July 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Sure, I’m at the beach, but quick hits will not be denied! (In fact, it’s extra long as a direct result) There’s a ton, but I didn’t feel like breaking them up this week. Sorry. Enjoy…
1) Krugman on conservative delusions about inflation. It really is pretty amazing how these continue.
2) Challenges universities face from a professor’s point of view.
3) Loved this essay in the Atlantic on how all the mothers in animated movies are dead. Or at least essentially out of the picture. A notable exception– The Incredibles, one of the best animated films in the past decade (and a favorite of all the Greene kids and parents).
4) Nice Brenday Nyhan in the Upshot. When beliefs and facts collide, beliefs win. Though, not for me and my enlightened and scientifically-minded readers :-).
5) Apparently, this is the year of 42 year old women. It just so happens I’m married to one.
7) Three psychological findings I wish I’d known in high school. Indeed.
8) I so loved classic rock when I was a teenager. I thought I was much too cool for the rock of the times. Of course, now that’s “classic rock” too. 538 with a look by the numbers.
9) Nice Economist piece on the myth of the omnipotent presidency and the damage that the myth does.
10) Yahoo Tech presents 15 entertaining novelty twitter accounts. Some of these really are awesome.
11) Fascinating story on the last days of Diane Rehm’s husband and how we starved/dehydrated himself to death (he had advanced Parkinson’s).
12) Back before youtube there was jibjab. This land is your land was a revelation.
13) Okay, turns out that whole how to/not to praise children thing really is getting complicated. Still, I think it is clear that it is a good idea not to over-praise nor praise excessively for innate abilities.
14) Nice Salon piece on how NC”s new Republican-led voter disenfranchisement laws really are the most evil in the country.
15) I was fascinated by this Atlantic piece on how the “crossover” has taken over the new car market. I had no idea. Of course, my cars are from 1998 and 2000. Really interesting on the history of cars versus minivans versus SUV’s, etc.
16) When I first read about the Kentucky State Senator and the temperature on Mars, I figured he couldn’t really be that dumb. Turns out he’s not. But still pretty damn stupid. I’m sorry, Democratic state legislators just don’t come this dumb.
17) Pope Francis, radical environmentalist.
18) There was going to be a Seinfeld episodes about guns, but the cast nixed it when they were already rehearsing.
19) It is just too easy to be declared a suspicious person by the US Government. With all sorts of bad consequences.
20) How coffee fueled the Civil War. My sense is that stimulant drugs have fueled soldiers whenever and wherever they have been available.
21) You all know about my love for apples. Turns out, I’ve really got to get my wife to start eating more.