The tower is so enormous that the air temperature at the top is up to 8 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) lower than at the base. If anyone ever hit upon the idea of opening a door at the top and a door at the bottom, as well as the airlocks in between, a storm would rush through the air-conditioned building that would destroy most everything in its wake, except perhaps the heavy marble tiles in the luxury apartments. The phenomenon is called the “chimney effect.”
A key function of sleep is to restore neurons in the brain, a process that is critical to learning and mastering new information, he said. If players practice a new play, then get a sound night of sleep, they will be 20 percent better at performing it, Czeisler said. But with insufficient sleep, he said, “you simply never get that improvement.”
This has been one of the most surprising tracks I’ve found of the year. The back story on Brother Ali is probably the surprising part (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Ali). Who would have known a chubby, white, blind, albino from Minneapolis had so much soul?
“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.”—George Lucas (via i-peach-feng-shui) (via minimalmac)
The event started in 1980, when local landlord Gordon Green overheard a discussion between two men in his pub, the Neuadd Arms. One man suggested that over a significant distance across country, man was equal to any horse. Green decided that the challenge should be tested in full public view, and organised the first event.
Ever wonder how a director pitches a music video? This music video director posts his treatments for his works, and includes some rejected ones. The most fun are the ones that got produced, since you can match the pitch to the final result. Very fun!
“In its three short months of existence, The Jay Leno Show has had enough product mentions to top Nielsen’s list for “product placement activity” in 2009. With 1,015 mentions, Leno beat out the WWE Monday Night Raw and its 787 mentions and The Biggest Loser and its 704 mentions.”—Jay Leno Tops Product Placement Rankings — Vulture
“So what really scares me? It’s the rise of fast food content that will surely, over time, destroy the mom and pop operations that hand craft their content today. It’s the rise of cheap, disposable content on a mass scale, force fed to us by the portals and search engines.”— The End Of Hand Crafted Content
“For six years, Berger played different versions of the same rock songs to his students and asked them to say which ones they liked best. Each year, more students said that they liked what they heard from MP3s better than what came from CDs. To a new generation of iPod listeners, rock music is supposed to sound lo-fi. Good enough is now better than great.”—
“Used to be, we were innovators. We were leaders. We were builders. We were engineers. We were the best and brightest. We were the kind of guys who, if they were running the biggest mobile network in the U.S., would say it’s not enough to be the biggest, we also want to be the best, and once they got to be the best, they’d say, How can we get even better? What can we do to be the best in the whole fucking world? What can we do that would blow people’s fucking minds?”—
I love Fake Steve Jobs. This is one of the best posts he’s done.