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Mitchell Tsai
Letter: Obamacare makes big insurance companies unnecessary middlemen [Steven Mento, Shore News Today - 10/8/13] -
Starting Oct. 1, 2014, the law will signify the beginning of the end of the health insurance industry as we know it. My former CEO at Cigna said at a leadership retreat that what kept him up at night was the fear that big health insurance corporations might someday be viewed as unnecessary middlemen, that their “value proposition” would come under scrutiny and found to be wanting – that insurance companies would be, to use his term, “dis-intermediated.” - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
One of the things apparent right off the bat is that some of the best deals will be offered by non-profit health insurers, including the brand new co-op plans that will be available in about half the states. These plans will be lean and mean. They won’t have the enormous overhead costs of the big for-profit insurance corporations. - Mitchell Tsai
If you’re wondering why Aetna, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealth Group, four of the biggest for-profits, are not planning to participate in many of the marketplaces, it’s because they know they cannot be competitive and still satisfy the profit expectations of their shareholders. - Mitchell Tsai
Let them get dis-intermediated, costs would decrease and we'd be better off. Health care should be a right for all, and "insurance" should only be necessary for catastrophic events. - Tinfoil 2.0
Tinfoil - Given the ~$2 trillion US "medical care" market, all the rich people in that industry will probably fight tooth & nail for keep healthcare the way it is,... and delay ObamaCare as long as possible. .... the "healthcare right for all" is big ball of different issues (e.g. clean water & air & organic healthy food for all are probably good "rights" also ... IMO people have no "rights", but we agree/disagree as a society to certain mutual behaviors, and those change as societies evolve/devolve). - Mitchell Tsai
I agree that insurance companies are often unnecessary middlemen that inflate costs. Still, I don't view medical care as a right, and I don't see government healthcare as an improvement. Most nations with centralized healthcare also have a private market with better and faster care. Unless the private market is severely hampered or outlawed, the same will happen in the U.S. I view... more... - Todd
@todd30 quote "Most nations with centralized healthcare also have a private market with better and faster care." -- the problem with this "private extension" is that it tries to swallow public service, sucking out precious resources which it didn't create, leaving it with hard, problematic load. You know, "privatizing profit, socializing cost". - A. T.
In the nations that I'm thinking of, the private providers are a reaction to poor or failing public providers. I'm no fan of the insurance companies, and I agree that they have created a mess, but we already have government medicine at the state and local levels, which is a bigger mess. Our government refuses to even define who is or isn't a citizen, and eligible for benefits. Do you really think that same government can manage healthcare? - Todd
@todd30 I guess you don't realize we are in different countries, or better say on different continents. And hence our problems are different - US has let it happen, while we didn't yet. Our needs are different. - A. T.
@A.T. -- I just assumed that you are an American, sine the topic is the U.S. healthcare system. I'm not sure what your position is. - Todd
Mitchell Tsai
Rich People Just Care Less (The Great Divide is a series about inequality.) [Daniel Goleman, New York Times - 10/5/13] -
[[[Read the many good comments]]] A growing body of recent research shows that people with the most social power pay scant attention to those with little such power. ... in other situations we are relatively higher on the totem pole of status — and we, too, tend to pay less attention to those a rung or two down. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
While the wealthy can hire help, those with few material assets are more likely to value their social assets: like the neighbor who will keep an eye on your child from the time she gets home from school until the time you get home from work. The financial difference ends up creating a behavioral difference. Poor people are better attuned to interpersonal relations — with those of the same strata, and the more powerful — than the rich are, because they have to be. - Mitchell Tsai
Social distance makes it all the easier to focus on small differences between groups and to put a negative spin on the ways of others and a positive spin on our own. Freud called this “the narcissism of minor differences"... - Mitchell Tsai
This widening gulf between the haves and have-less troubles me, but not for the obvious reasons. Apart from the financial inequities, I fear the expansion of an entirely different gap, caused by the inability to see oneself in a less advantaged person’s shoes. Reducing the economic gap may be impossible without also addressing the gap in empathy. - Mitchell Tsai
Marcella Daly Mroczkowski: One of the oldest rules of civilization is that if the rich and powerful don't embrace responsibility for how they affect the whole of their country, you don't have a civilization. ... Anacyclosis - the cycle of history in which good government is defined as government for the good of all and bad government that which serves the few at the expense of the many. - Mitchell Tsai
Paul Posner: Income inequality didn't decrease after 1929 because the very wealthy became more empathetic toward those less affluent than themselves. Rather, it decreased because we had a governing class, both Democrats and Republicans, who were willing to pass legislation benefitting the broad majority of American society in the face of opposition from moneyed interests. - Mitchell Tsai
What's missing today is not so empathy, which has probably always been in short supply among the wealthy, but rather political courage. - Mitchell Tsai
Pam Shira Fleetman: Perhaps the lack of empathy also comes from the American ideal of meritocracy - - meaning that, if one is economically disadvantaged, it is due to flaws in one's character (since anyone can make it if they work hard enough). In this view, those who are not "successful" are unworthy and therefore undeserving of help from others. - Mitchell Tsai
Charlotte Scot: Unfortunately, many people of privilege don't realize or accept the premise they are privileged. They view their lifestyle as the norm and anyone who isn't a part of it is a lazy underachiever. - Mitchell Tsai
fd62: All I can say for those whom have no empathy (both rich and poor) is how shallow a life they must have. Maybe they need someone to show them empathy, because of their limited vision of life and of those around them. - Mitchell Tsai
marie: This phenomenon is well documented in social science. In race relations in this country, W.E.B. DuBois gave it a name: 'double consciousness'. Blacks, as a matter of survival, had to always consider the perspective of the whites around them, because if they found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, they could lose a job, their rights, or even their life if they didn't. - Mitchell Tsai
They of course also considered their own perspective and those of their peers in their own communities. Whites however never had any social need to look at things from Blacks' point of view. The phenomenon can be analogized to sex and class as well. - Mitchell Tsai
GK: I'm interested in the disposition of people who start off poor and end up rich. Is there something in the process of gaining wealth that leads to a dismissive personality? Or are people who naturally have cold, indifferent attitudes toward others more likely to succeed financially in our society? - Mitchell Tsai
Doug Terry: This article indicates a truth contained in many novels and through personal experience: if you are ever in need, ever "down and out", your rich friends will desert you. The people who have had trouble themselves are much more likely to be friends through thick and thin. - Mitchell Tsai
A rich person will loan you 10 dollars and congratulate himself. A poor person will give you his last 100 and help you get your car started, too. Poorer people know about life, rich people know about things and how to exploit opportunities for gain. - Mitchell Tsai
JAS: Because I teach at a very affluent university, many of my students also come from wealthy families. What I see are people who are scared to death that they will lose their grip in the upper middle class and that their kids won't have the same opportunities they did. I see very little incentive to help the less fortunate, partly because too much money is flowing out to private schools and university tuition, or to help older children keep up a certain standard of living. - Mitchell Tsai
It is the children of these high income baby boomers I worry about most. They are learning to be isolated from other groups and keep their money close, in order to "keep it in the family". There is great fear among the parents (and their kids can feel the pressure) that the bottom will fall out any day. - Mitchell Tsai
Jessica: People who are wealthier care less not be cause they are wealthier, but because they care less and thus become wealthier. ... Empathetic people are less likely to work in jobs that where cut-throat competition exists or where you have to be aggressive in expanding your business. ... Just read the recent Times articles about the number of women in the industry and... more... - Mitchell Tsai
Josh Hill: Some of it, I think, is lack of contact, but some of it also seems to be a consequence of the personality type that achieves wealth. These people tend to be self-interested, unprincipled, and callous. - Mitchell Tsai
Ernie: It is just as likely, if not more likely, that the rich are rich because they have less empathy for others to begin with. ... This relative lack of compassion is precisely what allowed them to be detached from the suffering of others, thus allowing them to make wealth their singular goal in life. - Mitchell Tsai
Paul R Cooper: Having been impressed by Gunner Myrdal's epic study of racism in America I am convinced that most of us don't look back (or down, if you prefer) at those we have risen above. Small differences in income or social status turn those on higher rungs of the ladder away from those they leave behind. - Mitchell Tsai
At the margins between income and social classes competition is fierce, as when in the South white workers feared competition for their jobs from African Americans. But the winners at each level don't look back, and those who rise spectacularly above the great majority of us certainly have no inclination to even think about the plight of the middle class and lower. - Mitchell Tsai
Steve Hoge: And this cognitive dissonance is not ameliorated only by adopting attitudes of self-superiority, entitlement and vilification, but by also by minimizing the actual perceptual awareness of the of the less fortunate; hence the interrupting and talking-over, the distant stare without eye contact, disregard of personal space, etc. - Mitchell Tsai
sk: I agree this is an interesting question. I think the decision to "not care" about others is viewed as sort of a luxury - only the rich and powerful can afford to behave this way - and therefore this behavior is emulated by those who make it in their lifetimes as a marker of their success. - Mitchell Tsai
pfwokf01: I remember a poll, many years ago, that found that nearly 20% of the population considered themselves in the 1%, and an additional nearly 20% believed that some day they would join them. (Math was never our country's strong point). America is about becoming rich, and the Horatio Alger myth still lives as it becomes evan more a fantasy. - Mitchell Tsai
bk: This is even more apparent when we look at how we behave toward those of other species. They are "other." We have absolute power over them, and we are merciless. You have to ask-- to whom do we actually extend empathy? The circle is very small. - Mitchell Tsai
Johnny: The 'rich', well-to-do, and the powerful exhibit a strong sense of entitlement and selfish arrogance in the daily human transactions. These attitudes are present (and I write from personal experience) from their children's sports events to their business and leisure activities - they want what they want when they want it. There is little to no humility and deference to accommodate others. - Mitchell Tsai
Che Beauchard: Some of the comments on this thread are missing the point being presented in the article: The role of being superior elicits the lack of empathic attentiveness, not something inherent in the person. This is revealed because the same person who is the superior in one setting is the inferior in a different setting, and that person's attentiveness and ability to be empathic varies according to the role being played. - Mitchell Tsai
