Mar
12
2010

rePost :Why SXSW is AWESOME: notes on sxsw 2010 | gapingvoid

Posted by: Giancarlo Angulo in Categories: rePosts.

Must go one day.

5. Free Booze! Free Sex! A lot of companies sponsor parties, so as long as you have a pass, it’s pretty easy to go the entire five days without ever paying for a single drink or meal. Plus with all the young singles everywhere, everybody’s trying to get laid. X-thousand geek twenty-somthings trying to hook up en masse is pretty entertaining to watch. By Sunday or Monday everybody’s a basket case. Which is why the veterans are always telling the newbies, “Pace Yourself”.

via notes on sxsw 2010 | gapingvoid.

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Mar
12
2010

As long as the next meal is the primary concern of a lot of Filipinos the startup dreams would be of the pipe variety.

Culture Matters to Entrepreneurship

Culture Matters

All through childhood and adolescence you are a sponge absorbing cultural stimuli. From local billboard advertisements, to school curriculum stylized to your country; from conversations with your parents about the ways of the world to the thousands of local customs that dictate proper behavior in restaurants, queues, airports, homes, and driving on the road.

Culture matters. That's the title of a compelling set of essays on whether some cultures are better at creating freedom, prosperity, and justice. It is politically incorrect to chalk up massive societal failures in places like Africa to culture — besides, the situation is always more complex than a single factor — but it seems safe to assert that the culture you come up in affects how you think.

via Ben Casnocha: The Blog: Culture Matters to Entrepreneurship.

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Mar
12
2010

Sadly true.

Bottom Line: The sorry truth is that “colleges remain indifferent to how well they help students learn, graduate, and succeed in the workplace.” And “like the church…they see themselves as occupying an exalted place in human society, for which they are owed deference and gratitude.” We should demand that all data around the effectiveness of colleges at teaching students be made public and easily searchable so that consumers of higher education can make more informed choices.

via Ben Casnocha: The Blog: Colleges Work to Maintain an Information Deficit About Their Effectiveness.

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Mar
12
2010

read the whole list.

7 Mistakes That Prolong The Misery Of A Breakup:

1. Why can’t we be friends? This sounds nice but in reality an ex does not make a true friend, especially immediately after the breakup.

2. I must have closure. Closure can be difficult to obtain no matter how many conversations one has. The best closure can come from resisting the urge for dialogue and moving on.

3. I just need to make sense of it all, and I just have one more thing to say before you go. Another version of closure and another reason to stay in contact when in reality this just gives your ex another opportunity to hurt you. Not fun.

via Half-heartedly, 7 Mistakes That Prolong The Misery Of A Breakup:.

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Mar
12
2010

What this means for me would be drink coffee while coding and don’t drink it while thinking about design and while trying to study the requirement documents.

So:

Use caffeine for short-term performance on a focused task (such as an exam).

Avoid caffeine for tasks that require broad creativity and long-term learning.

(Disclaimer: The greater altertness, larger short-term memory capacity, and eased recall might make the memories you do make of higher quality.)

via Less Wrong: Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts.

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Mar
12
2010

Kudos to the Filipinos!!

Voters to go for candidates who promote contraceptives –surveys


by Lilita Balane, Newsbreak | 03/12/2010 7:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Most Filipino voters would choose presidential candidates who openly support a national family planning law, according to surveys released on Friday by 2 major polling firms.

The surveys were commissioned by 2 different groups advocating family planning.

In the survey on family planning conducted by Pulse Asia, more than 6 out 10 (or 64%) of respondents said they would vote for candidates who promote the use of contraceptives.

In Congress, the provision for government funding for contraceptives has been the most divisive part of the reproductive health bill, which lawmakers failed to put to vote in almost a decade.

Now, an election year, Pulse Asia’s survey also shows that about 75% of the voters  deem important that family planning be included in a candidate’s program of action.

Only 6% of the respondents in the February 21-25 survey, said that they will not support candidates backing modern family planning; 30% are undecided. The survey interviewed 1,800 respondents, and has ± 2% nationwide margin of error.

via Voters to go for candidates who promote contraceptives –surveys | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Mar
12
2010

Quote :: Marginal Revolution: The role of the blogosphere

Posted by: Giancarlo Angulo in Categories: Quote.

This reminds me of the experiment they did on how you create solidarity. The answer being find a common enemy. The long form of the quote below is also nice to read. Read it at the linked site.

The role of the blogosphere

New research supports the notion that we fixate on enemies, and inflate their power, as a defense mechanism against generalized anxiety.

The longer article is  here.

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Posted by Tyler Cowen on March 10, 2010 at 06:45 AM in Science, Weblogs | Permalink

via Marginal Revolution: The role of the blogosphere.

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Mar
12
2010

Why some hacks where you set a short time for yourself to finish something work. It kind of helps you against Parkinson’s law.

The name “Parkinson’s Law” can mean at least four different things:

  1. The 1957 book by C. Northcote Parkinson
  2. The first chapter of Parkinson’s book
  3. The principle expressed in the book’s opening line, as understood by Parkinson
  4. The principle in the opening line as understood today.

via “Work Expands to the Time Allowed” – Office culture – Lifehacker.

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Mar
12
2010

I pray this is the beginning of a good life for him. The path won’t be easy but it can be done.

RP Futkaleros join Street Child World Cup

PIER DOS, Tondo — He grew up inside a truck yard–a little boy dwarfed by 18-wheelers maneuvering non-stop to and from the gates. An almost-permanent cloud of dust is kicked about by the many turning wheels, or the occasional breeze wafting from the sea. There is nothing in this place but rubber, steel, grease, and dirt. But to 15-year-old Roberto Orlandez, this is home.

Street child World Cup

And with the heart of a Tondo kid, and a desire to get his family out of their container van life, Roberto then left the truck yard and tried out for the Street Child World Cup, an international competition of children from poor backgrounds coming from all over the world.

Street Child World Cup aims to give street children a voice, and a chance to rise from the conditions they were born into.

“When you live in a place like this, you should really have the courage to dream. It’s important to aim for something, because if you don’t, you’ll never leave this place. You’ll be stuck here for the rest of your life. You will amount to nothing,” he says.

For months, Roberto trained and tried out with boys and girls from orphanages, from the streets, or from informal homes like his own. Those who will be picked in the 10-member football team will compete in South Africa against street children from eight other nations, namely Brazil, Tanzania, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ukraine, Nicaragua, India, and Vietnam.

And when the final roster was announced, there was his name, next to a position so befitting of his mission in life – ROBERTO ORLANDEZ: GOALIE.

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via Poor Pinoy kids off to ‘World Cup’ | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Mar
12
2010

Lesbian panic shuts down Mississippi high-school prom

Cory Doctorow at 6:51 AM March 11, 2010

Mississippi’s Itawamba County school district has cancelled a prom after Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old student, asked permission to bring her girlfriend as her date. The student planned to wear a tux. The school district’s bureaucratic non-excuse for the cancellation is that it’s “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.” The district appears to be tap-dancing around the reason for the cancellation in an effort to avoid openly saying “We are scared of teh ghey,” since that would open them up to legal liability. The ACLU isn’t buying it. They’ve told the school district that they’ve got until Wednesday to change the policy or else.

“A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation,” McMillen told The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson. Calls to McMillen by The Associated Press late Wednesday went unanswered…

via Lesbian panic shuts down Mississippi high-school prom – Boing Boing.

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