Have you noticed that the word “fiscal” is an anti-aphrodisiac? It kills arousal no matter what words surround it. Think of it: fiscal ecstasy. fiscal orgy. fiscal debauchery. All those things sound boring.
The fiscal cliff sounds like something accountants jump off to commit suicide.
“He was dead. He had no heartbeat and he wasn’t breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife’s name. The first question he asked was ‘Did I vote?’”—Ty Houston • Recounting a particularly shocking series of events that took place while he filling out his absentee ballot at a township office in Oakland County. The 48-year-old home care nurse is responsible for saving the life of an elderly voter who collapsed while filling out his own ballot at a nearby table. After recovering, and once his wife took a moment to remind him that personal health is important too, the unidentified man responded that only two things were important to him. “That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote.” source (via shortformblog)
As if the storm and damage weren’t enough, kids in New Jersey are missing out on Halloween tonight. By executive order, the governor of New Jersey has invoked the authority vested in him by the state constitution to reschedule Halloween for November 5.
One of the things I like about Halloween is that it creates a socially acceptable means of knocking on the doors of strangers. You can meet neighbors you’ve never met before and they greet you with candy and smiles. It’s an exercise in hospitality that happens once a year.
From what I’ve heard, that “spirit” of Halloween is alive and well in the Garden State - and throughout Sandy’s wake, with spontaneous and organized volunteering - despite the governor’s postponement of the holiday. Neighbors are taking in neighbors who, until this storm, may have been strangers to each other.
Sending _sweet _thoughts to the kids and families missing out on this American holiday tonight.
There was no shark in Brigantine, and certainly no beached seal in Manhattan. The NYSE trading floor did not flood, and the 10 or more Con Edison workers trapped at a damaged plant turned out not to exist. These rumors were briefly and embarrassingly juxtaposed in users’…
I caught this story over at Techcrunch about a guy who pulled off a sizeable hoax as an afternoon project. He had the blogasphere ablaze with rumors of a Sony-Google collaboration on new phone.
What caught my attention was this statement from the hoax artist:
Let me reiterate: I, an individual with no previous worldwide recognition save for a frontpage Reddit post, managed to alter the behavior of people in Russia, Japan, Uzbekistan, and Italy within the course of 24 hours, all from the comfort of my home while exerting next to no effort. If you are nothing short of absolutely blown the fuck away by this, then the music died for you a long time ago.
A ‘questions and answers’ widget to engage people on your website, Responsa is basically an interactive FAQ. When I think of ‘responsa’, though, I think of the cannon of rabbinic writings that provide authoritative answers to questions of Jewish law.
Maybe it’s time to bring responsa to the cloud with something like…Responsa?
So we just moved from one of the most affordable cities in the nation to one of the least affordable. How about that?
A new survey finds San Diego is a difficult place to buy a home because the price of real estate is so high.
The survey ranked the affordability of the nation’s 25 largest cities. The least affordable are San Francisco, New York and San Diego. The poll looked at a number of factors including home values, income, taxes and homeowners’ insurance costs. Those yardsticks all figured into the equation.
"Yes, your median income is higher than average, but not nearly high enough to be able to afford significantly higher property taxes and the big cost of the house itself," said Mike Sante of Interest.com.
San Diego home values are more expensive than New York right now, according to Sante, and local home values are moving up. The survey also found the the two most affordable cities in the nation are Detroit and Atlanta.
Glad to see this sort of tech innovation coming out of Israel. (via @techcrunch)
one thing that makes KIDO’Z more unique in this space is that it doesn’t just do app whitelisting and blocking, it also offers a pre-approved selection of content and an ad-blocker tool. While that latter feature might not be great news for content creators, it can be good news for parents who don’t want their child exposed to ads for “Death Zombie Battle Gore IV” while enjoying “Happy Bunny Sunshine”…or whatever.
As soon as I get my first Android device, I’ll let my kids try it out.
i love this stuff. So if it takes the collision of two black holes to effect reverse time travel, then there is no way time travel - the way we think of it (as glamorized in movies) - is possible. Case closed.
We recently marked the anniversary of the Yom Kippur war of 1973. A Saudi journalist (educated in the U.S., according to his LinkedIn profile), posted this opinion piece in the Saudi English paper, The Arab News. He poses some fundamental questions that - according to him - people in the Arab world are beginning to ask.
What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.
