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October 15, 2009

On online dating and racial preferences

“No One Wants To Date Me Because I’m Asian” - City Desk - Washington City Paper OKCupid continues releasing detailed stats about how Americans date. This time it's a bit sad. Turns out that most women online want to date white men, and asian men have a really hard time getting dates at all.
Among the findings: * Black women are by far the most likely to reply to a first message. But they do not feel the love back. “Black women reply the most, yet get by far the fewest replies. Essentially every race – including other blacks – singles them out for the cold shoulder,” OkCupid found. * White men get more responses – from almost every group. Despite their popularity – or because of it? – they are the worst responders, replying about 20 percent less often than non-white men. * White women prefer white men to the exclusion of everyone else, and Asian and Hispanic women prefer them even more exclusively. These three categories of women respond well only to white men. “More significantly,” OkCupid reports, “these groups’ reply rates to non-whites is terrible. Asian women write back non-white males at 21.9%, Hispanic women at 22.9%, and white women at 23.0%.” And, while white women have an “above-average compatibility” with almost every group, they reply well only to “guys who look like them.”

October 14, 2009

Inventor of web protocols apologizes for slashes

BBC NEWS | Technology | Berners-Lee 'sorry' for slashes
The forward slashes at the beginning of internet addresses have long annoyed net users and now the man behind them has apologised for using them. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has confessed that the // in a web address were actually "unnecessary". He told the Times newspaper that he could easily have designed URLs not to have the forward slashes. "There you go, it seemed like a good idea at the time," he said. He admitted that when he devised the web, almost 30 years ago, he had no idea that the forward slashes in every web address would cause "so much hassle".

Hybrid cars are too quiet, need fake car noises

Hybrid Cars May Include Fake Vroom for Safety - NYTimes.com
They have finally succeeded. Plug-in hybrid and electric cars, it turns out, not only reduce air pollution, they cut noise pollution as well with their whisper-quiet motors. But that has created a different problem. They aren’t noisy enough. So safety experts, worried that hybrids pose a threat if pedestrians, children and others can’t hear them approaching, want automakers to supply some digitally enhanced vroom. Indeed, just as cellphones have ring tones, “car tones” may not be far behind — an option for owners of electric vehicles to choose the sound their cars emit. Working with Hollywood special-effects wizards, some hybrid auto companies have started tinkering in sound studios, rather than machine shops, to customize engine noises. The Fisker Karma, an $87,900 plug-in hybrid expected to go on sale next year, will emit a sound — pumped out of speakers in the bumpers — that the company founder, Henrik Fisker, describes as “a cross between a starship and a Formula One car.”

October 12, 2009

Google Wave And The Dawn Of Passive-Aggressive Communication

Google Wave And The Dawn Of Passive-Aggressive Communication If anyone has a Wave invite, I'm intrigued.
I would consider email to be a passive form of communication. I don’t mean that you don’t respond to it, I mean that you don’t have to respond to it right away. Instant messaging is at the other end of the spectrum. If used correctly, it’s supposed to be an “aggressive” or “active” form of communication in which you respond immediately. Twitter is very passive because the use of it is such that people don’t even necessarily expect a response of any kind, even if they point a message at you. Facebook is a mixture of all of those things (more on that below). Google Wave is attempting to be a passive-agressive form of communication. You can actively (aggressively) engage in threads in real-time, or you can sit back and let messages come to you at your leisure (passively). Having used the product for a few months now, and after using it quite a bit more actively with my friends these past few days, I really think that Wave is onto something with this method of communication. I would argue that Google Wave’s new message alert system needs to be somewhat reworked or re-imagined, but I do think the desire to blend passive and aggressive methods of communicating is there.
*Thanks, Blaine!*

October 09, 2009

How to: Make Gnarly Halloween Burn Makeup

How to create a realistic burn using makeup

Settlers of Catan coming to the iPhone

iPhone's Catan - The First Island Should Be Live Soon - Settlers of Catan - Kotaku Goodbye, productivity.
The iPhone version of famously fun table top game Catan has been submitted to Apple for approval, the developers tell us. Catan - The First Island will be available soon for both the iPhone and iPod Touch, they say, though know word yet on pricing. The iPhone version of the game will support up to four players with a "hot-seat multiplayer mode." The game will also have an assortment of iPhone-controlled Catanians with a variety of strategies to play against.