Royals by Lorde…GREAT new song!

  

20 US companies with the lowest paid employees

The Contributor reports:

Despite the perception that minimum wage jobs are often held by teenage workers entering the job market, numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that 49 percent of minimum wage workers are adult women, many of whom have children.  

With this as the backdrop, the National Employment Law Center (NELP) has published a list of the 50 U.S. companies who have the most low wage workers.  While not all of these companies pay the exact minimum wage they all pay very close to the wage floor.  As you can see by the list, the companies listed also share a common trait of being massive, successful companies making major profits. Perhaps their universally low labor costs have something to do with that trend?

  

Photography by Mimo Khair, Lebanese/American photographer who currently lives in Shanghai, China

  

The brain as explained by John Cleese.

Sooo funny…Start watching at 0:35 to go straight to the good stuff (aka skip the lengthy intro). 

  

3 New Planets Could Host Life

CNN Reports:

In the midst of chaos here on Earth, scientists are finding hope for life on other planets.

Scientists announced Thursday the discovery of three planets that are some of the best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our own solar system — and they’re very far away.

"With all of these discoveries we’re finding, Earth is looking less and less like a special place and more like there’s Earth-like things everywhere," said Thomas Barclay, Kepler scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute in Sonoma, California.

  
  

The Optimist Creed

  

Watch the demolition of El Paso’s City Hall that took place over the weekend. A new AAA ballpark will be built in its place as part of the city’s $43 million commitment to improve quality of life, as reported by The Atlantic.

The city also demolished on Saturday morning a pair of towering smokestacks, long part of a 126-year-old copper smelting site in West-Central El Paso. “This is like demolition weekend,” [Mayor Joyce] Wilson says.

  
Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

  

"Neo-Native" politically activist indigenous art by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun of Coast Salish heritage. 

His latest work is on exhibit at Macaulay Fine Art, Vancouver, in a solo show, Indian World. In vivid colors, he merges traditional native iconography with statements about aboriginal issues – from the environment to land claims. His political roots come partly from his father, a founder of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. 


  
How much candy will the average kid eat this Easter?
According to a Boston Globe article, on Easter weekend the average child over 4 years old will consume:

7  Chocolate eggs
$36 Worth of candy
5,000 Calories

Hopefully the Easter eggs are well hidden in a yard big enough to give them lots of exercise to burn some of those calories!

How much candy will the average kid eat this Easter?

According to a Boston Globe article, on Easter weekend the average child over 4 years old will consume:

  • 7  Chocolate eggs
  • $36 Worth of candy
  • 5,000 Calories

Hopefully the Easter eggs are well hidden in a yard big enough to give them lots of exercise to burn some of those calories!


  

Graffiti artist Jonathan Matas paints a San Francisco alley end to end. @jonathanmatas featured on Instagram last week. He says if people “even have a tiny moment of joy or inspiration, then it’s worth posting.”


  

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Shipwrecked, Two Years after Tōhoku

For more photos of the Kyotokumaru, visit the 第十八共徳丸 location page.

On 11 March 2011, a 9.03 magnitude earthquake focused off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku struck Japan. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and triggered tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 meters (133 ft) and travelled 10 km (6 mi) inland.

Remnants of Tōhoku’s destruction remain today in northern Japan. In Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, 17 ships ran aground but just one—a 330-ton, 200-foot-long fishing boat called the No. 18 Kyotokumaru (第十八共徳丸)—still sits where the waves left it over 800 meters (.5 mi) from the city’s harbor. The city of Kesennuma is debating whether to leave the Kyotokumaru as a monument or dismantle it. While some visit the site to pay their respects, others find the ship to be a painful reminder of the disaster.

   (Reblogged from dendroica)
I vote this best Halloween sushi. Looks like a finger!

I vote this best Halloween sushi. Looks like a finger!


  

What to Say to College Recruiters if You're a Genius

  • Recruiter: What would you want to study at MIT, provided you could get past my well-meaning oblivion and the proximity of the RedSox?
  • Lip: Robotics but none of that undergrad filler bullsh*t. No 200-seat lectures taught by TAs. I just want the shit out in front of me.
  • Recruiter: The shit?
  • Lip: Yeah, the tools. You know, the toys. The stuff I can’t get access to in my ghetto high school.
  • Recruiter: Why?
  • Lip: Because I’d like to hang out with C-3P0 in my lifetime and at the rate you’re going, that’s just not going to happen.
  • Recruiter: I’m not following. You don’t want to go to classes. You just want to play in a lab?
  • Lip: I don’t want to sit in a lecture that teaches me how to modify algorithms instead of think for myself.
  • Recruiter: And?
  • Lip: The people working the weaving machines in the 17th century, they didn’t see the steam engine coming. One invention . . . the industrial revolution. Encyclopedia Britannica didn’t see Wikipedia coming. Great things don’t happen in tiny little increments. They happen when someone thinks completely differently and all you geniuses you just modify algorithms.
  • Recruiter: C-3P0, huh?
  • Lip: That dude's a badass. You know he’s fluent in over 6 million forms of communication?