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December 17, 2012
Side note to the previous post: In doing some quick verification of a thing or two, I stumbled upon perhaps the weirdest file format ever created: The .WWF format, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund’s German chapter. Here’s what it is: It’s a PDF file that you can’t print, in an effort to save paper. Because clearly this is an effective way to solve the problem of paper waste. Guess the Google drone thing is another attempt by the WWF to be on top of random technological trends.

Side note to the previous post: In doing some quick verification of a thing or two, I stumbled upon perhaps the weirdest file format ever created: The .WWF format, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund’s German chapter. Here’s what it is: It’s a PDF file that you can’t print, in an effort to save paper. Because clearly this is an effective way to solve the problem of paper waste. Guess the Google drone thing is another attempt by the WWF to be on top of random technological trends.

23:06 // 1 year ago

Google joins drone business, saves wildlife in one fell swoop

  • $5M the amount Google gave the World Wildlife Fund in an effort to fight wildlife crime. How, you ask? Well, it involves drones and rhinos. “The grant enables WWF to test advanced but easily-replicable technologies and create an overarching system to curb poaching—an important complement to the work WWF, partners and governments are already undertaking,” the group says. Cool. source
22:54 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012

Self-funding: Is it really worth it?

    • 58 political candidates gave $500,000 or more to their own campaigns in 2010
    • 11 of those 58 actually ended up winning their elections (roughly $19%)
    • $130Mtotal amount of self-donations to 2012 campaigns—so far source

    » Not much bang for the buck: Tons of money is needed to get a political campaign off the ground, but that doesn’t mean being rich out of the gate is a sure-fire win for wannabe politicians. In 2010, wrestling magnate Linda McMahon spent $50 million on her own Senate campaign only to be crushed by Richard Blumenthal, who’d raised a (relatively) modest $8.7 million. More recently, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost the GOP primary after giving $24 million to his own war chest—the most so far of any candidate this cycle. But this doesn’t seem to be discouraging wealthy candidates: McMahon is running for the Senate again this year, and her $8.8 million contribution constitutes 90% of what she’s raised so far.

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    7:22 // 2 years ago