Assuming you’re back… welcome back! I hope you had an absolutely amazing time and it created a bunch of incredible memories you’ll always cherish. I’m like 95% certain that’s the case. Anyways, I felt you might need someone to keep you updated on what’s been going on in terms of interesting articles!
The power of female friendship: http://therumpus.net/2012/01/transformation-and-transcendence-the-power-of-female-friendship/
A re-creation of the house from Up sold a couple months ago: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/dec/05/up-pixar-house-sells
An interesting read on why cleantech has had such a tough couple of years in the U.S.: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/01/ff_solyndra/all/1
An interesting take on Obama’s strategy heading into the 2012 election: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/andrew-sullivan-how-obama-s-long-game-will-outsmart-his-critics.html
An awesome way of using space in a city with serious limitations: http://www.noob.us/miscellaneous/24-rooms-packed-into-one-tiny-room/
An amazing Song of the Day by the Head and the Heart: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ero6mzzovl4
Pic of the Day #1… a GIANT SPINNING BALL OF MACKEREL: http://i.imgur.com/7rviH.jpg
Pic of the Day #2… This year’s amazing Northern Lights: http://imgur.com/o9Dzv
A random fact to start off 2012… did you know that the reason Facebook’s primary color is blue is because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green color blind?? Interesting.
Pretty awesome… the best of street art in 2011: http://www.tout-bon.com/best-of-street-art-2011/
Really good ESPN article about dealing with Parkinson’s: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=120106/BenPetrick
Interesting reading with the backdrop of Iran’s recent activity: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2006/12/how-to-get-a-nuclear-bomb/5402/
Where YouTube is headed: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/01/16/120116fa_fact_seabrook?currentPage=all
A journey into the world of parking spaces (actually interesting!!): http://www.lamag.com/features/Story.aspx?ID=1568281
Neat story about the correlation between pizza prices and subway prices in New York City… worth clicking through the embedded links too: http://www.observer.com/2010/real-estate/subway-fare-upped-250-will-pizza-slice-prices-follow-suit
1st pic of the day. an awesome jellyfish: http://i.imgur.com/1A1rA.jpg
2nd pic of the day. a thunderstorm from a plane: http://i.imgur.com/mfQjP.jpg
A4J is managing to squeeze in one more posting before the end of November… just made it. Enjoy another curious smattering of information and/or randomness.
How the drop in violent crime may have been spurred by lower cocaine prices (sounds like a job for Freakonomics): http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2011/11/cocaine-plummeting-price-nationwide-drop-violent-crime/474/
The president, as a piñata (I did this partially to use the ñ feature on my MacBook): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/27/opinion/sunday/Kristof-President-As-Pinata.html?_r=1
Double science news! A lab in Pennsylvania that may have randomly stumbled upon a cure for cancer: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/11/lab_at_hershey_medical_center.html and in the war against AIDS: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-11-year-war-aids-sight.html
We’ve talked about this (or perhaps it was Japanese love pillows) – but this analyzes the high rates of Japanese youths opting to stay single: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15915118
Pic of the day… what a helicopter’s path looks like at night (long exposure lens): http://i.imgur.com/ckun6.jpg
Bonus cool pic of the day, an awesome wall mural in Montreal (you need to scroll, btw): http://imgur.com/a/g0xjK
Here are some links to add to the A4J compendium! Hope you are having a good week so far (the good thing about wishing someone a good week is it won’t matter when you read it, haha).
Great article by Robert Reich on what Obama should do: http://www.businessinsider.com/wall-street-is-still-out-of-control-and-why-obama-should-call-for-glass-steagall-and-a-breakup-of-big-banks-2011-10
Thoughtful look at some of the factors behind Occupy Wall Street: http://nplusonemag.com/letters-of-resignation-from-the-american-dream
Where the future of music is going in the Facebook/Spotify era: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/10/ff_music/all/1
In the wake of the announcement of our pulling out from Iraq, this is an interesting re-read prior to the invasion (courtesy of the Atlantic): http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/11/the-fifty-first-state/2612/
Aerial view of Midwestern U.S. + the Northern Lights taken from the International Space Station (pretty darn cool). http://www.flickr.com/photos/28634332@N05/6276350167/in/photostream
(Bonus second pic!) Banksy’s take on Occupy London: http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltmb3xM2sc1qafu4to1_500.jpg