New York Women Seeking Men in the Suburbs: reportedly, the dating scene in New York City is so competitive that women are "increasingly flocking to upscale suburban communities in hopes of finding a mate."
Some of the city's most eligible bachelorettes told the Post the trend developed when they grew fed up with immature city men who aren't willing to commit. Instead, the women would rather hop on the commuter train to Westchester County, Greenwich, Conn., Nassau County and New Jersey hot spots that are now teeming with available mates.
High-end matchmakers said it's a matter of time before heading to the suburbs is no longer considered a trend -- and becomes the norm. "I don't see it going away," said Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger. "The men are not in the city; they're buying houses in a down economy. If you want to get married, you have to go to where the men are. You have to think: location, location, location."
"If you own a software patent, you should feel bad." Minecraft's Creator Notch has this interesting post on software patents where he explains the difference between copyrighting a product and copyrighting what is essentially an idea.
[...] there is no way in hell you can convince me that it's beneficial for society to not share ideas. Ideas are free. They improve on old things, make them better, and this results in all of society being better. Sharing ideas is how we improve.
A common argument for patents is that inventors won't invent unless they can protect their ideas. The problem with this argument is that patents apply even if the infringer came up with the idea independently. If the idea is that easy to think of, why do we need to reward the person who happened to be first?
Generation Sell: William Deresiewicz of The New York Times looks at our current generation of hipsters and asks: "what's underneath? What idea of life? What stance with respect to the world?"
25% of Germany's Electric Production is From Renewable Sources: proving that it can be done, Germany's electric output from renewable sources has incresed by 19.5% and has generated a whopping 67.9 billion kilowatt hours of energy in the first half of 2012.
[...] what's the affect of today's youth culture? Not just the hipsters, but the Millennial Generation as a whole, people born between the late '70s and the mid-'90s, more or less -- of whom the hipsters are a lot more representative than most of them care to admit. The thing that strikes me most about them is how nice they are: polite, pleasant, moderate, earnest, friendly. Rock 'n' rollers once were snarling rebels or chest-beating egomaniacs. Now the presentation is low-key, self-deprecating, post-ironic, eco-friendly. When Vampire Weekend appeared on "The Colbert Report" last year to plug their album "Contra," the host asked them, in view of the title, what they were against. "Closed-mindedness," they said.
According to one of my students at Yale, where I taught English in the last decade, a colleague of mine would tell his students that they belonged to a "post-emotional" generation. No anger, no edge, no ego.
Car-Pooling Made Easy by Apps: according to Mickey Meece of The New York Times, smartphones combined with apps specifically designed for car-pooling, may actually make sharing a ride that much easier.
Ride-sharing and car-pooling, it seems, are having a moment in the United States after many fits and starts.
"It's been a tough sell in the U.S. for a long time," said David Burwell, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "A lot is due to not only the fact that people have different places they want to go, but also safety and other concerns about going into a car with strangers."
What is different now, Mr. Burwell said, is the advancement of digital technology and social networking, "which removed a significant amount of barriers."
To that end, eRideShare, which was started in 1999, is testing a mobile app this week for iPhone and Android phones. "I see a lot of new entrants this year" as well as new technology, said its founder, Steven Schoeffler. "I think it will be a very interesting time for ride-sharing."
A Party Game for Horrible People: You may have heard by now of the Cards Against Humanity, a game that describes itself as a "party game for horrible people." As they explain:
The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. [...]
We first created Cards Against Humanity for a New Years party with a huge group of awkward friends. The game was a big hit, and we've been working on it ever since.
Their goal now is to make the game, which they provided as a free download, as a beautiful boxed set you can buy. But, asks Kikcstarter's Diana Kimball in this case study, would they be able to pull it off?