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February 2008

February 29, 2008

This sounds like a good idea

There's a "growing trend" for colleges and universities to create incubators for student entrepreneurs.

Internet-based charter schools

For the right kids, they sound great. But they terrify some people

I'll give you three guesses who. (Though you'll probably need only one.)

"The Billion Dollar Line of Javascript"

Supposedly, "A large number of users don’t understand the difference between a search engine and the Internet and are unaware of the difference between typing a url or search query in the address bar compared to the search box on Google."

Can this be true?

Games for kids about business

"14 Educational Games to Teach Your Kids About Business".

February 28, 2008

Hal Varian tells the kids what to study

Q: Your job sounds extremely interesting. What jobs would you recommend to a young person with an interest, and maybe a bachelors degree, in economics?

A: If you are looking for a career where your services will be in high demand, you should find something where you provide a scarce, complementary service to something that is getting ubiquitous and cheap. So what’s getting ubiquitous and cheap? Data. And what is complementary to data? Analysis. So my recommendation is to take lots of courses about how to manipulate and analyze data: databases, machine learning, econometrics, statistics, visualization, and so on.

Fourth-oldest American

Catherine Hagel, 113 years and 73 days old (on February 9th), is "getting a little old". She was "really good" until she was 111, says her 89-year-old daughter, oldest of nine surviving children.

Home prices in Raleigh

". . . home prices in the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan statistical area increased 6.04 percent in the 12 months ended in December 2007, making the region 24th out of the 219 MSAs tracked in the data."

Tests for strep throat

I haven't used any of these products, but they seem like they would have been quite useful when my kids were little.

February 27, 2008

". . . the politics of hope have been a bust."

A short, calm, but effective attack on the "politics of hope".

Quick! Put some more CO2 into the air . . .

. . . there's a chance the planet may be cooling. (And if it is, can we ask the environmental crisis-mongers to be quiet for at least 20 years?)

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