I’ve always been fascinated by the conflict within Islam itself, largely represented by the two predominant factions of Sunni and Shi’i (often spelled Shia). Having spent nearly three years now living in a majority Sunni Muslim country, I’ve had the opportunity to observe at close range Islam’s majority “denomination” if you will. [Read more…]
Jay Leno created an entire genre of late night comedy sketches whereby hosts or one of their correspondents roam the streets somewhere (outside the studio will do) asking passersby elementary level civics questions. It was often as simple as holding up a picture of the Vice President of the United States and asking, “Who is this person?” [Read more…]
A couple of weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made a pretty big splash in the news by announcing that they would give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares—currently valued at $45 billion. Zuckerberg and Facebook then basked in the afterglow of (mostly) complimentary reviews from just about every corner of the world. I even had Chinese friends who don’t speak a word of English (and aren’t Facebook users—it’s illegal in China) mention in passing how great Zuckerberg is for his giving pledge. That’s some serious PR reach.
My passport has seen better days. It’s fraying at the edges, there’s a wavy bend to the pages from being exposed to too much rain or humidity, and there’s an ugly circle-shaped yellow sticker on the back with foreign writing I believe to be Vietnamese, but can’t be too sure. I’d remove the sticker, but then I’d be left with the gooey, dirt-attracting residue which will look even worse than the sticker itself. I figure it adds to my passport’s character, anyway. [Read more…]
Amazon warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens put together. The company does so many sales that in 2012, when its homepage went offline for 49 minutes, it lost approximately $5.7 million. Today that number would be higher: roughly $8.2 million for missing less than an hour of sales as a 24/7 e-commerce store. [Read more…]