What We’re Reading: March 23 – March 29

REALTORS are the happiest at work, top twitter feeds, and Microsoft’s next OS

Who has the job that makes them the most happy? The answer is real estate agent. Factors such as control over work, rising commissions, and contentment with their boss help to bring them to the top of the list. Would you agree?

Twitter list getting stale? Need some ‘best in class’ ideas for your own feed? Time puts together the top 140 twitter feeds for the year.

Upgraded to Windows 8 yet? Neither have I. But that’s not stopping Microsoft from working on the next update to its Windows operating system, codenamed Windows Blue. Microsoft appears to be embracing the Apple model, launching annual updates to its OS, rather than major 3-year cycle upgrades. PC Magazine speculates that the update could be available as early as this summer and runs down some expected improvements.

Bike to work to Willis Tower in Chicago?  You are in luck. The former Sears Tower is the first office building in Chicago to offer a bike valet. The $250 annual fee, the valet will store your bike in a security monitored area, tune up and wash your bike four times a year.  The basic monthly storage fee is $25.00.  It’s a great way to protect your expensive bike at work.

A new iPad makes a lovely (if expensive) gift. If you bought yours at a third-party retailer, you might want to open the package in the store to make sure it really contains your pricey toy. Several buyers have reported finding fake, non-functioning tablets (or even just clay) once the box is open. And with most stores prohibiting returns of opened electronics, the purchaser is often out of luck.

First it was Chinese drywall, now it’s Chinese concrete. Construction has been halted at what was to be China’s tallest skyscraper after the concrete was found to contain corrosion-causing sea salt in the mix. Inspectors found sea sand in at least 15 buildings under construction in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong.

Tardar sauce (aka “Grumpy cat”), arguably the most viral cat on the Internet, debuted in Time Magazine this month. What’s your favorite caption for her?

March Madness is in full swing. Who has the lamest mascot?

Need some new ideas for decorating Easter eggs this weekend? Blue Matter has compiled colorful, unique and fun Easter egg ideas for you and the kids.


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