The same person who is inattentive to her inferiors when at the office might be completely attentive when in the company of her grandchildren; no one is claiming that context doesn't matter. - Mitchell Tsai
So, as our society becomes increasingly bifurcated into rich and powerful vs. poor and powerless, the greater the lack of attentiveness and empathy of those on top towards the rest of us. This does not imply a uniformity among those at the top, but it does imply that we are moving toward an increasingly medieval society in which the barons lack empathy for the serfs. - Mitchell Tsai
QUALSOL: Could it be that this is just another liberal biased study? Is it possible that all the empathy shown at the lower end of the social ladder is nothing more than false empathy - as those people have no other option than to rely on their neighbor to watch their children. Imagine what would be if they actually spoke their mind - they'd have no options. So, theres an argument to be made that they wealthy are simply more honest... - Mitchell Tsai
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Runner’s wrong turn helps her win marathon [Natalie Morales, Today - 9/26/13] -
Runner’s wrong turn helps her win marathon [Natalie Morales, Today - 9/26/13]
Canadian runner Meredith Fitzmaurice took a wrong turn on a half-marathon course and mistakenly continued the full marathon. She ended up winning, and even qualified for the Boston Marathon. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
DNA Double Take [Carl Zimmer, New York Times - 9/16/13] -
DNA Double Take [Carl Zimmer, New York Times - 9/16/13]
Scientists are finding that it’s quite common for an individual to have multiple genomes. Some people have groups of cells with mutations that are not found in the rest of the body. Some have genomes that came from other people. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
In 1953, for example, a British woman donated a pint of blood. It turned out that some of her blood was Type O and some was Type A. The scientists who studied her concluded that she had acquired some of her blood from her twin brother in the womb, including his genomes in his blood cells. - Mitchell Tsai
One woman discovered she was a chimera as late as age 52. In need of a kidney transplant, she was tested so that she might find a match. The results indicated that she was not the mother of two of her three biological children. It turned out that she had originated from two genomes. One genome gave rise to her blood and some of her eggs; other eggs carried a separate genome. - Mitchell Tsai
In 2012, Canadian scientists performed autopsies on the brains of 59 women. They found neurons with Y chromosomes in 63 percent of them. The neurons likely developed from cells originating in their sons. - Mitchell Tsai
In The International Journal of Cancer in August, Eugen Dhimolea of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and colleagues reported that male cells can also infiltrate breast tissue. When they looked for Y chromosomes in samples of breast tissue, they found it in 56 percent of the women they investigated. - Mitchell Tsai
Last year, forensic scientists at the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division described how a saliva sample and a sperm sample from the same suspect in a sexual assault case didn’t match. - Mitchell Tsai
Bone marrow transplants can also confound forensic scientists. Researchers at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria took cheek swabs from 77 people who had received transplants up to nine years earlier. In 74 percent of the samples, they found a mix of genomes — both their own and those from the marrow donors. - Mitchell Tsai
Women can also gain genomes from their children. After a baby is born, it may leave some fetal cells behind in its mother’s body, where they can travel to different organs and be absorbed into those tissues. “It’s pretty likely that any woman who has been pregnant is a chimera,” Dr. Randolph said. - Mitchell Tsai
Now that scientists are beginning to appreciate how common chimerism and mosaicism are, they’re investigating the effects of these conditions on our health. “That’s still open really, because these are still early days,” Dr. Urban said. Recent studies on chimeras suggest that these extra genomes can even be beneficial. Chimeric cells from fetuses appear to seek out damaged tissue and help heal it, for example. - Mitchell Tsai
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Report: Secret budget cited 4,000 NSA leaks [AP, CBS News - 8/29/13] -
Report: Secret budget cited 4,000 NSA leaks [AP, CBS News - 8/29/13]
The latest revelations also disclosed limited details about the highly classified 2013 intelligence "black budget," which previously only provided a topline of nearly $53 billion. The $52.6 billion intelligence budget described by the Post discloses that the NSA's portion was $10.5 billion in 2013 - outstripped only by the CIA's $14.7 billion. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Aftergood said the CIA's budget growth from $3 billion in the 1990s to nearly $15 billion likely reflects its post-Sept. 11 push into drone warfare and paramilitary operations overseas. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' #Snowden [Glenn Greenwald, Guardian - 7/31/13] -
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' #Snowden [Glenn Greenwald, Guardian - 7/31/13]
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
So do they have a working search engine on FriendFeed? - Amit Patel
I hear the NSA can't search their own email. ( - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Mitchell Tsai
Urban Ski Slope to Raise Profile of Europe's Waste-to-Energy Drive [Thomas Grose, National Geographic - 8/1/13] -
Urban Ski Slope to Raise Profile of Europe's Waste-to-Energy Drive [Thomas Grose, National Geographic - 8/1/13]
The move toward waste-to-energy (WTE) plants was kick-started in 1999, with a European Union directive requiring member states to greatly reduce the amount of garbage going to landfills. As of 2010 (the most current year for which statistics are available), there were 451 WTE facilities in Europe, up from 390 in 2001. - Mitchell Tsai
There are currently just 26 in the United States, which has 56 times the population of Denmark, where there are 30 operating WTE facilities. - Mitchell Tsai
Countries that are the biggest users of waste power tend to have very impressive recycling rates, too. Germany produces more waste power than any European country—a total of 26 MWH in 2010—and it recycles 62 percent of its municipal solid waste, while incinerating 37 percent of it. Denmark, meanwhile, recycles 43 percent of its rubbish and burns 54 percent of it. Across the EU, on... more... - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
How to Be Hot: Women Should Smile More, Men Less - Women like men who look proud, and men like women who look happy.
Women should look friendly and approachable to get the most favorable attraction response from the opposite sex, and men should look proud. That’s the clear finding of a new study: Happy Guys Finish Last: The Impact of Emotion Expressions on Sexual Attraction. [Science Daily] - Mitchell Tsai
In addition, women dislike smiling men, and men dislike proud looking women. - Mitchell Tsai
Men were deemed less attractive overall than women were, in line with previous findings that women are harsher judges of the opposite sex. - Mitchell Tsai
“This…is also consistent with socio-cultural gender norms which, in many cultures, require that women appear submissive and vulnerable, and men dominant and confident. Individuals whose behavior and appearance is consistent with these gender norms tend to be considered most attractive, so a proud man and happy woman may be valued for reasons of gender-norm consistency, as well as for their potentially high mate value.” - Mitchell Tsai
What Women Find Sexually Attractive (1) Pride (2) Shame (3) Happiness - What Men Find Sexually Attractive (1) Happiness (2) Shame (3) Pride - Mitchell Tsai
Smiles tend to be socially appropriate across many situations, but there are contexts in which the appearance of sexual attractiveness is valued over social correctness. The present results suggest that men may need to choose between these competing social goals, but women do not. - Mitchell Tsai
Maybe this is the real reason for the curse of the nice guy – too much affability up front, as demonstrated by smiling, signals low status and too strong a desire to please - Mitchell Tsai
OKCupid blog advice: Women, flirt with the camera for your profile photo. Men, try giving it a cold shoulder. - Men who tried an aloof, no-eye-contact strategy got a better response to their emails — about 90% success compared with 60% if they made eye contact in their photos. - Mitchell Tsai
Older women didn’t fall for the shame routine, and older men liked more proud women - Mitchell Tsai
Image uploads to a Friendfeed post are missing a proper content-header, so when you click the image to see the original size the browser downloads it instead of displaying it in a new tab. Is something up with the FF API that corresponds to its Amazon S3 upload module?
I was about to ask if you had an example of an image directly uploaded to Friendfeed. Then I thought about it. - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm not sure what the bug is conditional upon, yet, but I've only ever observed this problem in the last few days. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Thank you! - Meg VMeg
Ben Golub, you're our only hope. - Micah
I was about to inquire about this, glad I'm not the only one with this problem. - Colette
Help us Obi Ben Golubi. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
I thought nobody is touching the code any more. The content type could not have been changed by its own. - ؛ patrick
This is an intentional change. - Benjamin Golub
Hi Ben. What is the reason behind the change? - Melly
It seems broken -- can no longer click on the picture in my FFHound posts to enlarge the image, it just downloads the image instead. (See and click the image.) - Stephen Mack
Ben, thank you for the quick response. Was the change to cut down on hot-linking? - Micah
It's actually a site security improvement to keep us all safe :) - Benjamin Golub
Ahhh, ixnay ethay executables way. *nodding* - Micah
Heh, and I was thinking about posting a regression bug to Opera. Thank you. - Michael W. May
Well, I threw caution to the wind, so here's a browser extension I wrote to view a full size image in a new tab: - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
@glenc, Ben is from FF. Read his comments. - ؛ patrick
While I understand that this is an "intentional change" to "keep us all safe", is there a reference for exactly the problem this is meant to solve is? I'm sure I can make an educated guess, but I'd rather understand it more fully. - Andy Bakun
Still broken... - Mitchell Tsai
No one has a reference for exactly the problem this change was meant to solve, for our safety? - Andy Bakun
It really sounds like "It's not a bug, it's a feature" :) - Yusuf Arslan
And I can accept that, if I knew what the feature actually was. - Andy Bakun
Security features. - NOT THE CRICKET
thanks for explaining this odd behaviour. maybe you should report to..facebook staff - marco barsotti
Marco, Benjamin Golub is the FB Staff that is care taking the FF website. - Me
One solution is to use Opera to browse friendfeed (it leaves you the choice to open the file anyway). And that fits well, a dying social network on a dying browser. - StM
Any clue as to what I can search for to find out what the exact attack we're being protected from is? - Andy Bakun
Andy, and for all we know the attacks could have been observed against Facebook's interface and Ben et al saw that Friendfeed simply had the same vulnerability. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
The care taking of this site by Ben is well appreciated for those who still love this service. - Eric - Let Me Know
I remember a while ago someone posted an animated gif which was apparently coming from an external host and my (and some other people's) anti virus system started showing that as a treat. The worse part is that, there are many Iranian activists here and for the Ciber Army of Islamic Republic this was the easiest way to find their IP's. We have chosen FF because it's the most free and secure environment in the net. FF didn't do anything about the spammers, at least this was a good move. - ؛ patrick
Looks like some old images don't need a download any more. - ؛ patrick
What's interesting is it's only for new posts media. All the old posts, prior to the update, still work fine. - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm about 95% positive it was due to issues related to this. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jimminy, your profile is private, so I can't see your point. - samet
it's like that since many months. For some reason, if you browse from the iPad pictures gets displayed properly. - marco barsotti
Andrew C (✔)
After weeks of twitter import working, it has broken again... and now even the backup I use (Twitter Feed) has broken too. Is this normal, or is this due to Twitter's 100K tokens policy?
