12 August 2011


Just a little. No lacerations, concussions, or broken hearts, please. But calling it like it is? You bet.

For instance, Appathy, a Mobile App That Takes You Down a Notch ~ zinger IMs (instant messages) which are lurking in the ether, thought but not transmitted. Until now.

The Rich Are Different, And Not in a Good Way ~ twelve separate studies reveal that "the life experience of the wealthy makes them less empathic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish." Thanks to Clarity Sanderson for the link.

100 Things You Can Say to Irritate a Republican ~ these are priceless, and every entry is accurate, transcending party ideology (with a few hand grenade opinions thrown in to spice things up). From "A Socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance" to "Republicans complain about immigrants taking American jobs, then freely give American jobs to foreigners overseas" to "The Republican Party began as a liberal party", there is plenty of food for thought, and more than a few ironic chuckles.

The Facebook Song and The Google+ Song (the latter courtesy of Jennifer Ouellette), sum up the respective atmospheres of the two social networks, with razor satire.

Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the U.S. by Race (2011), via Andrea Kuszewski. Speaks for itself. Left-click on the graphic for documentation.

Crimes Through Time, and the Punishments that Came With Them ~ this is just plain scary, especially considering many of the punishments are still enforced today. Another contribution from Andrea Kuszewski's prolific sharing.

Finally, an anniversary ~ 30 years ago today the IBM Personal Computer was introduced, becoming the first popular and widely available home computer of its time. Compared to today's laptops and notebook computers, it may look bulky and dated with its twin 5.25-inch floppy disk drives and monochrome monitor (see below). But every revolution starts somewhere. Cheers.

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