Thursday, February 04, 2010


the Sam Jackson College Experience

I'm currently a junior at Yale University and I've been blogging about college admissions and higher education marketing trends since I began my college application process in 2005. I now also write about my experience here at Yale. I will be studying abroad at Peking University this Fall 2009 in Beijing, China!


That's Why I Chose Yale


The Economic Collapse

Are You Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse And The Next Great Depression?


Demand Question Time

We live in a world that increasingly demands more dialogue than monologue. President Obama's January 29th question-and-answer session with Republican leaders gave the public a remarkable window into the state of our union and governing process. It was riveting and educational. The exchanges were substantive, civil and candid. And in a rare break from our modern politics, sharp differences between elected leaders were on full public display without rancor or ridicule.

This was one of the best national political debates in many years. Citizens who watched the event were impressed, by many accounts. Journalists and commentators immediately responded by continuing the conversation of the ideas put forward by the president and his opponents — even the cable news cycle was disrupted for a day.

America could use more of this — an unfettered and public airing of political differences by our elected representatives. So we call on President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader John Boehner to hold these sessions regularly — and allow them to be broadcast and webcast live and without commercial interruption, sponsorship or intermediaries. We also urge the President and the Republican Senate caucus to follow suit. And we ask the President and the House and Senate caucuses of his own party to consider mounting similar direct question-and-answer sessions. We will ask future Presidents and Congresses to do the same.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


American Idol Blog - 2010 Review


Free Online Radio | RadioTuna

'Us' are three music fans from Brighton who love internet radio, but found it too hard to find new stations. We thought searching radio should be easier (we like easy stuff), and we also felt we were missing out on great stations, so we built RadioTuna. We imagined how a radio search engine should work and set about creating it. The result turned out to be quite a lot less easy to build than we'd imagined, but it is the site that we were always looking for. It turns out we were right - we had been missing out on lots of great stations!

Why are we Different?

RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we'll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn't playing right now, we'll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.

Our data illustrates the incredible range of music available on internet radio to a degree that has never been seen before, and it enables a whole new level of search accuracy. As you might have noticed, we profile stations by the music they actually play, not by the genres that they might use themselves. We've found that it's the only way to get consistently good results – if you search for stations playing 'funk', that's what you'll find (not stations that say they play funk but actually play soul, or those that play similar genres like 'funky metal'). The Tuna's uniquely nifty brain works out the 'genre profile' for each station, allowing you to know what to expect before tuning in. You spend less time trying out stations that you won't like, and more time enjoying the ones that you will.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Top Blogs on Twitter - Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, and more - Twittorati | style/technology/design/substance: read + buy

productdose began as a weblog dedicated to filtering the numerous online choices offered to consumer product buyers. Over time we discovered that users were not only interested in exceptional products, but they also wanted buying options for those products. In order to provide a greater purchasing experience for our users, productdose developed a shopping search engine to connect editorial content to purchasing solutions. Now our readers are given a choice of multiple retail spaces where they can purchase the items they want. And we do all the leg-work!

Unlike offline magazines that rely heavily on the support of a few large consumer product companies that advertise in their pages, productdose was designed with a layer of independence between the products covered and the larger editorial agenda. Because productdose generates revenue via an integrated shopping search engine that simply refers buyers to sellers, the site doesn't need traditional advertising. There is no financial incentive for productdose to cover particular products over others, and the site lives apart from the conflict of interest that is inherent in the traditional publishing business.

We aim to provide all the information a user will need to make an intelligent purchasing decision. productdose covers the style, design, and technology trends that interest our readers, and the magazine offers in-depth reviews of consumer products that will ensure our readers get what they pay for.

We are dedicated to creating the best content and technology on the web in order to help our readers and users decipher the world of buying and researching products online.


The Sporkful

Hosted by Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison, former co-workers at NPR, "The Sporkful" is a podcast about food -- but not so much about cooking or recipes or restaurants. We discuss and debate the most ridiculous food-related minutiae, always seeking new and better ways to eat. Each podcast covers a very specific issue, whether it's the ideal shape for tortilla chips, best practices in butter-to-short stack application, or barriers to structural integrity in sandwich engineering (like The Sliced Cucumber Conundrum). And when the podcast ends, we continue the conversation with you on our blog.

• We challenge your assumptions about consumption and drop a sporkful of knowledge on you, because we're obsessively compulsive about eating more awesomely, and because if history has taught us anything, it's that the hosts of food shows need a lot of catch phrases.

• This is all done in pursuit of a singular vision: The dream that someday, our ranks will grow to the point that we can establish Sporkful University, motto: Ruminate, Masticate, Promulgate. Please join us in that noble effort.


Learning German | Deutsche Welle

Whether you're a beginner, can already speak German, or just need some business vocabulary, Deutsche Welle's individualized German language courses can help you to improve your skills. Our multimedia offer including audios, videos and texts cover all aspects of language learning from listening comprehension to speaking and pronunciation. Give it a try!,,2547,00.html


BBC - Languages

Sign up for the Steps, Ma France and Mi Vida Loca Courses and we'll send you a weekly email offering encouragement and tips to help your language leaning. And it's free of charge!
The aim is for you to complete a course in 12 weeks, followed by an 'end of course' assessment to see how well you've done. You'll even get a BBC certificate! You can choose from six different courses in four languages:French StepsMa FranceSpanish StepsMi Vida LocaGerman Steps and Italian Steps.


Language Learning with Livemocha | Learn a Language Online

Social Language Learning - Online!

  • Learn languages online at your own pace with fun language lessons
  • Connect with foreign language partners around the world

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