Recommended Productivity Service: Spanning Sync

As Google surges forward in its drive to take over the world, many people are beginning to use its Gmail service. Associated with this are also Google Calendars and Contacts. I can highly recommend both of these, especially Calendars for  features like thorough event planning that allow attendance confirmation, location specification (down to the exact room), and notification to all attendees if things like date, time, or location change. This is certainly an awesome (and free) productivity service that everyone should really be on board with. Continue reading

Mind the Gap

Despite the title, I will actually not be talking about London’s Tube this afternoon. Instead, I’d like to make you aware of a nifty little tool for comparing all sorts of economic data from across the world:

Gapminder lets you compare a wide variety of information gathered from, for the most part, a very long period of time. For example, the default view compares income per capita to life expectancy in 2009, then graphs it out like this (bigger bubbles mean higher population):

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How Americans Can Win from China

The situation that we have been facing lately with China is an especially interesting scenario. It seems that most mass media aims to use scare tactics that devote too much attention to China’s rapid growth rate and why we should be concerned about it. I know I’m even a little guilty of calling our readers’ attentions to this fact. Now I’d like to elaborate on the flip side: why China’s growth could spur one of the biggest economic expansions ever, both in America and around the world.

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