“Bikes are one of the four commodities of the street — cash, drugs, sex, and bikes… You can virtually exchange one for another.”

Secret from PostSecret.com
I, in fact, will judge you if you evershoot in green mode. 
That said, most self-styled photographers have abandoned DLSRs in favour of iPhones with Instagram installed, thus replacing their physical appearance as possibly artistic with hardly artistic photos.

Secret from PostSecret.com

I, in fact, will judge you if you evershoot in green mode. 

That said, most self-styled photographers have abandoned DLSRs in favour of iPhones with Instagram installed, thus replacing their physical appearance as possibly artistic with hardly artistic photos.

(Source: postsecret.com)

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… [Tavi]Gevinson and [Ira] Glass’s generation-straddling friendship began when they were introduced through Glass’s wife, Anaheed Alani, who is now Rookie’s story editor. As a media veteran himself, Glass acted as a sort of protector for Rookie, encouraging Gevinson, now 16, to pursue sole ownership and helping her to navigate industry perils….


U.S. Customs Agents Intercept a Bunch of Fake Louboutins, Will Now Try to Impress Their Friends (Jezebel)

If reading about this seizure didn’t lead you to recall the image above, you don’t know comedy.

U.S. Customs Agents Intercept a Bunch of Fake Louboutins, Will Now Try to Impress Their Friends (Jezebel)

If reading about this seizure didn’t lead you to recall the image above, you don’t know comedy.

Marketing Language: “Wraps” vs. “Tortillas”

"… [T]he bag of wraps cost 26¢ more than the tortillas.  Moreover, since there were only 6 wraps in the package of wraps, but 8 tortillas in the package of tortillas, each wrap cost 19¢ more than each tortilla… Mission has figured out that they can sell their product for a higher price if they name it ‘wraps’"

Marketing Language: “Wraps” vs. “Tortillas”

"… [T]he bag of wraps cost 26¢ more than the tortillas.  Moreover, since there were only 6 wraps in the package of wraps, but 8 tortillas in the package of tortillas, each wrap cost 19¢ more than each tortilla… Mission has figured out that they can sell their product for a higher price if they name it ‘wraps’"

Economics, perhaps more than any other discipline, has taken to blogs with gusto. Mainstream figures such as Paul Krugman and Greg Mankiw have commanded large online audiences for years, audiences which include many of their peers. But the crisis has made the academic establishment fractious and vulnerable. Highly credentialed economists now publicly mock each other’s ignorance and foolishness. That has created an opening for the less decorated members of the guild, and the truly peripheral.

Other than requiring a lot more editing — the sentence “[i]n America NGDP plunged over 11% below its pre-crisis path and remains there; what people buy at the prices they pay for it is much less than most would want[,]” is in serious need of a rewrite for the sake of clarity — this is a very engaging article on not only debates within economics but gives one a sense of how social media is changing the social sciences and forcing open the insular structures of academia.  

PENTAX Imaging Company, A Division of PENTAX of America Inc., has begun its business organization transition process.  The new company name will be PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION.  All operations, as well as partnership relations, will remain unchanged.

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING inherits the development functions of cameras and lenses, production facilities, legal properties, as well as worldwide distribution channels from its former business structure.

We at PENTAX RICOH IMAGING will further strive to promote the digital camera business under the long thriving PENTAX brand, and establish it to be a leading company, with its unique path, ranking with other competitive top tier brands.  
 
We sincerely appreciate your continued patronage as a customer, and support as a partner or dealer, in our exciting new endeavors.

Wow, the Earth just moved.

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The question

What do you recommend: treadmill or elliptical? I don’t like running on the treadmill, so I usually just adjust the elevation from 0 to 10 at a 3.3 speed. I loath the elliptical machine, but I am told it provides a better workout.

The answer

It is difficult to recommend one machine over another in any kind of absolute terms. How much value you get out of your workout on the elliptical or treadmill depends on multiple factors, including the duration and intensity of your workout, how comfortable your body is with the activity you are doing, your current fitness level and your goals.

In my experience, and by no means do I claim to be an expert, I would say that the Arc Trainer surpasses both the elliptical and the treadmill. While still use both on a regular basis, I find that the total body Arc Trainer gives me a much better workout.

  • The Arc Trainer is very gentle on my worn out, working man’s knees.
  • My heart rate reaches target in half the time of an elliptical and one third that of the treadmill with a moderate speed and incline.
  • I burn a little over 1200 calories in a hour on the Arc Trainer, as compared to just over 1000 on the elliptical. The treadmill is too hard on my knees, so I’ve never use it for more than thirty minutes at a time. 
  • While the ellipticals at my gym (Life Fitness brand) are better at automatically adjusting resistance to keep my heart rate on target — I wear a Timex heart monitor when doing cardio — the Arc Trainer allows my heart rate to go well over target without the resistance going limp. 
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