Links For December 28, 2013

When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege

In this piece, Altucher — whose Wikipedia page contains the phrase “ran a fund of hedge funds” — recounts the tale of taking his daughter out for a fashion show and some ping-pong. When he is not on the list at the fashion show… he manipulates his way in.... He believes his fun evening provides a lesson for us all: “Don’t break the laws. Don’t kill people. Don’t steal. But most other rules can be bent.” James Altucher thinks he has written an article about “getting everything you want.” He has actually written an article about white privilege.

Immigrants Are Sending More Money Back To Less Poor Countries

Seventy percent of all “remittances” — the money that migrants send back to their countries of origin — goes to middle-income nations like the Dominican Republic, India and Mexico, according to a newly released Pew study that crunched numbers from the World Bank.... There are a few reasons for this: There are more middle-income nations in the world than before; those nations have more people in them; and more of those people are migrating to wealthier places.

Pouring Cheese on Icy Roads in (Where Else?) Wisconsin

“You want to use provolone or mozzarella,” said Jeffrey A. Tews, the fleet operations manager for the public works department, which has thrice spread the cheesy substance in Bay View, a neighborhood on Milwaukee’s south side. “Those have the best salt content. You have to do practically nothing to it.”

Parisian graffiti block preserved in digital 3D ahead of demolition

What makes Graffiti Général different from its American cousin? Despite the plans to repurpose it as an office block, there’s been a concerted effort to preserve the works of art that lie within. The building’s new tenant, advertising agency BETC, has created a to-scale 3D model of the building, and incorporated over 5,200 high-resolution photos of the art that covers it.

Graffiti Général

Today, the sound of aerosol sprays is obscured by that of pneumatic drills. Advertising agency BETC will be moving in as of 2016. But before opening a new page in the life of the building, we had to make sure we were also preserving its past. With this end in view, each square metre of the Magasins was photographed in full and translated into a virtual 3D model, thereby conserving the works inside and out and giving one and all a chance to relive the glory days of the building’s street art era.