Twitter's shutting down the version of the API that is in current use by Friendfeed, afaik. So that may be permanent. The 100k tokens policy probably wouldn't apply to Friendfeed, they probably have access to somewhere around 300k tokens. - NOT THE CRICKET
Oh crap, the API change. Damn. I wonder what the likelihood of Friendfeed updating its code to use v 1.1 is. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Probably zero. They're barely doing maintenance, never mind implementing new changes. - Bill Mason
There's a hack you can use: Instead of importing a twitter feed, you can use a "custom RSS" feed, and use this url: (where xxx is your screen name). This worked for me just now. - Stephen Mack
The on again off again problems has led people to use advanced tweets - does that still work? - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Laura: Sadly, while it works for existing users, it's at its follow limit, so no new users can sign up. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I thought I read that RSS feeds are going away when API 1.0 is sunsetted. Maybe don't quote me on that. - Bill Mason
Oh I hope not :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"Consequently, we've decided to discontinue support for XML, Atom, and RSS, which are infrequently used today." - Bill Mason
That's awful. :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
All right, so what recourse will we have? Pipes? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Beats me. - Bill Mason
XML, Atom and RSS are infrequently used??! Whoa. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Event Horizon. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
@Stephen - I just signed up for Advanced Tweets today and it worked for me... - Andrew C (✔)
What's the deal with so many people not getting RSS, Atom and XML? Do they also believe that HTML is going to disappear? Weird stuff. - Sean McBride
One gets the impression that opponents of RSS, Atom and similar markup systems are deliberately trying to destroy the connectivity and productivity of the Internet. - Sean McBride
All Internet services should be easily able to communicate and share information with all other Internet services. - Sean McBride
And what are Friendfeed going to do about the Twitter API upgrade? - Dave Levy
Oddly, my yahoo pipe that reads from twitter RSS is still working without issue as long as I refresh it manually... So only 20 at a time. :( - Andy Bakun
And my yahoo pipe stopped working. Twitter gives it 400 (Bad Request). I can still request the RSS feed from my home though. - Andy Bakun
Dave, they are going to do nothing. Twitter and Google Reader will become just more dead icons in the list "all 58 services" supported, just like the old Wakoopa, TipJoy, Backtype, iLike, Magnolia icons that you still see in the list. - April Russo
Backtype kinda imploded their own service; it's not like they changed an API and Friendfeed didn't update. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Backtype was acquired by Twitter, for their Hadoop tooling and analytics. Twitter shut it down. - NOT THE CRICKET
How hard would it be to write our own Twitter-to-RSS service to use as a custom RSS option for FF? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Technically probably not hard, but still beyond me. But I took a look at the Twitter dev terms of service, and I think that kind of thing might be against their rules. - Andrew C (✔)
Advanced Tweets kind of works. I don't think it's against their terms if they make any provision of ownership to the author (the questionable case would be retweets). And yeah, it's not hard, just kind of costly. - NOT THE CRICKET
Thanks @Stephen Your custom feed trick worked great. Twitter feeds importing into my FriendFeed again. - Mitchell Tsai
My yahoo pipe started working again, although I have to manually invoke it. - Andy Bakun
Mitchell Tsai
President Faust's talk, class of 1988 survey, & faculty "TED" talks boring. Most interesting was reading "Poor Economics" & "The Truly Disadvantaged" at the Coop.
Drew Faust (president), Michael Smith (Dean FAS), & John Smith (Professor Engineering) talked about the recent Harvard cheating scandal, subsequent e-mail search scandal (Why did Harvard administration not "ask" the deans for permission to look at their e-mails? duh...), rising cost of college (Harvard's $40,000 "financial aid" initiative & the 2007 "middle class" initiative - where families under $200,000/yr income pay less), and collaborative education. - Mitchell Tsai
Pres. Faust said the 2007 "middle class" initiative scared other schools into similar financial aid packages. An audience member started this line of questioning - he felt that Harvard maybe should lead other colleges in reducing the cost of undergraduate education, and Pres. Faust response was that Harvard was doing it with innovative financial aid packages. - Mitchell Tsai
Diversitas? Take a Closer Look [Justin Lanning, Crimson - 1/26/12] ~45.6% Harvard undergraduates come from families with $200,000+ incomes. Only ~4% of Harvard undergraduates come from the bottom quintile of U.S. incomes, and a mere 17.8% come from the bottom three quintiles of U.S. incomes. (Justin's logic... more... - Mitchell Tsai
Former Harvard President Larry H. Summers, who launched the Financial Aid Initiative, declared in 2004, “We need to recognize that the most serious domestic problem in the United States today is the widening gap between the children of the rich and the children of the poor. Education is the most powerful weapon we have to address that problem.” Aid Isn’t Enough [Sandra Korn, Crimson - 9/27/12] - Mitchell Tsai
Sandra Korn writes: If Harvard’s administrators are committed to increasing the number of working-class and middle-class students at Harvard, they must address the structural roots of educational inequality. ... Harvard’s tuition continues to rise at a much higher rate than inflation each year, and Harvard seems unlikely to take the lead in moving towards inexpensive higher education. - Mitchell Tsai
Collaborative Education - In a world of interconnection, are individual grades still useful? - Mitchell Tsai
Class of 1988 Survey. (1) Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" was supported more by women in $500,000+ income bracket than women in <$150,000 income bracket (Median income $200,000-350,000). (2) $150,000/yr income was "tipping point" between people have midlife crises & being satisfied with their lives & careers. (3) 49%... more... - Mitchell Tsai
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Harvard 50th reunion schedule (Tue 5/28, Wed 5/29): pp.13-16 describe this year's symposia/discussions .
INTERSECTIONS: OUR FUTURE LIVES AND PUBLIC POLICY (Tue May 28 9:00–10:30 am, Science Center B) A panel discussion and audience dialogue will look at how public programs, especially Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as well as social and technological changes, have affected and will affect our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. - Mitchell Tsai
HOW ARE YOU HAPPY—AGING AND SOURCES OF SATISFACTION (Tue May 28 1:45–3:15 pm, Sanders Theatre) A moderated class dialogue on sources of happiness and satisfaction while aging—in relationship to retirement, second careers, and play. The scene will be set by Robert Waldinger of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, based on the Harvard Study of Adult Development (a 75-year longitudinal study of Harvard graduates). - Mitchell Tsai
QUINTESSENCE ’63: PART I (Tue May 28 10:45 am - noon, SC B) (1) The Difficulty of Being Good: The Indian Concept of Dharma and the Search for a More Meaningful Life (2) Moral Injury: What Is It and Why Does It Matter? (3) Electoral Dysfunction - Mitchell Tsai
(4) Against the Odds: Empowering Low-Income Young People to Rebuild Their Communities and Their Lives; and Persuading the Federal Government to Invest in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Injustice in America (5) My Brush with Obstruction of Justice as White House Counsel (6) Strategic Charity: What We 70-somethings Can Best Do to Put It All Together Before It All Falls Apart! - Mitchell Tsai
QUINTESSENCE ’63: PART III (Wed May 29 3:00–4:00 pm, Sanders) (2) Is Money Obsolete?—How to Think About Inflation, Debt, and Federal Policy (3) What Does Environmental Protection Protect?—Defining ‘Environment’ in Environmental Politics and Policy (4) The Future of Medicine: Integrative Medicine and the Healing of the Whole Person - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Social sustainability means a universal application of those values which are core to the human species. [Monjoronson, TM Archives-4/19/13]
Core Values of the human species: (1) Whether you are Japanese or a South Pacific Islander or an American, you have always sought a better way of life, a higher quality of life. You have not been satisfied to exist [with] your status quo of living in poverty, or living in a diminished social status, economic status or political status; you always want to have a better quality of life. - Mitchell Tsai
(2) Growth. In order to improve your quality of life, you must grow in some way. (3) Equality. Across your whole species—meaning that whether you are an Estonian, or you are an Ethiopian. You value yourself equally as other people value themselves. - Mitchell Tsai
In a socially sustainable morality, the individual is seen as an asset, whose active participation in their lives, their family’s life, their community and society, makes a positive contribution to the sustainability of themselves, their family, community... - Mitchell Tsai
