Linky Friday #42
[S1] It reminds me of the Grunions invasion from Beverly Hillbillies, but Jellyfish are invading and it looks like it could be something serious. It seems weird to me that this could be such an intractable menace.
[S2] The Earth isn’t flat. Maybe the universe isn’t flat, either.
[S3] According to Alex Knapp, we’re good here on Earth for a while. The article goes beyond that, though, talking about life-supporting potential elsewhere which has been a subject on which I am (a) fascinated and (b) hopelessly ignorant.
[S4] Like horses? Thank merchants. Okay, that’s not quite right, but as with so many other things, people had a great deal to do with them becoming what they are.
[C1] I used to think that in the past, roommates were more common than they are today. Not so? It would be helpful if the article differentiated more between premarital cohabitation and having roommates, though.
[C2] According to this, money is more important than intact families when it comes to sending your kids to college, but poverty matters less than family structure in keeping your kids out of prison.
[C4] My third novel, written in 2002, is alas already dated. In part because it is steeped in music from a previous era. I may track down an excerpt for future posting. Anyway, I was thinking of that when I read this article by Steven Hyden arguing that Counting Crows’ August and Everything After is actually as relevant or more as is Nirvana’s In Utero. As someone who was into Counting Crows but not Nirvana, I approve.
[C5] An organization offered inmates in solitary confinement a chance to request images from the outside world. Here are the results. #10 is just awesome.
[C6] Pseudonymity is under seige. Which is good, in many ways that they talk about (says the guy who isn’t really named Will Truman). The proposed New York law not-so-much.
USA! USA! USA!:
[A1] The Republicans may be re-evaluating their view on taxes. Good, says Conn Carroll.
[A2] Matthew O’Brien looks at which states have recovered from the Great Recession and which ones won’t until 2018. Also, cities.
[A3] USA! USA! USA! We’re the best place in the world to be an entrepreneur, according to some metrics.
Work & Economics:
[W1] One of the reservations I have about unlimited H1-B visas is that they will be used in lieu of training domestic personnel. According to Heather Rolfe, that isn’t the case in the UK.
[W2] Some countries like to relax. Some either don’t or don’t have a choice. Here’s a map and a graph. Check out Mexico and Greece, both often associated with laziness. Greece in particular is interesting. They retire young, but work like heck.
[W3] Are we going to smartphone optricians out of the job? I suspect they will be helpful tools for deciding when we need to go to the eye doc, but I also think that we still won’t get by without our annual visits.
[E1] The notion of learning styles is getting some pushback.
[E2] One of the advantages of having assigned schools is supposed to be that your kids are sent to a local high school. That may not be the case much longer in NYC.
[E3] One of the knocks against charter schools is that they push out poor-performing students. Not so, says a recent study.
[E4] Chad Alderman explains the results of a recent study suggesting that green TFA teachers are outperforming veteran College of Education products.
[E5] Amanda Ripley makes the case against high school sports. This is one of the many beauties of school choice, of course. Charter schools very often lack such distractions.
[E6] Some community colleges are apparently unclear on the concept of community college. Hint: It doesn’t include posh dorms.
[E7] One university has had some success by paying smart students to help struggling ones.
[T1] The story of “Taiwan’s Holocaust.”