Saturday, May 15, 2010

In Search of Adorable, as Hello Kitty Gets Closer to Goodbye
by Hiroko Tabuchi
New York Times

TOKYO — At age 36, Hello Kitty may be running out of product lives.
Fish Are Jumping—Off Assembly Line
Perch, Loved in Milwaukee but Decimated in Lake Michigan, Find New Life in an Old Factory; On the Side:
Wall Street Journal

MILWAUKEE—Josh Fraundorf remembers when yellow perch were so plentiful in Lake Michigan that people pulled out all they could eat with just a bamboo pole and some worms.

Now, they have to come to places like this old factory south of downtown.
Where the Stars Are Built, Not Born
by John Pearley Huffman
New York Times

THE makers of “Bullitt” reportedly put together that film’s legendary car chase in 1968 using two 1968 Dodge Chargers and two 1968 Ford Mustangs. In 1977, the director Hal Needham recalls, all of the mayhem in “Smokey and the Bandit” was accomplished with five black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams.
Experian ranks top 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas by average debt per consumer

Costa Mesa, Calif., May 13, 2010 — Experian®, the global information services company, released its findings today on average debt* per consumer in the top 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Approximately 65 percent of these areas exceeded the national average consumer debt, which was $24,775 in March.

Within the top 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas, Seattle is the most debt-burdened city, coming in at almost $2,000 above the national average debt per consumer, while Los Angeles has the lowest average debt.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Affluent Qataris Seek What Money Cannot Buy
by Michael Slackman

DOHA, Qatar — Citizens of Qatar appear to have it made. They tend to drive big cars, live in big houses and get big loans to pay for big watches and an outsize lifestyle. They have an army of laborers from the developing world to build a sparkling skyline and to work whatever jobs they feel are beneath them. And their nation has enough oil and gas to keep the good times rolling for decades.
Trying to Take a Bite Out of Crime via Felons’ Dogs
Tennessee 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force

When drug agents in southeast Tennessee tried to arrest people suspected of dealing methamphetamine last month, they ran into an all-too common obstacle: a large, snarling dog on the front porch.
Anatomy Videos
U. S. National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

These animated videos show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them.
Bird Washing Machine Removes Oil in 7 Minutes (Video)
by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 05.12.10

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Why the Amish make entrepreneurship programs look bad
The five principles of Amish small business success that all entrepreneurs can learn from.
Christian Science Monitor (CSM)

Entrepreneurship programs like to boast the success rates of their entrepreneurs. Most find that five years out about 80% of the alumni businesses still operating. Not bad when compared to the national average of about 50%.

Well, academic entrepreneurship programs have met their match -- it is the Amish. Recent studies have found their five year success rate to be over 95%!
Autism Spectrum Disorders FACT SHEET
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.
Tough on Wrinkles, Soft on Sales
by Mariko Sanchanta

Japanese cosmetics companies are known as some of the most technically advanced in the world, with promises of creams and emulsions that use rare ingredients to stop wrinkles and create a flawless complexion.

But these days, they are finding one problem tough to conquer: the U.S. market.
NFL Arrests Database
San Diego Union-Tribune

These are arrests and citations involving NFL players since 2000 that were more serious than speeding tickets. The San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed hundreds of news reports and public records in compiling it. The list cannot be considered comprehensive in part because some incidents may not have been reported and some public records proved to be elusive. Increased media coverage of incidents also probably accounts for more incidents listed in recent years.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

To Help Jaguars Survive, Ease Their Commute
by Elizabeth Rosenthal
New York Times

LAS LOMAS, Costa Rica — Héctor Porras-Valverdo tried to adopt a Zen attitude when he discovered recently that jaguars had turned two of his cows into carcasses.
I'm feeling silly
12/27/2005 11:23:00 AMPosted by Clay Bavor, Associate Product Manager
Official Google Blog

Not long ago, I walked by the desk of software engineer JJ Furman, and saw that he had made an interesting addition to his desk: a large blob of Silly Putty, about the size of a grapefruit. Intrigued, I asked how he'd gotten so much of the stuff. The answer? A bulk order directly from the manufacturer! Of course.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Taking a Mound of Salt for What Ails You
by Laura Johannes
Wall Street Journal

Across the U.S., salt rooms have been popping up in cities such as New York, Orlando, Naples, Fla., Boulder, Colo., Chicago and Los Angeles.
Short? No Worries: Just Ask This Texan
by Jane E. Brody
New York Times

People of normal height or taller might be inclined to assume, as that silly Randy Newman song put it, that “Short people got no reason to live.... Short people got nobody to love.”
Survival of the Fibbest: Why We Lie So Well
by Shirley S. Wang
Wall Street Journal

Your child tells you he didn't eat a cookie despite the tell-tale crumbs all over his mouth. You call your boss to say you're taking "a sick day," feigning a cough while on the phone. You're both lying, but is it the same?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Talented and Gifted: In one year, she taught her students to see the wonders of their talents -- then and forever
By Steve Hendrix
Washington Post

His mother was teaching a new program that would change her students' lives forever. A lifetime later, they helped teach him how she did it.
Gulf Coast Oil Rig Disaster Sets Off Gusher of Work for Attorneys
by Mary Alice Robbins
Texas Lawyer
From Texas to Florida, the litigation rush is on, as thousands of gallons of oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the April 20 explosion of a drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Help Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Recovery
By: Jake | May 10, 2010 | Category: Money
GovGab Your U.S. government blog

Over the last week, theNational Contact Centerhas received many questions from people who want to volunteer to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from theDeepwater Horizon incident. Louisiana,Mississippi, Florida andAlabama all have created webpages for those interested in volunteering and you can also call 1.866.448.5816 for opportunities.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

How Shale Gas Is Going to Rock the World
Huge discoveries of natural gas promise to shake up the energy markets and geopolitics. And that's just for starters.
by Amy Myers Jaffe
Wall Street Journal

Over the past decade, a wave of drilling around the world has uncovered giant supplies of natural gas in shale rock. By some estimates, there's 1,000 trillion cubic feet recoverable in North America alone—enough to supply the nation's natural-gas needs for the next 45 years. Europe may have nearly 200 trillion cubic feet of its own.
That Pill You Took? It May Well Be Theirs
By Natasha Singer
New York Times

PFIZER’S corporate jet is at the disposal of its chief executive, Jeffrey B. Kindler, for business travel and a limited number of personal trips. Top Merck executives also have use of that drug maker’s corporate aircraft.

But when William S. Marth, the chief executive of the largest prescription drug supplier in the United States, travels cross-country, he flies commercial. On trans-Atlantic trips, Mr. Marth, who runs Teva North America, shuns first class, opting for business class instead.
The Ghosts of Gandamak
by William Dalrymple
New York Times

THE name Gandamak means little in the West today. Yet this small Afghan village was once famous for the catastrophe that took place there during the First Anglo-Afghan War in January 1842, arguably the greatest humiliation ever suffered by a Western army in the East.