Whether a person has an IQ of 85, or an IQ of 185, they both can make a valuable contribution to the sustainability of their own life, and the sustainability of their family and community, so in that regard they are equal. We do not see any difference in the value of an individual based on their intelligence, or their race, or their ethnicity, or their nationality—those are superfluous. - Mitchell Tsai
The moral code of social sustainability makes it very clear what is moral and what is immoral by individuals, by social agencies and global agencies. Rather than one level of morality and immorality, you have nine: nine on the positive and nine on the negative, for a total of eighteen. ... Moral research teams, as you may call them, will rapidly find that many of your governmental and social agencies are involved in topics that provide immoral answers in a sustainable society. - Mitchell Tsai
...worry is a function of the mind, which does not produce good results; it is concern about the future, which you cannot control in the future, but only can control and affect now in this immediate moment. It is important to teach children how to live their lives in the moment; how to make a better future tomorrow for their life now by discerning what actions they can take now that... more... - Mitchell Tsai
...because [people] are so invested in material culture and the objectification of their lives, they have begun with the material sustainability before they begin with social sustainability. It will only be after social sustainability becomes enculturated in most cultures that they will truly begin to see the possibilities of spiritual sustainability. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Giving children tools early in their life to deal with trauma [Monjoronson, TM Archives - 4/19/13]
It is unfortunate that most parents have not been trained in how to deal with trauma, either in their own lives, or in how to teach their children how to deal with trauma. Trauma is a multi-level situation that is both emotional, social, immediate, [and] future projected, and must be dealt with in a way that assists the child to move through it. - Mitchell Tsai
One of the reasons for such great numbers of victims with PTSD is that they were never trained in how to move through trauma, either to grieve it and accept it eventually and to move on, or to forgive it and to move on. Trauma is one of the situations that leave memories in the mind of the individual, yet the individual has not been taught how to deal with the thoughts of those memories. - Mitchell Tsai
It is not the memories that cause great difficulty, but the immediate thoughts of the individual concerning those memories. When thoughts take on reality, then the individual is living in a traumatized fantasy or a dream world of a nightmare of sorts. - Mitchell Tsai
It is important that these processes be taught to children as much as children are taught how to prepare their own meals in a Home Economics class in school, or how to change their oil in an Automotive Shop class. The practical, pragmatic functions of living as an emotional/spiritual being necessitates that every individual be taught how to sustain themselves emotionally and intellectually through the process of trauma and grief and grieving. - Mitchell Tsai
When children begin to have thoughts of worry and concern, and thinking about the trauma that occurred, they are old enough to receive instruction how to deal with their thoughts. They might not have the capacity of intellect or vocabulary to understand the depth of discussion, but they can definitely take on the thought, the comforting words that “this will not be the same tomorrow,” and you will not feel the same about it next week, or in two weeks. - Mitchell Tsai in a society that is moving towards social sustainability will be changed; it will be changed in the courts in tort law, it will be changed in the deliberateness of how to raise children to think constructively about negative thoughts and how to bring peace to their thinking. Family dynamics and the work of parents will change tremendously. It will not change radically for... more... - Mitchell Tsai
What is your FF Comments/Likes Ratio? (Comments divided by Likes to 2nd decimal place - as of now) -
What is your FF Comments/Likes Ratio? (Comments divided by Likes to 2nd decimal place - as of now)
1.05 (670/633) - Micah from Bookmarklet
Can you remind me again where to find those stats? - Brian Johns
Brian, go to "Me" link ( which defaults to the Feed tab. Look at the sidebar on the right, below Discussion. - Micah
0.75 (926/1226) - still relatively new here - mikepk
I only see my stats for the last week (17/14 = 1.21) Please tell me your 670 number is for more than just a week! - Brian Johns
1.44 (566/391) for brianjohns (after week tally you should see a comma then 'all time' count - I can see it on your page) - Micah
OK, sorry. I'm a total dumbass. I stopped reading after the weekly totals... - Brian Johns
3.74, which seems way off of everybody else's. I wonder what that says. I comment a lot more than I like. - Cyrus Lendvay
FFers use FF with their own strategy or simply default tendencies. The ratio is an interesting snapshot of behaviour. Thanks for joining in everyone, hope more keep flowing in. - Micah from twhirl
0.79 - Brian Roy
0.77 - Shey
0.76 - FFing Enigma
1.39. - Rochelle
1.61 - I only 'like' when I want to throw my support behind a topic but don't have anything constructive to add. - Bjorn Stromberg
1.12 - Tinfoil 2.0
5.08 (3181/626) ! - ◄ani625Ξ ಠ_ಠ
0.66 - I tend to 'like' things without needing to comment further, I guess, and I notice I usually like the things upon which I comment. Well, frequently. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
.39 (2457/6242) I guess I don't comment much. I do 'like' a lot of things, it would seem. - Bren
0.62 then again i have over 11,000 comments - Cee Bee
1.23 (5287/4229) - I am put to shame by Cee Bee's participation, good grief! - Lindsay
@Cee Bee I think you meant 0.62 - ◄ani625Ξ ಠ_ಠ
1.27 (902/705) - Leandro Ardissone ⍨
yes, thanks for the correction. lindsay, you're making me feel bad. lol - Cee Bee
0.8576, I only like mostly when I'm going to comment - Molly Song ;)
1.55 endlessly repeating. This Like/Comment included. - Dana D
before this comment: .69 I kid you not. - InPerpetualMotion(Gina k)
So far: Average: 1.27 | Median: 0.81 ... (if you average 1 comment per like, you'd be 1.0 ... if you're 0.xx you might herd content more than discuss ... if you're whole numbers above 1 you may not 'like' much or discuss plenty or both) - Micah
CSV_A: 1.05,0.75,1.44,0.81,3.74,0.79,0.77,0.67,0.77,0.76,1.39,1.8,1.61,1.12,0.141,5.08,2.41,0.66,.39,0.62,.62,1.27,0.8576,1.551,0.69 - Micah
1.83 - Grant Bierman
I tend to like allot of photos which really don't need comments. - InPerpetualMotion(Gina k)
InPerpetualMotion(Gina k), I really liked this 'Like' of yours (in a series of pics, so I flickr fav'd it): and commented. Thanks! - Micah
.37 1002/2708 - Michael Fidler
this is what scobes walls would like if he didnt have FF - sean percival
I haven't seen Marc Canter's fabled fence (just heard about it), but I imagine this but on wood pickets :) - Micah
This week: 2.48 (1162:467) but this is not the norm, my likes usually match or are higher than comments, overall: 0.95 (14228:14846). - Kol Tregaskes
Thanks Michael, Kol! I'll recalculate average/median when we build up some more data points here. - Micah
1.03 748/723 - Keith - @tsudo
.68 6986/10194 Someone wrote a great article on the comment-like ratio a few months ago. Search on FriendFeed is crashing on me... I'll try to get the link. - Mitchell Tsai
Thanks Mitchell (btw, search crashing on me too - lots) - Micah
1316 comments/20221 likes (0.06), according to Windows Calculator, although I probably screwed up. - Tyson Key
*bump* - Micah
Thanks, Mark! - Micah
Thanks Spidra! - Micah
0.95 (1520/1604) - it's 2+ months later, and my ratio flipped (more Likes by .05) - Micah
.7 (1204/1724) - before this comment at least. - Rachel Lea Fox
Thanks, Rachel! - Micah
3.46 (3665/1057) before this comment and like. - Kevin Fox
Thanks, Kevin. 3+ is quite the comment on your commenting activities :) - Micah
I've got stuff to say. - Kevin Fox
3.98 (900/226) - Richard Lawler
1.02 (3538/3484) for sofarsofarshaun - Micah
.34 (600/1747, not counting this comment) - Michael Hocter
Thank you, Siavash and Michael - Micah
.52 overall, but .68 this week. - Rebecca Lasley
Nice, thanks Rebecca. - Micah
1.31 - Rahsheen
0.56 - imabonehead
Rah and imabonehead - rock on! (Richard too!) - Micah
0.16 - Anne Bouey
4.62 (287/62) -- Yikes! I'm chatty. - Ted Roden
Thank you kindly, Anne, jcunwired and Ted. - Micah
2.63 - Bryce Roney
Thanks for joining in, Bryce. - Micah
.15 all time, .13 this week. - Alix May
Thank you, Alix and David! (and Alix, you're tied with Siavash for the Highest Like ratio. Wow). - Micah
2.94 - j1m
Thank you, j1m. Ok, I'm gonna roll this up into a csv and call it a night. - Micah
CSV_B: 0.95,0.7,3.46,3.98,1.02,0.15,0.34,0.52,1.31,0.56,0.16,1.39,4.62,2.63,0.15,0.52,2.94 - Micah
this week = 0.45%, alltime = 6.43% - chaz2b
CSV_B Mean: 1.49 (previous mean for CVS_A: 1.27) - Micah
Of course the numbers can easily lie, but I'm gonna say it anyway: "We're getting more conversational, people!" - Micah
0.49 (493/988) - Bluesun 2600
816 / 2502 = 0.326139089 overall | 50 / 233 = 0.214592275 this week I like much more than I comment. (maths via google) - Chris Loft
3026/5013 = 0.6036 - Roger Chen
chaz2b, Bluesun 2600, Roger, Nicholas — thank you! - Micah
5.25 but I don't know what this *means, yet. maybe I'm just stingy with my "likes" compared to others? - Marg Uerite
