a few quick pre-India links: tea steeping strategies, NFL fans analysis, SimCity
Mood: excited
Posted on 2013-01-31 13:32:00
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- Tea: Does bouncing your tea bag actually do anything substantial? - you don't need to sign up for Quora; the first answer is pretty comprehensive!

- More documents came out in the lawsuits about the no-hire agreements between Apple and other high-tech companies, and Jobs's letter to Palm includes the following:

I'm sure you realize the asymmetry in the financial resources of our respective companies when you say: "We will both just end up paying a lot of lawyers a lot of money."
Ouch! Some of the other documents are pretty damning as well - even if the only policy was "don't pursue people from these companies, but it's OK to hire them if they come to us", I think that's still kinda wrong.

- NFL Fans on Facebook - a comprehensive analysis of which parts of the country root for which teams. Good stuff! I love when Facebook does neat stuff with their data.

- SimCity vs. The Suburban Sprawl - I got to play the SimCity beta last weekend and I'm looking forward to the real release!

- Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months - yikes, cyberwarfare is becoming a thing...

- Republicans' No-Fingerprints Strategy on Gay Marriage - clearly this is just happening in bluish states, but this is still an amazing turnaround from not so long ago!

- Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A - written by an ardent LGBT activist.

- Sewers, Curfews and a Ban on Gay Bias - or "Tiny Kentucky Town Bans LGBT Discrimination, Defies Stereotypes"

- Disney's Oscar-nominated "Paperman" debuts online - I hadn't seen it before and it's really very good.

- Cute Child of the 90s ad for Internet Explorer

1 comment

Comment from ext_1626674:

- That "Tea Chemist" who responded... awesome stuff! Very thorough.
- The more I hear about Apple, the more I dislike them :-/ I used to just be apathetic.
- I love visualizations of data! The NFL thing was very cool.
- I used to love SimCity but got overwhelmed when it became so complicated. Kinda the same way I liked Civ4 & 5 a lot, but didn't end up playing much because I felt like I couldn't master it without spending more time than I was willing to dedicate.
- Reading this kind of thing makes me wonder. I know spy activities go on constantly between nations not at war, and most are fairly benign even if they are undesirable. But the references in there to Chinese military attacks on American defense contractors? Where is the line for aggressive action anymore, or even an act of war? Clearly it's different in the cyber-realm than for physical actions. Should it be?
- Heh. Yeah, when something starts to be a part of why you're losing, you start wishing it would just go away. Pretty natural reaction, but like you said a pretty big turnaround.
- I'd seen this article linked several times and had been avoiding it, but I'm glad I read it this time. Makes me think a lot better of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-a, though I still think he's misguided.
- Awesome. I wish everywhere were like this. It's just not the big deal that people are making it out to be! Often it's just a lack of contact with "queer" people that makes people think otherwise.
- Yes! I saw Wreck-It Ralph and loved "Paperman"! Glad to hear it's nominated.
- Sorry to have a downer on the last note, but that's where it is in the list: I was actually not that impressed with this ad. It didn't really resonate with me. Maybe because the happier times in my life came after the 90s? Or at least, started in the later 90s. Or maybe it was just that I didn't buy the tie between the nostalgia and their ad campaign.

This is Andrew E, btw. When I said to leave a comment with Google it created a whole other account. Maybe I'll see about trying to recover my wildrice13 account at some point...

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