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Friday: July 18, 2014

Turns out that one in four U.S. employees have no paid vacation time.Turns out that one in four U.S. employees have no paid vacation time.

The United States is the only advanced economy with no guaranteed vacation time for workers, and most Americans aren't even aware that guaranteed time off is common elsewhere in the world. While the guaranteed number of days off for employees in the U.S. is zero, workers in the European Union get at least 20 days per year, not including public holidays.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Travel @ 11:15 AM | Tags (4) | employees | time | travel | vacation |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: January 8, 2013

Ten awesome Super Nintendo RPG games you should probably play at least once in your life.Ten awesome Super Nintendo RPG games you should probably play at least once in your life.

I'm not sure if I should be proud or just plain sad to say that I've only completed five of the ten games on this list. Oh whatever, I'm proud - those were good times. For those of you who would like to relive the Super Nintendo glory days check out the OpenEmu project. It's a fantastic iTunes-like emulator for Mac that is currently under development (thanks Ant).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 11:39 AM | Tags (6) | emulation | gaming | lifetime | nintendo | rpg | snes |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 43 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Facebook testing out new single-column design for their timeline.Facebook testing out new single-column design for their timeline.

This latest design rollout is only appearing for those residing in New Zealand at this point in time. If you really can't wait to see it the new timeline, fear not - it's just a quick 19 hour flight away (for those of us on the east coast).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 9:11 AM | Tags (6) | begins | facebook | out | rolling | single-column | timeline |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: December 19, 2012

Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year.Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year.

Since the moment Obama arrived on the national scene in 2004, the very idea of leadership has been under assault. Many of the old institutions that once anchored the American Dream have been bled of public confidence. Banks, Big Business, the news media and Congress all polled at or near record lows during his first term. Obama himself was the target of uncommon vitriol, but he has somehow managed to keep the public’s faith.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 4:09 PM | Tags (6) | 2012 | barack | obama | president | time.com | time |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: December 18, 2012

TIME pulls the curtain back on short list for 2012 Person of the Year.TIME pulls the curtain back on short list for 2012 Person of the Year.

All eight candidates appeared on TIME’s online reader poll, but none took first place. TIME’s online voters have already revealed their choice for this year’s top newsmaker: Kim Jong Un. More than 5.6 million people voted for the supreme leader of North Korea, although his results and those of other high scorers got a boost from members of Internet forums like 4Chan. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 8:17 PM | Tags (7) | time | person | year | 2012 | interesting | voters | 4chan |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Sunday: December 9, 2012

Tim Cook appears on NBC's Rock Center for an exclusive interview with Brian Williams.Tim Cook appears on NBC's Rock Center for an exclusive interview with Brian Williams.

If you happen to be an avid fan of all things Apple (such as myself) then this video will most likely appeal to you. Watch as Tim Cook and Brian Williams take a stroll through some of the Manhattan retail stores and discuss everything from recent battles with Samsung to the long rumored Apple television. Oh, and if you didn't already know - Apple will also start making a Mac line here in the States next year too (belated spoiler alert). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 10:45 PM | Tags (8) | apple | brianwilliams | ceo | nbc | products | rockcenter | rumors | timcook |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Telltale's episodic adapation of The Walking Dead wins Game of the Year award.Telltale's episodic adapation of The Walking Dead wins Game of the Year award.

If you haven't played any games from Telltale now would be a good time to start. I've been a big fan of Telltale early on as they managed to take some classic yet seemingly abandoned LucasArts franchises (Sam and Max, Monkey Island) and restore them with new storylines and fun adventures. That being said, I've heard wonderful things about their latest offering with Kirkman's series and how it takes adventure gaming to an entirely different level. Truth be told, I haven't tried out The Walking Dead yet but I plan to in the near future. Congratulations to the entire Telltale Games team!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 9:54 PM | Tags (11) | adventure | episodic | game | gaming | honor | horror | nytimes | telltale | video | walkingdead | wins |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 14, 2011

Everything you never knew about Google's top secret lab where they pursue future ideas.Everything you never knew about Google's top secret lab where they pursue future ideas.

