Where are they now? And who were they again?

The year was 1999, and there were two groups of people. Those who'd made millions through internet ventures, and those just about to. I found myself in the latter camp "“ a summer intern at high-flying start-up* in Santa Monica.

To ring in the new millennium, tech mag Upside tossed a party, and commissioned Rob Barber to paint a portrait of their ideal attendees.

Then bubble burst, the magazine folded and many of the people featured on the poster fell back into obscurity.

Seven years later, Seth Godin found that poster in his basement. His friend Dave set up a site to promote Seth's new book, The Dip. The goal is to identify all the people in the poster. Maybe you'll spot someone you know. Maybe even yourself.

Did anyone out there get close to dot-com riches? Have a good story to share?

* is still alive and thriving, and the company was recently featured on Entourage. I received more calls, emails, IMs and texts about this plot inclusion than any other event in years.

Bone Broth 101

Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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