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Wow, I didn't know that Amazon has a free tier for their web services! 750 hours free per month let's you run a single image 24/7 all month. That's pretty cool. Now I just have to figure out what I want to run.
Images that will drive OCD people crazy. (Crazier?) Since I work with so many engineers it may not be wise for me to print these up and post them around the office. The ones I hate the most:
At least a few of these 50 hacks will be new to you. Here are my favorites:
Got rejected by Google? Don't worry, you don't want to work at Google anyway. Here are two of my favorites, and you can read the rest here.
Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.
"The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they're overqualified for their job. Google has a very high hiring bar due to the strength of the brand name, the pay & perks, and the very positive work culture. As a result, they have their pick of bright candidates, even for the most low-level roles."
"There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google's ads products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube, or writing basic code to A|B test the color of a button on a site."
Google staff are so outstanding that there's an internal joke about it.
"... I used to joke with my colleagues that Larry & Sergey go out on their yachts - tie them together, sit back on the same recliners you'll find on their jumbo jet, each on his own yacht/set of yachts, smoke cigars, and put up pictures of Googlers with little snippets like "was a GM at muti-national telecomm company, got a Harvard MBA and is now answering Orkut tickets." and then they would erupt in laughter and clink their cigars & Scotch together in celebration. This, of course, is highly unlikely given neither of them would ever smoke a cigar or drink Scotch. Remainder is plausible."
I think I'm an outlier on this matter, but sometimes when I say "please" I feel like I'm being manipulative and passive aggressive. I like to say "thank you", but saying "please" makes me feel rude. It's like "please" puts an extra emphasis on the request, as if I'm pleading with you to do something that you really don't want to do. "Please" means that if you don't do it you'll hurt my feelings. What an imposition! If you don't want to do it, that's fine, don't do it.
Frankly, the original designs were a lot cleaner and more usable than what we've got today.
NBC has this picture of a shark swallowed whole by another shark.
This bizarre "turducken of the sea" photo was captured by researchers at the University of Delaware's Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing, Biogeography (ORB) Lab. The scientists were in Delaware Bay this month to recapture sand tiger sharks that had been tagged with satellite-tracking tags, or to recover tags that had come off prematurely. [See Video of Shark Trapping & Tagging]
To capture a sand tiger shark, researchers baited a hook with a menhaden, a common marine fish, which was quickly snatched up by a smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis). "This unlucky smooth dogfish couldn't resist the menhaden used as bait and, unfortunately, fell victim to one of the top predators in the bay," ORB researchers wrote on their Facebook page. "The dogfish was about 3 feet (1 meter) long and completely swallowed by the sand tiger shark."
Geesh, this is depressing: how many times will you see your folks before they die?
The ten most expensive photographs in the world. Most of them I don't "get" I suppose.
The holes on the top of Lego minifig heads aren't just to stick bricks on, they're also designed to help prevent children from choking.
Why is there a whole in the head of the mini-figs now?
We added this hole on the top of the head just in case any kids got one of the heads stuck on their throat. That way they would be able to keep breathing.
(HT: Gizmodo and Paul Hsieh.)
This morning I read that the government contract covering the Apollo moon missions was only one page long. I haven't yet been able to confirm or deny this claim. Can anyone find any facts on this matter?
That's completely amazing, and the child looks very happy to boot. Makes me wonder if I should be tougher with my four-year-old.
(HT: James Altucher.)
This map shows the average commute time for neighborhoods all across the United States.
Alan Taylor has a great series of photos capturing the world of 1963 -- 50 years in the past.
James Altucher always has something interesting to say. (I think he'd like that compliment.) Here are some letters he wrote to Google. The first starts:
Dear Google, I sort of want to have sex with you. Or I want you to be my father. Or my best friend. I don't know, I feel so nervous writing this letter.
Thanks James for teaching me that I always need to start with a hook. I need to practice this. Someday I'd like to write like you.
It seems like people are prone to discounting others based on their age groups.
- Zeroes through twenties: You're safe to ignore because you're inexperienced and don't have a network of powerful friends.
- Thirties through fifties: You're getting more powerful every day and are treated with wariness and respect.
- Sixties through death: You're powerful so people are quick to placate you, but many people think they can outlast you.
Some of the most daring interior spaces I've seen on Houzz. I'd love to own almost any of these, but I wonder if they make your house harder to sell?
This moat in a Colorado ski house leads to the wine cellar. The waterfall door stops when you step on the stone so you don't get wet grabbing that bottle of cab. If you ever wanted to feel like Indiana Jones, this is your chance.
I seriously need a foggy waterfall in my house.
(HT: My wife.)
When I think back on the things I did and the way I acted as a teenager I'm shocked and amused... but certainly my future-self won't feel that way when he looks back to now... right?
They called this phenomenon the "end of history illusion," in which people tend to "underestimate how much they will change in the future." According to their research, which involved more than 19,000 people ages 18 to 68, the illusion persists from teenage years into retirement.
"Middle-aged people -- like me -- often look back on our teenage selves with some mixture of amusement and chagrin," said one of the authors, Daniel T. Gilbert, a psychologist at Harvard. "What we never seem to realize is that our future selves will look back and think the very same thing about us. At every age we think we're having the last laugh, and at every age we're wrong."
When I look back I tend to see that I've improved in almost every way over the years. I hope I'll still feel that way when I'm older! (I guess I also hope that the feeling is accurate.)