Linky Friday #60
[W1] Twitter spambots are magical. They bring the dead back to life.
[W2] Some ladies are trying to close Wikipedia’s gender gap, which is a worthwhile goal. I’m curious what they mean by Wikipedia’s “masculine design”, however.
[W3] Meanwhile, Wikipedia is more generally having an editor retention problem.
[W4] Shesahomewrecker.com is problematic on at least three levels that I can think of immediately. Could be mistaken, could be a baseless vendetta, and when true the blame does not fall on a single party. That’s just off the top of my head.
[P1] It’s official: comedians are psychotic. The link comes from my friend Tony, who is trying to make it as a standup comedian, and who is probably psychotic. (Not really.)
[P2] How long does it take for a tragedy to become funny? Above five weeks.
[P3] It is not, in fact, hip to be square.
[P4] A realistic statue of a man walking around in his briefs freaked Wellesley out.
[P5] I previously linked to an article about a neurologist who believes ADHD doesn’t exist. Here he is making that argument.
[Ec1] 401(k) prospects are actually looking pretty good.
[Ec2] The trials and trevails of trying to legislate social mobility (international edition).
[Ec3] Was this man, who was arrested and thrown in jail and then solitary for calling 911 to help someone in an accident, a victim of overaggressive law enforcement, or collateral damage to the San Francisco class wars (in infographic form)? Here’s an infographic and Salon is worried that San Francisco is going to lose its status as a liberal icon.
[Ed2] Many Americans look approvingly on Germany’s education tracking system, but they’re increasingly controversial over there. Many of us have also looked favorably on their apprenticeship model, which is being increasingly spurned.
[Ed3] I’ve been complimentary of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s attempts at offering cheap college degrees in Texas. Florida, too, is working on the $10,000 degree.
[Ed4] If we’re looking to cut costs at traditional colleges, administration might be a good place to start.
[Ed5] James Samuelson makes the case for standardized tests.
[L1] So apparently work habits are pretty much the same across generations (from Boomers to Millenials). I hate it when science ruins perfectly fun and helpful generalizations.
[L5] Employers are getting better at measuring the value of workers. This is where the rubber hits the road on productivity measurement goes. A lot of the objections are based on their inaccuracy. What happens when they become accurate?
[L6] Jack Baruth explains how corporations increasingly devalue excellence in favor of reliable efficiency. I’d object, but I often see the appeal. For education, I’ve often said, we have to plan for the mediocre or at least middling teacher instead of worrying about the best.
[A1] Apparently, the northeast is neurotic.
[A2] Bill Parks argues that California is the model for corporate tax reform.
[A4] First “North Colorado” and now “West Maryland“?
[A5] Liberals like sharing, and New York is liberal, so why does New York hate the sharing economy? Because they love regulation more, evidently.
[A6] Peanut butter is the ultimate American food.
[A7] A long while back the Discovery Channel had a show about building a giant dome over Houston and another about making New Orleans a floating island. In both cases, to protect these places from nature. One wonders the practicality of even having cities that require such protection. It’s like having major metropolitan areas built around the scarcity of islands and bays on the east and west coasts.