03 April 2011

Flashback: 27 Mar -- 2 Apr 2010

Dated but still interesting...

Greenwashing works -- actions do not always match perceptions. Thanks marketing! On a related note, this week's Economist reports that people who wear brand-name clothes get more job offers, higher salaries, etc. "because humans are not that good at separating superficial signals of quality from the real thing." Scientists document another variety: women who post more photos of themselves on facebook need more attention.

Aging infrastructure and beauty contests -- how policy makers are responsible for our "infrastructure crisis."

A different landscaping paradigm -- the difficulty of getting neighbors (and bureaucrats) to accept a non-grass front yard as "beautiful."

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