links for 2010-10-25

  • Many Japanese chefs, especially in the Kansai region, say they never courted this attention. Even a single Michelin star can be seen as a curse by the Japanese: Their restaurants are for their customers. Why cook for a room full of strangers? Even worse: crass foreigners.
  • The study concludes with the conjecture that people may find it particularly painful to be unhappy in a happy place, so that the decision to commit suicide is influenced by relative comparisons.
  • Providing enough power to every seat on an airplane would require heavy equipment.
  • The big lesson of Digg may be simply this: if someone offers you a ridiculous amount of money for a company that wasn’t that hard to build, don’t think twice. Take the money and run.
  • How to develop a software product using version control, helpful
  • to contact in the future
  • This isn’t Farmville vs Dancing with the Stars.  This is about the best alternative to boredom. If Google , Apple and their competitors can find simple games that are compelling to tens of millions of people and create a unique experience on your HDTV, they have a chance to start pulling people away from watching shows on TV.  You could actually see the number of hours spent watching TV decline materially.
  • Holy shit - GUI app lets you sit on open wireless networks, intercepts cookies, lets you instantly log in as the wireless user to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr Google accounts. Never ever ever ever open anything on an open wireless connection again, until they start using HTTPS and SSL for every connection
  • excellent observation - "My plans rarely work (unless they are boringly simple), but serendipity has been good to me, so over time I've tried to make the most of that. My theory of serendipity is still evolving, but from what I've seen, it's better to think in terms of "allowing" serendipity rather than "seeking" it or "creating" it. Opportunity is all around us, but we have beliefs and habits that block it."
  • But psychologists who study status and power in social settings — and a growing number are — have found that human beings, in surprising ways, actually seem to thrive on a sense of social hierarchy, and rely on it. In certain settings, having a clear hierarchy makes us more comfortable, more productive, and happier, even when our own place in it is an inferior one. In one intriguing finding, NBA basketball teams on which large salary differentials separate the stars from the utility players actually play better and more selflessly than their more egalitarian rivals. “Status is such an important regulating force on people’s behavior, hierarchy solves so many problems of conflict and coordination in groups,” says Adam Galinsky, a psychologist at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management who did the research on social hierarchies on basketball teams. “In order to perform effectively, you often need to have some pattern of deference.”
  • Become a hermit, celebrate your individuality, associate with some higher truth
  • good introduction to fonts - covers helvetica, times new roman, gill sans, psychology behind different fonts, difference between serif & sans serif

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