Unsurprising but still interesting to see: a lot can change in 50 years.
I’m always interested in free software and web tools that allow community members to become digital storytellers. If you have the skill to send an email file attachment (by choosing a file on your computer), you have the skill to create a YouTube video — for free — by marrying an image file and an audio file of your choosing. The web site I use for this is called MP32TUBE.com.
More evidence on the importance of Vitamin D. From The Medical Journal of Australia:
Systematic textual analysis of The hobbit supports our initial hypothesis that the triumph of good over evil may be assisted to some extent by the poor diet and lack of sunlight experienced by the evil characters.
The movie, the poster, the title: it's all just romantic as heck.
Even more so as I get older.
Jim Watson--the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA Jim Watson--writes:
The total sum of money required for RNAi methodologies to reveal the remaining major molecular targets for future anti-cancer drug development need not be more than 500–1000 million dollars.
Can somebody please get Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or Larry Ellison on this?
Link via Seth's Blog.
I would hope that none of my readers need this. But maybe you know some people who do. Short, effective, and good-natured.
(That the "Second Law of Thermodynamics" question persists is a serious indictment of our educational system. It's also another reminder that a little learning is a dangerous thing.)
It doesn't surprise me that, faced with a little adversity, Coach Cal is acting like a spoiled brat.
. . . so this made me laugh.
By the way, I don’t blame them for wanting their kids and grandkids down – otherwise it’s boring as hell. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Boca before but the basic idea is you wake up, eat breakfast and then spend the whole day bickering about where you’re having dinner. Then at 4:30pm you get in the car and go to Matteo’s, family-style Italian, and they bring out penne a la vodka by the trough until you pass out. Or if it’s somebody’s birthday, maybe you go to Ruth’s Chris, whatever.
The latest attempt to attribute Big Meaning to HBO's Girls: it's just like Little Women.
Bzzzzzt. Uh . . . not really, no. Thanks for playing, though.
The New Republic admits Mitt was right and "the president and many liberal commentators" were wrong.
Good for them.
It's an interesting argument for "impending demise" of IBM.
But it seems to me some people were saying the same things 20 years ago.
Another great government program gone badly astray.
One of those things you hope you'll never need, but if you do . . .
I don't have a dog in this fight, but the argument here seems persuasive.
You may notice that there is something striking about the way we define this “illness”—that is, by its symptoms, rather than its cause. If we were to define a heart attack by chest pain, then the appropriate cure would be painkillers, rather than the revival and repair of the heart. Other examples are easy to find: Nasal congestion can be a symptom of a cold, allergy, or many other conditions, but a runny nose is not a diagnosis. In the same way, the symptom complex associated with the ADHD diagnosis is related to more than twenty medical diagnoses, (from those as mild as poor eyesight, sleep deprivation, and even boredom in the classroom, to more severe conditions like depression and bipolar disorder), that, when treated effectively, can result in the disappearance of the attention-deficit and hyperactivity symptoms.
A long but interesting article on an underdiscussed feature of what we're so pleased to call "higher education".
Includes a pro tip for anyone on a college campus: especially if you've been drinking, but maybe even if you haven't, stay away from the upper floors of Greek houses.
The drought is currently bad and some people think it's likely to get a lot worse. For more details, see "6 Crazy Photos That Show Why California Is Desperate For Rain". (But there was finally some rain last week.)
The problem is that SoCal, in its natural state, is basically a desert.
For one of the terrible, terrible consequences of the drought, see "Weed Prices Could Double Because of Drought".
For a very long piece on the past, present, and future of California's water system, see "American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga".
Often flu-like symptoms with elevated heart rate but low blood pressure. Get plenty of fluids and start antibiotics stat. (Go to the ER, preferably of an hospital that knows what it's doing.)
You really, really can't make this stuff up.
Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects.
Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap.
Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
Well, at least they didn't cheat.
U. Cal., Davis economist Gregory Clark:
When you look across centuries, and at social status broadly measured — not just income and wealth, but also occupation, education and longevity — social mobility is much slower than many of us believe, or want to believe. This is true in Sweden, a social welfare state; England, where industrial capitalism was born; the United States, one of the most heterogeneous societies in history; and India, a fairly new democracy hobbled by the legacy of caste. Capitalism has not led to pervasive, rapid mobility. Nor have democratization, mass public education, the decline of nepotism, redistributive taxation, the emancipation of women, or even, as in China, socialist revolution.
o a striking extent, your overall life chances can be predicted not just from your parents’ status but also from your great-great-great-grandparents’. The recent study suggests that 10 percent of variation in income can be predicted based on your parents’ earnings. In contrast, my colleagues and I estimate that 50 to 60 percent of variation in overall status is determined by your lineage. The fortunes of high-status families inexorably fall, and those of low-status families rise, toward the average — what social scientists call “regression to the mean” — but the process can take 10 to 15 generations (300 to 450 years), much longer than most social scientists have estimated in the past.
We want everything to get back to normal. We want employment to return at the end of a recession. We want the American government to work again. None of it seems too much to ask, but obviously it is.
How about a lot less American government?
I don't know about "unbelievably real" but they are pretty good.