50% of Apple’s Hires This Year Were From Underrepresented Groups; Tim Cook Says There’s Still “Farther To Go”
Apple has committed to diversifying its new hires this year, and the company has just released some internal statistics on its progress. 50% of the hires made this year have been part of underrepresented groups at Apple; however, the company has yet to significantly surpass the statistics on diversity at other tech companies, like Facebook and Google.Read More
FiveThirtyEight Turns the Lidless Eye of Data Crunching to Gender Disparity in Superhero Comics Characters
They're also predicting that Lex Luthor will win his bid for president of the United States.Read More
But at least time-traveling future daughters and wives have your back.
The Internet is a treacherous place for those of us who aren't caught up on the latest episode of whatever television show everyone is talking about. According to a new survey by TiVo (hey, that's still a thing! Who knew?), though, its our friends who we should really be avoiding. Presumably so we can sit inside and watch more programs on our TiVos, I'm guessing.Read More
+2 CHA, -2 STR
I have a soft spot for studies about multiplayer games. Partly, this is because games are my stomping ground, and I like to nitpick the things I love. But more importantly, such studies are often reflective of how game culture is inextricably tied to the real world. The values and beliefs we hold out here can’t help but trickle down into virtual environments as well. There’s a new study that illustrates this beautifully, with a focus on social norms and expectations. In other words, my jam.Read More
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff
...and why it's unlikely anyone will actually win it.
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek appeared on The Nerdist Podcast recently. It's a really interesting interview, and if you have an hour and a half to kill, it's a great way to do that. At one point host Chris Hardwick wondered what the theoretical maximum a player could win in one episode was, so we did the math.Read More
Yay 'Murica, I guess.
The World Health Organization has released its Global status report on alcohol and health 2014, and as the name suggests, it's kind of a bummer. Severity of alcohol related diseases aside, however, it does have some interesting insights. The United States didn't even make the "top ten", so good for us, I think?Read More
Correlation is not causation, unless by "causation," you mean "fun."
If you like weird facts, time wasters and thinking critically, then get thee over to Spurious Correlations. Just because drownings from 1999-2009 correlate at a rate of 0.666004 with the number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in during those years doesn't mean the two are actually linked, but have fun trying to find a connection.Read More
As we've previously discussed, of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2013, a whopping 15 featured female protagonists. This figure became popular knowledge through a report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which compares the percentage of women working behind the camera with those featured on screen. Unsurprisingly, the numbers correlate. Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy had some questions about those statistics. Given Hollywood's focus on getting as many butts in seats as possible, surely they wouldn't ignore the preferences of their audiences. Could it be that the lack of women on screen was actually reflective of a purchasing trend? If we treat blockbusters like Catching Fire as flukes, is there economic logic behind the comparative lack of female-led films? Spoiler: No.Read More
The stats are fake, but the jokes are real.
It's that time again, Internet. #FollowFriday is our weekly segment where we recommend a Twitter account for you to follow. Usually we focus on people, but this week it's Fake Library Stats (@FakeLibStats).Read More
She’s 17-26 years old, college-educated, lives in the suburbs, and is new to comics. She prefers Tumblr to Reddit. She may have never even picked up a print comic. - Techhive, on the female demographic average of Comixology, the largest digital comics retailer. I'm guessing that Comixology's female userbase (which has more than quadrupled since the site's launch) shares a lot of demographic similarities to a majority of our readers as well. Then again, we haven't done a reader survey since 2011... gotta get on that. And, it goes without saying, if you're new to comics and reading this, ask for recommendations in the comments! If you aren't new to comics, post your faves.Read More
Things We Saw Today
To Boldly Go
Anti-Piracy outfits and world governments have been making huge strides in taking down some of the internet's biggest pirating networks, but it doesn't seem like the world's copyright-holders have noticed. According to TorrentFreak, Google still gets loads of DMCA takedown requests for famously deceased file-sharing sites like MegaUpload, Demonoid, and BTJunkie from some of the world's largest entertainment companies.Read More