Thanks jamar78 and Marg! - Micah
A recent change in FF: now the comment count shows total number of comments (previously multiple comments in one thread only counted as one) so all the numbers above are from the old methodology.... - David HC Soul
My new ratio: 0.76 all time (old methodology .52).... this week 1.39 - David HC Soul
*bump* - Micah
1.26 (2965/2346) - Micah
Thanks, Glen and pea! - Micah
Looks like my ratio as flipped again (comments back to dominating again). Seems to match my own awareness I've lately been commenting without Liking (commenting is my inherent recognition of value to me and the additional Like is when it merits an extra bump to help discovery by others). - Micah
.38 - Ryan Dadey
Ryan, I have to say, that's one high caliber ratio ;) - Micah
An update it's .44 which is an improvement from .36 - Michael Fidler
2.94 1040/354 I have likes set to post to twitter automatically, so I'm careful with them. :) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
0.85 - Steven Perez
0.73 up from 0.66 on Jan 08 - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
0.37 for the week past, 0.45 on the whole. - Parth Awasthi
Michael, Anthony, Ahsan, guruvan Steven, sıɹɥɔ and Parth - thanks for dropping in your stats! - Micah
5.81 i'm not using it as does everyone else here. that is fer sure. - Marg Uerite
Ahsan, huh, I'd never considered that. - Micah
17942/30571=.59 - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Alex, thank you, sir. - Micah
ALmost 2:1 exactly. - Amani
Much obliged, Amani. - Micah
3062/5777 you do the maths. - Will Higgins™
.53 (3062/5777) for Will Higgins #math-on-demand-services - Micah
Thank you, amin/gnu - Micah
1.45 (4374/3026) - Micah
0.92 now. I think the movie reviews have been getting me closer to a 1 to 1 ratio. - Steven Perez
Steven, yep, you were a 0.85 in April. - Micah
2.10 now ... - Amani
0.97 now. - Eric Johnson
Amani, so your comments have climbed a bit. - Micah
Thanks, Eric. - Micah
yes, but i am not consciously "not liking" things - Amani from IM
Probably, just chattier then :) - Micah
I'm down from 7.16 to 6.94 :-) - Ken Sheppardson
the live NBA playoff threads have ALOT to do with it. - Amani from IM
Ken, the FCC may be interested to explore how your "I'm down" may be offensively self-deprecating ;) - Micah
.56 eeep, must try harder - Threepwood
4.52. I don't bother to like things I've commented on, since commenting already flags it as interesting. - Andy Bakun
0.46 (1698/3638) - Glenn Slaven
Threepwood, Andy, Glenn - thanks (Andy, that's my mo too; then I'll Like if it warrants a "double vote"). - Micah
1.31 (4,471/3,401) - Karoli
Thanks, Karoli. And the both of us have a _very_ similar ratio and absolute numbers. wow. - Micah
Thanks, Ryo! - Micah
Andy, scroll upward and you'll see a couple calculations from before (January: Average: 1.27 | Median: 0.81) - Micah
In March the Mean was: 1.49 - Micah
1.021276595744680851063829787234042553191489361702127659... via Wolfram Alpha - tom murphy
Thanks, tom. And though a bit verbose, your friend Wolfram is resourceful :D - Micah
0.55 (254/444) - Willem (@wim66) ☠
Thank you, Willem. - Micah
In April you were 0.97, so you're liking more / commenting less. - Micah
1.88 (779/414) - Ton Zijp
Thanks, Ton. - Micah
0.43 (3597/8305). - Parth Awasthi
0.74 (1970/2667) - Kristin of Two Everything
And thank you Parth, Scott. - Micah
Parth, compared to your April numbers, you've been consistent. - Micah
Thanks, Rick! - Micah
.54 (4148/7674) Updated! - Michael Fidler
Rick, you mean that face with glasses I photoshopped tint into with an apparently disembodied arm which is actually very much attached to my eldest son? It's mostly just me :) - Micah
Thanks, Michael. Yes, you have a rising tide of comment percentage (oh, wow, you were one of the originals from January - cool!) - Micah
1.82 from 798 comments / 438 likes - David Damore
Thanks, nivé and David! - Micah
2027/1594 = 1.27 - Brome
0.58 - Marc Dong
2.9 (3,242/1,116) mhhh.. time to straighten my use of FF a bit.. thanks for this entry - Thierry R. Andriamirado
Brome, Marc and Thierry - thank you! - Micah
Thierry - yeah, 2.9 is fairly high - got to pick the pace on like side :) [but hey, whatever works for you is fine] - Micah
1.91 - MiniMage
Thank you Nicholas and MiniMage! - Micah
Yeah, that's a decent upward rise in comments, Nicholas. - Micah
.6 (6,000/10,000) 3rd update - Now it's time to flip this on its head. My goal is to have (16,000/16,000) next time I post here. Regardless of what happens, I'm just looking forward to the next 10,000 comments, likes, posts, and new relationships I make here. It's all good! - Michael Fidler
1.76 (7539/4290) My commenting habits haven't chanced much, but it felt like I clicked Like a lot less, and this ratio confirms that for me. - Micah
It's that time again. - Micah
Thanks, Laura! (you're a 50-caliber gal!) - Micah
0.64 - Imabug
Thank you, Imabug. - Micah
4.67 (I'm greedy :p) - directeur
0.99 - Steven Perez
About 1:2 comment to likes at this time - RAPatton from iPod
.63 - metalerik
Thanks Imabug, directeur, Steven, RAPatton, Jim, Brent and metalerik! - Micah
0.78 - Pete D
.82 as of right now. edit: on January 8th it was 0.39 -- when I saw that, I decided to make more of an effort to comment. When I hit 10k "likes" I decided I wouldn't "like" anything else until I also had 10k comments. - Bren
And thank you Jimminy, Pete, Bren and Penguin! - Micah
2.47 as of right now. - Jonas, Leper of FF
Micah, are you doing something with these numbers? If so sounds interesting. - NOT THE CRICKET
0.58 - Absentee
Jimminy, I'm copyrighting every single number. It's kind of a honeypot ;) Actually, it was curiosity mostly, but I also hope to build a sampling (small and self-selecting as it may be) for anyone who might want to analyze it. - Micah
Jonas, James and Kurt - thanks you! - Micah
You're welcome. I hope the results do some good. :-) - Absentee
.31. I have almost 4 times as many likes as comments. - edythe
Thank you edythe and Eric! - Micah
195/245 makes 0.8 rounded not including this one which would be 196/245 making 0.8 unrounded, - tom murphy
Thanks, Tom. - Micah
1.98 (588/297) - Bryan Zirkel
1.67 (19,550/11,684) - Mitchell Tsai
Bryan, Mitchell and Jeff P. - thanks, guys! - Micah
1.18 - it's always been close to 1, since day one, for some reason. - Laura Norvig
Wow, Penguin is a prolific liker! - Laura Norvig
2.67 (875/328) - Nathalie
Thank you, Nathalie! - Micah
Thanks, Spidra and Mark! - Micah
0.49 - Jammy Lee
Jammy and Mathew, thank you very much. - Micah
I don't know I just like that picture - Brian Hendrickson
.40 - Ben Hanten
Mine was exactly 2:1 about a week ago. Did a screenshot when I had 2,000 comments and 1,000 likes. - Joe from iPod
SuezanneC, Brian, B E N and Joe - thank you all very much! - Micah
Joe, it's like see the odometer click through a nice round number - it's just inexplicably engaging. :) - Micah
1.40, nearly the square root of two. - Vezquex
Thanks, Raphael and Andy! - Micah
12.23 (844 / 69 ) I guess I take my likes seriously ;) - Chris Myles
Wow I didn't realize I was so out of whack!! 12.23 that's got to be a record (and I don't even import my feeds with the summary as a comment)!! - Chris Myles
Thanks JA, Chris (wow, 12+ is unusual :), Serkan and Nine! - Micah
Micah.. I told you I take my likes seriously; ). You *might* want to ask (in a separate post) what percentage of likes were used to "bookmark" a post or save it for later VS actually "liking it". I NEVER used like for that.. but I did use a private group that if filled with my own topics (and comments).. - Chris Myles
1.78 (8529/4782) - Micah
Likes are down relative to comments, which matches my much lower frequency of liking. I'm a more selective liker than ever. - Micah
I don't think I could argue that any particular kind of ratio is "best", because if Lurkers like to Lurk and cultivate (via Likes) and the Chatty-ites love to chat, to pump out much many more comments than Likes, each can be happy and make for a great social experience. - Micah
383/372 - Ashish
'Just clicking "Like" seems too easy' — Jason, that's because you're from the Chatty-ite tribe :) - Micah
Thanks, ashish. - Micah
wow, what a difference time makes, when i 1st posted on this thread, 6.43%, now = 1.25%, for a 5.18% difference, :o (and this is the earliest post to date i've recovered of my activity on ff) - chaz2b
chaz, I think there's been a big fluctuation for most people (maybe not that much). This is the oldest post on which you commented that you've recovered? - Micah
When I first saw this: 1.91 Sept 28: 1.94 - MiniMage
536 comments in the last month has me at .8736...still creeping toward 1.00 - Bren
Thanks, MiniMage (2x participant!), Bren (3x!) and Shannon (your inaugural visit!) - Micah
Thank you, SustainedEuphoria. - Micah
Thanks, Mark. - Micah
1.45 - Brett Kelly
Thanks, Brett :) - Micah
5.67 all time. Second highest ratio on here. Woot! I love to talk. - Kevin L
Thank you both, Kevin and mridul (the two of you balance it each well :) - Micah
1.80 (10,189 / 5,666) [compared to Likes, my Comments still continue to rise] - Micah
1.02 (10323/10161) - Bren
.5666 currently (30,084/53,093) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Thanks, Bren. - Micah
Thank you, Alex :) - Micah
that was my third post... It's interesting to see how the number has changed. of course, I manipulated the number to a degree, because I stopped "liking" things for a while... - Bren
Bren, the other thing that can seriously throw off someone's stats is a feed that upon each item it imports adds a comment automatically. - Micah
