- Mark Newman from the University of Michigan provides an interesting visualization of the results of the US presidential election.
- The fundamentals of our economy:
[via Nouriel Roubini]
- Lee Gomes blames computers for the economic crisis:
“It's easy to camouflage a fatal bit of wishful thinking deep inside an elegant but opaque bit of computer modeling. Especially when, as was the case in the last few years, the practice had begun to take on an air of end-of-history infallibility, rather like the scientists who after discovering penicillin began to believe that infectious diseases would be a thing of the past.”
- NewScientists answers dumb eco-questions you were afraid to ask:
“Q: What is the single most effective thing I can do for the environment?
A: Over a 75-year lifespan, the average European will be responsible for about 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions. For Americans and Australians, the figure is more like 1500 tonnes. Add to that all of humanity's other environmentally damaging activities and, draconian as it may sound, the answer must surely be to avoid reproducing.”
- Santa Barbara has proclaimed a Local Emergency and requested the govenor to proclaim a State of Emergency due to a fire that broke out at approximately 5:50 p.m. on November 13, 2008. A fire chief in Santa Barbara, California says control of the wildfire that's destroyed more than 100 homes is “not even in sight.” If you are living in the area, my thoughts are with you.
- After the BlackBerry and the Apple iPhone, we now have another fruit-flavored device, the Pomegranate Phone. The website takes forever to load, but if you click on 'release date' you'll figure it's an advertisement for Nova Scotia. (That's not a suitcase brand but a Canadian province that apparently wants to see more tourism.)