Article: Aluratek Mini Surge Dual USB Charging Station: Pocket-sized power package


Certainly true that finding power points for all your gadgets in some hotels can be a drag.  Here’s a nice, compact, solution.

Aluratek Mini Surge Dual USB Charging Station: Pocket-sized power package

One of my major gripes while traveling is the lack of available wall sockets in hotels, as I often have two or three devices while my wife brings her iPhone and iPad.

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Article: iPad Grabs 89% of Worldwide, 97% of U.S. Tablet Web Traffic


Anyone who doubts the uptake of iPads to costume media should take a look at these figures.

Still waiting on any viable competition. [yes, i’m sending this post from my iPad :)]

iPad Grabs 89% of Worldwide, 97% of U.S. Tablet Web Traffic

According to the data, Apple’s iPad was responsible for 89% of worldwide tablet traffic in May, continuing to dominate the market it defined last year.

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Article: Michele Bachmann’s Holy War | Rolling Stone Politics


This woman is not right in the head. Great article.

Michele Bachmann’s Holy War | Rolling Stone Politics

Bachmann’s story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to become a politician who will restore faith and family values to public life and do battle with secular humanism. But by the time you’ve finished reviewing her record of lies and embellishments and contradictions, you’ll have no idea if she actually believes in her own divine inspiration, or whether it’s a big con job. Or maybe both are true — in which case this hard-charging challenger for the GOP nomination is a rare breed of political psychopath, equal parts crazed Divine Wind kamikaze-for-Jesus and calculating, six-faced Machiavellian prevaricator. Whatever she is, she’s no joke.

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Article: Lottery Effects in U.S. Wealth Skew – Bloomberg


It certainly seems true that most Americans vote against their own best interests to perpetuate the American Dream. 

Paul Kedrosky sums it up nicely. 

Lottery Effects in U.S. Wealth Skew – Bloomberg

At the margin, identity trumps structure, with people living less unhappily with income disparity because it reinforces their sense of societal self. Income skew supports American exceptionalism, the idea that the U.S. is different, because look at what happens to successful people here, unlike elsewhere. “That could be me,” is the story people tell themselves, a story that causes them to vote for fewer structural supports, the sort of thing that could get in the way of their achieving the American Dream, or so the story goes.

In short, the skew in U.S. income is a feature, not a bug. It is an essential myth in which people in this country believe, one that reinforces exceptionalism, identity and entrepreneurial opportunity. It creates the perception of an economic lottery, one that you too could win, if only you worked hard enough and long enough. Further, and more than a little worryingly, it has positive feedback, in that the more skewed incomes become the more the lottery effect is reinforced. Bad income news is good news, and worse income news is even better news.

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Article: 27-Inch iMac Core i7 With SSD Is Fastest Mac Ever


Yes indeed, very very quick. But do I really need all that processing power to open all my applications at once? Probably not, and Internet speed is more on the restricting factor for the ‘average’ user. 

But do I want one? You bet!!

27-Inch iMac Core i7 With SSD Is Fastest Mac Ever

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Article: Financial Literacy around the World


New Zealanders kidding themselves about their financial chops. At least we aren’t alone.

Financial Literacy around the World

Yet new international research demonstrates that financial illiteracy is widespread when financial markets are well developed as in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States, or when they are changing rapidly as in Russia. Further, across these countries, we show that the older population believes itself well informed, even though it is actually less well informed than average

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Article: Richard Dreyfuss reads the iTunes EULA


Richard Dreyfuss reads the iTunes EULA | Reporters’ Roundtable Podcast – CNET Blogs

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