true. that can seriously inflate comment stats, of course. Then you have someone like RAPatton, who posts a gazillion comments, in part because of his playlist posts where he will list each song in a separate comment. I found, after this post in fact, that I tended to "like" things much more frequently than comment on them, that I was lurking instead of participating. I have changed the way I use ff rather considerably, and I think for the better. - Bren
Thanks, Sarah, Tutivillus. - Micah
1.19 - Joe Bonner
Micah this is like 11 months ago, I see you have almost doubled your rate. lets make a graph for everybody now, :) - ۳۰ مرغ Loves Y'ALLLLL
Quick, someone write a greasemonkey script to inline some google charts! (tap-tap-tap...wut? don't look at me ;) - Micah
Thanks, Joe. And you thank you, Mahmood :) - Micah
Thanks, Glen! Your comments in the ratio have gone up too. - Micah
1.70 (it was 1.41 on Jan 8) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WorldofHiglet, thank you :) The comments are strong in this one. - Micah
0.64 (2,589/4,051) - Chieze Okoye
0.58 - Thomas Page
Chieze and Thomas - thank you! - Micah
*bumpage* - Micah
So, Micah, we never did find out what you were doing with this info.... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
0.27 (5637/20234) - I only see a couple people lower than me. - John (bird whisperer)
4.06 (747/184) - Jan Ole Peek
WoH, World Domination. - Micah
Rene, John and Jan - thank you, all three! :) - Micah
0.97 (6,694/6,929) - NOT THE CRICKET
Thank you J., Jimminy and آقای تلخک :) - Micah
2.23 - Paola Bonomo
0.71 (8,200/11,551) updated - Michael Fidler
0.03 (284 / 10378)! - Daniel Rowley
Thanks Paola, Michael, Artemko, J. and Daniel! - Micah
*thanks Christopher thoroughly* - Micah
14.86 (1442/97) I'm going the wrong way!! - Chris Myles
1.77 (11831/6622) - Micah
0.56 (2059/3703) - Joel Webber
0.89 (1,766/1,986) - chrisofspades
Thanks, Joel and Chris! - Micah
In 4 days it will be 1 year since my first recorded stat here. My comments/like were almost a 1:1 ratio then. Now comments are almost double likes for me. - Micah
jamar78, same trend for you, it looks. :) - Micah
1.00 a year later. {edit -- screwed it up the first time. not telling what I did.} - Jim #teamFFrank
Thanks, Jim! - Micah
.52 this year. - Prairie & I Know It
Thank you, Laura =) - Micah
75,415 comments/1,286 likes = 58.64 - i wish the auto inserted comments didn't get counted... the true number is probably much much close ot my number of likes - Chris Heath
1.09 (11910/10953) - Bren
1.97%. thanks again micah, this has been a great metric to measure my first year here on ff. As the year went (this being the first record of me being here that i've found): , 6.43%:1.25%:1.97% - chaz2b
Chris, Bren, thank you. And chaz2b, thank you too - glad it's a special marker for you. :) - Micah
1.79 (13620/7618) - Micah from iPhone
0.91 - Bruce Lewis
0.13 - Morton Fox
1.69 now (1.70 on Nov 10th and 1.41 on Jan 8, 2009) - - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
0.23 - Mark H
Thanks Bruce, Morton, Higlet, Brent and Mark! - Micah from iPhone
How is this thread doing in the longest-lived-ff-comment-thresds-ever contest? - j1m
5.76 right now - Kevin L
0.53 - Rodfather
j1m, I wonder how many threads over a year old are regularly updated by an asoetment of users. - Micah from iPhone
Kevin, Cecily and Rodfather - thanks! - Micah from iPhone
1.49 (2,222/1488) - DB, Lil LB's Dad
"I must not ask Micah questions" written out a bajillion times.... :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
LOL @Higlet - Correct. (but Brent, you can also ask the Mathematics Dept of West Bohemian University in Pilsen, Czech [via ]) - Micah
0.32 (2011/6291) Looks like I need to comment more. =) - Beau Liening
Thank you, Beau. And, by stating you want to comment more you're already helping the cause :) - Micah
2.09329564 (10366:4952) I don't think that I'm the norm here - See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
*bump* - It's that time again, folks. - Micah
1.71 (16,017/9,357) - Micah
0.91 (13,933/15,222) - NOT THE CRICKET
2.66 - Marissa
1.48 (2,469/1,669) - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Thanks, Jimminy, Marissa and Daryl. :) - Micah
1.21 - Jenny
Thanks, Jenny! - Micah
1.10 (4874/4448) - DGentry
2.13(7957/3734) - Melanie Reed
Thank you, Denton, Glen and Melanie! - Micah
63.58 (97,534/1,534) -- interesting that my last three digits are the same there, eh? (note, i already posted a month or two ago when i first saw this thread) - Chris Heath
Thanks, Chris! - Micah
0.87 (3770/4312), so I'm either getting more commenty or less likey. [0.74 (1970/2667) was what I previously reported back in June] - Kristin of Two Everything
Thanks Scott, pea and T. Brent. - Micah
Brent, interesting. Look forward to more commentary. :) - Micah
1433/1161 = 1.23 - cdogzilla | downgraded
1.19 (5132/4316) - Ruchira S. Datta
Thank you, cdogzilla and Ruchira! - Micah
0.94(15045/15978) 0.83, (28.August.2009); 0.97, (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (17.April.2010); 0.94, (11.May.2010). - NOT THE CRICKET
1.65 (18,070 / 10,970) - Micah
*bump* It's that time again, folks. - Micah
1.05 (1710/1625) - cdogzilla | downgraded
1.66 here. Chattyites 4ever! - Lo
Thanks cdogzilla and Lo! - Micah
Last year my comments were around 7000 and likes around 2500, for a ratio of 2.80. I consciously chose to do more liking over the last year. As of today my comments number 10,782 and likes number 7,666, for a ratio of 1.41. - Stephen Mack
Jason, Stephen - cool. Thanks for keeping updated here. :) - Micah
Thanks, RG - Micah
1.03. Micah you've made over 18000 comments since you first posted this. - chrisofspades
0.76 (3,624/4,766) Egad that's only .1 improvement since 2009-01-08 :-P but at least it's moving in the right direction. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
3.25 No wonder I always had to stand in the hall in school for talking ;-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Still right at 1:1. W00t. - Jim #teamFFrank
1.15 (14662/12739) - Bren
chrisofspades, crazy isn't it. :) - Micah
kima, tortoise wins and all that ;) Thanks, Shannon. Jim, you have maintained balanced in the force you have. Thanks, Bren. - Micah
2.33 :( my new yr's resolution was to "like" more, imma not doing sucha good job, :( - chaz2b
Thanks, Mark, and chaz, you'll get there. :) - Micah
1.61 (20,661 / 12,818) - Micah
*BUMP* - It's that time again. THANKS! - Micah
1.76 (15,652/8,886) - Jenny
Thanks, Jenny and hollyrai! - Micah
Thank you, Glen. - Micah
0.77 - Steven Perez
0.31 (14566/47299) - John (bird whisperer)
John, you're a 'liking' fool! :D - Jenny
Apparently I'm the human version of FALOB - John (bird whisperer)
Ha! (and thanks, John) - Micah
Double ha! - Jenny
Thank you Steven. - Micah
2.28 - Jesse Stay
1.66 (updated) - Eric - Let Me Know
Thanks Scott, Jesse, Eric and holly! - Micah
58,144/3,749=15.509, basically due to multiple feed imports. - Daniel Mietchen
*BUMP* - Micah
1.60 (22,066/13,819) - Micah
:) @Jason. - Micah
0.69 - Absentee
0.76 - Steven Perez
slightly off of my usual this time: 1.01 - Jim #teamFFrank
Thanks James, Steven and Jim "STAY-ON-TAR-GET" Jannotti. :) - Micah
.98(20,405/20,834) - NOT THE CRICKET
1.36 (20684/15224) - Bren from iPhone
Thank you, Jimminy, Greg and Bren! - Micah
1.88 (21954/11691) Chatty Cathy, apparently. - Jenny
11289/9010 = 1.25 (wonder if some comments are from imported feeds) - Mike Chelen
Thanks Jenny and Mike. :) - Micah
Sorry - Micah .... but the math is just too complicated :) - Charlie Anzman
Charlie, I'm make it simple. I'll do the talking, you drive the get-away car—we'll split it even: 80/20. - Micah
Damn, More Homework. - Brent - Yes I am
including this comment (119,119C/1677L) ... 71.03 - Chris Heath
1.21 - Joe Bonner
1.56 (24,076/15,472) - Micah
*BUMP* - it's that time again. Also, I passed 24K comments recently. - Micah
Thanks, Micahel. - Micah
113,457 comments / 166,887 likes = .68 - RAPatton
2.02 (31627/15675) I need to start liking more and shut the hell up. - Jenny
1:1.618, of course. - Josh Haley from iPhone
2.60 - Jack&Cleo
I was waiting for that from you, Mr. Haley. - Lisa L. Seifert from Android
Those are some heavy hitter numbers there, RAPatton. Thanks. :) - Micah
I've been on FF for a long time, Michah, because I am really, really old. - RAPatton
LOL Josh. These aren't the maths you looking for. [lateral hand wave] - Micah
Jenny, do not take your own advice; not advisable. - Micah
Thanks, Jack & Cleo. - Micah
RAPatton, you're not old—you triple-comment-excerpt every bookmarklet post :)) - Micah
Cristo, this post is an ancient relic. Handle with care. - Micah
0.13 - Morton Fox
Okay, Micah. <----I had to resist the urge not to post that because I know it's going to up my comment count. ;) - Jenny
But how many of those primordial, high interest posts are still active. Uh huh. :) - Micah
Thanks, Morton. BTW, when you posted in February, it was exactly 0.13 also. - Micah
Jenny, resistance is futile; embrace the rising tide of comments. - Micah
Comments are more difficult and time consuming than Likes. I'd be happy about a high comment:likes ratio except that many are surely imported from feeds, while every Like is manual. - Mike Chelen
it has changed to 2.2256 now as Sep, 6 2010.Labor Day. :) I added the date for future references. - ۳۰ مرغ Loves Y'ALLLLL
IN HONOUR OF DERRICK'S 100,000th LIKE: - Micah
1.54 (25,102/16,257) - Micah
Thanks, Alex. - Micah
2.29.... 26 HR, 89 RBI - .LAG liked that
.15 on March 21, 2009. Now .19. - Alix May
Thanks, MarkJ, .LAG and Alix! :) - Micah
Thank you, Deepak! - Micah
1.47 (24757/16749) - Bren
I make a lot of comments but no one like me, so I guess the ratio is infinite or undefined. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
