Sacha Baron Cohen, civil rights scholar
“Baron Cohen made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Martin Luther King while doing research for his dissertation in Cambridge. Entitled ‘A Case of Mistaking Identities – the Jewish Black Alliance,’ the thesis examines the nature of cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities and suggests ways of how to improve relations in the current day. His professor describes it as a major work of importance on the civil rights movement and is suggested reading for history students in Cambridge.”
DropSend for sale, opens kimono
“How much profit does DropSend bring in each month? Revenue: $9,041.81 per month (and growing by 8.6% per month) Costs: $2,100 per month (Servers at + maintenance) Profit: $6,941.81 per month.”
BusinessWeek: Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet
“Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online store. In the process, Bezos aims to transform Amazon into a kind of 21st century digital utility. It’s as if Wal-Mart had decided to turn itself inside out, offering its industry-leading supply chain and logistics systems to any and all outsiders, even rival retailers. Except Amazon is starting to rent out just about everything it uses to run its own business, from rack space in its 10 million square feet of warehouses worldwide to spare computing capacity on its thousands of servers, data storage on its disk drives, and even some of the millions of lines of software code it has written to coordinate all that.”
Internet Addiction Test
“How do you know if you’re already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? The Internet Addiction Test is the first validated and reliable measure of addictive use of the Internet.” [tx wax]
The influence of Rube Goldberg
“A Rube Goldberg machine, according to Webster’s, is ‘a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation’ — for example, to unfold a napkin…You can find Goldbergiana, Goldberg-style inventions and feel his influence in a lot of places…”
9rules: “Toyota Loves 9rules So Much, They Used Our Leaf”
“The Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky must really think 9rules is something nifty, because for their ‘In the Interest of Women’ conference (website/logo here) they took a 9rules leaf, flipped it horizontally and turned it green to celebrate their love!”
The “In the Air Tonight” scene from the Miami Vice pilot

Bill Simmons writes, “Two great things about this one: First, it still holds up — even now — and ‘Vice’ is about as dated as it gets. Second, up until that point, there had never been anything on TV even remotely resembling that scene. Remember, this was the same era when A) they were still freezing people’s faces mid-laugh during the opening credits of any sitcom; and B) nobody realized that you could use music to accentuate dramatic TV scenes.”