Archive for April, 2012

The French Job

Help me win a 2 week blogging assignment to travel to the Côte d’Azur with Maurice Lacroix for in June, and write about diver, Sébastien Murat as he attempts to break the free diving world record, diving 703 feet beneath sea level.

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What’s Your Number?

Why $50,000 May Be the (New) Happiness Tipping Point

A landmark 2010 Princeton University study showed that money really can buy happiness — up to a very specific point. The researchers (including Nobelist Daniel Kahneman) found that up to about $75,000, annual income closely correlates with emotional well-being. Beyond that threshold, however, more income doesn’t translate into more happiness. On average, an American earning $575,000 isn’t likely to be any happier than one making $75,000.

Well, forget $75,000. A new poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion suggests that as little as $50,000 brings genuine happiness. According to the survey, those below $50K weren’t as personally satisfied with their lives as those above that mark in areas such as one’s housing situation, personal relationships and overall direction in life.

Because I’m happy in Manhattan & I suffer from wanderlust, my number needs to be a little higher…

Average home price in Manhattan: $1.4 million

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — High-end buyers came to Manhattan to spend money during the second quarter, helping to lift average prices for homes.

The average sale price of a Manhattan apartment rose to $1.39 million during the second quarter, up 5% from $1.32 million in 2010, according to market data compiled by the Corcoran Group…

The median price, which measures the middle of the market and is less impacted by the high end, rose 4% to $830,000 in the second quarter, up from $800,000 in the previous period, Corcoran said. According to Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead, the median price slipped 1% over the past year to $835,000.

Absolutely. This is True. & Unfortunate.

Why Top Talent Leaves: Top 10 Reasons Boiled Down to 1

Top talent leave an organization when they’re badly managed and the organization is confusing and uninspiring.

Privacy Online — Oxymoron?

Your Google Drive Files Can End Up in Ads

When Ars spoke to the Electronic Frontier Foundation about Google Drive’s terms of service, the EFF found little about them that was more suspicious than in any other similar cloud service. But Rebecca Jeschke, EFF’s media relations director and digital rights analyst, paused over one phrase: “The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.” Promoting?

…The good news here is that Google isn’t going to be strewing your personal files all over the Internet as banner ads, as the terms of service alone might suggest, provided the files have some privacy settings, as they do by default — viewable only to friends, for instance. But a public file on any of Google’s services could, in theory, end up in promotional materials. It makes some sense that public content could be used by others, but it’s easy to forget how public “Public” on an Internet service is. It gives us flashbacks to the family photo posted on a blog that wound up in a Czech ad.

Jeschke went on to point out that users should be more concerned with who Google might be forced to give their files to, than what Google itself might do with their files. “In light of Megaupload, it’s possible that users are worried about the wrong thing,” she said. Files stored in the cloud can still be easily lost or subpoenaed without the users’ knowledge, Jeschke noted, an issue that’s often overlooked.

Brush Your Teeth!

Apparently there are 600 million more people that own a mobile phone compared to those who own a toothbrush.

Some research reveals that there are 4.8 billion mobile users but only 4.2 billion people with a toothbrush.

Does that mean that every mobile should be sold with a free toothbrush or should you need to produce your toothbrush before you are given possession of your  new mobile phone to ensure that future personal close encounters are engaging and pleasant?

Another interpretation of those statistic is that toothbrushes are too expensive.

48 Significant Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics Plus 7 Infographics

While I wouldn’t be surprised that some people don’t own a toothbrush (YUCK!), I hope that those who can afford a mobile phone would also invest in the simplest of dental hygiene.  Given that benefit of the doubt, I want to believe that difference in numbers is attributed to people who have 1 toothbrush & multiple phones.  Please, yes??

If not, I may have to disregard the otherwise interesting statistics in the same report for faulty data collecting.

The Gray Lady will Always Hold a Special Place in My Heart

Like so many Manhattanites, I was a devoted New York Times reader.  Until the paywall.  I still read the Circuits/Technology & Styles sections on a weekly basis, but I get my other non-exclusive news elsewhere these days.

Younger Consumers Constantly Switch Sources When Using Media

When they’re reading online articles or consuming other types of media products, people in their twenties tend to switch from source to source much more often than older people do, according to an Advertising Age report of recent research. The digital natives in the study switched “media venues” about 27 times per nonworking hour, compared with just 17 times for people who grew up reading articles on newsprint and using knobs to change channels. Consumers’ media hopping undermines the value of the traditional storytelling structure of beginning-middle-end, the study suggests.

I <3 Geeks :)

MIT Completes the “Holy Grail of Hacks,” Turning the Green Building into a Game of Tetris

Last night, a team took over the side of MIT’s Green Building and turned it into a giant, playable, multi-color Tetris game.

Home of the Institute’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, the Green Building lends itself as an ideal grid for the game. According to the IHTFP Hack Gallery, “MIT hackers have long considered ‘Tetris on the Green Building’ to be the Holy Grail of hacks.”

The game started off by scrolling the word “Tetris,” and as the players moved on, the levels became progressively harder. The second level kicked off with more pale colors, while the third involved the colors shifting on-screen. Once someone lost the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.