Community column: Elect independent thinkers -
Local elections, ya’ll. They matter.
Infinite Mile Warranty | Blog | Tesla Motors -
The Tesla Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, our most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit.
Bill Gates ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -
Bill Gates accepts Mark Zuckerberg’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest and Chris Anderson from TED to participate.
Can We Kill This Ridiculous Shill-Spread Myth That CDNs Violate Net Neutrality? They Don't | Techdirt -
Okay, so we debunked this silly argument back in 2006 (and again in 2008), but it appears to be back again now that the net neutrality battle is heating up: it’s the idea that because we have CDNs, the internet has never been neutral.
Stansbury: Defining Power - UCF Knights - Official Athletics Site -
16 days until kickoff. #ChargeOn
Kansas State's Bill Snyder: College athletics 'sold out' -
Suitable disruption -
Researchers at Harvard Business School call this the “red sneakers effect”. In a study published by The Journal of Consumer Research they note that professors dressed less formally at academic events as they gained higher status. Students also perceived unshaven, devil-may-care professors as more knowledgeable than ones in a dress shirt and tie. These mildly rebellious signals are powerful in a culture that has long emphasized conformity as the road to social acceptance. “Instead of showing you can afford to spend money,” the authors explain, “you’re showing you can afford to spend your social capital… You’re saying, I’m so autonomous and successful that I can afford to dress in a non-conforming way.”
The way we signal status has also changed. Especially in business, success isn’t just about looking wealthy, but about looking different. A lot rides on the perspective of the viewer. Not everyone will look favorably on red sneakers in a professional setting. At a recent business-school symposium at which a professor wore red converse sneakers, executives who also owned a pair of eccentric shoes granted the professor higher professional status than those who didn’t.