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Archive for February, 2011

Posted by sprague on February 24, 2011

Snow at Mercer Slough. Not nearly enough to cancel plans for today. (Taken with Instagram at Residence Inn – S Bellevue)

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Posted by sprague on February 23, 2011

Snow on my car windshield. It’s cold in Seattle, but please don’t let it blizzard! I want to get home on Saturday. (Taken with Instagram at The Crocodile)

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Posted by sprague on February 22, 2011

First thing I do when I check into a hotel room: move that silly phone handset out. Who uses them anyway? (Taken with Instagram at Residence Inn – S Bellevue)

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Posted by sprague on February 21, 2011

Catching up on all the emails that arrived during the long flight. Definitely need some coffee. (Taken with Instagram at Starbucks – Mercer South)

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Posted by sprague on February 21, 2011

Fancy new Slate Computer at Departing line at Beijing Airport. Let’s me see what the inspector sees (unless I’m a bad guy, presumably) (Taken with instagram)

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This American Life: Coke recipe

Posted by sprague on February 18, 2011

Ira Glass reveals the secret recipe for coke, but I’m not convinced it’s the real one.  Even if the ingredients are correct, unless you know the source, you won’t be able to duplicate the taste.  Even something as generically-sounding as “orange oil” will have a different flavor depending on where the oranges come from and how the oil was extracted.

Nice try, though.

This American Life: Coke recipe

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Babies learn from humans, not TV

Posted by sprague on February 16, 2011

Patricia Kuhl TED talk on new experiments with babies that show details about the critical period between 6 and 10 months when they start to zero in the specific language of their cultural environment.  She finds that babies exposed to Mandarin spoken by a live human in front of them learned key sounds, but those who were exposed to video or audio did not.

There’s a lot more in this 10-min clip, including early results of new brain scanning technology (MEG).

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Posted by sprague on February 13, 2011

Far from being one of the world’s great risk takers, Bill Gates might more accurately be thought of as one of the world’s greatest risk mitigators.

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/09/13/bill-gates-risk-taker/

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Posted by sprague on February 11, 2011

at Harvard, I’ve already begun to hear people saying they’ll probably go back to China after graduation because of the difficulty in getting a job and the required work visa in the U.S. and also because the potential for growth they are seeing back at home. How is U.S. going to maintain its attractiveness to world talent?

http://china-theworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/chinese-new-year-video-chinese-students.html

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Posted by sprague on February 9, 2011

Beijing streets are covered with snow this morning. Good news for getting out of this year’s drought. (Taken with Instagram at Dongzhimen Subway Station • 地铁东直门站)

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