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23 May 20:41

My brain hurts.

My brain hurts.

24 May 05:00

A disputa política hipoteca o futuro

Há duas semanas, a Câmara aprovou a emenda do deputado Arnaldo Faria de Sá (PTB-SP) à medida provisória 664 que cria alternativa ao fator previdenciário no cálculo do valor da aposentadoria. O fator previdenciário é um redutor do valor do benefício se a aposentadoria ocorrer muito cedo. Faz todo o sentido, dado que a expectativa de vida tem aumentado.

O fator previdenciário, criado em 1999, corrige de forma imperfeita o fato de no Brasil haver aposentadoria por tempo de contribuição sem idade mínima para requerer o benefício.

Considere duas pessoas que contribuíram o mesmo número de anos, com a mesma expectativa de vida. A que se aposenta com idade menor usufruirá do benefício por um número maior de anos. O fator previdenciário faz exatamente este ajuste: quanto menor a idade da aposentadoria, menor o benefício, dado que o tempo de usufruto do benefício será maior.

A alternativa ao fator –a regra que permite a aposentadoria sem a correção dada pelo fator se a soma da idade e do tempo de contribuição for 95 para homens e 85 para mulheres– foi incluída na MP 664, que, entre outras medidas, altera os critérios de elegibilidade aos benefícios do programa de pensão por morte.

Além de incluir a emenda com a alternativa ao fator, o relatório do deputado Carlos Zarattini (PT-SP), aprovado na Câmara e agora submetido para apreciação do Senado, alterou o valor da pensão por morte. Na medida provisória original, a pensão seria de 50% do salário com adicional de 10% para cada dependente, no limite de cinco. No relatório aprovado, o benefício passou a ser integral.

Somente faria algum sentido manter a integralidade se houves- se conjuntamente a vedação ao a- cúmulo da pensão por morte com a própria aposentadoria. Conti- nuaremos a ser uma sociedade que gasta com pensão por morte de três a seis vezes mais do que qualquer outra.

Como tenho escrito repetidamente neste espaço, nossa sociedade pactuou um contrato social em 1988 –um conjunto de programas sociais com regras de elegibilidade e valores de benefício– que requer que o gasto público cresça além da expansão da economia.

Desde 1991 o crescimento do gasto da União com programas sociais tem sido de 0,3 ponto percentual do PIB por ano, ou 6,8% do PIB nos últimos 23 anos.

As projeções do Ministério da Previdência, que constam na LDO (Lei de Diretrizes Orçamentária), estimam que as despesas somente do INSS como porcentagem do PIB, dadas as regras atuais, crescerão 0,7 ponto percentual do PIB neste segundo mandato da presidente Dilma e continuarão a crescer ao longo dos próximos anos e décadas. De fato, crescimento de 0,7 ponto do PIB em um quadriênio é o ritmo que temos tido para essa rubrica do gasto social desde 1991.

As duas importantes alterações introduzidas na MP 664 têm uma característica em comum: o custo fiscal é muito elevado, mas somente virá no longo prazo.

No vazio político em que nos metemos, delineia-se o caminho que temos tomado. O PSDB resolveu virar oposição petista sem se preocupar com um de seus legados mais importantes, a sustentabilidade fiscal. O PT vota as medidas, mantendo os ganhos fiscais maiores de curto prazo e se aliando aos demais partidos da oposição na hipoteca do futuro do país. Caminhamos para, em alguns anos, sermos uma grande Grécia.

22 May 10:30

Three Important Things You Probably Don't Know About Diabetes

by Dr Alessandro Demaio

When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be associated in our minds with wealth, excess and over-consumption.


18 May 20:10

Revisiting reputation: How past actions matter

by imp
If you sold every share of every company in the U.S. and used the money to buy up all the factories, machines and inventory, you’d have some cash left over. That, in a nutshell, is the math behind a bear case on equities that says prices have outrun reality. The concept is embodied in a measure [...]
22 May 19:35

Just Don’t Hire 0x Engineers

May 19, 2015

During one of my philosophy courses at school, my professor gave us an in-class assignment:

For the next five minutes, I want you to think about literal Hell. What would it be like? What would you feel and experience?

And we sat and contemplated what Hell would be for each of us. And then we discussed it. Lots of fire and brimstone. Torture. Pain. It was a pretty lovely discussion.

Then he flipped it on us:

For the next five minutes, I want you to think about literal Heaven. What would it be like? What would you feel and experience?

