Archive for March 24, 2012

Facebook Vs Google.

While Facebook may have taken last year’s title as the best place to work, it seemsGoogle has stolen the number one spot in this year’s rankings.

According to career website Glassdoor, this year is particularly noteworthy given Google has lagged behind Facebook in employee satisfaction for the past four years.

But the two tech giants are neck and neck in terms of what employees think of their CEOs, with Google CEO Larry Page earning a 94 percent employee approval rating, just 2 percent higher than that of Mark Zuckerberg.

Glassdoor’s look into compensation and benefits also showed quite similar results between the two companies. Facebook is only slightly ahead, with 10 percent of employees finding their salary to be a highly-valued reason to work for the company, while 9 percent of Google employees cited salary as a primary incentive.

Like any job, there are bound to be downsides. At Google, office politics and stress were more mentioned than by Facebook employees. But long hours seemed to be more of an issue at Facebook (9%) than at Google (3%).

To see the full blown Google vs Facebook talent war, check out the Glassdoor infographic below.

From mile-high stilettos to heels covered in diamonds, designers are always going to extremes to make a more chic-looking shoe.

But German artist Iris Schieferstein is using a much different approach when crafting hers: dead animals.

According to The Virtual Shoe Museum, the artist has been using raw material (aka. the aforementioned dead animals) in her art pieces for years.

Not shockingly, the shoes have garnered the attention of celebs including Lady Gaga and, according to the Daily Mail, can cost close to $6,000. Daily Mail claims the process of creating the shoes includes “stripping out any remaining meat and bones from the animal’s feet and the skin is sent to a tanner to be treated for preservation” before she crafts them into stilettos. One of her more controversial pieces is a pair of sandals made with stuffed doves.

“She joins the fragments together to new creatures and thus gives a new face to death,” says the Virtual Shoe Museum, which houses information on her and other designer’s collections. “No matter, if her arrangements follow paintings of the great masters of art or if the joined objects turn out to be whole words – her work always gives evidence of aesthetic intuition and her inclination to subtle entertainment. The earlier you die – the longer you are dead.”

We’re all for limited edition, totally unique fashion, but the art of combining taxidermy and couture seems a little off the rocker.

Facebook Break Ups RelationshipsMeet the web’s latest relationship expert: Facebook.

By analyzing changes in users’ relationship statuses in 2010 and 2011, the social network’s data team has unearthed some noteworthy patterns that offer insights into the ways people break up and hook up throughout the year. The data also sheds light on just how much information Facebook has about even the most personal matters in our lives.

Facebook researchers compared the number of users who changed their relationship status from a “non-coupled” status to a “coupled” status (i.e. single to engaged), as well as those who went from coupled to non-coupled, in an attempt to uncover the boom and bust periods for relationships.

The summer months have a chilling effect on romances, Facebook found. “In 2010 and 2011, May through August were clearly lower than the other months of the year, suggesting the daily net change in relationships reaches a low during the summer,”Facebook writes in its blog post. While other months saw a net increase in relationships, the summer months tended to have a greater number of breakups.

New couples outnumber the freshly-solo around Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Facebook recorded 49 percent more new relationships than break-ups on February 14 and 34 percent more on December 25.

Relationships tend hit a rough spot at the end of the week — Friday and Saturday saw “relatively more” splits, especially among users over 25 — but romance blossoms over the weekend. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are the top days for new couples to declare their “coupled” status.

Of course, there are a few blindspots in the data, as users might choose to hide their relationship status altogether. Prank hook-ups are also common: Facebook notes “[t]he fifth biggest day for a net increase in relationships was April 1st, or April Fool’s Day, which saw 20% more relationship initiations than splits. But unsurprisingly, many of these appear to be short-lived: April 2nd was the year’s most extreme day in the other direction, with 11% more break-ups than new relationships.”

