Google’s Getting It All Down

Posted on December 28, 2010
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Like the ancient library at Alexandria, only moreso, Google wants to be the repository of all the world’s information and, for better or worse, it’s getting there. Read more

128 Years of Christmas Tree Lights

Posted on December 22, 2010
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Here’s a technology brushup for this holiday time – clarification of the confusion (in case you’ve shared it) of who invented the first electrically lighted Christmas tree.

The gentleman was Edward H. Johnson and he lit his first tree in 1882, three years after his associate, Thomas A. Edison, invented the light bulb. Read more

Older Not Always Wiser (Financially, At Least)

Posted on December 16, 2010
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Be more mindful of your investment options as you grow older. You’re more likely to make snap, unprofitable, decisions as you age, say neuroscience researchers.

Interesting. It’s young people who are supposed to be more impulsive, but maybe that doesn’t hold for money management at the investment level. Read more

OSHA’s ‘Wake-Up’ Calls

Posted on December 3, 2010
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There is much abstract, politically charged talk these days about the role of government. Which government functions are necessary, and which aren’t? We don’t know about all of them, but we’d champion the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s business isn’t simply  enforcement, it’s about prompting change. Read more

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