Talking gender to Africa
International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misunderstood. It fosters inaction and lip service on the part of patriarchal African governments and civil servants. Gender has become the preserve of the educated elite. The voices of African women have been lost. [more inside]
- a site where Pinterest lovers can share the projects they've embarked on that didn't turn out quite how they hoped
. [more inside]
Boeing's largest, and ugliest, aircraft today is the 747 LCF
, better known as the DreamLifter. The primary job of the DreamLifter is delivering entire 787 fuselages for final assembly. Yesterday evening, one DreamLifter was supposed to land at Wichita, Kansas... [more inside]
The world's most extensive study of the drug trade has just been published in the medical journal BMJ Open, providing the first "global snapshot" of four decades of the war on drugs. To sum up their most important findings, the average purity of heroin and cocaine have increased, respectively, 60 percent and 11 percent between 1990 and 2007. Cannabis purity is up a whopping 161 percent over that same time. Not only are drugs way purer than ever, they're also way, way cheaper. Coke is on an 80 percent discount from 1990, heroin 81 percent, cannabis 86 percent. After a trillion dollars spent on the drug war, now is the greatest time in history to get high.
Is A Troll
(SLYT x2 Combo)
Economists and the theory of politics
- "why unions were often well worth any deadweight cost" [more inside]
Circa 2005, Steve Jobs was introducing a new feature to iTunes and he called them podcasts! Unfortunately, during the LIVE presentation Adam Curry was not happy with his Mac!!
shows Gordon Ramsay
helping restaurants make miraculous turnarounds. Ramsay helped relaunch
Austin, Texas's El Greco
, but the restaurant still ended up closing
. Some people are saying that Ramsay's interference
may have been the final nail in the coffin
for the restaurant
Australia's Qantas Airlines has been left red-faced after an ill-timed public relations campaign and Twitter competition backfired, drawing thousands of angry responses. The contest ran a day after talks with unions broke down, and after Qantas grounded its entire fleet in October.
Thousands of passengers were stranded worldwide after the firm halted flights in an attempt to end months of strike action by workers angered by the firm's restructuring plans.
The "Qantas Luxury" promotion, launched on 22 November, quickly tapped into customers' ire.
The Boston Globe's Bob Hohler gets to the bottom of the Red Sox's epic collapse:
Inside are tales of alienated potential MVP candidates, pitchers playing video games and eating take out chicken and biscuits instead of being in the dugout, and older players chasing statistical glory.
BBC News asks independent trader Alessio Rastani "what would keep investors happy, make them feel more confident?
" and gets a surprisingly honest answer: "Personally, it doesn't matter. See, I'm a trader. I don't really care about that kind of stuff. If I see an opportunity to make money, I go with that. So, for most traders, we don't really care that much about how they're going to fix the economy, about how they're going to fix the whole situation; our job is to make money from it. And, personally, I've been dreaming of this moment for three years. I have a confession which is I go to bed every night and dream of another recession, I dream of another moment like this." [SLYT]
will take over the world. Waaah, quadrotors
will kill us all. Here's what your quadrotor
is really like. (Also here's
what your quadrotor is really like with Yakety Sax played over it.)
The Amarillo Sox
are an American Association (independent) baseball team in the panhandle of Texas. They recently commissioned a new mascot costume
. The results were unsatisfactory.
Tumblr has had a major security breach causing the web server to spit out source code containing passwords, database schema, and secret API keys. How did this happen? Probably editing the [live] file in vim, forgot it was in Replace mode, and tried to enter Insert mode by tapping i while at the beginning of the file
Ghost shift ghost chips.
A tale about a Chumby hardware developer with a keen investigative eye noticing some oddities about microSD FLASH cards from supposedly reputable suppliers.
was launched this week by these guys (worth the click for the rotating banner images)
as a URL shortening service. Their stated aim is "Making long URL's more... Conservative". It didn't take long for the pranksters to arrive
A software engineer blogs about the inept and insecure way
in which a bank asks customers to file a claim when they're the victim of fraudulent transactions. Dozens of customers chime in with similar experiences, over the course of months. The bank in question contributes nothing to the conversation, and the system remains both insecure and broken today
[that last link is probably blocked by your browser or operating system, but don't worry - the form on the page doesn't work anyway].
