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

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.

rePost :: The Blog: Culture rePost :: Matters to Entrepreneurship :: Ben Casnocha

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.

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

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.

rePost : List : Half-heartedly, 7 Mistakes That Prolong The Misery Of A Breakup:

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:.

rePost :: Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts :: Less Wrong

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.


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.

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

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.

Quote :: Marginal Revolution: The role of the blogosphere

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.


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

via Marginal Revolution: The role of the blogosphere.