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slate: my day at reality-tv school

slate heads to a reality-tv acting class which teaches how to be a reality-tv star. people most certainly practice to be on these tv shows, so why not have a class to teach you the finer points?

slate: the apprentice: my day at reality-tv school, by troy patterson

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what's online: why some succeed wildly

malcolm gladwell has a new book coming out called, outliers: why some people succeed and some don’t, and the internet is already a-tizzle about it.

more important than mr. gladwell’s book, however, is that this is the final what’s online column. it’s been a great run, 3 years, 140 illustrations, and a whole lot of good times. i would like to take a moment to thank dan mitchell for his great writing over the years, also mickey, nick, james, phyllis and the rest of new york times bizday team for all their stellar work editing, art directing and general upstandingness.

fear not, i will still be working with the times, just this column is ending. stayed tuned to this blog for a best of (possibly a worst of as well). and to answer the question that hasn’t been asked, this week’s what’s online is NOT a self portrait, malcolm gladwell also has curly hair. once again, not a self portrait.

nytimes.com: what’s online, by dan mitchell

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what’s online: why some succeed wildly

malcolm gladwell has a new book coming out called, outliers: why some people succeed and some don’t, and the internet is already a-tizzle about it.

more important than mr. gladwell’s book, however, is that this is the final what’s online column. it’s been a great run, 3 years, 140 illustrations, and a whole lot of good times. i would like to take a moment to thank dan mitchell for his great writing over the years, also mickey, nick, james, phyllis and the rest of new york times bizday team for all their stellar work editing, art directing and general upstandingness.

fear not, i will still be working with the times, just this column is ending. stayed tuned to this blog for a best of (possibly a worst of as well). and to answer the question that hasn’t been asked, this week’s what’s online is NOT a self portrait, malcolm gladwell also has curly hair. once again, not a self portrait.

nytimes.com: what’s online, by dan mitchell

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what’s online: fake gems, genuine appeal

science is now capable of producing a diamond that is indistinguishable from one pulled from the ground. diamonds in fact aren’t that rare, but exceedingly tightly controlled, which gives them their value. the article talks about the various possibilities technologically, economically, and politically that could occur due to manufactured diamonds.

nytimes.com: what’s online, by dan mitchell

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what's online: filling up for a bit less

if you’re an american, likely you’re struggling at the pump. me? i don’t have a car. screw that! anyway, you aren’t going to be able to buy cheap gas, but some gas stations will be cheaper! good hunting:

But the most helpful tips come in the form of links to sites that track gasoline prices. At GasPriceWatch.com and GasBuddy.com, users act as volunteer price spotters, reporting the lowest and highest prices in cities across the country. On Wednesday and Thursday this week, prices for regular gas in Oakland, Calif., ranged from $4.30 to $4.79 a gallon, according to spotters on GasBuddy. In New York City, they ranged from $4.15 to $4.70. The lowest prices were in Wichita, Kan., according to the site, ranging from $3.68 at a Kum & Go station to $3.89 at a Phillips 66 outlet.

nytimes.com: what’s online, by dan mitchell

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