- A gallery of the world's Ugliest Tattoos. [via FAIL Blog]
Getting tired of fail
, and yet more fail
? SUCCEED Blog
chronicles that which is made of win. Leave your schadenfreude
at the door. [more inside]
"I leave with a heavy heart as part of the changes that have, in my humble opinion, destroyed the station that I helped to set up 29 years ago."
documents (mostly UK) radio bloopers and cock-ups.
In the light of the Microsoft/Sidekick data disaster
, it might be a good time to take a look at just what's happening with Microsoft's half billion dollar investment in Danger. Despite already having a mobile phone operating system (Windows Mobile) and an entire division (Zune) just itching to go head to head with Apple's iPhone. Microsoft decided to turn Danger into a skunkworks for "Project Pink
," named, apparently, after the pop star
Now, According to MobileCrunch
, the project is two years late, most of the team has left or been fired, Microsoft hasn't managed to create an app store, and the demoralized team is more enamored of their iPhones than their own product. [more inside]
T-Mobile and Microsoft/Danger probably lost all Sidekick users' data
. They continue to advise customers to NOT reset their device by removing the battery or letting their battery drain completely, as any personal content that currently resides on your device will be lost.
As George Carlin once said, "it is an infinitely more interesting news story for a team to repeatedly fail at the highest level than it is for them to finally win."
After ten years and over 1,500 episodes, last night's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (the US version) featured its very first Top Prize Loser
. Ken Basin, of Los Angeles, incorrectly guessed that LBJ
prefered Yoo-Hoo over Fresca, and walked away with $25,000 instead of $1,000,000. [more inside]
Recently, there have been a host of websites that delight in exposing the inanity and stupidity of our society. There is the granddaddy, Overheard in New York
, which recounts silly conversations heard in the Big Apple, as well as a host of similar
There are now a variety of such websites, dedicated to different aspects of our society. [more inside]
and Nigeria's oil company NNPC
are forming a joint venture. Hmmmm...what do you call such a thing? GazGeria? Nah, Nigeria should come first. How 'bout NIGAZ
? Perhaps unsurprisingly, some people have a problem with this
Claiming to have invented
a perpetual motion machine in 2006, Steorn Inc.
(previously on Metafilter here
a team of 22 international scientists and engineers
to "verify" their apparently impossible device. Last week the scientific jury announced
their results: “The unanimous verdict of the jury is that Steorn’s attempts to demonstrate the claim have not shown the production of energy,”
it stated. “The jury is therefore ceasing work.” [more inside]
The internet loves it when things go wrong, anything from photoshopping to cakes. And while your personal failure might turn out to provide enjoyment for others, Adam Savage tells about the importance and upsides of colossal failures
at Maker Faire. [more inside]
Marvel think that not enough of their readers are female. So they decided to hook them in
in a way that girls understand
A message from baby Emily.
Most popular baby names + Medicare advice + awful Elvis impersonation = EPIC FAIL. A single link video post from the Social Security Administration. You will laugh. Until you remember we (USians) paid for this. (via Andrew Sullivan)
You may want to skip the US DVD version of "Let the Right One In."
The Magnolia/Magnet release of the indie horror movie darling dumbs down the Swedish-to-English translation for the subtitles for the US DVD and Blu-ray versions. (via
John Hodgman: "Did I ever tell you people how much I hate the word 'meh'? Nothing announces 'I have missed the point' more than that word. It is the essence of blinkered Internet malcontentism. And a rejection of joy. By definition, it may mean disinterest (although simple silence would be a more damning and sincere response, in that case). But in use, it almost universally seems to signal: I am just interested enough to make one last joyless, nitpicky swipe and then disappear. It's part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship.
" (via Andy Baio)Andy Baio
: "Part of the problem is that 'FAIL' implies objective truth, when it's just your personal opinion. Tantek Çelik pointed out that, in LOLspeak, 'DO NOT WANT' would be more appropriate since it clearly conveys a personal opinion. [...]
I know many people who make stuff for the web, all of them very passionate about what they do. And every time I see a 'FAIL' assigned to their work, it makes me sad. Yes, I know you're trying to be funny. But I'm starting to see a trend away from the funny, and towards the angry, bitchy, or mean. So please, mind yer words." [more inside]
So you've decided that you're uneasy with Apple's virtual monopoly
on digital music. So you picked Microsoft's Zune. Hell, maybe you even got a tattoo
! You're bucking the trend, and you're satisfied with your purchase. It's not like Microsoft would make a faulty machine
, would they?
Well...Happy New Year