Very Interesting, worth a look…
One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.
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By tapping into the last.fm API, these Irish researchers modeled the geographic flow of musical influence. They were able to identify where certain tastes frequently originated, and draw a hierarchy of influential cities (like the chart shown above for North America).
Surprisingly, the size of a city doesn’t associate very strongly with how influential it is. That means that despite its enormous size, NYC isn’t that much more influential than Portland or Austin. There are prevailing theories that large cities are the drivers of cultural invention, but this seems to show (for music, at least) that a connected online world is leveling that playing field.
Also, they have a graph displaying “Normalized Radiohead vs. Normalized Coldplay”, which has to go down as one of the best figures in a research paper, ever.
New US Soccer Jersey- A little “where’s waldo” but I think it is pretty cool, I’d buy one and wear it.
I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.
Albert Einstein’s advice to a little girl who wants to be a scientist, in a 1946 letter.
(via Brain Pickings)
NPR’s web series Tiny Desk Kitchen investigates what chemicals like disodium inosinate are doing in kids’ food. While some ingredients add vitamins, protein, and minerals, others are raising red flags with parents.