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Sex, Fries, and Status Posts

Google “Food Sex Facebook“, and it starts getting scientific around hit #5. Everybody’s hot and bothered by a study that tried to check how much undergraduates like to talk about themselves. Result? “…humans so willingly self-disclose because doing so represents an event with intrinsic value, in the same way as with primary rewards such as food&#133 Read the rest

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If you got swag in the Matrix, you’re broke here.

“Totalitarianism is not only hell, but all the dream of paradise– the age-old dream of a world where everybody would live in harmony, united by a single common will and faith, without secrets from one another. … Once the dream of paradise starts to turn into reality, however, here and there people begin to crop up who stand in&#133 Read the rest

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Censory Perception

The idea behind all censorship is that you don’t know what information is good for you, so there needs to be a filter to get you the good stuff without corrupting you with bad stuff. Even when it seems like the censor just wants to hinder access to stuff that is bad for whoever runs the censor, this still&#133 Read the rest

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What’s in a Name?

Nameberry, a website devoted to baby naming, has analyzed the page views of its own site and come up with a list of names likely to be the most common choices this year. (Go here for the same story, one meta-level removed). They don’t say much about their methodology other than to say that they have a&#133 Read the rest

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Only a Unilever factory can save the Maldives

The Maldives is a small island state with the unfortunate attribute that its highest peak comes in at about 2.5 metres above sea level (a metre is like a decimal-based yard – try it, you’ll like it). This means that just a little bit of melted polar ice will suffice to turn their islands into reefs. Understandably enough, Read the rest

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How to Grow Up

How to Grow Up

Early Childhood
Little kids are pure id; it’s all impulse. You ask them if they want another scoop of ice cream, and they’re thinking: “Do I want another scoop?! Are you nuts or just an idiot? Of course I want more ice cream. We should eat nothing but ice cream. This is what I’ve been telling you since the&#133 Read the rest

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Symbionts or reciprocal parasites with a prenup?

Recently in the woodlands of central America, a new plant arose from the primedial ooze. Aristotelian taxonomy has dubbed it a Kardashian, though the Latin designation is pending identification of its genus. Research continues, but many interesting facts about the Kardashian’s lifecycle, habitat, and reproduction habits have already been gleaned from indirect observation.
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Great Danes

(If you’re looking for the Hamlet Cliff Notes for your homework, this probably won’t help. But it might.)
Tycho Brahe
Tycho Brahe was a famous Danish aristocrat and astronomer. Actually, he wasn’t really much of an astronomer. He was loaded, so he bought lots of fancy optical kit, which cost a mint back then, and just wrote down what&#133 Read the rest

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Convergent Evolution

(The following may or may not have been overheard while driving an imported luxury car in Guangzhou; names have been changed to protect, well, nothing. They don’t matter in the slightest.)
In the back seat of a Mercedes S 550, Zhu Wiaofing, Ministry of Transport Apparatchik, is dialling his mobile. In distant Beijing, Li Wibao, Zhu’s nephew in a&#133 Read the rest

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When the Golden Mean is just plain mean

A pre-school in Sweden is going to achieve gender equality. The idea is to remove any stimulation that might give the kids an idea of whether they’re boys or girls, according to society’s definition of these. Gendered toys will be available, but they’ll be “placed side by side to encourage a child to play with whatever he or&#133 Read the rest

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The (high-heeled) Shoe doesn’t fit the Other Foot, or does it?

Andrej Pejic, all-purpose androgynous model, has made #98 on FHM’s list of the world’s sexiest women .

A blurb online that accompanied Pejic’s picture read: “Designers are hailing him as the next big thing. We think ‘thing’ is quite accurate… The gender bender has jumped the gun in hoping he might one day be signed as a

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If Blankfein wants a bigger bonus, he should stock up on Ed Hardy.


About 10 years ago there was a debate in Canada about whether Canadian NHL teams should receive a subsidy to be able to compete with big-market American teams. As soon as somebody came up with the soundbite “no millions for millionaires”, the plan promptly died. This makes the phrase a remarkable innovation that you should keep handy in&#133 Read the rest

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