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June 2012

June 27, 2012

"The Tao of the penalty shootout"

Interesting account of some the research on penalty shootouts. Enough to keep whole platoons of professors busy. 

"Why Mission Statements Suck"

Consistent with one of Newmark's Laws: any company that can write a truly good mission statement doesn't need to

"Why Wall Streeters Are Packing Up In Droves And Moving To Singapore"

Singapore, according to the Boston Consulting Group, has "the world's highest density of millionaires". 

June 26, 2012

What stores 100,000 terabytes of data per gram?

Guess. Go ahead, guess. I'll wait.

Answer here, along with an exhilarating look at what might happen as Big Data meets medicine.

Of general interest but especially for John Palmer

"Step Inside The Most Incredible Public Bathrooms In America".

(Professor Palmer has a demonstrated interest. See, for example, this.)

"Welcome to the Multiverse"

I just don't believe it.

But then again, before Big Al, I wouldn't have believed general relativity, either. 

This--although plenty weird--seems better: "Is Dark Matter a Glimpse of a Deeper Level of Reality?"

"These Shady Moving Scams Will Make You Wish You'd Stayed Put"

Along with 10 strategies for "avoiding victimhood".

"10 Ways to Fight Afternoon Fatigue"

Your mileage may vary, of course, but probably worth trying

See also "Presenting The Secret To Amazing Naps".

June 25, 2012

"The End of Men"

Atlantic asks, "What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women?"

I've long thought that unless you need someone to risk his neck to kill a whole lot of people he doesn't know--for which you probably want a man--women, as a group, are better human beings than men. So I'd give better than 50-50 odds that the trend discussed in the article will continue for at least some time.

UPDATE. Louis CK: "I don't think women are better than men. Men are a lot worse than women, though." (About the 2:16 mark.)

But the very same issue of Atlantic reveals an important limit to women's superiority: 

The reason so many women love him [John F. Kennedy] really has nothing to do with his actual accomplishments and everything to do with his being the kind of man whose every inclination runs counter to their best interests. If history—to say nothing of fictional characters, including the Dons, Draper and Juan—has taught us anything, it is that a significant number of women are desperately, often tragically, attracted to that very trait. . . .

All the aging hookers and cast-aside girlfriends with book contracts better take notice: We don’t care about you. JFK is more important to us than you can ever be, so you might as well keep quiet. The cause endures, sweetheart. The hope still lives. And the dream will never die.

Funny and sad at the same time.

Two on baby names

"Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?" Interesting:

More progressive communities, Wattenberg says, tend to favor more old-fashioned names. Parents in more conservative areas come up with names that are more creative or androgynous.

"Historic Changes to Top Baby Name List Attributed to Kardashian Influence".

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