Happy Friday! Snow watch: negative. There are rumors of “flurries” today in the city. I’ll believe it when I see it, Mr. Weather Man. There’s a ton going on in the news today, from Santa photos to the Jersey Shore to more iPad 2 rumors.
Here’s what caught my eye today:
1. Watch Zeitgeist 2010: A Year in Review. Google did a fantastic job with this video (and nice Google product placement): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0QXB5pw2qE
2. Brittany (from Glee) still believes in Santa, and after this week’s episode, you might too. In related news, the NYTimes has a great recap of Santa from years past (going all the way back to 1911): http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/north-pole-noir/
2A. Our christmas tree is up and decorated! http://instagr.am/p/gu9D/
3. NYC may be absolutely frigid these days, but its no Fairbanks, Alaska, which has an average -.6 degree temperature for 2009. Check out this list of the top 25 coldest cities in America (South Dakota takes the cake): http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2423/1/
4. iPad 2 rumors continue and the latest is there will be a rear and front-facing camera. Good thing I’ve been holding out on getting mine: http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/10/ipad-2-will-have-rear-and-front-facing-cameras-say-multiple-sou/
5. I cringe as I write this, but the Jersey Shore was on Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2010” list (check out other list-makers here). Snooki thinks Barbara is like Elvis. Sigh. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1653976/20101209/story.jhtml
6. Liu Xiaobo, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, was absent as the Chinese government keeps him locked up for “subverting state power.” The last time this happened was during Hitler’s rule, when he denied winner Count Carl von Ossietzky from attending. Its interesting, but not surprising, that outside of China, Xiaobo is known well for his efforts to promote democracy in China, while inside China, the government has done a fine job of purporting their story that the Western world is making a mockery of China: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/11/world/europe/11nobel.html
7. And the annual year-end top 10 list brigade has begun. Check out Mashable’s top 10 viral video ads of the year (my fav is still Old Spice): http://mashable.com/2010/12/09/innovative-viral-videos-2010/
8. Comedy Central has a new logo. Seriously, I almost forgot this network existed. Anyone else? Anyway, I’m not a huge fan, but what do you think? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/09/comedy-centrals-new-logo-_n_794569.html
9. Get ready for the holiday season with the year’s best cookbooks. Authors among the list include Madhur Jaffreyand Sephi Bergerson (fist pump for more Indian food making the list). Bergerson’s book, “Street Food of India,” captures 50 recipes of not only how food is prepared, but how people eat. I might have to pick this one up: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/dining/08books.html?_r=1
10. And I leave you with this quote for the day, inspired by Professor Rashi Glazer, who retired yesterday after 20+ years of teaching at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. My fiance has told me all about this amazing marketing class he’s been taking as part of his MBA program at Haas, and how Professor Glazer is an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration for him and his fellow classmates. “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
That’s all from me today. Suggestions and submissions in the comments!