Nick Hanauer: Inequality is bad for the rich

Check out this quite compelling TED talk from Nick Hanauer, an entrepreneur, investor, capitalist, and self-described plutocrat. Hanauer is a billionaire, but makes the case that trickle-down economics and rising inequality are especially bad for the rich. One claim he makes: Some inequality is necessary for a high-functioning capitalist democracy. The problem is that inequality is at …

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Danny MacAskill: The Ridge

So awesome, so beautiful. Just watch. First, Danny MacAskill is a mad scientist on a bike. Second, the emotion of this video exceeds so much scripted content. To me, this is a perfect example of visual storytelling that takes your breath away. (Exhibiting unbelievable human feats helps.)

Chile Volcano Eruption in Slo-Mo

Real life is more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any special effect. This time lapse of Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupting is stunning. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports, “Local officials say people are very, very frightened.” That’s very, very respectable. More: Video Of Volcano Erupting In Chile Is Amazing In Time-Lapse : The Two-Way : NPR

Cheryl’s Birthday Problem and Information Filtering

I love seeing teasers about math and logic gain popular appeal! Here’s the math (specifically, logic) problem that the internet is talking about today: You can get the full problem nicely presented on either The Guardian or The New York Times websites. A number of other sites are talking about it today, too. Just Google “Cheryl …

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Hubble Space Telescope book from TASCHEN

Adding this awesome-looking Hubble Space Telescope book to my wish list! Now if I only had a coffee table… Check it out: Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. TASCHEN Books

Fall in love with a bunch of beautiful maps

Pack rat or archivist? Or a bit of both? Watch and learn about the John Feathers Map Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library: It’s beautiful to feel such a connection to tangible information. In this age of Google Maps, anyone out there still prefer a paper map from time to time? (I still find …

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