link friday: terrible charities, sleep is important, VR sistine chapel

Honestly, I went a little crazy with links this week. Some of these may not be any good. Try to guess which ones!

America’s Worst Charities – some truly terrible stories in there. Interestingly, GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and others are joining together to point out that a charity’s overhead ratio isn’t a good metric for judging it. (one non-profit’s story along the same lines) It sounds like they’re working on other more useful metrics

– A reminder that not getting enough sleep is really bad for you. Also, sleep deprivation can be a real problem when you’re in the hospital.

Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access – this is a real thing that Google is doing! Wow. Very curious to see how this pans out.

Are You Smart Enough to Be a Citizen? Take Our Quiz – I think knowing what all of the Supreme Court justices look like may be a bit much. I scored a 46 (without cheating!), 4 points short of earning my citizenship “with distinction”.

– A cool VR “photograph” of the Sistine Chapel – very nicely done!

America’s Landlords Are Far Less Likely to Rent to Gay Couples – well, that’s sad, and it was a fairly large (7000 landlords) study.

Exodus International (the biggest “ex-gay” group) is shutting down – wow…it’s not often you see a group admit that it was wrong like this. Also see an interview with the the group’s president.

The 4-Minute Workout – take that, 7-minute workout! And it’s still backed up by science!

Silver makes antibiotics thousands of times more effective – neat, although the article points out that silver can be toxic…

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science – long article but I found it interesting. We (humans) are very good at lying to ourselves!

2 thoughts on “link friday: terrible charities, sleep is important, VR sistine chapel”

  1. 51 on the quiz. 🙂 Only really had to guess for Breyer/Kennedy on the Justices since the others all have more identifying characteristics, including Scalia’s “I’m an asshole, look at me” face.

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    1. Nice. I was embarrassed to switch Kagan and Sotomayor – I’m not a racist, just ignorant! (and I missed a few others…)

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