According to the article, this magical place (dubbed 'Google X') is where Google may or may not be working on the following futuristic concepts:  1) an internet fridge that orders food when it's low, 2) driver-less cars, 3) space elevators, 4) personal assistant robots for your home, 5) networked coffee pots and gardening tools and finally 6) training monkeys to fly airplanes for special covert operations.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:27 PM | Tags (9) | airplanes | dreaming | future | google | lab | monkeys | nytimes | secret | space |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 15, 2011

Ten games that take minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.Ten games that take minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.

While chess is often thought of as a mathematical game, experts say the real contest is often a psychological one, in which players scrutinize one another for subtle cues and tendencies that predict behavior and reveal weaknesses. As Soviet chess trainer Mark Dvoretsky once noted: 'The opponent makes an apparently innocent move, but for some reason or another, he rouses our vigilance and promptly we discover the cunning that is concealed.'

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Nerdy @ 2:10 PM | Tags (6) | howstuffworks | games | minutes | lifetime | master | nerdy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 82 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 1, 2011

The fine print on the debt deal according to The New York Times.The fine print on the debt deal according to The New York Times.

The bill, in short, is not likely to have profound effect on the recovery in the near-term. It should be noted, of course, that the recovery still has plenty of its own problems, and that fiscal policy in 2012 will tend to be contractionary on the whole as the last vestiges of the 2009 stimulus roll off the budget and as the payroll tax cuts agreed to for 2011 expire. But that would be true even if a 'clean' debt ceiling increase had been adopted with no changes to fiscal policy.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Politics @ 2:05 PM | Tags (7) | fine | print | debt | deal | nytimes | nyt | politics |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 28, 2011

Sponsored tweets from companies you follow will be appearing more often in your Twitter timeline.Sponsored tweets from companies you follow will be appearing more often in your Twitter timeline.

If you use a Twitter and you happen to follow of lot of name brand companies you'll be seeing what that particular company has to say front and center. Sponsored tweets from said companies will appear at the top of your timeline and can be easily dismissed with a click. This seems like a good idea in theory, if I'm following a given company on Twitter one would think that what they have to say would be relevant to my interests (in theory of course). In theory you could also follow me on Twitter (@subwarm), and no - there will not be sponsored messages from me or GLM (not intentionally anyway).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 3:05 PM | Tags (8) | blog | companies | fyi | monetize interwebs | sponsored | timely | tweets | twitter |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 26, 2011

McDonald's takes a stab at making Happy Meals a healthier option.McDonald's takes a stab at making Happy Meals a healthier option.

And just how will McDonald's pull off this healthy task you ask? By shrinking the size of the french fries portion that comes with the meal, of course. And believe it or not, the fast food chain even toyed with removing french fries all together from Happy Meals. According to the LA Times, families in this test group rebelled (non-violently) against this idea. Take that, healthly diet!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Food @ 2:47 PM | Tags (8) | happymeal | mcdonalds | latimes | healthy | fries | calories | food | diet |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

New York City Street View circa 1982.New York City Street View circa 1982.

This is an awesome project and it makes for a glorious way to pass the time. Case in point: I am currently taking a stroll down Lexington Avenue in the year 1982 while actually sitting in an office on Lexington Avenue in 2011. My brain may very well implode any minute. Big kudos to the creator Dan Weeks for putting this together. Wow.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Artsy @ 9:31 AM | Tags (10) | 1982 | art | artsy | danweeks | lexington | manhattan | nyc | streets | streetview | timemachine |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Square Enix did quite well this year with their multi-million selling titles.Square Enix did quite well this year with their multi-million selling titles.

One of those titles happened to be Final Fantasy XIII, a game that literally makes you literally click one button for ten plus hours and nothing else.  On the flip side, if you manage to stick it out past the twenty hour mark the game begins to get somewhat enjoyable. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 12:25 PM | Tags (12) | gamasutra | square | enix | record | year | multimillion | titles | finalfantasy | xiii | rpg | gaming | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 26, 2010

Thirteen terrific sites for managing and sharing media files.Thirteen terrific sites for managing and sharing media files.

I keep hearing fantastic things about DropBox but I have yet to take advantage of their service. Should you decide to not make the same mistake you'll get two free gigabytes of storage space for signing up. Happy sharing.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:06 AM | Tags (10) | audio | dropbox | files | interwebs | managing | media | multimedia | music | sharing | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 62 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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