Happy Monday! It is a beautiful, sunny day in California. I have to say, its not so bad waking up to sunshine every morning. Hopefully you all watched the Super Bowl (congratulations Packers!) and all the commercials. What was your favorite? Mine was definitely the VW “The Force”; that little kid was so adorable.
Onto the brief! Here’s what caught my eye this morning:
1. When asked what love means to them, a group of 4-to-8 year olds had some really great responses. It was hard to pick a favorite among these, as they are all really good, but I really liked #5: http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/articles/art_whatdoeslovemean.html
2. Someone is trying to take down Mad Men. While I pretty much disagree with this entire article, as I believe Mad Men is one of the greatest shows, I put this out for the masses: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/02/mad_men_take_down.html
3. The USDA is declaring war on… pizza. Now, we all know that pizza isn’t the healthiest of foods, but the USDA’s report shows that a slice of pizza is, in fact, the number two source of saturated and solid fats. Read more here: http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/71280/
4. Hopefully you’re already aware that the Internet is running out of domain names. Well, ICANN is getting together to decide on a new subset of addresses (i.e. .love, .ashley, .mypetdog…. you get the picture). This is totally the gold rush of the 21st century. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/06/AR2011020603940.html?hpid=topnews
5. Amtrak is announcing plans to build another tunnel connecting New Jersey to New York. Aside from all the figures, politics, existing issues, construction woes, etc. Amtrak estimates the tunnel to be completed in a decade.. a decade?! Do I hear Big Dig Part 2? http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/nj_senators_to_announce_new_co.html
6. AOL acquires the Huffington Post for $315 million. The best tweet I’ve seen all morning on this is by @mikecolton: “Very excited to see what Arianna Huffington does with Mapquest”. Read more about the acquisition here: http://mashable.com/2011/02/07/breaking-aol-acquires-huffington-post-for-315-million/
7. How do you create the perfect city? Anthony Lyons has the answer. Here’s a really interesting take on re-developing communities the way we want them to be built (i.e. working around traffic issues, being closer to a grocery store, etc.): http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663170/creating-the-perfect-city-is-about-illusions-such-as-shorter-blocks
8. “Confessions of a Juggler.” Read this essay, in true Tina Fey style, of her struggles in balancing career and motherhood: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_fey
9. Remember when Malcolm Gladwell attacked social media as a means to bring fire to a revolution? Well, he’s back and maintains his position in reference to the Egypt crisis. Read on for the author’s well-developed response on how social media has in fact helped fuel awareness and activity around the Egypt crisis: http://www.fastcompany.com/1724837/egypt-social-media-as-a-life-or-death-proposition
10. And finally, a great recap of all of last night’s Super Bowl commercials (sorted by quarter!): http://superbowlads.fanhouse.com/
That’s all from me today. Submissions to email@example.com.