Exciting thing #1! and lots of links

As promised: exciting thing #1 is my first An Engineering Mind video! I thought it went decently, but watching myself on video is really hard…

Now, a bunch of links:
– A rational theory behind the Netflix/Qwikster split is that it helps Netflix in negotiations with content providers (a similar Wired article). This makes more sense than anything I’ve read so far, and the link to an explanation of affiliate fees was very helpful.

– An article showing that salt probably isn’t linked to heart disease unless you’re hypersensitive to it.

– A good description of why teenagers are so reckless – their brains are still forming in various ways. (thanks David!)

– The MOB makes the New York Times! (although the article is pretty short)

– An example of a particular highway in Massachusetts whose speed limit is artificially low so the police can write more tickets. I think that Texas has a law saying that towns can get no more than a fixed percentage of their budget from traffic tickets, and that’s helped similar shenanigans from taking place down here. (thanks David!)

Don’t shine laser pointers at airplane/helicopter pilots – worth it for the video of a guy doing it being arrested.

A good logic joke (thanks David!)

5 thoughts on “Exciting thing #1! and lots of links”

  1. Ha! The video was hilarious throughout, but the Flash line would have made me snort my drink out my nose if I had been drinking something. The logic comic was good too.


  2. When you mention the Zune, I so was thinking of some other piece of hardware… PS: glad to hear you’re going to keep developing, as I am days away from some new extremely unsupported webOS hardware.


    1. Haha yeah…didn’t want to strike too close to home 🙂 Ah, sweet! Hope it works out well for you. Still working on developing an Android app, and it’s much more painful than developing for webOS (which I’ll get back to at some point…)


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