Sunday, March 4, 2012

Articles I Couldn't Resist Spamming My Husband With

News share day!  Here's a selection of articles that I read recently and for one reason or another wanted to tell my husband about them.  That often means that I thought the article was interesting to me or retardedly funny.  The ones below I thought were just interesting.

OK, I do actually get my news from places other than just The New York Times, but all of the articles below are from The Times.

Affluent, Born Abroad and Choosing New York's Public Schools
I went to both public and private schools and feel that I benefited from the mix, so this article caught my attention. 

With Coffee, the Price of Individualism Can Be HighFascinating article about consumer behavior, price knowledge, marketing, price comparison and demographics.  It shows that people will essentially pay $50 per pound of coffee when they buy coffee capsules because they are comparing the cost to a cup of coffee at Starbucks, not to what even really good coffee costs by the pound.  You're getting a good deal when you compare the Starbucks and getting robbed when you compare to coffee by the pound.

Needing an Artist and Calling on India
It's inspiring when people are resourceful and creative!  This struggling musician wanted to get a video made on a budget that no American would work with, so he hired people in India to do it.  I think the resulting music video is sort of lame, but I give the guy props for finding a solution that worked for him and got a lot of PR, too.

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage
I don't care if people get married or not, but the statistics in this article just surprised me.

60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked
I'll just excerpt the piece:  What made the domino chain of 60 operations possible was the willingness of a Good Samaritan, Mr. Ruzzamenti, to give the initial kidney, expecting nothing in return. Its momentum was then fueled by a mix of selflessness and self-interest among donors who gave a kidney to a stranger after learning they could not donate to a loved one because of incompatible blood types or antibodies. Their loved ones, in turn, were offered compatible kidneys as part of the exchange.

Tapping Your Inner Spielberg with a Software Assist
I wonder if Rob and I would get back to doing more of our video projects if we had easy-to-use editing apps on Rob's iPhone.

Sprint Posts Sales Loss, but iPhone Lifts Revenue
We've been researching family plans since my contract with Verizon is up and Rob's contract with AT&T is up.  We've heard a lot of good things about Sprint, but all from people outside of New York City.  This article made me think that we should seriously consider Sprint, but I think the service with Verizon is too reliable to give up.

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