Last week was most notable for the Super Bowl and some heavy changes in Egypt that hopefully don’t make things worse than they were (cross your fingers on that power vacuum). On a somewhat lighter note, I’ve gathered some nifty new weblinks from last week that might be of interest to the bachelor folk.
1. The Best & Worst Cities For Men– Men’s Health graded 100 major cities in the US using several criteria, including health & social factors. I was pretty stoked because my city, Lincoln, Nebraska, came in 6th! (Lincoln’s done fantastically on several comparison lists over the last few years, which gives me some consolation since I don’t live in the Pacific Northwest.) Take a look to see if your city made the list.
2. 10 Man Caves– The real estate site Zillow.com made a list of 10 great man caves, including Larry the Cable Guy’s man cave. Not so much bachelor pads as bachelor islands in the seas of marriage. Or something.
3. Top 10 Uncracked Codes– If you thought women were hard to crack, check out these 10 codes that have stymied cryptologists for years. One was even written by the composer Elgar in 1897. Maybe you can crack them (probably not). My brother sent me this link.
4. $20,000 To Hack Chrome– For all you computer geniuses and/or nerds (like my college roommate Ted) who need legal & financially happy outlets for your hacking skills, check out Google’s offer of $20,000 to anyone who can hack their Chrome browser during an event in Vancouver next month.
5. 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal (The Singularity)
This was a fascinating article from Time about Ray Kurzweil’s belief in ‘The Singularity’, where computers may soon far surpass human intelligence resulting in humans merging with machines in one of a couple ways. A fascinating read, if potentially disconcerting. Cyborg stuff.
6. 6 New Mythbusting Rules for Singles– Match.com surveyed 5,000 single men & women and found some surprising things that defied stereotypes, including that men fall in love more quickly and are more eager to have children. Why must they tell our secrets?
7. Silver Bullion Backwardation Suggests Supply Stress-Running out of silver? Sort of. The demand is greater than the current supply which means prices should continue to run up for some time. The article explains backwardation and what that means for the price of silver. I started watching silver prices last summer when they were at the $17.50 an ounce level. Today silver is just over $30/oz and this particular article expects it to reach as much as $130 in the not too distant future. The instability of our fiat currencies certainly helps silver and gold, but gold is a bit high for the average investor (currently over $1360 an ounce). Silver is outpacing gold with help from it’s many industrial uses, including it’s use as a conductor in solar power cells. The article doesn’t quite suggest you run to your local coin dealer and stock up, hoarding silver in a hole in your backyard for retirement and/or nuclear fallout, but it didn’t really need to. I think there was a link for that.