The premise here is that “enlarged hipopcampi” is somehow an indication of certain cognitive performance characteristics found in cab drivers. But is it this, or simply that the cab driving profession selects for certain kinds of cognitive characteristics? To tell, the proper control group would have to be people with “enlarged hippocampi” and who are not cab drivers.
“Great American cities were never built by their governments; the true heart of a city is the entrepreneurial energy that it contains. That rule applies especially strongly to New York, a city that will never be a good place for firms that want to stand still and produce as cheaply as possible. Rather, New York’s survival hinges on coming up with new ideas and new businesses.”—Start-Up City by Edward L. Glaeser, City Journal Autumn 2010
“There is a market in baby foreskins: Because of this, they’re not tossed out with the rest of the medical waste after a birth. Instead, hospitals sell them to companies and institutions for a wide variety of uses. Companies will pay thousands of dollars for a single foreskin.”—Marginal Revolution: Yuck markets in everything
There’s a thread on the NY Tech Meetup mailing list going on about co-founder equity splits in startups. Unfortunately, Meetup’s primitive mailing list archive doesn’t allow me to link to the overall thread.
"Frightened by joblessness, “the American people” rewarded the party that not only opposed the stimulus but also blocked the extension of unemployment benefits. Alarmed by a ballooning national debt, they rewarded the party that not only transformed budget surpluses into budget deficits but also proposes to inflate the debt by hundreds of billions with a permanent tax cut for the least needy two per cent. Frustrated by what they see as inaction, they rewarded the party that not only fought every effort to mitigate the crisis but also forced the watering down of whatever it couldn’t block."
Participated in The Great Urban Hack NYC this past weekend. Still sort of decompressing… My team: Angela J. Min & Heather Coclough had the ideas, Mathew Preziotte & Vasja Volim did front end work, and I put together the backend using Tornado. We put together a concept for a site called Social Collage, which allows users to collect together pictures of things with which they identify. For the prototype, we collaged all these images from people at the event, however you could imagine that you could collect based on any number of links, such as space/time (like a bar on a certain night), social circles, shared interests, etc.
The demo site is up at Social Collage for a temporary period of time. The code is on github. Forgive the mess, it’s the result of 18 hours or so of frantic hacking.