The serie illustrates the differences between Germans and Chinese concerning various concepts such as problem solving, attitude toward time, ego, life style. Smart. Would love to see the similar Infographics with American or Latin cultures in perspective.
Curated by the always captivating Maria Popova aka Brainpicker.
Foursquare, the location-based social network, has put together a series of videos tracking "the pulse" of various metropolises -- New York, San Francisco, London, Chicago, Tokyo and Istanbul -- using check-in data from its users.
"When ancient Greece fell into decline, mathematical progress stagnated as Europe fell under the shadow of the Dark Ages. But in the East, mathematics would reach new heights".
Marc Rougier's insight:
Ahead of Alibaba IPO, a bit of history about maths. Chinese have formalized counting and equation 1000 years before the West. Wondering how Alibaba will do in terms of number (tomorrow!), but always a good reason to remember History. Great video.
As for the IPO itself, pre-IPO analysis from Wall Street Journal here.
"On April 18, a deadly avalanche killed 13 and left three Sherpa missing on Mt. Everest, the single deadliest day in the mountain's history. Discovery was at base camp preparing to film a live event with adventurist Joby Ogywn when disaster struck".
"This abandoned ant colony revealed how genius these tiny creatures are. Ants live underground – we usually see a relatively small exit on the surface. But you won’t believe what they built underground".
"Then, there was the stall selling authentic original canvases for $60 each. With no sign letting on who the artist was, no caché of a gallery and no post on the artist’s website, the booth was up all day with only three buyers and eight paintings sold. Estimated value per painting: $200,000 plus."
Marc Rougier's insight:
The perception of value. The power of brands.
Reminds me of this great story of Joshua Bell, playing Bach, unnoticed.
Impressive technology developed by Boston Dynamics. (too bad this Wildcat sounds like a mostquitos). Boston Dynamics builds amazing robots (check their site out; the sandflea is really surprising, though not the most scary). Main customer is the US army. http://www.bostondynamics.com/
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