Quora discussion. The response currently second from the top that proposes criteria for "Novice," "Intermediate," "Advanced," "Expert," and "Guru" was especially interesting.
"The secret of the most famous violins? A bath, say researchers on the hunt for Stradivarius mystique."
"Behind that Stradivarius je ne sais quoi, the authors of the new paper suggested, was a bath: the lost art of giving violin and cello wood an extended chemical soak."
"The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools."
Probably everything you might ever want to know about the ubiquitous .pdf.
The Door, once again bringing you the information you need.
I had read that the Myers-Briggs test had been heavily criticized, but this piece presents it as analogous to astrology. And then there's this:
“It has the intellectual content of a fortune cookie,” former University of Tulsa psychology professor Robert Hogan told The Boston Globe in 2004.
Spiders and snakes and jellyfish.
My father wasn't a WWII fighter pilot, but he learned in the Army how to do it. If you can do it, it's a neat trick.
Nice summary of some of Sowell's work on discrimination. Includes some choice words for the dopey "disparate impact" theory of discrimination and this interesting nugget:
. . . those born first in their families were more likely to be National Merit Scholarship finalists than all their younger siblings combined, even in families with as many as five children. Similarly, 22 of the 29 original astronauts in the Apollo program were their family’s oldest (or only) child.
Oldest/only children rule!! (Your humble blogger is an only child.)
Simply put, the U.S. was never designed to be, and should never become, a direct democracy.
I didn't know.