May 20

The Wolf of Wall Street just had his best year ever… Jordan Belfort will repay the victims of his securities fraud with proceeds from his book and speaking tour. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-19/wolf-of-wall-street-belfort-sees-pay-top-100-million-this-year.html
Google decided that MeFi is a spam farm, and now they have to lay off three moderators, traffic is tanking, throwing the future of the whole site is in grave doubt. http://www.theawl.com/2014/05/the-new-internet-gods-have-no-mercy
Donna J. Wan is a Bay Area photographer whose “Death Wooed Us” project catalogues places where people have taken their own lives and the views that may have been the last things these people saw (thebolditalic)
“My Gold” (Esquire)
And, when I’m down there, and I uncover and I see the gold, I do a second look, and I always turn around like, ‘Did you see this???’ And there’s never anybody there.
What if you could read the notes of your therapist? (WaPo)
The North Carolina GOP wants to jail anyone who discloses fracking chemicals (@motherjones)

May 19

Study Links Growth in Student Debt to Pay for University Presidents (NYT)
In other words, for everyone who says we need to run higher education like a corporation, that’s exactly what’s happening. (Loomis)
Income inequality on par with developing nations (SF Chronicle)
The middle class – or those earning between 50 and 150 percent of the city’s median household income of $72,500 – has shrunk from 45 percent of the city’s population in 1990 to 34 percent in 2012. Both ends of the spectrum have grown.
Canines’ Cancer-Sniffing Snouts Showing 90%-Plus Accuracy (Bloomberg)
Actor Makes a Living Getting Killed by Samurai (WSJ)

[Mr. Fukumoto] … said dying dramatically doesn’t require daily workout routines or grueling practice sessions, just careful attention to the craft of the kirareyaku, which literally means “the role of being slashed.”
In early days, he studied the falling techniques of Charlie Chaplin in films and used them as an inspiration for his moves. Over the years he discovered a variety of ways to get killed; in some scenes he would roll his eyes, fall on his knees and go quietly. In another, he would opt to release a screech as blood gushes out of his wounds.
Industry lore holds that Mr. Fukumoto has been killed 50,000 times on screen, a figure he said was probably an exaggeration.

Bay To Breakers 2014: Naked Man Reportedly Hops Fence, Taunts Bison In Golden Gate Park (SFist)
In attendance at B2B, but I cannot verify that this happened.
Who Gets to Graduate? (NYT)
About a quarter of college freshmen born into the bottom half of the income distribution will manage to collect a bachelor’s degree by age 24, while almost 90 percent of freshmen born into families in the top income quartile will go on to finish their degree.
Mysterious elephant appears on Pinellas beach (Pinellas)
Billionaire is known for his disruptive philosophy (SFGate)
Khosla is an environmentalist who hates the Prius, a venture capitalist who hates venture capitalists, a political donor who in 2012 gave to both Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama.

Unearthed: May 18

California politics…
For someone who cried — relative — poverty when he talked about entering the race for governor last year, Republican Neel Kashkari must be digging deep under the seat cushions to find money for his campaign.
The former Treasury official dropped another $1 million into his campaign Friday, bringing his total to a cool $2 million in the past week or so. And there’s still time to write more checks before the June 3 primary.
In a November interview with The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, Kashkari waved aside any suggestion that he would self finance his run for governor, saying he just didn’t have the resources to follow the my-own-cash-on-the-barrelhead example of fellow Republicans Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine. (NYT)
The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys: $584,000 on average for an insurance chief executive officer, $386,000 for a hospital C.E.O. and $237,000 for a hospital administrator, compared with $306,000 for a surgeon and $185,000 for a general doctor.
For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot. (Outside)

Unearthed: May 18

California politics…
For someone who cried — relative — poverty when he talked about entering the race for governor last year, Republican Neel Kashkari must be digging deep under the seat cushions to find money for his campaign.
The former Treasury official dropped another $1 million into his campaign Friday, bringing his total to a cool $2 million in the past week or so. And there’s still time to write more checks before the June 3 primary.
In a November interview with The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, Kashkari waved aside any suggestion that he would self finance his run for governor, saying he just didn’t have the resources to follow the my-own-cash-on-the-barrelhead example of fellow Republicans Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine. (NYT)
The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys: $584,000 on average for an insurance chief executive officer, $386,000 for a hospital C.E.O. and $237,000 for a hospital administrator, compared with $306,000 for a surgeon and $185,000 for a general doctor.
For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot. (Outside)

