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You think you have a lousy boss?

July 9th, 2011 No comments

Although this article is a bit tongue-in-cheek, here is a list of of some really lousy bosses.  A nice Saturday afternoon distraction.

Lousy Bosses

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Is CAPCHA Good for Humanity?

February 25th, 2011 No comments

reCAPCHA is.  Read more here:

How reCAPCHA benefits us all

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Screw it!

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

Literally.  You’ll never be at a loss for words in the hardware store again.


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Are things always better in Florida?

July 25th, 2010 No comments

An interesting video that shows the change in American’s mood throughout the country as the day progresses by interpreting tweets from Twitter.

You might note: Florida looks like the place to be!

National Twitter Mood Ring

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Going Nuclear

July 5th, 2010 No comments

This starts a bit slow, but is nonetheless quite a powerful presentation.  Would you believe there have been 2000 detonations of nuclear devices since 1945?  How many do you think came from France?  You might be surprised:

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Fun things to do with data

April 10th, 2010 No comments

Here’s a neat visualization of the growth of Walmart at FlowingData.  Impressive.

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Fun with Facebook

February 9th, 2010 No comments

Ever think about where your friends are located?  Here‘s an interesting map by Pete Warden that shows large-scale trends of connections of Facebook friends.  Always interesting to see the big picture.

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When to use a semicolon?

February 4th, 2010 No comments

Ever use them?  If you’re like me, the explanation in elementary school punctuation class was insufficient for comfort, and college professors seemed to be indifferent.  Using a semicolon is actually straightforward; this site tells you how.

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What’s in a number?

January 20th, 2010 No comments

We are overwhelmed with statistics nowadays.  This is up, that is down, and there is little change over there.  At the end of the day, however, our lives frequently impacted more by local statistics than by national averages.

The site below gives some insight into just how those numbers play out.  For instance, who would have thought your likelihood for getting Alzheimer’s  is four times higher if you live in Arkansas rather than New York.

Life Expectancy

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A Graph for the Decade?

January 2nd, 2010 No comments

How do you summarize a decade?

Waxing nostalgic is usually a pleasant pastime, whether driven by friends, family, or a writer who can take you down familiar mental pathways.  But it’s odd that despite the multitude of ways to break down, categorize, and summarize a given period of time, we still find that some common themes rise to the surface when considering the 80’s, 90’s, and now the “Aughts”.

So, how would you categorize them?  Here’s one author’s take on a surprising economic trend:

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