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October 5, 2010
Where Young College Grads are Finding Jobs. Government has been the main hirer of young college grads over the past year . And why not? Government jobs are safer, they pay well, and have better benefits than the private sector. The next biggest hirer of young college grads is the broad category entitled professional and technical services, which includes such industries as law, accounting, computer systems design, and management consulting. These industries as a whole have not been expanding, or expanding only slow–but they have been shifting towards better-educated workers.
Then comes the distressing category: Hotel and restaurants.
posted by storybored at 8:54 PM PST - 102 comments
Everything you ever wanted to know about lighthouses - The Lighthouse Directory
- "which provides information and links for more than 12,900 of the world's lighthouses."
posted by awfurby at 8:21 PM PST - 15 comments
What's it like when your aircraft is making an emergency landing? A bit disturbing to say the least. CNN suggests that, instead of the proscribed chant that the Attendants yell, Ze
might have a better idea. (previously)
posted by HuronBob at 7:38 PM PST - 23 comments
The short list for the 2010 Giller Prize, recognizing the best of Canadian fiction (short stories or novels), has been announced
posted by anothermug at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments
The Cornucopia Institute's Organic Egg Scorecard
ranks egg producers on a scale from 1 to 5 eggs,
using criteria like outdoor access, indoor space per bird, ownership structure, beak trimming and other factors
[pdf]. The scorecard is part of the Institute's new report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture
. The executive summary
[pdf] provides some political context.
"Whole Foods, Walmart, A&P, Costco, Meijer, Safeway, and Trader Joe's store-brand eggs all received the lowest possible rating in Cornucopia's study.
posted by mediareport at 5:11 PM PST - 69 comments
has a long history of trying to make Jewish observance fun for children, a tactic well-documented in a recent book
about the history of the movement. Comic strips played a major role, and for more than twenty-five years now, one of the most popular characters has been Shpy, a detective who solves crimes and resolves holiday mysteries. His arch-nemesis is Yetzer Hora
, and his assistants include Agent 613. Until now, the strip's author was unknown to the wider world. Turns out
, it's Al Jaffee of Mad Magazine.
posted by gabrielsamoza at 11:10 AM PST - 35 comments
Today marks the 67th anniversary
of the birth of the legendary musician Steve Miller
. Born to parents with a strong interest in music, he was surrounded from an early age by such notables as Les Paul, Mary Ford and T-Bone Walker. He grew into an accomplished musician and took strongly to the blues. Miller immersed himself in the Chicago blues scene of the 1960's, but after several years became disillusioned and left to find a different inspiration. [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie at 10:24 AM PST - 138 comments
When a Duke graduate documented her sexual hookups with a series of University baseball and lacrosse players during her time there, she thought only her close friends would see it. But the list, a PowerPoint presentation which includes names, pictures, and extremely detailed ratings of the men she had sex with, spread beyond that circle of friends and has since gone viral. A few days ago, it was posted to Jezebel
, both part of the Gawker Media. Deadspin initially failed to redact the names or pictures of those named within to protect their privacy, prompting an angry response
and leading others to speculate if this "privacy landmine
" will eventually lead to lawsuits
posted by zarq at 10:06 AM PST - 339 comments
was launched in early 2005 and is my way of combining my passions for design and food, as well as craft tidbits about Munich, the wonderful Bavarian town we live in, our occasional travel experiences, cookbook reviews and, to cut to the chase, all things delicious."
posted by nomadicink at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments
is the name given to a set of outakes from a 1987 instructional video presented by Jack Rebney. As Rebney swore, thumped and shouted his way through the virtues of said RV, the crew captured it all, and tapes circulated and eventually made him a YouTube hit. Ben Steinbauer went to find Jack
, to discover what he made of his online notoriety
, and eventually deliver him to his audience
to see whether they were what he expected. (If you;'re in the UK, you can watch the film here
.)( [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:44 AM PST - 38 comments
Albert Einstein once articulated what many scholars have felt in their own work:
The history of scientific and technical discovery teaches us the human race is poor in independent thinking and creative imagination. Even when the external and scientific requirements for the birth of an idea have long been there, it generally needs an external stimulus to make it actually happen; man has, so to speak, to stumble right up against the thing before the right idea comes.
The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University [html][pdf] [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 12:08 AM PST - 14 comments