“We show, and the NSA confirms, there are no nuclear devices on the Canadian border. There are no nuclear devices in Albania. Albania has no nuclear capacity. Our spy satellites show no secret training camps in the Albanian hinterlands. The Border Patrol, the FBI, the RCMP report no – repeat: no – untoward activity along our picturesque Canadian border. The Albanian government is screaming its defense. The world is listening. There is no war.” – CIA Agent Mr. Young
[G1] A whole lot of our atmospheric water vapor comes from plant transpiration, which could be important as we look for other worlds to someday inhabit.
[G3] Scientists have released a 3D map of the universe. 43,000 galaxies!
[Ci1] A slideshow of million dollar houses across the country.
[Ci2] Can, or should, police assist in urban design?
[Ci3] Rapid urbanization is making us more vulnerable to natural disasters. LeeEsq mentioned something to the effect that in a world with superheroes, ruralia would start to look a lot more attractive.
[Ci4] For once, I side with the big bad federal government (and Britain!) over local communities: Down with the apostrophe! Okay, maybe not entirely. I’d still support it in contexts where Matt Malady is ready to let it go.
[P1] It’s not just the pencilnecks. Jocks, too, are subject to stereotype and discrimination.
[P2] The world is becoming a more addictive place.
[P3] Did we really need scientists to tell us that we can decipher dog emotions? That part about dog people being less adept at it than not-dog-people is pretty interesting, though.
[P4] Lousy sleep sucks.
[H2] An anthropological look at garbage men.
[H3] Birds evolving to avoid cars.
[Ed1] A lot of politicians are advocating longer school days. The Economist presents a contrary view. I’m less concerned about the hours in a day than the huge gap in between school getting out and school starting back up again.
[Ed2] An interesting look at learning differences between the sexes. Among the findings, the sex differences in math are insignificant at the bottom but wider at the top. The differences in reading, though, are insignificant at the top but significant at the bottom.
[Ed3] It should come as no surprise that I agree with this piece on how we should make fixing things cool.
[Ed4] I’m coming around to the idea that advertising may be bad for youngsters.
[Em1] The top five regrets of dying. Shockingly, none of them involve spending more time at the office.
[Em2] When robots and humans work together, we often think of it in terms of humans directing the robots to complete repetitive tasks. What if the future is the other way around. Maybe we’ll even become friends.
[Em3] Confessions of serial job hoppers. My own job history is pretty long and winding, though not for the reasons discussed. I have actually been burned more than once for not job hopping. Loyalty, as they say, is not always a two-way street.
[Em4] Seventeen really stupid office rules, that companies allegedly actually enforce.
[Em5] On the one hand, I am sympathetic to this piece from Linkedin, which says that we should move away from “work hours” as a metric of work and towards being paid for actual work done.. On the other hand, I tend to view unfavorably what I see as an abuse of overtime-exempt (salary) employment.
[T1] Before the Internet was supposed to be the next big thing, virtual reality was supposed to be the next big thing. George Dvorsky looks at why that didn’t pan out.
[T2] I don’t understand why Samsung’s latest phone has a better resolution than its latest tablet.
[T4] Ellis Hamburger thinks that the proliferation of messaging platforms will leave us disconnected. I am somewhat skeptical because at some point people will successfully Trillian it, and we may have more in-points and out-points, but the latter will all be in a singular place.
[Cu1] Next time I fail to win the family bowl challenge (where we bet on all the bowl games) and I lose, I’m just going to point out that gambling success has nothing to do with actual knowledge.
[Cu2] Winnie Cooper was pretty amazing. It says something odd about myself that I sympathized more with Becky Slater.
[Cu3] Jim Edwards has a piece on the cartel-like behavior of broadcast TV. I think it’s overlooking some things, but more importantly I am not sure why I should care. I kind of want the networks to have money so that they can make things with big budgets.
[Cu4] For entrepreneurship to rise, the big boys must fall.
[Ci5] The case for canned beer.
[W1] Cell phones in prison are a persistent problem. But they’ve got dogs on the trail.
[W2] National Journal looks at New Orleans’s rebound.
[W3] Phillip Levind and Melissa Kearney argue that our focus on contraception and abstinence don’t work. Instead, we need to focus on economic opportunity.
[W4] By some metrics, Alaska is one of the happiest states in the country. It’s interesting that Greenland would be so miserable.
[W5] When I read about China’s copycat architecture, it makes me think of Las Vegas. I actually think the concept is neat. I mean, it has to look like something, right? Why not something cool? Speaking of China, rapid construction, and cool, this looks kinda cool.
[W6] Albania has a lot of war bunkers and no idea what to do with them.