“The High Line is the distressed skinny jeans of public parks, the gourmet taco truck of urban…”

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm
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“The High Line is the distressed skinny jeans of public parks, the gourmet taco truck of urban tourist attractions, and as such, it represents the high-water mark of the hipster aesthetic, which venerates poverty and decay as signifiers of authenticity.”

The Millions : The High Line: New York’s Monument to Gentrification

“The idea is that bolstering cell reception and adding wireless will enable fans to re-create the…”

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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“The idea is that bolstering cell reception and adding wireless will enable fans to re-create the living room in their stadium seats.”

Game Changer: NFL Scrambles to Sell More Tickets – WSJ.com

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
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Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill:

“It wasn’t that hard of a decision. Do I want only four hours of sleep and be a mess, and then underperform on the test and then in field hockey? Or make the teachers happy and the coach happy and get good grades, get into a good college and make my parents happy?”

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
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Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill:

Children have prefrontal cortexes that are not fully developed, and we’re changing the chemistry of the brain. That’s what these drugs do. It’s one thing if you have a real deficiency — the medicine is really important to those people — but not if your deficiency is not getting into Brown.

“Our FAQ is actually 100 blog posts, which are essentially a 100 YouTube videos where we actually…”

Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
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“Our FAQ is actually 100 blog posts, which are essentially a 100 YouTube videos where we actually answer the question,” Hanley says. “It gives people a chance to get to know us a little better, to build relationships”

How Young Insurance Agents Are Changing the Industry

A Written Plan Can Help Your Portfolio — online.wsj.com — Readability

Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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A Written Plan Can Help Your Portfolio — online.wsj.com — Readability:

Behavioral-finance expert Shlomo Benartzi thinks advisers should go one step further and ask their clients to sign “Ulysses contracts,” as he calls them: promises not to act hastily in volatile markets. Just as Ulysses had his crew tie him down so he could resist the Sirens’ deadly song, Prof. Benartzi, co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, would have investors promise not to overreact to sharp market moves in either direction.

Is popular music becoming sadder? — marginalrevolution.com — Readability

Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 6:56 am
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Is popular music becoming sadder? — marginalrevolution.com — Readability:

Analyzing Top 40 hits from the mid-1960s through the first decade of the 2000s, they find an increasing percentage of pop songs are written using minor modes, which most listeners—including children—associate with gloom and despair.

"The networks have the ability to provide richer information such as behind-the-scenes content,…"

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am
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“The networks have the ability to provide richer information such as behind-the-scenes content, commentary, or access to talent. They can even go one-step further for episodic content where the second screen is used to deepen the storyline, and it can be a new format for storytelling. If deeper content delivers the most value to the second screen interactive experience, how will the networks syndicate all this content to the companies that want access to it – namely operators, TV manufacturers, or even startups that are building second screen apps.”

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"The portion of Americans invested in the stock market dropped this year to its lowest level since…"

Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 9:40 pm
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“The portion of Americans invested in the stock market dropped this year to its lowest level since Gallup started asking, every two years, in 1998 — 53 percent said they were in the market in April, compared with a high of 67 percent in 2002 and 65 percent as recently as 2007, before the financial crisis.”

Retreat From Stock Market Continues – NYTimes.com

"In investing, you have “technical chartists.” They watch [stock] prices bouncing up and down,…"

Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 8:58 am
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In investing, you have “technical chartists.” They watch [stock] prices bouncing up and down, hitting what is called “resistance” at 30 or “support” at 20, for example. Chartists are looking at the data without developing fundamental explanations for why those movements are taking place—about the quality of a company’s management, for example.

Among financial academics, chartists tend to be regarded as quacks. But a lot of the Big Data people are exactly like them. They say, “We are just going to stare at the data and look for patterns, and then act on them when we find them.” In short, there is very little real science in what we call “data science,” and that’s a big problem.

Is There Big Money in Big Data? – Technology Review

"Twentysomethings are creating a new and potentially powerful housing pattern as they snap up…"

Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 8:58 am
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“Twentysomethings are creating a new and potentially powerful housing pattern as they snap up downtown apartments as fast as they become available. … Neighborhood life is blossoming on blocks once dominated by office workers and commuters, and people are clamoring for dog parks.”

Cleveland’€™s Downtown Rebound – Jobs & Economy – The Atlantic Cities

"Human performance, by this account, does not often fit the bell curve or what scientists call a…"

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 6:05 am
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“Human performance, by this account, does not often fit the bell curve or what scientists call a normal distribution. Rather, it is more likely to fit what scientists call a power distribution.”

Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren’t ‘Average’ : NPR

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 4:58 pm
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5/2/12 4:04 PM

Out of more than 7,000 mutual funds, eight have bested the S&P 500 every year for the past decade. Seriously. Eight.

"Cities force us to interact with strangers and with the strange. They pry the mind open. And that is…"

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 9:31 am
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“Cities force us to interact with strangers and with the strange. They pry the mind open. And that is why they are the idea that has unleashed so many of our new ideas.”

How Creativity Works in Cities – Arts & Lifestyle – The Atlantic Cities

"But some of his most interesting work has to do with power dynamics. He says that by analyzing…"

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 10:21 am
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But some of his most interesting work has to do with power dynamics. He says that by analyzing language you can easily tell who among two people has power in a relationship, and their relative social status.

“It’s amazingly simple,” Pennebaker says, “Listen to the relative use of the word “I.”

What you find is completely different from what most people would think. The person with the higher status uses the word “I” less.



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themorningnews: China expected to eat more than twice as much…

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 10:27 am
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themorningnews:

China expected to eat more than twice as much meat as America this year.

"Advisors must segment their clients. The percentage of RIAs who segment their clients into distinct…"

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 7:54 pm
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“Advisors must segment their clients. The percentage of RIAs who segment their clients into distinct groups (based on their specific needs, affinities, behaviors and other characteristics) rose to 39% in 2010, up nearly 10 percentage points from 2009, according to Schwab’s benchmarking survey.”

The Changing RIA

"an ecosystem of companies has emerged to serve independent advisors in essentially all areas of…"

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 7:54 pm
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“an ecosystem of companies has emerged to serve independent advisors in essentially all areas of their practices—from investment products and platforms to services such as technology, compliance, portfolio management and client reporting. Many of these product and service providers focus entirely on the RIA space, devoting themselves to advisors’ unique needs. Advisors today can access a huge number of resources tailored specifically to the way their firms operate.”

The Changing RIA

"And that’s the other rule of the monte: if you can’t spot the sucker in the room, it’s you."

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at 8:16 am
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“And that’s the other rule of the monte: if you can’t spot the sucker in the room, it’s you.”

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

"You see that in Instagram. It’s not a technology triumph. It’s a design and psychology triumph."

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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“You see that in Instagram. It’s not a technology triumph. It’s a design and psychology triumph.”

Behind Instagram, Networking the Old Way — www.nytimes.com — Readability

"We definitely paid a lot of money to send him to a very good Catholic pre-K that has a very good…"

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 8:27 am
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“We definitely paid a lot of money to send him to a very good Catholic pre-K that has a very good reputation for helping get kids into excellent schools,” said Mr. Wardally, who lives in Harlem. “They never make you a guarantee, but I have to be honest, we made a little bit of an assumption that scoring as highly as he did, that we might have a pretty good shot. Well, we’re praying on it, because these are the kinds of choices that make a difference in young kids’ lives.”

As Ranks of Gifted Soar in N.Y., Fight Brews for Kindergarten Slots – NYTimes.com

"He looks at his task and his tools, and allows his body to work without interference. Now that the…"

Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 11:18 pm
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“He looks at his task and his tools, and allows his body to work without interference. Now that the puzzle is solved and the tasks are set, he knows how to do this at such a low level it’s important not to think too much. This is the part he loves, the vanishing of self. When he finishes, he realises how long he has been working, and has to rush.”

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

"Psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell is a leading expert on ADD. … Hallowell suspects that some…"

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 12:30 am
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““Psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell is a leading expert on ADD. … Hallowell suspects that some of the greatest minds in history — including Einstein, Edison, Shakepeare, Mozart — had the condition, and that it enhanced their creativity. … The reason, says Hallowell, is that people with ADD live their everyday existence in a state of jagged disorder — including a general restlessness and inability to sustain concentration — and thus hunger for structure in life. When they find an enjoyable endeavor that provides structure, they often take to it with a passion that leads them to excel. Because they are so used to adapting to disorder, they develop a heightened ability to make connections, which when unleashed within a structure can lead to extraordinary insights, solutions and innovations.””

"For the sorts of artistic, empathic, inventive, non-routine work people in North America are doing…"

Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 10:40 am
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“For the sorts of artistic, empathic, inventive, non-routine work people in North America are doing today, reducing the salience of money is smarter than increasing it.”

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"It’s time to stop bifurcating your content as blogs and news because they run on separate systems…."

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 8:35 am
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“It’s time to stop bifurcating your content as blogs and news because they run on separate systems. It is all content, so why not call it that?”

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