"Shrouded within the park of Villa Demidoff (just north of Florence, Italy), there sits a gigantic 16th century sculpture known as Colosso dell’Appennino, or the Appennine Colossus. The brooding structure was first erected in 1580 by Italian sculptor Giambologna. Like a guardian of the pond in front of him, the giant is in an endless watchful pose, perched atop his earthy seat.”
September 19, 2013 | The Obama administration is transporting Wall Street logic into higher education by proposing to measure the value of a college by the earnings of its graduates. This conceptual coup may be the best news for Wall Street since the abolition of Glass-Steagall.
… Should this pernicious metric really catch on, it will create even more pressure for colleges to suck up to high finance. Not only do colleges court their hedge fund graduates as if they were gods instead of crooks, but an earnings metric will encourage colleges to become feeder schools for Wall Street firms since that’s where the highest salaries are. What a virtuous cycle: train the kids for Wall Street, get a higher earnings ranking, get more ambitious applicants, then get rich graduates to donate to your college. The next step is to sell the naming rights. How about the JPMorgan School for the Dark Arts?
A brief history of video games
The history of video games is a complicated story that involves giant computers in science labs, the founder of Chuck E. Cheese and billions of dollars in quarters. Safwat Saleem examines the evolution of the beloved world of gaming.