What I’ve been reading

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Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Why Procastinators Procrastinate
Despite our best intentions, most of us can related to being distracted by the Instant Gratification Monkey. One of my favorite new sites takes a funny (the drawings are brilliant!) and scientifically accurate look at the art of procrastination.

The Unhip, Unexpected Joys of Cruising
Just like Mark Bittman, I never thought I’d be into cruises. That is, until I went on my first cruise back in 2009. Initially, I was a little taken aback by the demographics (“This cruise has the oldest passengers I’ve ever seen. And most of them brought their parents.”), but ended up meeting a great group of people to hang out with, many of whom I am still friends with today! Find out why a cruise may be the best bet for your next trip.

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science
Why do some diseases and causes get more funding and publicity than others? This article explores the way science and technology funding is changing in the US, and the implications of putting these decisions in the hands of the uber wealthy.

How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball: A Mathematician’s Tips
On the topic of billionaires, and just in time for March Madness, here’s how you can win big on your brackets through the use of statistical models.  And you thought all those math courses wouldn’t come in handy!

 4 Apps That Will Save You Time
I was just lamenting to my friend Denise that I am drowning in junk mail – both physical and digital.  Here’s an app that claims to reduce junk mail, along with 3 others to help save you time. You know, so you can procrastinate more!

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