World’s Toughest Job
World’s Toughest Job
A bottle of red made with data.
Finding the perfect wine used to mean going to a good wine store, discussing your future meal with a sales person and trying to remember the wine the next time you buy. Now all you have to do is go to a website, like that of Bordeaux-based fine wine merchant Millesima. With data, they can help any customer, anywhere in the world, select the right bottle, for the right meal, the right climate, time of year, you name it. Plus you don’t have to soak off the label to remember the name and vintage when you want to buy it again. Explore more stories →
A colleague of mine forwarded this video to our group at work, it’s very well done and I enjoyed the mix of science and the outdoors, centered on my adoptive state of New Hampshire.
Just reading this put me into the mood for the good ol’ days when I was learning C and later, when my first real programming job was in C. I really do miss it, although my brain has fully moved to object oriented languages.
Far from offering a nurturing embrace, the endometrium is a lethal testing-ground which only the toughest embryos survive. The longer the female can delay that placenta reaching her bloodstream, the longer she has to decide if she wants to dispose of this embryo without significant cost. The embryo, in contrast, wants to implant its placenta as quickly as possible, both to obtain access to its mother’s rich blood, and to increase her stake in its survival. For this reason, the endometrium got thicker and tougher – and the fetal placenta got correspondingly more aggressive.
it’s just the kind of effect natural selection is renowned for: odd, hackish solutions that work to solve proximate problems.
Amazing. Evolution at its finest or most bazaar?
Best-selling author and life-hacker Tim Ferriss pushes himself to the edge, deconstructing and decoding tough-to-master tasks — parkour, rally car racing, surfing, starting a new business — with master efficiency. In each episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment, Ferriss takes viewers through the tasks step-by-step, providing takeaways that people can translate into their own everyday lives.
There are a lot of opinions about Ferriss’s methodologies but I think he’s on to something with this show, based upon the first episode. It would be a really interesting experiment to practice a new skill each week (without the terror of public performances like Ferriss forces upon himself.)
This show looks fascinating by itself but I really like Jeff Hilimire’s take:
I hope TV continues to move in this direction. Between interesting ideas like this one, the Netflix House of Cards-style viewing, and Louis CK’s approach, I think we’re on the brink of a serious shift in “cable-less” TV. And its about time.
This is the type of content and distribution model that is a hybrid between traditional and internet broadcasting that, I believe, might mark the transition to the next phase of broadcasting.
It was a closely-fought contest, but Europe’s crucial telecoms package has passed through its first European Parliament vote, as have amendments that remove loopholes that would have clashed with the open internet.
Congratulations to our friends in the EU for protecting The Internet and standing up to special interest groups. Why can’t we manage to develop a spine in the US? I’m worried about internet connectivity in the future…
Very impressive visualization combined with intriguing data make for a compelling story.