Links: January 31 2012

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

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Links: January 11 2012

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.

Anyways, enjoy!

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

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Links: December 14 2011

Stay warm! With some piping-hot, fresh new links. Brrrrr.

How Obamacare is doing so far: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/apnewsbreak-25m-young-adults-gain-coverage-15151249#.TuiLr3NW5Kg and what’s happening to lobbyists: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/12/defeated-health-insurers-cut-lobby.html

NASA’s plan to harpoon comets: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/nasa-comet-harpoon/

A really interesting documentary coming out on tort reform (I need to see this): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBKRjxeQnT4

An NPR thing on the Big Bang: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/12/14/143630990/from-the-big-bang-to-intelligent-life-the-four-eras-of-astrobiology

Twin boys who soon became brother and sister. Really interesting story. http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/family/articles/2011/12/11/led_by_the_child_who_simply_knew/?page=full

UC Berkeley’s plan to make school more affordable: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/12/14/berkeley-middle-class-access-plan/

And your eagerly awaited pic of the day. Kochia Hill in Japan (looks like something out of Dr. Seuss!): http://i.imgur.com/wlCGV.jpg

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Links: November 29 2011

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

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Links: November 8 2011

A healthy, fresh batch of awesome links. Enjoy!

Malcolm Gladwell on Steve Jobs – a tinkerer, not an inventor: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/14/111114fa_fact_gladwell?currentPage=all

The NYT on Herman Cain’s rise and fall: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/magazine/on-the-ropes-with-herman-cain.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

A 12-year old music prodigy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHJ6Z8li7Os

Obama and what’s really killing him in the economy: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/nov/24/obamas-flunking-economy-real-cause/?pagination=false

Great Youtube video of the development of empathy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g

Reprogramming cells to create new life forms: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111107162223.htm

Burning Man Pic o’ the Day: Black Rock City from radar… http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-1775/year-2011/

Your Bonus Pic o’ the Day is Autumn in the Adirondacks: http://i.imgur.com/EZEEf.jpg

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Links: October 26 2011

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

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Links: October 18 2011

Another bunch of random good stories… hope you like ’em. Enjoy!

A really interesting article on our generation of twentysomethings (ok, I’m almost in that group… gimme a break). nymag.com/print/?/news/features/my-generation-2011-10/

SUPER controversial story about hormone therapy and youth. Very interesting (crap, I wish it wasn’t on Fox News)… http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/17/controversial-therapy-for-young-transgender-patients-raises-questions/?cmpid=cmty_email_Gigya_Controversial_Therapy_for_Pre-Teen_Transgender_Patient_Raises_Questions 

How a man sailed his house – well, his roof – after the Japanese tsunami. A long but incredible story. http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201110/hiromitsu-shinkawa-japan-tsunami-rescue-story?printable=true

Small home architecture in Tokyo: http://freshome.com/2011/10/12/clever-small-home-architecture-derived-from-site-restrictions-in-tokyo/

Crazy old story on an autistic artist’s memory (you may have seen before): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryQ0tfjXnkY&feature=fvst

Pic of the day: http://www.neverhappen.com/images/img_3099sized.jpg

Bonus pic of the day… a cool zebra drawing! http://i.imgur.com/k8XDx.png

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