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Groupon’s business model under pressure from failing competitors

Who clips coupons in august?

posted at 10:48 am
on Aug. 31, 2011


Airplanes are so automatic, pilots are forgetting how to fly them, says federal panel

Also, I blame twitter. Why not?

posted at 10:46 am
on Aug. 31, 2011


There’s a Spectrum from “No” to “Yes”

And not every question has to be 1 or 10.

posted at 4:39 pm
on Aug. 26, 2011


Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? Yes, you do.

Deeply interesting article. Read it, or not.

posted at 9:19 pm
on Aug. 25, 2011


A new, heavy-duty tricycle-based delivery service in downtown Vancouver

They'll be working with Spud soon.

posted at 4:34 pm
on Aug. 25, 2011


Gowalla is ditching their entire “items” concept;

"Fewer than half a percent of our active community makes use of them." Well, maybe that's because you've been de-emphasizing them more and more!

posted at 12:24 pm
on Aug. 25, 2011


Bollywood dance routine meets World of Warcraft music video

Seriously hilarious and just over a year old, but in my defense, I was away from the Internet that day.

posted at 7:16 pm
on Aug. 19, 2011


New cookie review: the Triple Double Oreo

(It's actually more like 66% more than a double oreo, mathematically speaking)

posted at 4:48 pm
on Aug. 19, 2011


Why Did Japan surrender to the U.S. in WWII? Was it because of the bomb, or Russia invading?

An interesting revisionist history.

posted at 10:40 am
on Aug. 19, 2011


My friend Rob sent me this Flash game: Wonderputt. I hate him now.

And I'll tell him that as soon as I finish 1 MORE LEVEL.

posted at 2:29 pm
on Aug. 18, 2011


Morton’s Steakhouse?meets a guy at the airport with a full meal, after he tweets a joke about that

I love PR stunts when they work.

posted at 11:05 am
on Aug. 18, 2011


Are Crunches Worth the Effort? Sit-Ups, Core Training and Effect on Athletic Performance (NYTimes)

In a nutshell? Yes. Probably. Kinda.

posted at 3:36 am
on Aug. 17, 2011


A fabulous and catchy montage of people walking shot from behind

Thanks, @dbarefoot.

posted at 10:45 am
on Aug. 16, 2011


Hipster Ipsum: Artisanal filler text for your site or project.

Thank you to whoever pointed tis out to me who I've already forgotten. Seriously, no brain today.

posted at 4:30 pm
on Aug. 15, 2011


Boy, 11, makes miraculous $50,000 hockey shot, but may not get the prize (video)

This is seriously, an astounding, amazing story.

posted at 10:34 am
on Aug. 15, 2011


The best 13 Pointless Pie Charts

Mr. (F)T(W) is the best of the best.

posted at 1:58 pm
on Aug. 12, 2011


Review of a board game called “Puerto Rico” for iPad

Takeaway: sounds awesome!

posted at 1:19 pm
on Aug. 12, 2011


The new European / U.K. rules on browser cookie use, and how it will affect you

Is the E.U. the new I.E. when it comes to Web development? Discuss.

posted at 2:09 am
on Aug. 11, 2011


5 Scientific Reasons Your Idea of Happiness Is Wrong

Yes, it's, but it's pretty much dead on.

posted at 5:14 pm
on Aug. 9, 2011



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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