Linky Friday #43
[A2] Daniel H Bowen and Collin Hitt respond to the recent Amanda Ripley piece on school athletics, arguing that it is actually a good thing. Honestly, I think they might have the better argument, at least for some kids. I remember athletes who couldn’t be bothered to show respect for anybody but their coaches.
[A3] David Williams argues that companies should strive to fill their ranks with athletes.
[E1] The traditional model is that kids hear lectures in the classroom and do homework at home. Maybe we have it backwards.
[E2] Anti-bullying efforts may lead to more bullying. Why? Bullies know what teachers are looking out for. The identification of an increasing array of behavior as bullying may also be playing a role. “Jimmy’s being a bully. He won’t loan me his pencil and he has two.” (Yes, that happened.)
[E3] Childhood bullying has lasting effects. They’re more likely to grow up to be troubled adults. (Or alternately, people who are troubled are more likely to be bullied. Kids can certainly smell vulnerability.)
[E4] Theodore Johnson has a good look at Harvard Extension School, and what it means.
[P2] These jetpacks look a lot more cumbersome than what we were told to expect.
[P3] Kaiser tests new medical technology at a fake hospital.
[C1] Mermaids in Texas.
[C2] Increasing distance from Deseret has lead to a greater appreciation for the LDS Church. But then they start talking like this.
[C3] An interesting rundown on the progress of women in Utah. I tagged this for reference sake and maybe a future post, but thought I would share it.
[C5] The Columbia Journalism Review asks if copyright law is working. Their answer is “not exactly.”
[T1] The only reason I care about Blackberry possibly selling out to Google or Samsung (though it looks like that’s not going to happen) is the foolish hope that one of them will release a good productivity smartphone.
[T2] From Vikram Bath: A journalist recounts the story of a letter she sent to Nokia in 2008 to make an easy-to-use phone. Lost opportunities ensue.
[T3] From Burt Likko: You see those mind-blowing videos on the internet. How do you know they are real? Here’s how they get checked out, because, no one is allowed to post things on the internet that aren’t true.
[W1] Here is what we thought Earth looked like from space, before we actually saw what Earth looked like from space.
[W2] Millions of years ago, the west coast was further east. Sort of. Interesting maps.
[W3] Germany’s latest export? Grandmothers.
[W4] The French are an unhappy people.
[W6] The situation with China’s ghost cities may not be as bad as they appear.