Category Archives: Interesting

Inside look at Trump – Art of the Deal ghostwriter “tells all”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all

Better settle down for a minute, The New Yorker is not one for brevity.  This is an intriguing story where I feel like I finally have a glimpse at the man behind the facade.

Keep in mind I’m not a black and white thinker; posting a story revealing an unflattering side of a major political candidate does not automatically make me a member of the other side.  I believe in nothing but a careful examination of facts, history, and general attention to detail.  Back to the article, one quick quote:

“An accompanying cover portrait depicted Trump as unshaven, unpleasant-looking, and shiny with sweat. Yet, to Schwartz’s amazement, Trump loved the article. He hung the cover on a wall of his office, and sent a fan note to Schwartz, on his gold-embossed personal stationery. ‘Everybody seems to have read it,’ Trump enthused in the note, which Schwartz has kept.”

Fascinating – “denying death its sting”

I helped eight people end their lives. By the time you read this, I’ll have ended mine

I realize this is a controversial topic but it’s hard to argue with this kind of sentiment: “The poet Susan Musgrave, who knew Al well, wrote of his final months: ‘Al looked at death the same way he has always looked at life—right between the eyes.'”

I’ve saved this for about half a year to share, I think it’s too good of a story not to.

Tabs March 2016

Well the time has come to clean up tabs.  If I bookmark them I’ll never see them again, so I might as well share them.


 

http://flowingdata.com/2015/12/15/a-day-in-the-life-of-americans/
So again I looked at microdata from the American Time Use Survey from 2014, which asked thousands of people what they did during a 24-hour period. I used the data to simulate a single day for 1,000 Americans representative of the population — to the minute.

More specifically, I tabulated transition probabilities for one activity to the other, such as from work to traveling, for every minute of the day. That provided 1,440 transition matrices, which let me model a day as a time-varying Markov chain. The simulations below come from this model, and it’s kind of mesmerizing.


 

Take a second look at these.  Amazing.

Rob Gonsalves


Man quits job after visiting Burning Man, spends 10 yea


 

Sure, skip around especially the intro, but if you’re into speed these boats are something else.  Never seen it from this perspective before!


 

Full of interesting tidbits:

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/406d65/what_is_something_someone_said_that_changed_your/


Love this story, especially details like the black gloves.

http://sfglobe.com/2015/12/07/white-man-in-the-photo-is-the-third-hero-that-night-in-1968/


Milky Way tracking.

View post on imgur.com


 

Duuuuude.


Does this…. work?


I dunno about best in the world, but this kitchen does have some pretty killer features that aren’t obvious at first:

7 Reasons Why This Kitchen Was Named Best In The World


Reddit title was “Smearing time like butter.” Not even going to try to improve that.  Takes a little while to get really into it.

 

Lifeguards

Can you recognize the child in this video drowning before the lifeguard does?

I did, but that’s only because I was intently watching and knew it was going to happen.  It’s hard.  I watched a few of these and gained massive respect for the job lifeguards do.