Surprise, surprise: this was a really shit way to spend five minutes. You first think cool, I get to see all my dead friends and family again. But then you wonder what age they’d all be. And then like, even your BFF is kind of an asshole to you sometimes, do you really want him there? But you also don’t want everyone being complacent zombies all the time- that’d be no fun either. So maybe you just imagine a non-stop orgy and MDMA bender. But wouldn’t that get boring sometimes, too? Variety is the spice of the after-life, after all.

After about a minute of this we all just got bored. But he made us sit there and think about this for the full five minutes. It was surprisingly maddening. This was supposed to be Heaven, dammit. Eternal happiness. This should be easy.

It turns out, it’s much easier to focus on avoiding pain than it is to envision pleasure.

The 10x A-Player Rockstar Engineer

The hip thing nowadays is that your software company should hire only A-players instead of B- or C-players, or focus on engineers that are ten times better than anyone else. Whether or not that’s true is debatable and dependent on how you're able to measure it, but I think the sentiment itself is the wrong question to ask.

A Hipster Cat

Their About page may say otherwise, but — drumroll, please — the average company is pretty average. Not everybody can hire exclusively top-tier people. And you know what? That’s fine. Quality of individuals is only one part of what makes an organization great. Sports is rife with examples of the nimble, well-connected team triumphing over the team of individual superstars.

When I worked at Gild, it became pretty clear that while nearly all companies boasted that We only hire A-players!, the reality was that most of the companies using our hiring software were most interested in finding people that don’t suck. They wanted good people that they didn’t need to pay the top 1% of salary in the world for. It’s pain avoidance rather than pleasure seeking behavior. It’s worrying about Hell rather than trying to get to Heaven. Basically, most people were Billy Beanes rather than Steve Jobses.

None of this is bad. What I think is bad is that there’s so much pride and focus on The Best of the Best of the Best, With Honors. It’s setting a pretty fucked up expectation for our industry.

Not everything a Michelin

This is an interesting tendency that can occasionally cut across a lot of different areas in your product.

A few years back I had just landed in Amsterdam and was desperately looking around for breakfast. I checked Foursquare and saw that two of my friends had eaten at a small place just up the block. I figure they must have done at least some research to go there, so it probably wasn't terrible. I ended up eating there and it was perfect. It wasn’t a Michelin star restaurant, because I didn’t need something amazing; all I wanted was to avoid eating shitty food.

When we’re building product, we tend to use words like best, perfect, optimized, and other top-tier words like that. That’s fine; certainly you want to help your user out as much as possible.

But with whatever you’re building, step back and realize that sometimes quick is better than best. Or flexible might be better than optimized.

Sometimes people just want a greasy burger.

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23 May 15:22

It’s called fashion, look it up. (photos via nolanus)

It’s called fashion, look it up. (photos via nolanus)

22 May 07:33

In Russia...

by Brad
23 May 03:05


22 May 23:30

(photos via snjr)

(photos via snjr)

22 May 14:53

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Velveteen Rabbit

22 May 18:20

Wet Fold Origami Technique Gives Wavy Personality to Paper Animals by Artist Hoang Tien Quyet

by Kate Sierzputowski


Often one associates origami with sharp and precise folds, miniature works that have a crisp perfection. Origami artist Hoang Tien Quyet shies away from this rigidity, instead folding his small objects with a technique called “wet-folding,” which allows curves to be created instead of the typical straight lines. With this technique Vietnam-based Quyet creates posed animals bounding with personality, their heads tilted and wings ready for flight.

The technique of wet folding was created by the late origami master Akira Yoshizawa, and involves dampening the paper so it easily accepts folds. Wet-folding gives the paper works a more realistic appearance, adds a rounded quality to the origami, and allows it to appear malleable even though the pieces dry into hardened forms. Wet-folding also involves using a thicker paper, as traditional origami paper would easily tear if wet.

Quyet is co-author of two books, “50 hours Origami +” and “VOG2 –,” both published by Passion Origami. Quyet’s skill and has lead to him being invited to several international origami conventions, including Germany, France, Italy, and Japan. You can see more images of Quyet’s animals on his Flickr. (via My Modern Met)











21 May 07:01

Burning Out

Burning Out
22 May 05:45

 A new app for lumbersexuals. (by Dan Meth)

 A new app for lumbersexuals. (by Dan Meth)

22 May 04:46

(via gifsboom:Cat Wearing Cone Finds a New Way to Drink Water)

22 May 03:27


by Lunarbaboon

22 May 00:00


Or whatever's handy! I'm pretty much pure alcohol and water, so it doesn't really matter!
22 May 07:01


by Doug


This one’s dedicated to Ita from Bali – happy birthday Ita! :)

And here are more cats.

