RTNW #15

November 17, 2009

Read This Not Work

Watch this Video: The Story of Stuff. (20 min) It almost makes me want to stop buying things (almost)  especially liked the bit on “planned and perceived obsolescence”

McDonald’s shuts down shop in Iceland.

Continuing on the MCD theme, weird stuff McDonalds sells around the world. I would like to try the sugar-coated spaghetti in the Philippines.

Funny that people research this stuff: African American CEOs tend to have baby faces

Relative to white CEOs, black CEOs were rated as more baby-faced – and, consistent with prior research on baby-faced stereotypes, seen as warmer and less competent. For blacks, being baby-faced meant earning more money, the study found, whereas white CEOs earned less money if they were baby-faced.

More interesting research: Yawning is good for your brain! (UPenn)

Stats on iPhone vs. Blackberry users (Rep AK)

  • iPhone owners said they find cool gadgets, “most attractive,” about a person, in fact, three times more than they find a college degree attractive.
  • iPhone users are 11% more inclined to break up with their significant others via text message
  • iPhone owners rated themselves higher as Intellectuals, Extroverts, and Media Buffs than BlackBerry owners. Interestingly though, partners of BlackBerry owners ranked their BlackBerry owning partners slightly higher in these areas

Funny hidden message in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s letter to the California State Assembly

People who download music illegally actually spend the most money on music.

Video: How to auction $1 for $3.75.  Marginal incentives and a little game theory.

This truck is sick. Toyota Tundra Midnight Rider Tailgater (Uncrate)

Humans are designed to run long distances (rep Jeff! props to Kimi who j/finished the SF marathon)

Most mammals can sprint faster than humans — having four legs gives them the advantage. But when it comes to long distances, humans can outrun almost any animal. Because we cool by sweating rather than panting, we can stay cool at speeds and distances that would overheat other animals. On a hot day, the two scientists wrote, a human could even outrun a horse in a 26.2-mile marathon.

Why are Swedish meatballs smaller and better tasting than American ones?

Video: How to open a wine bottle with a shoe (Lifehacker: Rep Jo +  Jonathan)

Good but long piece: Malcom Gladwell on the similarities between football and dogfighting (Newyorker)

The next Disney theme park is coming to Shanghai. (Bloomberg)

On a related thread, a first hand account on how Disney uses audio experience engineers to “manufacture emotion” in their theme parks through the use of ambient music.

He describes how he wrote some software for “manufacturing emotion” with the thousands of new speakers in the park. The system he built can slowly change the style of the music across a distance without the visitor noticing. As a person walks from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland, for example, each of the hundreds of speakers slowly fades in different melodies at different frequencies so that at any point you can stop and enjoy a fully accurate piece of music, but by the time you walk 400 feet, the entire song has changed and no one has noticed.

Home-made invisibility cloaks from three artists. (click the picture for more)

Think you hate your job? A Blockbuster employee stabs himself to avoid going to work. (Gizmodo)

Ryan from The Office has an artsy photography blog, and it is pretty awesome.  Total douchebag style.

Best Twitter-er ever! Shitmydadsays has so many quotable quotes and nuggets of crude but awesome wisdom (I can’t get enough of this guy)

“I don’t need more friends. You got friends and all they do is ask you to help them move. Fuck that. I’m old. I’m through moving shit.”

“A mule kicked Uncle Bob once. Broke his ribs. He punched it in the face.. My point? You have an ingrown fucking toenail. Stop bitching.”

“I like the dog. If he can’t eat it, or fuck it, he pisses on it. I can get behind that.”

“You’re like a tornado of bullshit right now. We’ll talk again after your bullshit dies out over someone else’s house.”

“Sometimes life leaves a hundred dollar bill on your dresser, and you don’t realize until later that it’s because it fucked you.”

“Here’s a strawberry, sorry for farting near you…Hey! Either take the strawberry and stop bitching, or no strawberry, that’s the deal.”

USS New York warship is made from the scraps of the twin towers. (Lifehacker)

Motivation: If Prez Obama can find time to work out, so can you.  Check out his workout regime.

Weird animal news:Shark bites pregnant shark in the stomach, inducing a forced birth and saving 8 shark babies. (Treehugger)

Video: Polish your shoes with a banana (Lifehacker)

Google street view catches a firetruck knocking down an old lady.

Video: The decade in 7 minutes (Newsweek)


2 Responses to “RTNW #15”

  1. wawa Says:

    we must be reading the same things b/c i’ve read about most items on this particular entry. disney theme park in shanghai?! are you kidding me? no one should be breathing the outdoor air in china. and don’t they already have a disneyRand? http://www.japanprobe.com/2007/05/02/disneyland-in-china/

  2. jo Says:

    nyt article about how humans are designed to run based off a book called, born to run. i recently read this book – good stuff & highly recommend.

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