Monday, October 12, 2015

Please sir, I want some more! IFLS

Marlon Brando in The Godfather ... Don Corleone may have spoken in a whisper, but you hung on his every word...

Elise Andrew, the woman credited with making science sexy and interesting for millions around the world, says she was offered $40.1 million to sell her runaway success Facebook page and websites. But her achievement appears to have come at huge personal cost. Andrew launched the IFLS aka  I F----- Love Science website and Facebook page in 2012, posting news and Internet memes, jokes, pictures and factoids about popular science and nature:
 "Sharks are attracted to blood in the water because they mistake it for ketchup".
I F******* Love Science - the Silence of the Facebook

“Goethe … peered into the mysteries of human existence with a hope of solving the imponderables that hold the lives of men enmeshed.”
~ RLC PHD - The things that are most real to me are the illusions which I create with my painting. Everything else is quicksand

“It does feel incredibly strange to be right about something.”
 A new, more modern penalty rate system proposed by the Government this week would give those working in retail and hospitality the freedom they need to earn lower wages.
Air France Workers Rip Shirts From Top Managers in Jobs Protest Bloomberg  Much better than pies in faces. The French still remember the days of the barricades. And despite the claim that the workers were “violent,” the chant suggests that their intent was to strip the execs, not hurt them.
You can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies, college classes, government agencies and bowel movements online.
So the most surprising thing about Peeple — basically Yelp, but for humans — may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it.
When the app does launch, probably in late November, you will be able to assign reviews and one- to five-star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door. You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service. And you can’t delete bad, inaccurate or biased reviews — that would defeat the whole purpose.
Imagine every interaction you’ve ever had suddenly open to the scrutiny of the Internet public.
The piece is by the excellent Caitlin Dewey.  Currently the company is valued at $7.6 million.

Laura Miller: “Much of a writer’s rep emerges informally, in the conversations that writers, readers, and critics have amongst themselves. Whether another writer is spoken of respectfully, whether you get the impression that ‘everyone’ is reading his or her new book enthusiastically, or how well people think he or she comes across in interviews – these and a dozen other imponderable factors constitute a reputation during a writer’s lifetime, particularly in the early part of a career. This stuff – let’s call it litchat – may be ephemeral, but it absolutely shapes the formal reception of a writer’s work.” The New Yorker 
Arras Doors so Intriguing ...

“Something nameless hums us into sleep,” the poet Mark Strand wrote in his beautiful ode to dreams.
~ What your brain’s chemical lullaby has to do with how screens are making you perennially tired

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“In all my life, I have never met a single person who could, or would, precisely tell me what he wanted. I am, however, constantly meeting people who tell me what other people want.”

Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings MarketWatch