The findings offer insights into our relationships with our significant others, as well as our relationship with Facebook. The data hints at the extent to which the social network has become all-seeing and all-knowing, able to use data to understand our behavior, perhaps even better than we might understand it ourselves.

There’s nothing new about this: Facebook has always known who we’re most interested in checking up on online, as well as who we’re chatting with, who we’ve stopped talking to, and who we’re researching.

David Kirkpatrick notes in The Facebook Effect that Mark Zuckerberg was able to use data about its users to predict — maybe even before the individuals could — when a break-up was looming:

As the service’s engineers built more and more tools that could uncover such insights, Zuckerberg sometimes amused himself by conducting experiments. For instance, he concluded that by examining friend relationships and communications patterns he could determine with about 33 percent accuracy who a user was going to be in a relationship with a week from now. To deduce this he studied who was looking which profiles, who your friends were friends with, and who was newly single, among other indicators.

Bichon Frise (The Cuddler)

Humans are great. Puppies are better.

We’ve selected 11 breeds of puppies you need more than a man (it was hard to pick just 11). Not only do these puppies tick most of the boxes any online dating profile includes, but they are also loyal, loving and unable to talk back.

These little pups will never forget your birthday (because they won’t know it in the first place), they’ll never make you miss a new episode of that show you really like to watch some sporting event you don’t, they don’t play mind games, and they love to cuddle — with no expectation of sex before or after.

No matter your particular personality and lifestyle, there’s a puppy for you, friends. We invite you to find your match in the slideshow below.

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We all know that regular exercise can boost cardiovascular health and help you to maintain a healthy weight. But even for the most health-conscious among us, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to squeeze a workout into our already jam-packed lives.

So when we heard about a recent study suggesting that core muscle exercises could induce a female orgasm (a.k.a. “coregasm), we were, well, motivated again. And that got us thinking about what other health benefits exercise has beyond the obvious: heart health and weight management. In that spirit, we gathered up 10 of the more surprising ways that exercise can be give your health a boost. Click through then tell us, what healthy perks keep you dedicated to regular workouts?

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Copyright Miran Kambic 

The exhibition and retail pavilion inside the Postojna cave is the first underground post office building in the world. The aim of the project was the renovation of a pavilion in the Concert Hall deemed inappropriate functionally and material-wise. The design would as well replace previously inappropriate visitor sanitary facilities located at the platform with new ones within the structure and connect them to a new biological treatment plant. The entire construction was possible only within the maximum dimensions of the partly demolished existing structure, while the specifics of construction in an underground cave required the use of inorganic construction materials appropriate for such conditions, adjusted to simple transport by the cave train and appropriate for manual fitting.

2012-03-24-archcave2.jpgCopyright Miran KambicThe entire construction and fitting of construction elements observed nature protection requirements for the smallest impact on the value of nature possible. The concept of sustainability is also reflected in the heating system and ventilation and, last but not least, the first underground biological treatment plant in Slovenia.

2012-03-24-archcave3.jpgCopyright Miran KambicThe exhibition and retail pavilion is designed in two parts. The pavilion part is a transparent, passable area with four entrances/exits, designed within a longitudinal volume in the form of the letter S, thus reflecting the wall of the underground hall. The volume is structured in a manner that directs the flow of visitors and points to entrances and exits.

2012-03-24-archcave4.jpgCopyright Miran KambicIn the renovated service part of the structure, service areas and new sanitary facilities for the visitors of the postojna cave were provided as well as connected to the treatment plant on the level of the platform. The interior of the structure functions as a uniform, flexible space with installed floor plugs for plug-in exhibits and movable equipment. The volume of the exhibition and retail area is transparent throughout the entire interior height, functioning as an extension of the concert hall.

2012-03-24-archcave5.jpgCopyright Miran KambicThe exhibition and retail area is flexible, as it is equipped with floor plugs prepared for plug-in equipment elements or exhibits. Other equipment elements in the exhibition niche can also be plugged in as desired to wall holders according to required exhibition or retail purposes.