Archive for June 3rd, 2011
The iPad has “truly become the fourth screen,” says Daniel Heaf, Digital Director of the BBC Worldwide, in this interview with Beet.TV.
He says that session time on the device matches the time spent with traditional media such as periodicals and television.
He says the BBC has had over 10 million apps downloaded worldwide for the iPad and other devices.
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In 1982, I was a failing remedial math teacher. Fifty-nine unruly students confronted me at the Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, at the time one of New York City’s high-crime areas. For that large number, there were only 42 chairs and 39 textbooks. Some stood at the back of the room.
Over weeks, the class went from unruly to worse.
Sometimes, they locked me out of the classroom (continue reading…)
Witnessing the uprisings in the Middle East reminded me of the need to hold all governments accountable, and listening to the commencement speech at Middlebury College last month reinforced the importance of serving a cause greater than oneself. In America, one logical way to achieve these ends would be for people my age to enter public service after graduation, but the choice is not an easy one.
The moral argument for committing to public service has long been compelling. Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy inspired a generation to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” President Obama has used his own exceptional oratory skills to make similar calls to my generation (continue reading…)
BarthSinger/songwriter and guitarist Barth grew up in Rouen, France. At the age of 10, he took to guitar. Barth studied anthropology in Paris and worked with the elderly before diving into film and TV composition in the early aughts. He released his home-recorded debut album in 2002; his fourth collection is coming down the pike (continue reading…)
TGIF everyone, here’s my Top 5 for June 3, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
The Dallas Mavericks have evened the NBA Finals at one game apiece, after their thrilling 95-93 comeback win in Miami.
Suddenly there’s some optimism that both sides are working on a deal to end the NFL lockout.
Star of the night, Aubrey Huff of the Giants. He hit three homers and had six RBIs in the Giants 12-7 win over St. Louis.
Li Na of China will face defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the French Open women’s final (continue reading…)
At 100 years old, Ruth knows the secret to living a long, beautiful life. She lifts weights, does her exercises and practices Pilates at least once a week (an activity she started 8 years ago). When I came to visit Ruth in her lovely apartment, the first thing she told me was to excuse the mess, but she had been doing stretches on her mat before I arrived. I asked Ruth about her life and style secrets and the key to staying vital and youthful at an older age (continue reading…)
Former US presidential hopeful John Edwards has been formally charged over alleged campaign funding violations linked to the cover-up of an affair.
The indictment was issued by a grand jury in the state of North Carolina.
The allegations concern cash from two donors that he allegedly used to shelter campaign worker Rielle Hunter, with whom he fathered a child.
Mr Edwards, 57, a former senator from North Carolina, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 (continue reading…)
As upsetting as almost all the information contained in The Last Mountain is, it’s not nearly as disheartening as the attitudes of the just-plain-folks who stick stubbornly to the idea that opposition to mining coal amounts to environmental extremism.
Because, of course, wanting a clean environment and a life not threatened by poisonous pollution is such a radical idea.
Bill Haney’s film, a documentary that looks at the impending flattening of the final mountain in a West Virginia area of Appalachia, is stark in its facts and unapologetic about its viewpoint. The filmmaker and his witnesses are very clear: Coal is killing the planet. And the economic forces surrounding coal have stacked the deck against making changes that could save this community in particular and the world in general.
The bottom line is, as always, the bottom line. The millions and billions behind coal, electric utilities and the rail companies have too much at stake to worry about something as inconsequential (and unprofitable) as not despoiling the planet.
The facts are horrifying (continue reading…)
Aspen, CO — MIT scientist Daniel G. Nocera did a fabulous job of explaining not just the science but also the underlying strategy behind his successful search for an artificial leaf, one that will enable cheaper and more-effective use of the sun to create useful power for humans.
I’ll get to a quick once-over on the science in a moment, but what was most revealing about Nocera’s talk was the deployment strategy he has linked to his basic science. The goal is to develop the cheapest possible off-grid energy for places like India and Africa, not to create the most advanced gee-whiz toy for use in Europe and the U.S.
To that end, Nocera has partnered with India’s Tata Group, whose deep commitment to renewable village electrification is combined with huge engineering resources and talent. Tata owns fuel-cell technology, has a solar-manufacturing company in partnership with BP, is one of India’s major providers of grid electricity, and also owns thousands of off-grid cell phone towers that need renewable energy (continue reading…)
The May jobs report is a disaster — the weakest reading since September. Non-farm payrolls grew only 54,000 last month, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private employment rose only 83,000 — the smallest growth since last June. Government payrolls dropped 29,000.
The overall jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent.
Together with plummeting housing prices, falling wages for non-supervisory workers, a paltry 1.8 percent growth in the first quarter, and a precipitous drop in consumer confidence, the picture should be clear to anyone able to see clearly.
The recovery has stalled.
We’re not in a double-dip yet, but the odds are increasing.
The question is whether all this will wake up Washington, and stop the monumental distraction of the games being played over the debt ceiling and long-term budget deficit (continue reading…)
For the first 27 years of my life, I didn’t step into the kitchen until the food was on the dining table. Mom took care of all the cooking. The kitchen was a complete and total mystery for me. The only thing I felt comfortable doing in the kitchen was making toast, putting my cereal together and boiling water (continue reading…)
As Mitt Romney enters the Republican presidential race this week, there will be plenty of attention on his shifting political views. But Romney’s changing positions are not just the tragicomic tale of a man so desperate for the presidency he’ll say anything to get there: they’re also a valuable measure of what it takes to make it in the modern GOP.
