American Medical Association Denounces Photoshop Retouching

AMA Adopts New Policies at Annual Meeting [AMA, via DN]

Advertisers commonly alter photographs to enhance the appearance of models’ bodies, and such alterations can contribute to unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image – especially among impressionable children and adolescents. A large body of literature links exposure to media-propagated images of unrealistic body image to eating disorders and other child and adolescent health problems.

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June 29, 2011  |  

ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund

The ISE Cloud Computing ETF is scheduled to begin trading under the ticker symbol SKYY in early July:

The ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY) will seek to replicate an equal-weighted index that includes companies actively involved in the cloud computing industry. The underlying benchmark will include about 40 stocks operating in a number of technology sub-sectors, such as software, communications equipment, computers & peripherals, and Internet software and services.

[Via Yahoo! Finance]

Why Myspace Failed

The news coverage of teenage engagement on Myspace quickly turned to, ‘Oh my gosh, there are all these bad teenagers doing bad things and this is crazy!’ Quickly, it turned into a big narrative about how this was a dangerous, dangerous place. Myspace got to a point where they were not innovating technologically. They were having to do all technical innovations to address the various panics that are happening. Basically their development cycle turned into one of crisis management, not one of innovation.

Honestly, I cannot wait for Myspace to finally die.

The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace [Bloomberg Businessweek]

June 27, 2011  |  

Seven Life Lessons From The Ultra Wealthy

Taxes for the top 2 percent are very likely to go higher. Uncle Sam’s share of capital gains and dividend income might rise, and means-testing for Social Security and Medicare is probable. In the United States, the very rich hold most of that wealth in dollars, which are worth increasingly less. As income inequality has grown dramatically in the nation, the very wealthy are blamed for all manner of social ills.

It all comes down to rule No. 1:

Having money is better than not having money.

Obviously, having money may not buy you happiness, a good health, or love – but let’s face it: it sure fucking helps.

7 life lessons from the very wealthy [Washington Post (sub. required), via The Big Picture]

June 27, 2011  |  

Airbus 2050

Concept airplane envisioned by the Airbus engineering team:

The aircraft’s bionic structure mimics the efficiency of bird bone which is optimised to provide strength where needed, and allows for an intelligent cabin wall membrane which controls air temperature and can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views. The Concept Cabin has an integrated ‘neural network’ creating an intelligent interface between passenger and plane. It can identify and respond to passenger needs and enables bespoke features such as morphing seats which change to your body shape.

The Future by Airbus via Designboom

June 19, 2011  |  

Roy McDonald

You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn’t black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing. I’m tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this.

—Roy McDonald (R-NY) defending his vote to legalize gay marriage in New York. I guess he’s the only U.S. politician with proper balls.

[via Huffington Post]

June 18, 2011  |  

Edgar Mitchell

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

—Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.

June 14, 2011  |