FLUBBER DUCKY Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 54-foot-tall rubber duck is seen in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, on May 2 (top); after it suffered structural damage (middle); and finally, flat as a deflated souffle on Tuesday. Police are looking to question Bert the Muppet, who was seen fleeing the scene with a giant needle. (Photos: Bobby Yip / Reuters [top]; Tyrone Siu / Reuters [middle]; and Vincent Yu / AP via NBCNews.com)
whyyy cruel world whyyyyyyy
The Takeaway: Don’t let critics destroy a great idea.
The three women behind the THINX, a fashionable underwear line designed for a woman’s menstrual cycle, wanted to launch an untested idea in a field dominated by corporate giants like Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, and Victoria’s Secret.
After a few years of perseverance and research, THINX products are beginning to hit store shelves, and early sales have already eclipsed this year’s projections.
hey, hey, i just saw them speak at the Forbes Women’s Summit.
In mid-April, we went live with a half dozen articles which we call “stubs.” The idea here is to plant a flag in a story right away with a short post—a “stub”—and then build the article as the story develops over time, rather than just cranking out short, discrete posts every time something new breaks. One of our writers refers to this aptly as a “slow live blog.
The results of Fast Company’s experiment with “stubs” — which allowed them to gradually create long-form journalism — pleasantly surprised the team when it brought a lot of traffic. Learn more about their strategy and check out snapshots of their site analytics from Chris Dannen. (via onaissues)
FJP: SBNation, the network of sports blog, rolled out a feature similar to this when Vox Media redesigned the entire ecosystem. This is how Jeff Clark of SBNation’s CelticsBlog described “Storystreams” when the redesign launched:
This is a kind of post that has several updates within that post. It is a smarter way of handling big stories that have many updates (like trade deadline day and media day) rather than editing a single post or breaking it into several smaller posts.
And yes, I’m a Celtics junkie. — Michael
(Photo: Jonathan Gibby for NBC News)
The members of the class of 2013 entered college under the gloom the Great Recession, came of age in an era of economic uncertainty and are graduating into a job market still scarred by high unemployment.
please. don’t even. seriously.
At Bloomberg, reporters could sit at their desks and use a keyboard function to see the last time an official of the Federal Reserve logged on. And the Justice Department obtained the records of The Associated Press from phone companies with no advance notice, giving it no chance to challenge the action. The absence of friction has led to a culture of transgression. Clearly, if it can be known, it will be known.David Carr, Snooping and the news media: it’s a two way street (via soupsoup)
Do You Have the Right Personality to Become a Secretary in 1959? Take This Quiz
~ Brooke’s Your Reflector Number I (Personality) Quiz from the Secretarial Training Program in Waco, Texas, January 1959 to June 1959
via National Archives (h/t to Slate Vault)
My score: 32. And I spent several years as a secretary *cough* Administrative Assistant.
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A hostage situation in the New Jersey capital of Trenton passed its 24th hour on Saturday as police worked to coax out an unidentified armed man who has taken “multiple” hostages amid reports of fatalities.