April 26, 2013

90 minutes with the Tsarnaevs

  • Carjacking victim recalls his 90 minutes with the Tsarnaev brothers:

    Don’t be stupid,” he told Danny. He asked if he had followed the news about the previous Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. Danny had, down to the release of the grainy photos of suspects less than six hours earlier.

    “I did that,” said the man, who would later be identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev. And I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.”
  • Are plastic surgeries or is it Photoshop that’s to blame for making Miss Korea contestants all look the same? speaking of good looks, here’s another interesting read: the science of beauty.
  • Working on his own, (now former) Ph.D. Diederik Stapel has conned his way through the academia by faking and manipulating data to achieve desirable results. His misconducts spanned over many years and affected over 55 publications. New York Times magazine has a profile and interview with him:

    Zeelenberg, a stocky man with a shaved head, led Stapel into his living room. What’s up?” Stapel asked, settling onto a couch. Two graduate students had made an accusation, Zeelenberg explained. His eyes began to fill with tears. They suspect you have been committing research fraud.”

    I have to ask you if you’re faking data.”

    “No, that’s ridiculous,” Stapel replied. Of course not.”
  • There are twice as many successful entrepreneurs over 50 as there are under 25. Easy to forget with today’s Zuckerberged coverage of startups and tech companies.
  • Google chairman Eric Schmidt says using Glass has been weird, and sometimes inappropriate:

    People will have to develop new etiquette to deal with such products that can record video surreptitiously and bring up information that only the wearer can see, Schmidt said.

    “There are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate,” he said.
    Regardless of Schmidt’s statement, I think Google Glass will be one of the biggest flops in the company’s history. But that’s a prediction worth a post of its own.
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