Is The Arab News controlled by the Saudi government? If so, are the Saudis tacitly endorsing this view? Perhaps an expert can weigh in on this. Most heartening is his conclusion.
Intermarried A-Listers and Us: Anne Hathaway’s and other celebrity weddings suggest that in America Jewishness has become aspirational
Here’s an interesting take on some recent pop-culture icons and their affinity for Jewish-ness.
The current vogue for Jewishness, in weddings or otherwise, is less notable for its exoticism—the kind of thing that might seem irresistibly “edgy” to a Crayola-haired pop star who uses that word a lot—than for its normalcy.
I think it’s not a bad thing all. Look, we happen to have some pretty awesome traditions. If non-Jews want to embrace that, by all means go for it.
Quentin Hardy for The New York Times takes a look at HP’s tough road ahead:
Printer cartridges were once responsible for over 90 percent of H.P.’s profits, but they face increasing competition from lower-price suppliers. Consumers are also using their printers less because many of the things they used to print routinely, like maps and boarding passes, are on smartphones.
90 percent?! Think about HP’s entire catalog of products and how insane that is. Suddenly, HP sounds like the Middle Eastern empire that is scrambling to figure out other businesses for when the oil is gone.
8 point uptick in Obama’s favorability amongst independents since the debate source
Meanwhile, Romney’s favorability didn’t change. Most of the numbers in the poll, however, are rather positive for Romney; this is somewhat of an outlier. Obama’s lead in a head-to-head got cut in half, from 8 to 4 points, though he does still lead. Also, just for kicks:
10%of respondents would rather literally watch paint dry than watch Romney and Obama debate each other.
PSA: Facebook Has One Billion Users, But The Top 25 Nonprofits Only Reach 32M Of Them
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Facebook today announced that it now has 1 billion
monthly active users, but although it is a social network, that doesn’t
mean that many on there are using it for social causes. Today the company
said in a developer blog
the top 25 nonprofits with Facebook Pages are connecting with over 32
million people worldwide. That works out to just 3.2% of its monthly active
So what’s the message here? Well, maybe three: the first one seems to be
that not that many of us Facebook users think of it as a place get our
information about good causes, in that not too many of use are choosing to
like these pages to get their updates. The second is the flip side of that
coin: nonprofits (and maybe the same could go for profit businesses, too)
have not figured out the best way to use these pages to best leverage the
enormous potential of 1 billion users.
Still, some of them might argue that Facebook has had an enormous impact on
raising their profile, meaning that we’re talking here about companies that
had little in the way of savvy marketing behind them to begin with.
And the third? Facebook is trying to show that it’s not just about reaching
big numbers but also about bringing good things out into the light.
(Although I would argue points one and two back, to say that it’s not
nearly as good as it could be.)
Facebook has provided some stats and milestones illustrating on how well
certain nonprofit pages have been doing on the Facebook platform:
*Justgiving* — UK-based fundraising
platform — has seen app usage up by 177% since integrating Open Graph. Each
donation shared is worth about £5 to a charitable organization, justgiving
estimates. It says that last year people raised £25 million through its
*WeTopia* > — a social game from Sojo
Studios with virtual villages and
charitable donations from the virtual currency – has provided 1.6 million
gallons of drinking water; 760,000 hot meals for children in Haiti; 45,000
meals for US children living in poverty, and more than 3,000 warm coats to
children in Afghanistan and the US.
*FundRazr* > — another a social fundraising app
that helps people collect funds for cause-related campaigns — saw a
six-fold increase in comments after integrating Open Graph, with a later
Like action integration boosting referrals by 30 times and story
impressions by 60 times.
*Learnist* > — social learning product — has had 2.5M
impressions in the last 30 days through Open Graph.
The *Bill & Melinda Gates
made a $2.5 million donation to the development of Facebook education apps.
For those nonprofits out there who are not seeing quite such a bang for
your 1 billion bucks, Facebook’s published some pointers on how to do
things right, and some more examples of how well some of them are doing.
You can check them out
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“The movie industry is facing a bit of a crisis: Attendance is down, as the high price of going to the movies, combined with a generally crappy selection of films to actually go to, threatens studios and exhibitors. Enter MoviePass, a startup that has created a new business model based around users who love going to the movies. Instead of paying more than $10 each time they go to the theater, MoviePass has created an all-you-can-eat subscription service for people who love movies.”—http://m.techcrunch.com/2012/10/02/moviepass-debit-cards/?icid=tc__art&