This is funny Onion post. Political scientists at the Cato Institute have discovered a new form of government. It is called a megalocracy. It was discovered inadvertently.
"We were attempting to recreate a military junta in a controlled diplomatic setting, and we applied too much external pressure," said head researcher Dr. Adam Stogsdill, a leading expert in highly reactionary ruling systems. "The resultant government has the ruthless qualities of a dictatorship combined with the class solidarity of a plutocracy—it's quite a remarkable find."
The best part? It is extremely unstable and can only exist in ideal conditions for a few moments before it collapses.
I'm sure if this works it will be big. Apparently, scientists are working on a drug that will eliminate sleepiness. Using the naturally occurring brain hormone orexin A, they say they have reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in, yep, you guessed it, monkeys. Here's more info.
I'm going to have to look at this more closely. Steve Rubel has pointed out some helpful tips to using Google Reader and Gmail to help manage knowledge flow. There look to be some good ideas there and I'll be trying a few of them out in the next few weeks.
Jeff Jarvis writes that Google is God. At least as far as its growth is concerned.
Circuit City's shortsighted business practices result in end of the year losses. They fired their top salespersons in favor of lower paid newbies. But the VP's all got huge retention bonuses. (Try $1 million on for size.) Didn't these guys learn math? Or did they just learn it the wrong way? BoingBoing calls it suicidal. I agree.
I had meant to post this several days ago before the holidays took hold and travel ensued. I just find it clever and refreshing, but also a wonderful example of taking advantage of the Internet to advance an agenda. The singer, Kina Grannis is trying to win a contest to appear on the SuperBowl. So she came up with this song.
She's got some other clever songs going on her site as well. Including a free download of her Christmas song, I Know Who Took the Milk and Cookies.