Linky Friday #171: The Benevolent Text
Education:[E1] What if tenure doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do?
[E2] Taking a test? Best dress up.
[E3] This is aggressively unsurprising: Professors with more and better career alternatives make more than those without.
[E4] It’s hard for a young university to reach the punching class of the world’s venerable institutions, but not impossible.
[E5] an interesting concept that I didn’t realize was as common as it is: All purpose regional campuses that let people graduate with degrees from bigger, farther-away campuses. It may help us answer the question of how much of the degree’s value is from networking, credentialism, and actual knowedge acquisition.
[E6] Educational software for children should be aimed at children and not parents and educators. Did anyone else here ever play Spies in Europe? It was a predecessor to Carmen Sandiego. Fond memories, from which I learned all about Europe.
Family:[F1] People overestimate cuckoldry, to a pretty strong degree. I used to vaguely think this was a more common occurrence than it apparently is, and am happy to have been wrong.
[F2] Oof. I have a former friend whose sexual activity was uncovered in a mis-sent email that was supposed to go to the boy who had just dumped her. Both father and daughter agreed never to speak of it again.
[F3] The stereotype is of women whose biological clocks are tick-tick-ticking trying to convince reluctant men to have kids, but that’s not always how it works and in fact it more often works the other way. I know in my life, where there has been a disparity, it’s usually been the women that are more reticent than the men.
[F4] Here’s a look at the state of affairs regarding class, marriage, and reproduction. (PDF)
[F5] What do couples with children argue about the most? Not sex or money, actually.
[F6] Gothamists looks at the Bushwick Polyamory House.
Healthcare:[H1] I give doctors a hard time for advocating legislation for reasonable work hours for truck drivers and everyone else while demanding that physicians-in-training work obscene hours, but maybe they really are different. Related but not the same, cardiologists are also different, and not in a good way.
[H2] Bruce Japsen says that we can save money on four surgeries.
[H3] Olga Piece and Marshall Allen look at how Danes handle medical malpractice, focusing less on fault and more on fairness.
[H4] The benefits of video games. When my wife was having difficulty with colonoscopies, she was told to start playing Super Mario 64.
[H5] Can text messages be used to increase med compliance?
[H6] “Unless the doctor’s pay is somehow linked to performance, there is a good chance that the quality of care in the public sector would be worse than in the private sector.”
Psychology:[P1] We fear sharks, but you’re more likely to die from a selfie. I never feared sharks. Alligators, on the other hand, were the stuff of nightmares.
[P2] Reading for Wellbeing: Literature as an aide for people with mental health problems.
[P3] Wait, the Ego Depletion theory isn’t true? I’ve supported nanny-ish regulation on the basis that people have finite will power. Hmmm.
[P4] This makes sense, I suppose. While wise-sounding nonsense can be offputting to some, others will latch on to it in a desire to be intelligent.
[P5] Elizabeth Svoboda comes to the defense of self-help books.
[P6] The power of positive thinking? It may not only be powerless, but damaging.
[P7] It turns out you are not good enough, you are not smart enough, and everybody does not like you: Introducing Roy Baumeister, the man who brought down the self-esteem movement.
Technology:[T1] Faster, please.
[T2] I’m not sure I quite get the point of this camera. I wouldn’t mind a camera letting me know that I am taking a picture taken 100 times before, but I’d be rather irritated at it preventing me from taking the picture. It’s not like the olden days when you had 24 pictures to a roll.
[T3] A while back I wrote about how wrong it is that smartphones are needlessly tethered to individual carriers. Mossberg writes that’s changing, albeit not fast enough. Unlike Mossberg, I do think that there is a place for branded phones and carrier sales, mostly as a quality control mechanism. It’s shutting out everyone else that’s the problem.
[T4] I mostly flagged this for my own benefit, but just in case it is of any use to you: If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router
[T5] Maybe if we want more secure passwords, we shouldn’t require that people change them so often.
[T6] Nancy Lubin had a really good idea: Texting as a crisis prevention aid.