The Daily Read – Welcome Back Edition – 6/16/14
Starbucks as defender of higher education, the science of traffic lights, and whether Facebook crush-stalking is socially acceptable…
“Is there anything lonelier than a solitary traffic light blinking to an empty road? It’s an establishing shot that screams: desolation. It plays on our fear that the mechanical world doesn’t care about us, and will exist long after we’re gone. The traffic light doesn’t need people. And yet.”
“Women ride bicycles one-third as often as men do. What’s up with that? Bike-sharing programs have some answers, such as where and when women are most and least likely to hop on a bike. Three of the largest programs in the U.S. have published trip data that includes gender: New York’s Citi Bike, Chicago’s Divvy, and Boston’s Hubway.”
“The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider a classic free speech conundrum for the 21st century: When do threatening comments made on social media sites such as Facebook cross the line into criminal activity?”
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“Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.”
“You know things have gotten out of hand when actual Nazis start becoming grammar Nazis.”
by Chris Osterndorf
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