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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Post!

Yes, I've been slacking on the posts as of late. I'll try to pick up the pace.


So by most estimates, the world population recently hit 7 billion.

How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

"In 1804, the world population stood at 1 billion. Today, it’s more or less 7 billion. How did the population grow so big in 200 years? Just as you’d guess: As medicine and agriculture practices improved, more people began living long enough to have families of their own. But this infographic video from NPR does a superb job of telling the story, using glasses of colored liquid to visualize births (water drips into the glass) and deaths (it escapes through the bottom)."


(via Fast Co)


Is this a real news story?

(via failblog)


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Song of the Moment: The Muppets - Life's a Happy Song

So I finally saw 'The Muppets' over the weekend, and if you couldn't tell from previous posts, I was pretty excited about it.

Anyway, here's a song (I think the best) from the movie:


And if you haven't already, go see it now!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkeyday everyone!

If you're doing some last minute planning, here's a handy flowchart on what you should bring to your Thanksgiving dinner/meal:
(Chow via chartporn)


And if you don't like turkey, maybe some.... cake?

(via Cake Wrecks)



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Another post with stuff


The 99% vs the 1%: Burger-style
But, as The Daily What says: "The fact that the 99% burger is just as ridiculously priced as the 1% burger only serves to punctuate just how messed up this country really is."
(via TDW)


Run against Ryan Hall!
"Asics recently commissioned the creative agency Vitro to install a 60-foot-long video wall of Ryan Hall, America’s best marathoner, zooming along at race pace, in the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. Plucky bystanders were then invited to race against him."



"The video wall opened at the end of October, a few days before the NYC marathon, with a guest appearance from Hall (who, of course, raced against his virtual self.) The ad stays up until November 26, so if you’re in Manhattan, try it out. And if you can’t beat him, don’t feel bad. According to Vitro, no one else has yet. Not even Hall himself."
(via Fast Co)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

'The Muppets' is coming out on Wednesday!!


And they made an appearance on SNL with Jason Segel (who hosted).

(via /Film)


In honor if the release, I just bought this t-shirt from Threadless:
10 points if you can identify all the quotes!
(Threadless actually has a whole bunch of Muppet-related designs from a contest they held. Check them out here).

Now who wants to go with me on opening night??

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Videos!


Barbara Walters interviews the Ninja Turtles:
(Watch til the end)

(via THD)


Most adorable "Wampug" ever:

"Every year I make a new costume for my pug Chubbs and this year was no exception. This year she became the dreaded Hoth Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back! Here she coming directly from her photoshoot and looking cute as can be! Beware...the WAMPUG!"
(via TDW)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ricky Gervais: Life's Too Short

Apparently Ricky Gervais' new show, 'Life's Too Short' features Warwick Davis (who plays Prof Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter movies). He's also a dwarf, thus the show name.

I really want to watch full episodes, but apparently it's only shown in the UK now and will be picked up by HBO sometime next year.

Instead, I (and now you) have to settle for these clips:

(thanks to Erin)



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's only November!


Dear consumer-related markets:
Thank you.
(thanks to DiP)

The Power of Photoshop

I've watched it twice now and I still don't believe it.

Somewhere around 1:45, something clicks and it looks incredibly real.

(link thanks to Adam)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: The Bad

As expressed in my previous entry, while I can agree with many of the basic principles of the OWS protests, there are a great many things I disagree with.

Demands
One of my major gripes with OWS is the lack of any sort of demands (which also suggests a lack of leadership and organization).
This may seem like a minor issue to some, but instead of a revolution, all I see is a bunch of people bored with their own lives and caught up in the euphoria of "being part of something bigger than themselves".

Most have stated that they will not leave until they have achieved "success". Without demands, what exactly constitutes a success?

Certainly not the (now infamous) list of demands posted on the OccupyWallSt.org forum:


While I appreciate the initiative to actually generate a list of demands and it's easy to laugh at the naivety, this is as good as anything else anyone has come up with.

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Song of the Moment: Michael Jackson - The Immortal Megamix

I know I already tweeted this (Tweets to the right -->, you should check it out if you haven't already done so), but I had to post it again.

It's one of the few good MJ mixes that creates something new while staying true to the originals.


Good stuff.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: The Good

Since this Occupy Wall Street thing has been going on for some time now, I thought I'd chime in with a few thoughts of my own.
I'm breaking up the post into several sections so the post isn't a mile long.

In this first section, I give you "The Good":

I think it's fairly obvious that I'm not a huge fan of how the protests are going, but I do believe some of their concerns and anger are warranted.


Wall Street is Corrupt and Unethical


Possibly the most persuasive argument, I believe the finance industry is completely unethical in their business procedures (funny because Finance probably contains the highest percentage of people who have taken a "business ethics" course).
However, when their bad bets finally caught up to them, the government bailed them out, put little/no limits on how they used the funds, and even allowed them to get bigger (see: BoA/Merrill Lynch).
If this is the case, why would they ever want to change?



CEOs (some) are Overpaid

A recent article from Business Insider listed The 8 Most Overpaid CEOs in America.

An example of one (and a former employer of mine):
5. William Swanson

Image: Raytheon

> Company: Raytheon Co.
> Total compensation: $18,787,343
> Change in stock price: -10.1%
Defense contractor Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) had net income of $1.8 billion in 2010 down from $1.9 billion the year before. Revenue was nearly flat at $25 billion. Raytheon shares have probably suffered because of concerns about the government’s defense budget. The firm’s pension liabilities are nearly $5 billion. Swanson’s compensation raises the question of whether a company in a troubled industry, even if relatively well run, should pay its CEO this much while shareholders do poorly. Swanson has made almost $58 million over the three years that ended in 2010. Based on how investors have done, that is excessive.
True, most CEOs probably don't deserve their multi-million dollar salaries, but I do believe in the Free Market so they will make whatever the market will allow.

Instead of government regulation, executive salaries should be more closely tied to company performance.
What's wrong with a $1m (or even $5m!) base salaries with bonuses based on performance? It could even be structured so that a very successful year resulted in net salaries in excess of $20m.
I think few would complain about a well performing company paying it's CEO 2% of its billion-dollar net income.

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