Wyly Wade

Month: November 2013

Whats on your plate for Thanksgiving Dinner

The Economist did a great state by state breakdown as to the types of food everyone prefers for each course of Thanksgiving Dinner. So while the White House had 9 kinds of pie the preferred food really very depending on the region. I am sort of surprised by the sausage stuffing in New England all…

Hot Water Freezes Faster than Cold — The Mpemba Effect

Named after Erasto Mpemba, is the assertion that, in some circumstances, warmer water can freeze faster than colder water. Although there is anecdotal support for the effect, there is no agreement on exactly what the effect is and under what circumstances it occurs. There have been reports of similar phenomena since ancient times, although with insufficient detail for the claims to be…

The Chinese colony of Brazil – Part Duex

“What happens is you start getting people saying ‘Wait a minute, we are running a huge trade deficit with China. They are investing $20 billion and grabbing up all our resources. Are we a colony?’” says Derek Scissors of the American Enterprise Institute. While controversial the first settlement of the Brazilian people by the Chinese was in…

Sun never set on the British Empire 9 out of 10 countries invaded — Wyly Wade

Over the expansion of the British Empire new research was able to show that 9 out of 10 countries have been invaded by the British Empire at one point or the other.  New research shows that practically everyone has been invaded by British troops at one point or another. A “staggering 90% of the world’s nations” have been overrun by…

Aadhaar a struggle of identity — Part 1 Identity

Aadhaar Wyly Wade

Over the coming weeks I am going provide some of my thoughts around identification (ID) and ID solutions. A critical understanding about ID systems can be neatly boxed into a single statement: Things you know; things you have; and things you are. But more on this later. Almost from the beginning, Aadhaar (in India) has struggled…

Jobs data shows: Either you are way over educated or way under educated –Wyly Wade

Wyly economics investment

Bloomberg does a really great job on presenting the details behind the October 2013 jobs report. While the 200,000 new jobs were created is much better it is still a far 300,000-400,000 that were really the norm in the ’90s and mid ’00s. At the same point though the workplace participation rate is at an…

Oyster — NetFlix meets pay library

Oyster, a combination of NetFlix and pay library service at less then $10 per month. Kadambari Murali Wade should be over joyed… Another Peter Thiel investment that I love. In my opinion he is clearly picking winners. Oyster could be a viable option for the price of less than a book a month. The team…

Toilet waste to energy system

  It may not be an appetizing thought when you’re putting the dinner on – but a new loo turns human waste into fuel. The ‘No Mix Vacuum Toilet’ is an airplane-style vacuum toilet which splits waste into solids and liquids. Liquid waste is processed for chemicals such as phosphorous for fertilizers. Solid waste is processed in a…

Exoskeleton gives Army Vet ability to walk again

A crushed spine is usually a life sentence of confinement to, at best, a wheelchair–but at least one vet is taking steps to change all that. In fact, Gary Linfoot is  making for an inspiring story for Veteran’s Day. Five years ago the Army pilot’s helicopter suffered was brought down by a mechanical failure during Linfoot’s 19th combat…

Most popular sports by country — Wyly Wade

Most of the countries one would expect, cricket India, ice hockey Canada, table tennis China. The odd duck is clearly Guyana which most would consider a typical South American country until one realizes that 43.5% of the population is East Indian in origin. These are descendants as indentured servants. From 1838 to 1917 over 238,000 indentured Indian…

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