BRBRead

Oct 19

Higher Education

rnusicality:

fun statistics for adults!
“when I was a kid, I had no help with college tuition, I was hardworking and paid it all myself”
-Annual tuition for Yale, 1970: $2,550
-Annual tuition for Yale, 2014: $45,800
-Minimum Wage, 1970: $1.45
-Minimum Wage, 2014: $7.25
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 1970: 4.8
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 2014: 17.3

(via xxtemple-of-starsxx)

Philomena (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -

★★★★☆ Philomena

_Philomena_ has restored my faith in “inspired by true events” films. This one actually follows real life fairly closely, and the story is fascinating.

Not sure whether Judi Dench raises the level of the film, or if it’s just a well-done film with some great acting — I guess that’s the magic of good acting.

Oct 13

Gunther, Christine and Otto -

If you need any traveling inspiration, give this a read.

Oct 06

The Butler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -

The Butler ★★★☆☆

This, film inspired by the real-life Cecil Gaines, who lived through many notable events in U.S. race relations during his 34-year tenure as a black butler in the White House, seemed really impressive until we brought up this Wikipedia entry in the middle of the movie and discovered how many key elements of the film were added for dramatic effect or narrative capacity. Kind of sad, since his actual life was fairly interesting.

Sep 24

Tom Tomorrow: It’s interesting to see what the American main-stream media considers an Existential Threat

Tom Tomorrow: It’s interesting to see what the American main-stream media considers an Existential Threat

Sep 13

The Weird Little Industry Behind a Mesmerizing Instrument -

Perhaps, like me, you didn’t realize that handpans have gone viral. But they have, so you’ll have to wait for months or years before you can get one of your own.

Some of the music that people are making with these things is, indeed, quite mesmerizing. Try this: Hang Massive - Once Again

Sep 01

Populaire ★★★★☆ -

A cute romantic comedy that suffers only from being a bit predictable.

For you young people, it can serve as a documentary about the all-important business tool of the 50’s through the 70’s: the typewriter.

Jun 22

thelandofmaps:

Income inequality in the US by county [1835 x 1355]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Interesting one. The tan parts are apparently undesirable to the wealthiest.

thelandofmaps:

Income inequality in the US by county [1835 x 1355]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Interesting one.

The tan parts are apparently undesirable to the wealthiest.

Jun 20

Maciej Ceglowski: The Internet With A Human Face -

buzz:

I’m not even going to try to pullquote this fantastic, thought-provoking talk about data collection, privacy, and the Internet’s current, increasingly dystopian cultural moment. Obviously most of us in the tech business are conversant in the issues Ceglowski is raising here, but he has a talent for framing things in a way that makes you think about them differently (e.g. vast collections of behavioral user data as a kind of toxic waste). As someone who has devoted his career to developing technology but finds himself increasingly wary of my industry’s every new invasive development, I also appreciate Ceglowski’s thoughtful suggestion that privacy regulation might be a way not just protect the rights of individual users in this new era, but also a way to actually encourage creativity and innovation in the long run by setting parameters that make both developers and users feel protected.

A long but compelling talk explaining how the current financial model of Internet investment and innovation is driving the destruction of online privacy.

May 22

Monsters University ★★★★☆ -

This steady-but-not-amazing Pixar film grooms children for the realities they will face in college.