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How to speak Hip October 7, 2008

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from: Skylab

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20 Astonishing Abandoned Buildings, Property and Other Places from Around the World August 4, 2008

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from: WebUrbanist

Abandoned places, particularly those that once housed the mentally ill, wartime inmates and even nuclear missiles have a creepy, haunted quality that some urban explorers go to great lengths to capture on film – whether they be individual structures or entire abandoned cities. These abandoned buildings, ships, railroads, theme parks and other facilities may no longer be inhabited, but they all possess an eerie, almost permeable sense of history. The uneasy feeling that one gets simply by viewing photos of these decaying structures is multiplied when personal items are left behind … including jars full of brains and skulls.

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The Administration of Chairs, literally June 14, 2008

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from Improbable Research

photo: Doris Salcedo

Donald C Stone was only slightly joking when he wrote an article called The Administration of Chairs: Not the Persons or Subject, But the Arrangement of Chairs Determines the Success of a Meeting.Sitting quietly in a back issue of the journal Public Administration Review, Stone’s seven-page composition both instructs and advises. His basic message: there are good and bad ways to arrange chairs in a meeting room, and any success-minded administrator had better learn the difference….

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Predictably irrational, variably dishonest: June 10, 2008

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from: Mind Hacks

Behavioural economist Dan Ariely was the guest on the latest edition of ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind where he discusses why we’re so bad at predicting what’s best for us, and why honesty is a shifty behaviour.

As well as being a researcher, Ariely is also author of a psychology book called Predictably Irrational which is currently riding high in the book charts.

It’s worth catching the mp3 version of the programme, as it’s slightly extended, and I found the last part, where Ariely talks about honesty, the most interesting.

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