[E1] Despite my geeky tendencies, I am only a recent convert to the potential of technology in education. My reluctance here is due in part of the silliness of its boosters.
[E2] What’s wrong with the Millenials? According to Brooke Donatone, it’s not entitlement but parental overinvolvement.
[E3] College degrees in Britain are losing their premium.
[E4] Jathan Sadowski argues that pushing people to code will only increase the gap between the wealthy and the poor. I personally think that we should push more people into taking programming classes not because of the coding part but because the process teaches you a lot about logic paths. But the article is probably right that for some people it might be more worthwhile that they learn more pedestrian material.
[D1] eHarmony’s blog asks how long should you wait before proposing (or expecting a proposal)?
[D2] If you want to attract people on your dating site, you should show pictures of yourself with other people.
[D3] Russians do pretty awesome online dating profiles.
Death & Injury:
[DI1] Loneliness is killing us.
[DI2] Plausible alien scenarios! Well, I don’t know about plausible, but more plausible than a lot of scenarios.
[DI3] A man is selling his testical for $35,000.
[DI4] The link beween sports concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy may be overstated.
[A1] As Taiwan becomes more competitive, wages go down.
[A2] Japan’s demographic cliff.
[A3] China’s newest city has a weird name: Detroit.
[A4] Apparently it’s not uncommon in India for girls to be named “unwanted” (or its hindi equivalent). The girls are changing their names.
[A5] In emerging markets, finding and keeping top managers is tough.
[LA1] Mexican drug cartels are exporting… ore?
[LA2] Mexico is liberalizing its oil business.
[LA3] Mapping redheads, across Europe and the United States.
[LA4] Michael Totten laments the once great city of Havana.
[US1] The western half of the Trumanverse map would look mighty different if I’d known about the John Wesley Powell watershed map. Here’s one mapping all fifty states. Speaking of maps, here’s an interview with the man who is perhaps America’s best mapmaker.
[US2] In 1959, 60% of Americans believed that handguns should be banned.
[US3] Madison prides itself on its progressivity, but there are some unpleasant statistics on race under the hood. Which probably tell you more about the statitics, and the many things than influence them, than anything about racism in Madison.
[US4] I can totally buy the notion that Seattle is becoming the next tech capital. It already has lots of jobs and its economy is rocking. The fact that we can attribute this to affordability, though, is kind of problematic. Because it’s not, really, except by the standards we choose our elite cities in such a way that we can easily price out large numbers of people.
[US5] Trust is an issue.