huffingtonpost:

This ‘Dumbo’ octopus proves deep sea creatures aren’t always creepy.

See the adorable create elegantly swim through the ocean here. 

earth-song:

The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis, lit. “vampire squid from Hell”) is a small, deep-sea cephalopod found throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world. Unique retractile sensory filaments justify the vampire squid’s placement in its own order:Vampyromorphida (formerly Vampyromorpha), which shares similarities with both squid and octopuses. As a phylogenetic relict it is the only known surviving member of its order, first described and originally classified as an octopus in 1903 by German teuthologist Carl Chun, but later assigned to a new order together with several extinct taxa[more]

braiker:


A bolt of lightning strikes the Eiffel Tower. Taken by amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik, a concert violinist. (From the Guardian)

braiker:

A bolt of lightning strikes the Eiffel Tower. Taken by amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik, a concert violinist. (From the Guardian)

sandboxworld:


 Staycation or vacation? An interesting passport holders percentage per capita study in 50 states. 4 out of 5 people in Mississippi are staycationers.
New Jersey boasts the highest percentage of passport holders (68%); Delaware (67%), Alaska (65%), Massachusetts (63%), New York (62%), and California (60%) are close behind.

sandboxworld:

 Staycation or vacation? An interesting passport holders percentage per capita study in 50 states. 4 out of 5 people in Mississippi are staycationers.

New Jersey boasts the highest percentage of passport holders (68%); Delaware (67%), Alaska (65%), Massachusetts (63%), New York (62%), and California (60%) are close behind.

underthemountainbunker:


Greg Sargent looks at a new Pew poll showing major contradictions in the American public’s opinion on government spending.  Half of the people think deficit reduction is a priority for economic recovery — until you get to specific programs. Given specific federal programs, more people favor spending increases or no reduction in spending:
Half the American public favors deficit reductions — but few support decreases in specific federal programs

underthemountainbunker:

Greg Sargent looks at a new Pew poll showing major contradictions in the American public’s opinion on government spending.  Half of the people think deficit reduction is a priority for economic recovery — until you get to specific programs. Given specific federal programs, more people favor spending increases or no reduction in spending:

Half the American public favors deficit reductions — but few support decreases in specific federal programs

My first syndicated article.

My first syndicated article.

New survey of Global Cities

Foreign Policy has a collection of articles today detailing an updated list of the world’s top Global Cities. This measure takes into account more than just a large population size; economic, regional influence, and cultural impact are all factors.

FP lists the top sixty-five of these cities, and some of the ranks are surprising, including the appearance of Chicago just outside the top five as well as the relatively low standings of Moscow, Beijing and Shanghai. The latter two especially stand out as a separate item today reports that China has surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in the world.

The top twenty-five are here:

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The summary of the study can be found here, and it’s a fascinating breakdown of the reasoning behind the rankings. For a portrait of the emerging urban culture in China and India and the staggering numbers involved, there’s a numerical breakdown here.

Best of all, there are some great photos of the city with a brief descriptive captions entitled Metropolis Now. For my money, I’ll choose the picture of Hong Kong.

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A Nice Ride Around Minneapolis

July 28th, 2010 at 9:13 am By Jeremy Dennison

imageMinnesota 2020 has spoken kindly of the Nice Ride bicycle program in Minneapolis. Across scores of stations, Twin Citians can rent a bicycle to ride to a destination and leave said bike at a Nice Ride rack close to his/her stop. According to my own anecdotal evidence, the program is exceedingly popular. I have noted nearly depleted docking stations at many corners, and the distinctive yellow-green bikes can often be seen breezing up and down the major corridors of Minneapolis. A look at the Nice Ride website touts its success: twenty five thousand trips in just forty days. It is of course fantastic news that so many Minnesotans are interested in using an alternate means of going about their business, and the numbers are certainly impressive, but I wanted to take the Nice Ride for a test drive and deliver a personal account…