[F1] How motherhood is changing.
[F2] Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has taken a lot of bad publicity for her “family-unfriendly” anti-telecommuting policy, but according to Nanette Fondas, her paternity leave policy is revolutionary.
[F3] Sean Reardon writes about the growing gap in student achievement across classes. While Reardon blames the ability of wealthy parents, Megan McArdle thinks that it has more to do with assortive mating.
[M1] Gregory Ferenstein pushes back against the notion that there isn’t a tech-talent shortage.
[M2] Sam Ro makes the case that there’s more college graduate unemployment than we think.
[M3] Contrary to popular belief, you can’t actually be too rich. I am less clear on how much of that is absolute, and how much of it comparative.
[M4] There interesting story of how a couple people scammed eBay’s affiliate program for $28,000,000.
[M5] I go back and forth on how to feel about lowering homeownership rates. On the one hand, renting equals greater mobility, which has economic efficiency. On the other hand, home ownership has cultural advantages, and I am conceptually uncomfortable with a more firm owner/rental class dynamic.
[IP1] Tor books says that getting rid of DRM didn’t hurt their business.
[IP2] Adobe is abandoning the software-purchase model for Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Few companies (other than Microsoft, of course) have dealt with piracy to the extent that Adobe has with its Creative Suite. This model makes sense. It’s not good for consumers, but this could easily be seen as a “reap what you sow” thing.
[IP3] A proposal to allow the unlocking of cell phones may give us our stuff in other ways, too.
[IP4] 3D Printers stand to wreak havoc with product piracy. It’s already started.
[E1] Government and oil firms are not actually acting like climate change is a problem.
[E2] There is apparently a push to start mining the Grand Canyon for Uranium.
[E3] Apparently, song and dance aside, the Obama camp has more-or-less never really opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline.
[T1] Rosa Golijan makes the case for establishing Google Glass etiquette.
[T2] Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is sticking with Blackberry. If only Android made an adult phone, too.
[T3] If we let them, cell phones can revolutionize the data that policy-makers can get. There is a trust problem, though.
[T4] Facebook is losing users. Alas, I don’t think it’s because Google+ is going to come out on top. But I’m a-hopin’.
[T1] With all the talk of how the Republicans need to try to capture the Hispanic vote, overlooked is how much more ground they could make more easily either by returning to the previous baseline with black voters, or marginal increases among white voters.
[T3] State and local governments get better ratings than national governments. Which makes sense, being that state governments tend to be closer and more in-line with views of the average citizen, but is also kind of funny, when you think about it, because states often have to make the tougher decisions that the federal government can more easily avoid.
[T4] Will there be a civil war over in the GOP climate change? I am actually a bit skeptical because I think public conviction on the issue is significantly overestimated. The combination of AGW-skepticism and evolution does make an uncomfortable trend for a lot of voters, though, who might be willing to overlook one or the other.
[T5] If you’re going to take a swing at a politician, don’t miss.
[H1] Sextortion and poker. There’s a killer pun in there somewhere.
[H2] The interesting story of a woman who lives in a much, much more colorful world that we do. (Note: It’s not about Kimmi.)
[H3] I wrote a while back on a Tulane student athlete that only went to Tulane because his mother made him. While not ideal, Tulane will take what it can get. Florida State, though, is another matter.
[H4] Switzerland (?!) is getting tough in immigration.
[H5] It’s interesting the various semantic decisions that the press makes. Rather suddenly, Muhammad became Prophet Muhammad. My guess is that it has to do with the commonality of Muhammad as a name. If Jesus were common here, they’d probably make more of an effort to add “Christ” when referring to Jesus Christ.