Children's Hospital

Maybe I'm going soft or something, but this facet of a new children's hospital made me go "Aaawww...".

It's part of a much larger piece, made up of famous or smart people answering the question, "What are you optimistic about in 2007?" On the same page, Brian Eno has a very funny entry; unfortunately, the humor is unintentional.


GDP Density Map

OK, it's a little nerdy, but I think this GDP density map is pretty cool. Even just eyeballing the US part led to surprises (and don't forget to check out Canada).

The following text talks about a somewhat-related natural experiment to see how much social institutions have to do with economic development.