Why does it bother people that celebrity offspring don't go to college?

I was thinking about it because it comes up frequently when talking about people like the Kardashians and here with Gigi Hadid. There is this dilemma around whether they should be encouraged to go to school or not, with some people wishing they would be and others seeing it as not important for the sake of their… » 1/24/15 5:49pm Yesterday 5:49pm

I failed to roundup: The self-flagellation begins

OMG. I forget yesterday's roundup. It's all so ironic that it comes on 90s self-help week (ARGH). There are the things I need to do or know. GOD I FORGET AND PROCRASTINATE SO MUCH. You guys did such a great job and I failed. Here is my self-flagellation roundup representing my failure. » 1/23/15 3:45pm Friday 3:45pm

Language Family Tree

This is a very neat pictorial representation by Minna Sundberg of Indo-European Language. I took Hungarian and yes, it's interesting to see how linguistically different it really was than other European languages, being in the Finno-Ugric family (but sharing about 100 words with Finnish). Look at more of her pictures… » 1/23/15 11:55am Friday 11:55am

Microsoft Hololens

Hey! Guys! I heard about this for the first time on the radio and unlike google glass, which just seemed like an explosion of douchiness, this seemed sort of awesome. Have you heard? The writer of Wired was on the radio describing her experience, saying that when she had to fix a light switch, she was skyped through… » 1/22/15 6:59pm Thursday 6:59pm

Librarying it: Part II, Revenge of the Stacks

I had fun with Librarying it: Part I and want to do it again. So, I challenge you to photograph and show us your best finds! I will be posting your finds next Thursday (and remind you before then). Our theme will be design, so do what you will with that. Btw, remember card catalogs? Does anyone miss that? I do, a bit.… » 1/22/15 4:59pm Thursday 4:59pm

Guardian Witness Pictures

One of my favorite online features is that the Guardian Witness Blog, where they post user generated content, has a photo contest. They tell people a theme (AND YOU KNOW I LOVE A GOOD THEME) and then the readers provide pictures. They've had some really good ones—Bitter was a favorite of mine. This week it's Weather,… » 1/22/15 1:05pm Thursday 1:05pm

Which one of these outfits cost more? A Quiz

I'm a genius! I did pretty well, though many were at comparable costs.Also costs of some twee fashion that is pricy is stupid. If you are going to spend hundreds of dollars, buy something classically Chanel or dozens of boots from timberland (I love me some Timberland boots) or something like that. Or give me your… » 1/22/15 12:55pm Thursday 12:55pm

Dynamic Self Portrait and other works of TS Abe

Too tired to do self improvement but wanted to share the wonderful graphite work of UK Artist, T.S. Abe, including the above animated gif which she created. She works in graphite, doing portraits and studies of fashion and jewelry, among other intricate designs. Enjoy more of her work at her website. » 1/21/15 7:19pm Wednesday 7:19pm

Improving your internetting: An Open Thread

I was thinking about us sharing new links of websites that we have been enjoying lately and I was reading about this book of Graphic Cosmology from Brain Pickings, which is a new website that I enjoy perusing. » 1/19/15 10:20pm Monday 10:20pm

Morning Larks, Night Owls and the Quest for a Good Night's Sleep

The quest for a good night's sleep is something that dogs many of us. I know for me, I've spent a lot of my life struggling around sleep issues for a variety of reasons that I think are relatively common. I break them into three distinct categories: 1. I am definitely a night owl in a world built for morning larks. 2.… » 1/19/15 4:28pm Monday 4:28pm