(A) This is old news, I guess, but I found Angus Jones’s comments about Two and a Half Men (which he sorta retracted) to be… well… accurate. But it’s entertaining filth. Anyhow, I don’t know that his apology will help him. The fact that they already replaced a key cast member might have, though. But if things don’t work out, Kirk Cameron needs costars.
(B) In all of the realignment over the past year, only one non-BCS FBS conference has not lost a (full member) team: the MAC. Only two full members have left the conference in the last fifty years (and one of them came back and is the school headed to the Orange Bowl). Stuff like this is why.
(C) Good on San Francisco for approving super-small apartments. If we want to increase density (a liberal goal) and keep places affordable (also a liberal goal, though more of a conservative one in my experience), projects like this need to happen. Hopefully DC follows suit. Also, stuff like this is awesome.
(F) The Washington Post is planning a paywall. I think this is a mistake. They aren’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. Their only competitive advantage, to my eyeballs, is that they are free. C’mon, WaPo, what use is it to have a newspaper running a bunch of scummy for-profit schools if you can’t use it to keep your newspaper afloat?
(G) Knock-off textbooks for free! This is a brilliant idea, if they get away with it and can figure out how to make money from it. There is a bubble here to be popped (apologies to my father-in-law, who has a side-career writing textbooks).
(H) Joshua Gans lays out a surprisinglysolid case for why online schools shouldn’t bother with accreditation.
(I) Last week I spoke approvingly of federal university. The UN is launching a global university. Given that in a number of parts of the world a college degree is much more than a credential, I wish them luck.
(K) I was prepared to dislike this article about what the US can learn from Canadian immigration policy, but I love it. The federalist in me especially loves it.
(L) Chris Blattman says that the connection between corruption and development is not what we think it is. Is this one of those things that we sorta want to be true because it’s so convenient to believe?
(M) Why Belarus uses Opera Browser: Authoritarianism. Bad things have their upsides, I suppose. Opera is a pretty solid browser.
(N) A lot of the things that people tout that should be cost-savers for medical care turn out not to be. Preventative medicine being one. Online access to doctors being another. Contrary to popular belief, limitations of access more generally can really be cost-savers for the system. Intervention begets intervention.
(O) This is an outstanding question. Why aren’t we all using Japanese toilets?
(P) How Eastern and Western cultures tackle learning. Some recent studies have suggesting that the Eastern method is better in the overall. But I can’t imagine it’s something that could be accomplished here.
(Q) Along these lines, this article about Singapore is really quite interesting. But there is limited applicability to the US generally (not the least of which because they are apparently relatively emotionless and we… are not). I even question its applicability to China, where Sumner focuses.
(R) The problem with articles like this, that talk about the sexual revolution and hook-up culture as being bad for women, is when it becomes about how women should treat other women, as opposed to how men should expect to be treated by women. If there is a component of scolding women for being too free, there should be a stigma to being with the man that was with her.
(S) Musicians demanding more money from Internet radio like Pandora would be more understandable if Pandora was actually making good money. They aren’t.
(T) Female teachers give male pupils lower marks. In the UK. I’d be interested to see what kind of results we’d get here.
(U) Having been out of the comic book collecting universe, I hadn’t realized that digital comics were doing so well. I’d thought that the biggest threat to comics retailers was bookstores and Amazon.
Addendum: Added letters for easier referencing.