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September 2011

September 30, 2011

"Why Is Average IQ Higher in Some Places?"

Recent research claims IQ differences are driven by differing levels of infectious disease

"Our place in the universe"

Feel like you're super important? A real big shot? Take a look at this.

"NYC Pizza Cultural Literacy"

Concise guide to probably everything you ever want to know about New York City pizza

Link via Kottke.

September 29, 2011

"Searching For The Imdb Of Books"

Blogger argues we currently don't have the equivalent of for books and that we need it.

"Amazon’s Kindle Gets a Library Card"

You can now check out e-books from your local library and download them to your Kindle.

Pretty cool.

"A Spanish Starbucks for Sandwiches"

Fast-food tapas soon to open across the U.S.. Bring it on. (Menu here.)

September 28, 2011

Atlas Corp. and the Chase Giving Awards

I am posting this for my younger daughter who has been recently employed at Atlas Corps.

Atlas Corp. facilitates overseas fellowships for the world's rising nonprofit leaders--like a multilateral Peace Corps. They have Fellows from around the world serving at organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Grameen Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. They were recently invited to be one of 25 organizations to compete for up to $1 million in grants in the Chase Community Giving Awards,

If you'd like to help them get an award, you can vote for them--no donations, no additional votes, just one vote.  A million dollar grant would mean a lot to Atlas, so my younger daughter would appreciate it greatly if you could take a few seconds and vote. 

Vote for Atlas Corps in the "Heroes and Leaders" category on this page: (You may have to click "Like" first; I'm not sure.)

"If the IRS had discovered the quadratic formula . . ."

Pretty funny

Via Instapundit.

"How to Get Out Alive"

In an emergency sometimes your instincts will be right but sometimes they'll be wrong.

Not helpful.

Three things that do seem to be helpful:

1. Just like the attendants tell you, know where the exits are.

2. If where you are has a chance of catching fire or blowing up, don't sit there, get out.

3. Be near women: ". . . if you work or live with a lot of women, your chances of survival may increase, since women are quicker to evacuate than men are."

"Bubble Boys"

To coin a phrase: Go code, young man.

f you have an idea for an app, do it now. . . . The ongoing cyberspace race between Facebook, Apple, and Google, among others, means computer engineers enjoy more freedom—and power—than ever before. The barriers to entry for web programming are almost nonexistent. Angel investors are blessing start-ups left and right, and launching a software company is cheaper than ever. Do I take the offer from Google, or take the venture capital to start my own thing? Only in this one little quadrant do people have the luxury to ask such questions.

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