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Links for Monday, January 21, 2008

  • Times Online: Scientists Find Missing Link – And it’s a Fish Finger – “Shubin’s findings suggest that every bone in the human body first evolved from simple marine ancestors. Our wrists, the unique dexterity of the thumb, even the shape of our skulls, can be traced to origins in primitive sea creatures.
  • N+1: Interview with a Hedge Fund Manager – “It’s too many stocks for a human brain to handle, so it’s really just guys with a lot of physics and hardcore statistics backgrounds who come up with ideas about models that might lead to excess return and then they test them and then basically all these models get incorporated into a bigger system that trades stocks in an automated way.
  • Second Life Wiki: Mono – “The plan is to continue testing Mono for LSL through the end of the month, and then make some mono-enabled regions available on the beta grid through February. Below you’ll find a non-technical description of how LSL and Mono will work together.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mercury’s Horizon from MESSENGER – “Pictured above is the limb of Mercury seen by MESSENGER upon approach, from about 1 ½ Earth diameters away. Visible on the hot and barren planet are many craters, many appeared to be more shallow than similarly sized craters on the Moon.
  • Dosh Dosh: 17 Ways You Can Use Twitter – “Twitter can be actively used as a tool to push out messages that capitalize on the attention you’re receiving from other users. Yes, I’m talking about self-promotion and marketing. This involves active user engagement.
  • Technology Matters: Annual Performance Reviews and Blogs – “I implemented a weekly report blog. Each of my employees were to post a blog entry by Monday morning start of business in their time zone. Failure to post was noted and could affect the rating. Further, all employees could read and comment on each other’s report. The quality of the report improved dramatically when peers started reading and commenting on each other’s report. Bad news started showing up much earlier … often in someone else’s comments.