Unearthed: May 18

California politics…

For someone who cried — relative — poverty when he talked about entering the race for governor last year, Republican Neel Kashkari must be digging deep under the seat cushions to find money for his campaign.
The former Treasury official dropped another $1 million into his campaign Friday, bringing his total to a cool $2 million in the past week or so. And there’s still time to write more checks before the June 3 primary.
In a November interview with The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, Kashkari waved aside any suggestion that he would self finance his run for governor, saying he just didn’t have the resources to follow the my-own-cash-on-the-barrelhead example of fellow Republicans Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine. (NYT)

The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys: $584,000 on average for an insurance chief executive officer, $386,000 for a hospital C.E.O. and $237,000 for a hospital administrator, compared with $306,000 for a surgeon and $185,000 for a general doctor.


For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot. (Outside)

Unearthed: May 16, 2014

Grey wolf appears in Iowa for first time in 89 years – and is shot dead
@CityLab: All things urban, from The Atlantic.
New, stunning photos of the Mount St. Helens eruption along with a great story.
The Revival of Camden, New Jersey Through Little League Baseball
Hikers Spread Democracy in India
Some great work by friends of mine:
How Technology Could Threaten Deaf Identity: When cochlear implants are no longer visible, the solidarity of a deaf community may be lost. – Patrick deHahn – The Atlantic
European Union 2014: Another Chapter in the “Dis-integration” of the EU? – John Sydney Hopkins in the HuffPost @theworldpost
5 Things I Learned From Jill Abramson Getting Fired From the New York Times – Holly Epstein Ojalvo for @HuffPostMedia

Skims: Sunday On The Train

2014-05-09 17.47.37

Iran’s drug epidemic: Millions of Iranians addicted, Nine people die from a drug overdose every day. (BBC Persian via translation)

What made the Mona Lisa iconic.” (More Intelligent Life)

“It was only in the 20th century that Leonardo’s portrait of his patron’s wife rocketed to the number-one spot. What propelled it there wasn’t a scholarly re-evaluation, but a burglary.

Online tests are the latest gateway to landing a new job. (WaPo)

“[T]hose who performed poorly on the T-Mobile assessment were twice as likely to quit a job.”

“This is one of the earliest photographs ever taken of a baseball game, and it happened by accident.” (NYT)

The Conjuring of The Mirage. (Vegas Seven)

Hersey ultimately spent $1 million, but the volcano was amazing; this, Wynn knew, would be an invitation that no one could ignore. The full-size version went into immediate construction in the center of the lagoon.

Wynn kept the scale model where it was, placed a few dolphin statues in front and built a people mover next to it. Next time you are coming in from the sidewalk next to Caesars Palace, look to your left; the waterfall that tourists are posing for the camera in front of is that scale model, 25 years on.

Godspeed Felix

Really enjoy what he has done at Reuters, and look forward to what comes next.

Screenshot 2014-04-26 03.22.56

Lyfted

lyfted

Well played. LOL

Skims: 22 April 2014

The United States has the third lowest effective tax rate in the developed world.

About Obama as “deporter in chief.” (WaPo)

Compared to his predecessors, Obama has deemphasized removals and concentrated on returns. His numbers reflect a deliberate shift in strategy to exercise prosecutorial discretion to aid longtime immigrant residents who have family ties and no criminal backgrounds besides the immigration law violation.

A 1989 interview with Bill Watterson, creator of “Calivn and Hobbes.” (TCJ via Gerry Canavan)

I just draw it for myself. I guess I have a gift for expressing pedestrian tastes. In a way, it’s kind of depressing.

How Earbuds Have Changed The Sound (And Business) Of Pop  (Forbes)

While earbuds cannot accurately represent lower frequencies, they are, if anything, over representative of mid-range frequencies.

So what producers and engineers have done, over the years, is to use all sorts of audio-chicanery to trick your ears into hearing a bass sound that’s fundamentally missing from your earbuds.

Instead of expounding on the woes of the world, a political columnist discusses Herbert the Raccoon, who has taken up residence near his home. (NRO)

I have reviewed what other columnists and bloggers have written in the last few days on more frequent current political and economic personalities and subjects, and Henrietta and her cub are more interesting and more admirable. We would rather have them sheltering in or near our house than almost any contemporary political leader I can think of.

Switch to our mobile site