Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: July 26 – August 2

Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, July 26 through August 1:

  • Travel Olympics
    I'm not an Olympics buff, but this? This is high-larious. Events in the Travel Olympics include the Airport Security Hurdles, the Arrivals Pentathlon, and the Language Long-Jump. Do go read it, it's quite clever. I really did LOL.
  • I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.
    From the article:

    "On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right?

    "Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use 'it's,' then that's not a learning curve I'm comfortable with."

    Major bonus points for linking that last word, "with," to a listing on the Oxford Dictionaries post about when it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition.

  • Should I Move to France? (28 Questions to Ask Yourself)
    I doubt it would take much tweaking to make this list applicable to Italy, too. In fact, I'd love to see someone do it.

    (via @brainpicker on Twitter)

  • 27 Things to Know Before You Work in Social Media
    I nodded vociferously through this entire list, but a few in particular got an AMEN – numbers 6, 7, 20, 24, 25 and especially 22. If you're working in social media, even on your own behalf, give this list a read.

    (via @jetsettingjulie on Twitter)

  • What’s New in Italy This Summer: 7 Ideas For Your Italy Trip
    I love hearing about new-to-me Italy stuff, and this list is full of that – including a new service that's similar to Home Food (which I completely adore), a hop on/hop off vaporetto in Venice, and news that Ghiberti's famous doors are going to be unveiled again in Florence.

    (via @casinadirosa on Twitter)

  • Hope Solo Goes on a Twitter Rant About Commentator Brandi Chastain’s Soccer Ignorance
    I'm so glad Brandi Chastain didn't stoop to Hope Solo's level, either by responding to Solo on Twitter or by another method. Solo is a kick-ass goalkeeper who needs a lesson in class – which, ironically, she could learn from Chastain… But probably won't.
  • Spain and Germany Provide Reality Check on Euphoria
    There's more going on in this article, but the statistic that drew me in was one posted on Twitter about Spain's unemployment rate. I know Italy's unemployment rate has been astronomically high (especially in the south) for decades – this is one of the reasons you'll hear about so many young people living with their parents well into their 30s – but the numbers in Spain in this article shocked me.

    The country's unemployment rate overall is up to 24.6%, which is a new record high, but youth unemployment in particular "rose to 53% in the second quarter." More than half of Spain's youth are unemployed. What does that say for the future of the Eurozone?

    (via @dansaltzstein on Twitter)

  • Eagle Scouts Returning Our Badges
    Wow – this Tumblr of (as the title says) Eagle Scouts sending their badges back to Bob Mazzuca (who has the eyebrow-raisingly amusing title of "Chief Scout Executive") is pretty moving. The cynic in me doesn't think it'll have any impact until Mr. Mazzuca is no longer in his post, however.

    (via @joanna_haugen on Twitter)

  • New Research on Why CEOs Should Use Social Media
    From this post: "Corporate leaders — and especially large company CEOs — are finally realizing what their employees and customers already know: That using social technologies to engage with customers, suppliers, and even with their own employees enables their companies to be more adaptive and agile."

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