8:24 pm - Jason G. - Technology

CNN suggests we ask How close is your home to a nuclear power plant? While I’m all for spreading useful information like this, it’s unfortunately positioned to scare people rather than inform.

Here’s the closest plants for Durham…

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On the flip side of the coin, xkcd drew up this humongous and informative chart to help people understand relative levels of radiation.



Ambiguity and Changing Behavior

11:45 pm - Jason G. - Business

201103251741.jpgFrom Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath:

Ambiguity is the enemy. Any successful change requires a translation of ambiguous goals into concrete behaviors. In short, to make a switch, you need to script the critical moves.

(I got this quote from the Kindle most popular highlights for the book.)


Why does this sound familiar…

9:39 am - Jason G. - Humor, Technology

“No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.”

-Quote attributed to an R&D Supervisor at 3M

via Casey Research.


The NY Times

12:00 am - Jason G. - Technology

From Michael DeGusta: Digital Subscription Prices Visualized (aka The New York Times Is Delusional)

Does The Times really think the mass audience is going to decide their $455/year is better spent on The Times rather than getting 20+ free articles/month from The Times plus The Wall Street Journal ($207/year) plus The Economist ($110/year) plus say The Daily ($39/year) for good measure, and still having ~$100 left over each year?



Goodbye Dillard’s

10:46 pm - Jason G. - Commentary

One of the best North Carolina Style BBQ restaurants in Durham closed today… this was our local go-to place for really good barbecue, even though it was a little inconvenient to get to. Dillard’s, you will be missed!


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The closing got some attention… after the N&O, Herald Sun, Bull City Rising articles, apparently the lines to eat there resulted in 1+ hour waits on Thursday and Friday.



1:22 am - Jason G. - Humor, Technology

Internet cafe–
where two people go to meet
Facebook to Facebook

From ThinkGeek Haiku, Poppy from Laurel, Mississippi!


Da Shuttle

10:50 pm - Jason G. - Technology

Very cool… the recent shuttle launch as viewed from an airplane…

Via DaringFireball.


Hey Jude…

6:15 pm - Jason G. - Art, Humor

Unfortunately, this flow chart doesn’t capture all the lyrics in the song… but it’s entertaining.


via flowing data.


There’s a Nap for That

2:02 pm - Jason G. - Art, Technology

What a great quilt idea…





9:39 pm - Jason G. - Technology

Interesting infographic. How long until the 10:1 book to e-book sales total is 1:1 or even 1:10?

Click on the picture to zoom-in…


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