Get your ass to Startup School (oh, and why not use hipmunk while you're at it)

The application deadline is September 25th. As always, Startup School is free, but space is limited! It's at Stanford this year on 16 October 2010, starting at 9:00 am.

Be there. And be sure to have a good question for Zuck during the Q&A after his talk.

Hope to see you in attendance! In the meantime, I'm going to search eBay for some aviator goggles...

SF/SPCA Hearts LOLmagnetz and @breadpig (feeling is mutual)

You can has magnetz

LOLCats r funny n cute. Wif dis LOLMagnetz set, makin ur own lolcats iz vry easy. Just git piccur ov teh cat (or othr animal ov ur choosin) an use teh magnetz 2 build teh capshun rite on ur refrigerator. Cuz they r magnets, they will also hold teh picchur ur capshunin. Iz amazin; iz miracle; iz LOLMagnetz.

LOLmagnetz logo

Translation: LOLCats are funny and cute. And with this LOLMagnetz set, making your own LOLCats is very easy. Just get a picture of the Cat (or other animal of your choosing) and use the Magnetz to build the caption right on your refrigerator. Because they are magnets, they will also hold the picture they are captioning. It's amazing; it's a miracle; it's LOLMagnetz.

When you make a purchase of LoLmagnetz, you’re helping homeless dogs and cats in need. For every box purchased, Breadpig, creator and comic genius behind these fantastic fun pieces, will donate a portion of the proceeds to the SFSPCA.

LOLmagnetz were our first huge Breadpig success. To date, we've donated $45,000 in profits to help dogs & cats in the SF Bay Area find homes. We love the work they're doing.

If your life (or someone else's) wouldn't be complete without LOLmagnetz, pick them up from our store or from our fine friends at ThinkGeek!

Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds: MIchael Lewis on Greece

As Wall Street hangs on the question “Will Greece default?,” the author heads for riot-stricken Athens, and for the mysterious Vatopaidi monastery, which brought down the last government, laying bare the country’s economic insanity. But beyond a $1.2 trillion debt (roughly a quarter-million dollars for each working adult), there is a more frightening deficit. After systematically looting their own treasury, in a breathtaking binge of tax evasion, bribery, and creative accounting spurred on by Goldman Sachs, Greeks are sure of one thing: they can’t trust their fellow Greeks.

Fascinating Vanity Fair piece on the mess that is the present Greek economy & society.

So You Wanna Be a Chef - Anthony Bourdain

I am frequently asked by aspiring chefs, dreamers young and old, attracted by the lure of slowly melting shallots and caramelizing pork belly, or delusions of Food Network stardom, if they should go to culinary school. I usually give a long, thoughtful, and qualified answer.

But the short answer is “no.”

Let me save you some money. I was in the restaurant business for twenty-eight years—much of that time as an employer. I am myself a graduate of the finest and most expensive culinary school in the country, the CIA, and am as well a frequent visitor and speaker at other culinary schools. Over the last nine years, I have met and heard from many culinary students on my travels, have watched them encounter triumphs and disappointments. I have seen the dream realized, and— more frequently—I have seen the dream die.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not telling you that culinary school is a bad thing. It surely is not. I’m saying that you, reading this, right now, would probably be ill-advised to attend—and are, in all likelihood, unsuited for The Life in any case. Particularly if you’re any kind of normal.

I can't believe I went so long without knowing about Anthony Bourdain. I already knew I could never cut it as a chef, but I can eat.

To that end, Christina @ breadpig has been studying No Reservations for our imminent trip through Laos...

Retiring my old Pizza Hut uniform

Fare thee well, old friend. I started as a dishwasher on my first day, but ended up a cook by the end of the night. Two years into Pizza Hut, I was a pretty good waiter, even briefly considering putting off college to serve professionally in NY (what a decision that would've been...)

It was definitely one of the most useful jobs I had growing up; I benefit from lessons learned there almost every day.

TheGuardian: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert ape Glenn Beck with 'Rally to restore sanity'

Comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are about to attempt the impossible: satirising the rightwing TV personality Glenn Beck wth a "Rally to restore sanity" in Washington DC – inspired by a single headline on the social news website Reddit.

In an obvious poke at the stage-managed sanctimony of Beck's "Rally to restore America" earlier this month, Stewart and Colbert will hold duelling rallies on the National Mall on 30 October – just three days before the US congressional midterm elections.

What I really love about this article on how reddit inspired & created the Colbert/Stewart Rally is that it's written by Richard Adams of the Guardian, who was the first person in the mainstream press to ever write about reddit. You sir, rock.

I hope it's at least been a little interesting watching reddit grow over the last 5+ years.