1.45 (29653/20444) *BUMP* - Micah
1.22 (31900/26233) - holly #ravingfangirl
.59 (58,923/99,251) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
6.61 (2825/427 )... I'm a wee bit chatty - Shannon - GlassMistress
I had exactly a 2:1 ratio as previously reported [Aug 30, '09], now I am at: 1.7241:1 ratio. 6,067 comments to 3,519 likes. - Joe
0.79 as of 6 Jan 2011. - John E. Bredehoft
my brain hurts - Morgan
Two years later and my ratio has climbed from 3.4 to 4.675. I've got a lot to say, apparently. - Kevin Fox
Funnily, I didn't notice until after leaving that comment that when I reported my stat in 2009 I also followed it up with "I've got stuff to say." I didn't say it was *new* stuff... - Kevin Fox
1.000 (27093/27080) - NOT THE CRICKET
I've had an improvement since the last few times this has come up. I was .49 or close to it, now I'm running a .57 ratio - Bluesun 2600
1.68 (55826/33281) - Jenny
81.1 - rising consistently - Chris Heath
I think this is the oldest thread I see that still gets new comments added. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
*BUMP* - Micah
1.40 (32175/22968) - Micah
I dunno, I'm not good with math - sofarsoShawn
0.35 ... Apparently I'm not very talkative. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, John and Shawn. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
1.459 (33067/22667) - Bren from iPhone
looks familiar... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
2.6 (wow, this thread is like my yearly checkup; thanks micah and friendfeed, 3+years and going strong [6.4%, 2.33%]) - chaz2b
1.02 (38,615, 37,927) 9/27/11 - NOT THE CRICKET
1.29 (36,959 / 28,580) - Micah
Thanks, Jimminy, Bren, WoH, and chaz2b. :) - Micah
.46 now. :) - Prairie & I Know It
Thank you, LB. - Micah
0.33 (34741/105115) - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks John. Gracias, caj. - Micah
1.57 (24,460/15,624). It was 1.12 the day after the OP. - Tinfoil 2.0
The likes dim and comms brim. - Micah
2.91; 6.43% (@ 2yrs ago) 2.33% (@ 1yr ago). for history's sake, this thread was started shortly after i found friendfeed, or friendfeed found me, so it holds a special place in my heart. thanks for keeping it around mr micah - chaz2b
You're certainly welcome, chaz2b. In some way it feels like a living heirloom to me. :) - Micah
*BUMP* - Micah
1.25 (40,008/31,895) - Micah
1.15 - Kristin
1.41 - Melly
5.12 - Julian
3 (2.991) (and now the list has become too lengthy for me to track my progress, ;) [dumb me, i have a post not 10 lines ago in history, from 090711 2.91; 6.43% (@ 2yrs ago) 2.33% (@ 1yr ago) ;) ] - chaz2b
.79 - Shevonne
24 072 / 35 095 = 0.685909674 - AJ Batac
0,77 (before and after this comment) - loi
2.65 (69,814 comments/26,281 likes) - Spidra Webster
1.51 = 28,196/18,717. Was 1.57 in Sept 2011 and 1.12 in Jan 2009. - Tinfoil 2.0
*BUMP* - Micah
0.174 (6966/40022) - Not much of a talker. - Kevin Johnson
1.23 (41,476 / 33,845) - Micah
1.43 - Tamara J. B.
.15 on March 21, 2009, .19. on September 18, 2010, and .22 today (March 8, 2012). - Alix May
*BUMP* for Ross - Micah
2.83 - Ross Miller
1.97 on 2012-04-24 - ؛ patrick
0.99 (44,752, 45,200) 4/24/11 || 0.83, (?, ?), (28.August.2009); 0.97, (6,694, 6,929), (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (13,933, 15,222), (17.April.2010); 0.94, (15,045, 15,978), (11.May.2010); .98, (20,405, 20,834), (03.August.2010); 1.00, (27,093, 27,080), (06.January.2011); 1.02, (38,615, 37,927), (27.September.2011); 0.99 (44,752, 45,200), (24.April.2012); - NOT THE CRICKET
1.6 - AJ Batac
1.34 Did you finish all your profiling yet, Micah? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
1.22 (42,526 / 34,975) - Micah
Glad to see you here, Ross. Thanks for the updates everyone. WoH, the master plan is coming together nicely. - Micah
Excellent *steeples fingers* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
*staples fingers* - John (bird whisperer)
Hmm, can you order finger-steeples on Amazon? - Micah
*readies the Band-Aids* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Micah: I can sell you some, cheap. Just fax your credit card, SIN and maiden name to the usual number. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
My facsimile machine is in dry dock at the moment, but I'll pigeon over a small scroll with all the requisite datums. - Micah
Done and done. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
0.31 <-- about the same as usual - John (bird whisperer)
After the last 19+ hours, it's high time to log-in your stats again. - Micah
1.20 (45878 / 38084) - Micah
1.54 (32,913 comments / 21,412 likes) - Tinfoil 2.0
Thanks, Tinfoil. - Micah
Try dividing by zero and find out ( ) - Micah
1.04 (10778 / 10303) - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Thanks, DB. - Micah
Currently 0.3. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, John. - Micah
1.01 (47,240, 46,956) 9/13/12 || 0.83, (?, ?), (28.August.2009); 0.97, (6,694, 6,929), (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (13,933, 15,222), (17.April.2010); 0.94, (15,045, 15,978), (11.May.2010); .98, (20,405, 20,834), (03.August.2010); 1.00, (27,093, 27,080), (06.January.2011); 1.02, (38,615, 37,927), (27.September.2011); 0.99 (44,752, 45,200), (24.April.2012); 1.01, (47,240, 46,956), (14.September.2012); - NOT THE CRICKET
Thanks, Jimminy and Zulema. - Micah
BUMP - in honor of Kevin's 8K comment threshold. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
.38 - March 15, 2013 - Jennifer Dittrich
0.279 (58096/208087) - John (bird whisperer)
0.172283 (8005/46464) - Kevin Johnson
0.75 (38,250 comments / 50,175 likes) (My entry above from 2 years ago said I had 10,782 comments and 7,666 likes for a ratio of 1.41. I've been busy, and my pattern seems to have changed.) - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Jennifer, John, Kevin and Stephen. :) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
0.51 (6,883/13,438) - Stephan from iPhone
5.72, though I deleted my first account, like, 3 years ago - Meg VMeg
1.03 (51,436, 50,018) 3/15/13 || 0.83, (?, ?), (28.August.2009); 0.97, (6,694, 6,929), (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (13,933, 15,222), (17.April.2010); 0.94, (15,045, 15,978), (11.May.2010); .98, (20,405, 20,834), (03.August.2010); 1.00, (27,093, 27,080), (06.January.2011); 1.02, (38,615, 37,927), (27.September.2011); 0.99 (44,752, 45,200), (24.April.2012); 1.01, (47,240, 46,956), (14.September.2012); 1.03 (51,436, 50,018), (15.March.2013); - NOT THE CRICKET
.44. I guess I'm getting lazy. - Prairie & I Know It
2.22. I use YouFeed a lot, and liking takes an inordinate amount of time on the app.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
3.10 up from 2.83 a year ago. - Ross Miller
Thanks, Ross. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
BUMP - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
1.07 - Kristin
1.03 - Bren from iPhone
This thread is amazing. What a treasure trove of information - Bren from iPhone
0.62 (5077/8197) as of 4/29/13 - bentley
2.49 today - Marissa
1.0591 Comments per like (16,230 / 15,324). - Joe
0.47 (10,057/21,354) - Zu from AOD
0.98 (48000/48933) - Bren
Mitchell Tsai
How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks [Felicity Barringer, New York Times - 4/9/13] -
How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks [Felicity Barringer, New York Times - 4/9/13]
Generations of Eastern European housewives doing battle against bedbugs spread bean leaves around the floor of an infested room at night. In the morning, the leaves would be covered with bedbugs that had somehow been trapped there. The leaves, and the pests, were collected and burned — by the pound, in extreme infestations. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
A study published Wednesday in The Journal of the Royal Society Interface details the scientists’ quest, including their discovery of how the bugs get hooked on the leaves, how the scientists have tried to recreate these hooks synthetically and how their artificial hooks have proved to be less successful than the biological ones. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
The mobile phone turns 40 [Afr - 4/3/13] -
The mobile phone turns 40 [Afr - 4/3/13]
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The first mobile call was placed April 3, 1973, by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper, head of a team working on mobile communication technologies. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
Man steals $33 million from Australian casino in 'Ocean's Eleven'-esque heist [MSN News - 3/15/13] -
Man steals $33 million from Australian casino in 'Ocean's Eleven'-esque heist [MSN News - 3/15/13]
An unknown man stole $33 million from an Australian casino by hacking into its surveillance footage and having the information relayed to him via earpiece. - Mitchell Tsai
According to Las Vegas-based casino consultant Barron Stringfellow, pulling off this type of heist takes far fewer resources than an "Ocean's Eleven"-type sting. Instead, most of the equipment can purchased at any local electronics store. "Intercepting them [the surveillance signals] is simple as going down to a local Radio Shack," he told ABC. - Mitchell Tsai
The player wears an earpiece that is fed information from an accomplice sitting somewhere in the casino or outside of it. This person would have access to the casino's surveillance feed and would be watching the action on the table. They would then relay the best plays and bets to the player. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Arica School - Human potential movement group founded in 1968 by Bolivian-born philosopher Oscar Ichazo (born 1931).