And a reminder: I’ll be at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival all weekend. If you’re in Vancouver, stop by and say hi!

21 May 17:14

Learning the hard way

21 May 04:34


20 May 20:01

(Fact Sources: [1] [2]) For more facts, follow Ultrafacts 

(Fact Sources: [1] [2]) For more facts, follow Ultrafacts 

21 May 18:00

(photo via mranthony101)

(photo via mranthony101)

21 May 04:53

A Cliff Looming on Comet 67P

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A Cliff Looming on Comet 67P
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Explanation: What that looming behind this gravel-strewn hill on Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko? A jagged cliff. The unusual double-lobed nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko lends itself to unusual and dramatic vistas, another of which has been captured by the Rosetta spacecraft that arrived at the comet last September. The featured cometscape, taken last October and digitally enhanced, spans about 850 meters across. Meanwhile, Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko continues to sprout jets as it nears its closest approach to the Sun in August. Along the way, Rosetta will continue listening for signals from Philae, a probe that landed on the nucleus but rebounded to an unknown surface location last November. If newly exposed to sunlight, Philae might regain enough energy to again signal Rosetta.

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21 May 08:57

"Unlearn...Privacy" cards (1970s)

by Scarfolk Council

During the 1970s, the Scarfolk Education Publishing company produced packs of cards which taught children about society and its expectations. In particular, the cards focused on eradicating any false notions that children may have picked up from prohibited books, unauthorised wise people and illegal time immigrants (a flood of which materialised in 1979 to stockpile cake following a devastating pudding famine in the future).

In addition to the 1979 'Unlearn Privacy' pack, examples from which can be seen below, other series included 'Unlearn Altrusim', 'Unlearn Democracy' and 'Unlearn Contentment'.

The aforementioned time immigrants claimed that, by the year 2017, surveillance and the invasion of privacy become so ubiquitous that citizens' brains are connected to a central network. No thought, conscious or otherwise, is permitted expression unless it has been approved by a state computer programme nicknamed 'Brain O'Brien'. However, a backlog quickly accumulates, and many people go without a thought of their own for months, if not years at a time.

Fortunately, the government predicted such an emergency and prepared in advance a series of standardised thoughts, ideas and opinions which it inputs directly into citizens' minds. No doubt it is this considerate civic gesture which leads to the overwhelming majority vote for the incumbent party in many subsequent elections.

The bonus card above comes from an earlier pack, 'Unlearn Compassion', which was published in 1971.

21 May 14:30

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Descent

21 May 15:45

Pneumàtic’s Salvaged Tire Installations Playfully Interact With Barcelona’s Urban Architecture

by Christopher Jobson







Pneumàtic was founded by artists OOSS, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa for the street art festival Ús Barcelona. The idea behind the cut salvaged tire installations was to create works that tested the traditional uses of architecture, playing with the audience’s understanding of what is just beyond their physical grasp.

The works, which are all placed in linear or circular arrangements, also test the viewer’s association with architecture, giving a playful tactility to the spaces they occupy. Although most of the sculptures look as if they are only decorative, many impede walking paths, forcing one to walk around their blockade or traipse upon their back like a bridge. Each installation appears as if the solid structures the tires are adhered to are malleable, the pieces disappearing and emerging from the ground and walls like they are being slowly sucked in by quick sand. (via designboom)

21 May 17:27

Artist Sean Yoro Paints Meticulous Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle Board

by Kate Sierzputowski

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Riding atop a paddle board, artist Sean Yoro (aka Hula), paints murals while floating on the waves, placing his works just above sea level. The murals, all portraits of women, have a hyperrealistic quality that appear as if each is existing just above the tide. Due to the works’ position above the water they reflect perfectly into the waves, the image extending out far from the painted surface.

The NYC-based artist paddles out to paint the murals, balancing his acrylic paint on his board all the while. Hula grew up on the island of Oahu, where he spent most of his days in the ocean. Although he grew up dabbling in graffiti, watercolor, and tattoo art, he didn’t take his work seriously until he began to paint the the human body when he was 21. Hula also uses cracked surfboards as a surface to paint his female portraits, more of which you can see on his Instagram, @the_hula. (via Street Art News)