Monthly Archives: June 2009

What’s the best way to tour MIT? Why, in the LOLrioKart, of course

You may think it’s silly, but according to Gizmodo, this baby can reach speeds of 45 mph! Not bad for a shopping cart! Sure, the suspension is lacking (nonexistent), and the centre of gravity is high, but hey, these are details. Go check out this blog post to see a video of this roadster in action. It’s cool.

Gizmodo – MIT Students Build a Speedy Go-Kart Out of a Shopping Cart – Lolriokart

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Coach (continues) going after the young market with “Poppy” (or, I must not let my daughter see this site :))


The Couch brand is everywhere (no doubt alot of that counterfeit) and looks like it is making forays into a younger market with this Poppy line. Lots of glam, causal bags and shoes that will no doubt be a big hit. I expect to see these cropping up near Abercrombie & Fitch stores as well as appearing in Coach stores generally. For more on this, see Coach – Poppy

Advice to someone who is (more or less) 25

Anyone around the age of 25 might be interested in this blog post: 25 And Over from the blog Tomato Nation. It has lots of practical advice on what you should leave behind. Not all of this applies to all 25 year olds, of course: some of you might be insulted that someone presumes that this applies to you (for example, Learn to walk in heels or Drinking until you throw up is no longer properly a point of pride). Other things likely will apply to most people at that age (e.g. Take care of yourself or Know How). It’s a good article, and worth a read.

However, I would like to offer some looking forward advice and perspective. You may not know this, but you are entering (or in) a time of your life when you have the most independence and freedom you will have, ever. You are healthier and stronger than anyone a generation later than you is. You have financial independence. You have no dependents. You can take care of yourself. You can do practically anything you want to do, anytime you want.

Sure, you have your troubles. And sure, you could have more money. And for some of you, some of those things may not be true. But for alot of you, they are. And if they are, I would encourage you to take advantage of this time. It will be shorter than you think. Enjoy it while you can.

(Flickr image from clevercupcakes’ photostream)

Good and simple: fish poached in warm oil or butter

Warning: if you love fish, don’t read this article on the NYTimes.com site while hungry. The thought of it will have you rushing out for fish.

Even with all that butter, a fish poached like this will still be relatively lean. Not to mention delicious. And better still, it is simple to prepare and simple to clean up afterwards.

The other thing interesting about this article is that is clearly proves that the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. 🙂

Quote of the Day, from Obama speech on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall protests

Andrew Sullivan has the full speech that Obama gave today to mark the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. While it is a very good speech, and it shows you the longer term perspective of Obama, I thought this passage was great and it reminds me of what Martin Luther King used to complain about:

“It’s not for me to tell you to be patient, any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half century ago.”

What are the dominant social networks in the world? Is it facebook? well…

…it depends on where in the world you are. Certainly in many parts of the world it is. But not the only one. Check out this World Map of Social Networks from  Vincos Blog


As you can see, in other parts of the world like Brazil and China and India (very big places all), Facebook is secondary to other players.

Incidentally, I came across this map/blog via the blog The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan, who had a link to this post World Map of Social Network Dominance on FlowingData that ended up linking to this blog.

The importance of ordinary technology

When I think of technology and how it affects my life, my thoughts tend to go to the higher end stuff. But to note something Paul Krugman ponts out here on his blog (Bar mitvah – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com), it’s very likely the low end stuff that makes the most of a difference in our lives. After all, we take these technologies and others — fridges, canned and frozen food, paper — for granted, but it is the stuff we would be lost without if we didn’t have it. I would gladly take my Amana fridge over my Blackberry anyday.