August 10, 2014 3 Comments
1) I love the size of my Iphone 4s. I wouldn’t even want the bigger size of the 5, but I’ll need it if I ever want 4g. Apparently, I’m in quite the minority– at least on a global level– of preferring a smaller smartphone. I had known about this fact, but did not realize that it is because for so many Asian users, the smartphone is their only internet-connected screen.
2) College education should not be trade school, for lots of good reasons.
3) A children’s book to teach your child to be overly-worried about stranger abductions. Just what the modern parent needs.
4) And love this Slate report on how much less freedom today’s children have than their parents.
5) This essay on evolution is so awesome. Totally deserves it’s own post. But:
So if someone asks, “Do you believe in evolution,” they are framing it wrong. That’s like asking, “Do you believe in blue?”
Evolution is nothing more than a fairly simple way of understanding what is unquestionably happening. You don’t believe in it — you either understand it or you don’t. But pretending evolution is a matter of faith can be a clever way to hijack the conversation, and pit it in a false duality against religion. And that’s how we end up with people decrying evolution, even as they eat their strawberries and pet their dogs, because they’ve been led to believe faith can only be held in one or the other.
But there’s no reason for people of faith to reject the mountains of data and the evidence of their own senses. Reconciling is easy: Believe, if you want to, that God set up the rules of evolution among His wonders, along with the laws of physics, and probability, and everything else we can see and measure for ourselves. But don’t deny evolution itself, or gravity, or the roundness of Earth. That’s just covering your eyes and ears. And only monkeys would do that.
6) Totally love slurpees. The complete abscence of 7-11’s from the Triangle area just kills me (the imitators are just not as good). Now, I understand why I love slurpees:
On a sweltering August day, what better to cool you down than a “semi-frozen drink comprising tiny frozen particles each of which contains the proper proportions of water, flavoring and carbon dioxide.” Mmmmm.
7) Yet more evidence that actual voter fraud is only slightly more common than Bigfoot. But Republicans are only genuinely concerned with fair elections in their support for Voter ID laws.
8) I love the utter genius/craziness of the internet that there is a tumblr dedicated to depictions of anatomically incorrect lobsters.
9) I’ve never really liked the term “African-American” but I’m a little uncomfortable being the judge of that as a white person. I liked this essay on the problems with it from a Black person upon visiting Africa.
Friends and colleagues often ask my wife how she balances her job [doctor and professor] and motherhood. Somehow, the same people don’t ask me.
11) Where’s my metric system?!
12) The return of Ted Lasso. If you are Premier League fan, this is pure genius.
13) The case for starting teaching statistics in Kindergarten. I’m not sure about kindergarten, but there’s definitely something to this.
14) The Persian Gulf war photo nobody would publish. I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget it– viewer discretion advised.
15) Sean Hannity is a child. He resents Stephen Colbert pointing this out.
16) Quora on “what is the single most revealing thing about any person?” A number of variations on the following quote, which I think is pretty true and pretty awesome:
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
17) I don’t know much about Alcoholics Anonymous, but I do know that it’s not actually based on any science. Meanwhile, we’ve learned a ton about the science of addiction in recent years. Yet, our society still overly relies on this totally a-scientific approach.
18) Are you a narcissist? That’s the only question you need to find out.