Bre Pettis | I Make Things – Bre Pettis Blog – The Cult of Done Manifesto

August 31, 2010

I swear this poster has meaning. But you have to visit the link. HT soleio.

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Marginal Revolution: LA Times Ranks Teachers

August 20, 2010

We cannot simultaneously claim, however, that teachers are vitally important for the future of our children and also that their effectiveness should not be measured.  As systems like this become more common students will benefit enormously and so will teachers.

Interesting.

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Dos Equis by Kaws

August 18, 2010

Cool vid.

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Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good

August 16, 2010

A natural flavor is not necessarily more healthful or purer than an artificial one. When almond flavor — benzaldehyde — is derived from natural sources, such as peach and apricot pits, it contains traces of hydrogen cyanide, a deadly poison. Benzaldehyde derived by mixing oil of clove and amyl acetate does not contain any cyanide. Nevertheless, it is legally considered an artificial flavor and sells at a much lower price. Natural and artificial flavors are now manufactured at the same chemical plants, places that few people would associate with Mother Nature.

More than you ever wanted to know about the flavor industry.

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Game Theorist: The costs of protection

August 14, 2010

there is this episode of This American Life. If you are a parent — over-protective or not — you will be surely driven to despair about the first story of a child who grew up effectively in restraints. Not physical ones but extreme boundaries

Couldn’t agree more. maybe these links should be aggregated. For those few of you following at home, is today too noisy?

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10 Little Known Facts About Houston Facebook Users

August 14, 2010

Another prestigious college in Houston, Rice University holds about 21,820 graduates in the US. About 33% of the graduates still live in the area. Maybe the rest couldn’t take the Texas heat?

Fact: I have never spent a summer in Texas.

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Facebook | HipHop for PHP: six months later

August 14, 2010

From a community perspective, there have been about fifteen external patches submitted that went straight into trunk and about another five that focused on the open source build system. The speed of these patches have started to increase in the past month. As ocProducts started using HipHop in production, they reported a small number of crash bugs which we hadn’t yet encountered in production but likely would have in the future. Chris Graham ran RoadSend and phpc test suites against HipHop which resulting in it our passing 98% of tests and forty language oriented bug reports.

Open source is awesome. Facebook is pretty cool too.

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