At first glance, it looks like gun deaths are on the decline in Florida. But a closer look shows that the y-axis is upside-down, with zero at the top and the maximum value at the bottom. As gun deaths increase, the line slopes downward, violating a well established convention that y-values increase as we move up the page. (via How to Lie With Data Visualization)

At first glance, it looks like gun deaths are on the decline in Florida. But a closer look shows that the y-axis is upside-down, with zero at the top and the maximum value at the bottom. As gun deaths increase, the line slopes downward, violating a well established convention that y-values increase as we move up the page. (via How to Lie With Data Visualization)

Just checked in for my flight tomorrow. One errant click and….

Just checked in for my flight tomorrow. One errant click and….

The answer, I think, is that most people on Wall Street are primarily motivated to make money, but a few people are primarily motivated by an intense desire to figure stuff out.

If you are primarily motivated to make money, you just need to get as much information as you need to do your job. You don’t have time for deep dives into abstract matters. You certainly don’t want to let people know how confused you are by something, or how shallow your knowledge is in certain areas. You want to project an image of mastery and omniscience.

On Wall Street, as in some other areas of the modern economy that I could mention, this attitude leads to a culture of knowingness. People learn to bluff their way through, day to day. Executives don’t really understand the complex things going on in their own companies. Traders don’t understand how their technological tools really work. Programmers may know their little piece of code, but they don’t have a broader knowledge of what their work is being used for.

These people are content to possess information, but they don’t seek knowledge. Information is what you need to make money short term. Knowledge is the deeper understanding of how things work. It’s obtained only by long and inefficient study. It’s gained by those who set aside the profit motive and instead possess an intrinsic desire just to know.

The Moral Power of Curiosity - NYTimes.com

(via Jon Stewart Demolishes Sean Hannity’s Insane Spring Break Coverage)

“Music was always my first love, but back in those days I didn’t know it was possible to make a living out of being a DJ," recalls Tiesto, who reckons that he probably would have become a chef had he not been able to earn his crust on the club turntables. "I love cooking," he laughs, "it must be because of the mixing element.”

Tiesto in his element at Highland Centre - The Scotsman

Avatar Trance Music Video (Cosmic Gate RMX of “I See You”) (

(Source: vimeo.com)

Best comment I’ve seen in a while.

Best comment I’ve seen in a while.

(Source: reddit.com)

Why isn’t this an option everywhere?

Why isn’t this an option everywhere?

“WASHINGTON—Saying they had awaited this day for decades, activists across the country celebrated yesterday following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to grant full and universal suffrage to American currency.”

U.S. Currency Finally Achieves Universal Suffrage | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Well played.

Daft Punk Alive 2007 One More Time / Aerodynamic
The crowd’s response from 2:22 to 2:30 is amazing. It gives me goosebumps every time.

(Source: youtube.com)

“The Wazir tribes are divided into sub-tribes governed by male village elders who meet in a tribal jirga. Socially and religiously, Waziristan is an extremely conservative area. Women are carefully guarded, and every household must be headed by a male figure.”

Waziristan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I’m starting to think we should replace the word “conservative,” with backwards.

“Rushin is married to college basketball analyst and former basketball player Rebecca Lobo. In S.I., Rushin had written how he had slept with 10,000 women one night. He was referring to a WNBA game he watched and subsequently fell asleep. Rushin later recalled how Lobo confronted him in a Manhattan bar after reading that story. “She asked if I was the scribe who once mocked, in Sports Illustrated, women’s professional basketball,” he wrote. “Reluctantly, I said that I was. She asked how many games I’d actually attended. I hung my head and said, “None.” And so Rebecca Lobo invited me to watch her team, the New York Liberty, play at Madison Square Garden. We both reeked of secondhand Camels. (And, quite possibly, of secondhand camels: It was that kind of a dive.) But my insult had been forgiven. It was—for me, anyway—love at first slight.” He added: “She had the longest legs, the whitest teeth, the best-sown cornrows I had ever seen, and I imagined us to have much in common. I ate Frosted Flakes right out of the box, and she was on boxes of Frosted Flakes. I am ludicrous, and she was name-dropped in a rap by Ludacris. We were, I thought, made for each other.””

Steve Rushin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
No idea how I arrived at this point in my wikipedia wormhole, but I thought this was gold.

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “We’ve always done it this way.””

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (via thenelsontwins)

When you read these résumés, you have two thoughts. First, this applicant is awesome. Second, there’s something completely flavorless here. This person has followed the cookie-cutter formula for what it means to be successful and you actually have no clue what the person is really like except for a high talent for social conformity. Either they have no desire to chart out an original life course or lack the courage to do so. Shy away from such people.

Bias hiring decisions toward dualists. The people you want to hire should have achieved some measure of conventional success, but they should have also engaged in some desperate lark that made no sense from a career or social status perspective. Maybe a person left a successful banking job to rescue the family dry-cleaning business in Akron. Maybe another had great grades at a fancy East Coast prep school but went off to a Christian college because she wanted a place to explore her values. These peoples have done at least one Deeply Unfashionable Thing. Such people have intrinsic motivation, native curiosity and social courage.

The Employer’s Creed - NYTimes.com
Spot on.

god-gave-us-rocknroll:

I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.
- Eddie Vedder

god-gave-us-rocknroll:

I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.

- Eddie Vedder

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Based off of themes by David & Autumn & a Huge thanks to Katie