The Arica School's origins began in 1956 when groups of people formed in major cities in South America to study the thoughts that Ichazo was proposing. For fourteen years these different groups studied his teachings. In 1968 Ichazo presented lectures on his theories of Protoanalysis and the ego-fixations at the Institute of Applied Psychology in Santiago, Chile. - Mitchell Tsai
Ichazo is considered by many to be the father of the Enneagram of Personality (usually just called the Enneagram) movement which uses an enneagram figure. - Mitchell Tsai
The popular use of the Enneagram of Personality (as contrasted with the use of enneagrams within the Arica School) began principally with Claudio Naranjo who had studied with Ichazo in Chile. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
The Nonsense of Austerity [James Livingston, PBS - 3/6/13] -
The Nonsense of Austerity [James Livingston, PBS - 3/6/13]
Mr. Papola clearly believes that your consumption of goods is justified only by your prior production of goods. ... Effort and reward -- work performed and income received -- are transparently aligned in this austere moral sequence, but, alas, it has nothing to do with the world as it exists. For no one can demonstrate an intelligible or morally justifiable relation between work performed and income received -- not since outputs started increasing without any measurable increase of inputs, around 1910. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
US Population growth since 1940 1.2%/year, but US Spending growth on Social Security since 1940 14%/year, Medicare since 1970 11%/year, Defense since 1940 7.4%/year. - Mitchell Tsai
[Picture] Annual Income share of the US Top 1% - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Wealth Inequality Is a Problem, but How Do You Even Begin to Solve It? [Derek Thompson, The Atlantic - 3/6/13] -
Wealth Inequality Is a Problem, but How Do You Even Begin to Solve It? [Derek Thompson, The Atlantic - 3/6/13]
Europe in on a rampage against sky-scraping compensation packages. Months after France announced a new confiscatory top tax rate, the EU recently capped banker bonuses at twice their salary. This weekend, Switzerland voted to put historic restrictions on corporate pay. Two-thirds of a national referendum (in one of the finance capitals of the world!) voted to give shareholders the right to slash their executives' compensation and banned "golden parachutes" for outgoing executives. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
Whink 01281 Rust Stain Remover - for serious toilet & bathroom stains [Amazon.] -
Whink 01281 Rust Stain Remover - for serious toilet & bathroom stains [Amazon.]
Couldn't find it at the local Home Depot. Seems like you have to order this on-line now. Recommended to me 15 years ago by a fantastic landlord who used it to clean apartments left in disaster-area shape by poor tenants. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking [Eric Lichtblau, New York Times - 3/1/13] -
The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking [Eric Lichtblau, New York Times - 3/1/13]
When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
The numbers astound: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers. - Mitchell Tsai
can't really get my head around this :( - MiniMage
It's like the 25-40 million people Chairman Mao killed in China. Staggering. ... On the positive incredible side, 140 million babies are born every year! (400,000/day. 16,000/hour). - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
How a Family of Four Manages to Live Well on Just $14,000 Per Year [Mandi Woodruff, Yahoo! Finance - 2/26/13] -
How a Family of Four Manages to Live Well on Just $14,000 Per Year [Mandi Woodruff, Yahoo! Finance - 2/26/13]
Wagasky, 28, lives with her her husband, Jason, 31, and their two young children in a three-bedroom family home in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Jason, a member of the U.S. Army, completes his undergraduate studies, the family's only source of income is the $14,000 annual cost of living allowance he receives under the G.I. Bill. Despite all odds, the family has barely any credit card debt, no car payment, and no mortgage. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Wagasky has been sharing her journey to living meaningfully and frugally on her blog, Blissful and Domestic, since 2009. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Hawaii Flights from $245 R/T on Sale Through Monday [Smarter Travel - 2/21/13] -
I didn't think it possible but Hawaiian Airlines' Honolulu and Kahului flights are even cheaper than last week—and by as much as 45 percent! Round-trip rates start at $245 (Kahului flights from Oakland and San Jose), but the deepest discounts can be found on the Honolulu routes from Phoenix (the aforementioned 45 percent) and from San Diego (33 percent) since last week. Prices on all routes went down except for Las Vegas/Honolulu's, which only hiked 6 percent. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age [Lydia Polgreen, New York Times - 2/3/13] -
As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age [Lydia Polgreen, New York Times - 2/3/13]
In modern times Timbuktu has become a synonym for a remote place. But the city thrived for centuries at the crossroads of the region’s two great highways: the caravan route across the Sahara passed right by its narrow warren of streets, bringing salt, spices and cloth from the north, and the Niger River brought gold and slaves from West Africa. - Mitchell Tsai
Traders brought books, and the city’s scribes earned their living by copying them out by hand. These manuscripts cover a vast range of human knowledge — Islamic philosophy and law, of course, but medicine, botany and astronomy as well. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
For Middle Managers, Integrity May Not Count for Much - At Work - [Melissa Korn, Wall Street Journal - 1/29/13] -
For Middle Managers, Integrity May Not Count for Much - At Work - [Melissa Korn, Wall Street Journal - 1/29/13]
C-suite leaders who demonstrate integrity also are the ones who perform particularly well, but a few rungs down the corporate ladder, a staffer’s level of integrity has little correlation with performance. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
While integrity topped the list for high-level executives, for middle managers it came behind social intelligence as a predictor of good performance. - Mitchell Tsai
That’s likely because middle managers spend more time navigating both subordinates and their own bosses, and so need to be particularly adept at reading social cues and managing office politics — even more than they need to pay attention to their perceived ethical acumen. That could signal risks for companies where middle managers are moving up the ranks.. Since integrity has little... more... - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
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Mitchell Tsai
Harvard And Yale Now Less Costly Than Public California Universities [Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post - 3/5/12] -
Harvard And Yale Now Less Costly Than Public California Universities [Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post - 3/5/12]
That's sickening. UC and Cal State systems need a major overhaul. - Spidra Webster
California budgets are a mess. When I was at UCLA in 1990s, tuitions tripled ($1,500/yr -> $4,500/yr) for in-state people because CA lost $10-20 billion. In the 2000s, tuitions again jumped massively. - Mitchell Tsai Students at California public universities could see their tuition and fees increase by 81 percent over the next four years, bringing in-state tuition to over $22,000 a year. - Mitchell Tsai
I was lucky to go to UC in the '80s. But even then I thought there were real problems. The system seems to use undergraduates as mere grist for a research mill. Research is important but the direction of a lot of what UC does is directed by for-profit businesses. They get the spoils, the taxpayer gets the bill, and the children of the taxpayers of California who the universities are for... more... - Spidra Webster
UCLA 2012 Tuition, Room & Board, Fees is $31,902 (in-state), $54,780 (out-of-state). See picture at $1,680 (1990 in-state tuition, I remember $500/quarter=$1,500) --> $12,686 (2012 in-state tuition) - Mitchell Tsai
i misread "Regents" as "Regrets". too bad i got it wrong. - Big Joe Silence
Illinois in-state tuition is only about $10k or so. Of course that means that those schools are accepting more out of state students than they used to, for 2.5X the tuition revenue. - Tinfoil 2.0
College costs have been rising crazily. In 1947, Harvard Tuition was $400 ($4,000 in 2012 dollars). ...and back then 1/2 the people who applied were admitted (now it's 1 out of 16). Once upon a time (pre-1930s), everyone who applied to Harvard who met their minimum standards was accepted. There was no class size maximum. - Mitchell Tsai
The Mercury News article referenced has a lot more interesting info: - Brian Johns
Saw a recent article where Harvard's average student pays ~$10,000. In the 1990s, friends would register for Cal State for 1-2 years, get in-state residency, and then transfer to UCLA ($1,500/yr for undergrad, grad, or medical school. I think Law & Business were more.) Back then many transfer students thought a $20,000/yr out-of-state UCLA tuition was too expensive. - Mitchell Tsai
See this UC Budget article. 74% of the $20.1 billion 2009-10 budget is non-instruction-related. IMO university expenses are high due to status wars with other universities. It's like the federal government's Social Security, Medicare, and War problems (Those three aspects are consuming soooo much of our government budget now). - Mitchell Tsai
...blast from the past... The Master Plan noted that “expenditures for higher education have more than tripled during the decade 1948-49 through 1957-58,” and its authors were concerned about the public cost of a high-quality higher education system. .. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
University of California Budget News » UC budget myths & facts [Read between the lines - (1) This diagram is inflation-adjusted (2) There is no similar diagram of budget changes between 1990 & 2010] -
University of California Budget News » UC budget myths & facts [Read between the lines - (1) This diagram is inflation-adjusted (2) There is no similar diagram of budget changes between 1990 & 2010]
Expenses are a mess due to (1) rise in university expenses due to status wars with other universities (2) drop in state funding. UC Budget was $20.1 billion in 2009-10. The state’s per-student funding for UC education has fallen 54 percent since 1990. In 1990, the state contributed $16,430 per student, or 78 percent of the total cost of education. By 2009-10, that figure had fallen to $7,570 per student, or 48 percent of the total cost. (Figures for both years are inflation adjusted). - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
But only 26% of the $20.1 billion budget is tied to the university’s basic instructional program and the activities that support it. That “core funds” budget, which is currently about 26 percent of the university’s total budget, comes from three sources: state funds (50 percent), student fees (38 percent), and UC general funds (12 percent). - Mitchell Tsai
See "Harvard And Yale Now Less Costly Than Public California Universities" [Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post - 3/5/12] - Mitchell Tsai
UC 2011-2012 budget is $22.1 billion, of which students are paying $2.97 billion in tuition/fees - Mitchell Tsai
Fun 52 page report ...blast from the past... The Master Plan noted that “expenditures for higher education have more than tripled during the decade 1948-49 through 1957-58,” and its authors were concerned about the public cost of a high-quality higher education system. ... Expenditures on research in California public higher education had more than tripled between 1948-49 and 1957-58 (from about $14.2 million to $50.5 million). - Mitchell Tsai
Stanford University’s entire research budget for 1935, funded wholly by the President’s office, was $5,000. Research budgets multiplied tenfold in subsequent years, and then multiplied tenfold again - Mitchell Tsai
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