathing, led to standardized-test improvements analagous to 16 percentile points, on average, says a team led by Michael D. Mrazek of UC Santa Barbara. For people who struggle to maintain focus, mindfulness training appears to dampen distracting thoughts, the researchers say.

Read more in Psychological Science.

Dove Real Beauty Sketches

Fantastic message. (Thanks, Joyce)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Call Them Tiger Students. And Get to Work.

One reason why Asians dominate New York's top public high schools: high parental expectations. Here's my favorite excerpt:
Many people might assume that the spelling whizzes have a genetic advantage, but Ms. Duckworth found a more important trait: tenacity. The finalists are willing to forgo the immediate gratification of watching TV or texting friends so they can spend hours and do the tedious and merciless grunt work. They write out thousands of flashcards with words and definitions and memorize them.
Read more in the WSJ. (Thanks, Tom!)

The Secrets of Princeton

Here's an excerpt:
SUSAN PATTON, the Princeton alumna who became famous for her letter urging Ivy League women to use their college years to find a mate, has been denounced as a traitor to feminism, to coeducation, to the university ideal. But really she’s something much more interesting: a traitor to her class.
Check out Ross Douthat's article in the NYT.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

60% of those who go bankrupt do so because of medical bills, and most of those folks who do have insurance. Big picture, the country overpays its medical bills by about $750 billion (with a 'b') every year. That's more than the cost of the entire Medicare program. Read more in TIME Magazine. (Thanks, Jamie)

Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

I'm amazed I haven't heard more about Adam Grant! His theory on Givers vs. Matchers vs. Takers -- definitely rings true. I can see how givers are both the most successful and most likely to get burnt-out or being a door-mat. Does your company have more givers or takers?

Read more in the NYT and check out the videos. (Thanks, Jamie)

Attention Students: ‘Just Being Yourself’ Isn’t a Skill That Should Earn You Admission to College

Check out this cutting Gawker article on Suzy Lee Weiss's WSJ article.

37 People Who Are Worse At Cooking Than You

It takes real effort to screw food up this badly. Respect.
Read more at BuzzFeed. (Thanks, Jules)

Let's Save Great Ideas from the Ideas Industry

Read more in HBR. (Thanks, Joyce)

TED Talk - Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Read more about Power Posing in HBR. And here is another talk on building charisma. (Thanks, Gloria!)

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 .