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September 23, 2014

"What Are the Chances Your Marriage Will Last?"

My wife and I have apparently beaten the odds

September 22, 2014

"Learning another language? Don’t bother"

Foreign language fluency for native English speakers is rapidly becoming a lousy investment because of 1) big, rapid improvements in machine translation and 2) the diffusion around the world of English. But there are supposedly cognitive benefits.

September 20, 2014

"This Is the Williamsburg of Your City: A Map of Hip America"

"Below, you'll find the definitive list of "hip"—or formerly hip and now just rich—neighborhoods in major metropolitan areas in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe."

September 16, 2014

"5 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die"

Some nice examples of a lesson I tried very hard to teach my students: it's a good idea to check original sources

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women . . . 

September 12, 2014

"A New Yorker Expertly Teaches The Unwritten Rules Of Living In NYC In These Illustrations"

Read before visiting NYC.

Link courtesy of Michael M.

September 10, 2014

Five on Los Angeles

"26 Things You Will Only See In Los Angeles".

"Los Angeles’s Great Flood: The city’s infrastructure crumbles as public-employee compensation balloons."

"15 Things You Learn in Your First 5 Years in L.A."

"A Blast from the Past: Los Angeles from 1898 Till the 1960's".

"The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles".

September 01, 2014

"The 101 Most Useful Websites"

If you want to be on the Net on this holiday, this list should give you some things to look at.

August 27, 2014

"Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings"

I can certainly relate.

THE amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. 

This sounds like excellent advice:

For people thinking about beginning the task, here are some ideas from Kimberly McMahon, of Let’s Move..

■ Write some organizing time on your calendar.

■ Set a timer to get started.

■ Start small, even if it’s matching up a cup with a saucer.

■ Get a friend to help.

■ Fill a trash bag once a week.

■ Call and book a donation pickup for the next day.

August 25, 2014

"Brandolini’s law"

"The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." (Via Cafe Hayek.)

August 24, 2014

"The Most Expensive Homes For Sale In Every State"

From $2.6 million in North Dakota to $135 million in--where else?--California.

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