Romney’s many breathtaking U-turns — on universal health care, on gay rights, on abortion rights — have been extensively documented and parsed, and have become a reliable punchline. The former governor’s willingness to adopt the position that he thinks will get him the most votes in whatever election he happens to be running in does speak to his own character. But Romney’s ease at shifting also makes him a perfect weathervane for measuring the audiences he is trying to appeal to (continue reading…)
The second part of Cooking for Solutions (see part 1) involved cooking, and lots of it! On Saturday night, 2,500 people paid $150 per person to roam about the aquarium and drink wine and eat small dishes to their hearts’ and stomachs’ content. More than 70 chefs and 60 wineries participated, and although I tried very hard to eat one of everything, I stopped at around 30 or maybe 40. All the participating chefs and wineries are committed to sustainable and organic food. It was absolutely fabulous, and worth a mini-vacation if you like that sort of thing.
The celebrity chefs included people like Alton Brown, Carla Hall, Nathan Lyon, Charles Phan, P (continue reading…)
Jack Kevorkian, the man known as "Dr Death", for helping the terminally ill end their lives, has died in the US aged of 83, his lawyer has said.
Mayer Morganroth told the Associated Press news agency Kevorkian died on Friday at Michigan's Beaumont Hospital.
Kevorkian died after a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart, the Detroit Free Press reported.
He was believed to have assisted in 130 suicides and was released from prison in 2007, after serving eight years.
Kevorkian had been in hospital since last month with pneumonia and kidney problems, said Mr Morganroth, who was also a friend of Kevorkian's.
He added that hospital staff played recordings of classical music for Kevorkian before he died (continue reading…)
You have a right to feel safe in the work environment without being harassed by a colleague. You need to talk to your supervisor both to obtain support and to determine the best way to handle this situation. (It sounds like your supervisor may already be aware of this problem, to some extent.) Someone in authority (perhaps the supervisor, someone from human resources, or both) needs to tell this guy clearly that he is making you uncomfortable and such behavior is unacceptable in the workplace.
If he approaches you, be firm and direct but remain calm. Tell him that he is disrupting your work and making you feel uncomfortable, and that you want your relationship to remain professional and work-related only (continue reading…)
You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a loud mouth. I mean, my blog is called “The Life Out Loud.” My mom (lovingly) says, “You started talking when you were 16 months old, and you never stopped.”
But I’ve found with age and (ahem) wisdom, that even — especially — when living the Life Out Loud, it’s critical sometimes to shut the f*ck up.
Think meditation is only for those “spiritual types”? The kind of people who chant “Hare Krishna” as they dance about in their orange robes? So did I.
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I continue to be humbled by the profound personal impact that broadband has had on my life. I have written about our 13-year-old son, who is suffering from a chronic nerve injury in his foot. He has missed most of the sixth and seventh grades, but messages of prayer and support from friends on Facebook have renewed our faith and given us the strength we need as parents to help our boy beat this and return to being a normal kid.
Less than two weeks ago, a dear friend was thrown from a horse during a riding event and suffered a serious brain stem injury (continue reading…)
It was impossible to miss the white sign that hung over the wall of Saint Mary’s high school lacrosse field yesterday. The thing was as tall as our two-story house with letters as big as construction cranes. With just one word: “Prom?” On the hill behind it stood an adorable high-school junior with red roses. It would have been a perfect scene right out of a Jennifer Aniston movie — had she said yes (continue reading…)
It was a typical sunny day on the island of Crete, Greece. Just on the outskirts of the small village of Thronos (), a father, Lambros, and his young son, Andreas, stop to admire the breathtaking view. Before them lay the majestic peak of Crete’s tallest mountain, Mt. Psiloritis ( or “high mountain”), and below lay the vast Amari () Valley (continue reading…)
US employment growth registered a surprise sharp slowdown in May, with only 54,000 net new jobs added.
Markets had expected a rise of 150,000. It follows a downwardly revised but still rapid 232,000 increase in April.
Despite the slowdown, it was the eighth month in a row of positive employment growth, according to data from the US Labor Department (continue reading…)
Jane Lynch, the actress who picked up a Primetime Emmy playing cheer-leading coach Sue Sylvester in Glee last year – will host the 2011 awards.
Lynch, 50, said she was "tickled pink" to be fronting the live Los Angeles ceremony on 18 September.
"I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit," she said in a statement (continue reading…)
If it seems like people are putting up new stupid signage everyday, it’s because they are. Fortunately, alert Signspotters are there to capture these gaffes (and please keep them coming!).
Here are the top 9 new uploads from May (plus 9 more great contenders that nearly made the list).
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Oxfam is a difficult group to ignore. An international confederation of 14 organizations in 98 countries, it speaks on poverty issues with about as much clout as any other group on the planet, save the United Nations.
So when it tells the world that there a crisis in food prices coming, it doesn’t do so from an altitude of 30,000 feet but from all the communities where it directly works.
The organization released its compelling findings on the future of food this week in a report titled, Growing A Better Future and it carries relevant data that should urge all of us — governments and global citizens — to action.
After reminding us that food prices have doubled in the last 20 years, Oxfam predicts that the average cost of key crops could increase between 120 per cent and 180 per cent by 2030 — roughly 20 years away.
To complicate matters, while global population will reach nine billion by 2050, the growth rate in agricultural yields has almost halved in the last 20 years (continue reading…)