links for 2010-08-29

  • What I had left, I realized, was nothing. Which was the exact strategy I was practicing. "I'd like to return this," I said to the sales person behind the cash register, "and I know you charge a restocking fee — which you have every right to do — but I'd really appreciate it if you didn't." gets better from there - man i really need to try that more often - you get something for nothing!
  • professor on how to manage your time - say no like hell, avoid extra work
  • Pretty good, long
  • might be a good time to go into the hearing aid industry - One in every five teenagers in the United States today has slight hearing loss, according to the authors of a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The proportion of teenagers with slight hearing loss has jumped 30 percent in the past 15 years. While the new report doesn't speculate as to the causes of problem, a similar study done in Australia this year linked hearing loss to the increased use of headphones and many experts have agreed with those findings.
  • People who make an effort to be eco-friendly - for instance by recycling glass bottles, turning off lights and unplugging cellphone chargers - have no idea what they're on about, according to a new survey. Those who don't bother are more likely to know what actually saves energy and what doesn't.
  • The Problem E-mail takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it. The Solution Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead.
  • Standard theory says let the other person name their price first, but because of anchoring, it might be smart to make the first offer
  • watch live soccer, epl, basketball
  • As Africans, we urge the generous-spirited British to reconsider an aid programme they can ill afford, and which we do not want or need. A real offer from the British people to help our development would consist of the abolition of the Common Agricultural Policy, which keeps African agricultural exports out of the European marketplace. It is that egregious policy, combined with the weight of regulations, bad laws and stifling bureaucracy, subsidised by five decades of development aid, which prevents Africans from lifting themselves out of poverty. Signed, The African People

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