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civility

- November 20 -

“Glad we could come to a peaceful coexistence,” I said as I passed. He raised a finger to stay me a moment. “There are no conflicts of interest,” he pronounced, “between rational men.” This sounded like a questionable proposition to me, but I appreciated the conciliatory gesture. The quote turns out to be from Ayn Rand. I told you we talked like this in the Quiet Car.

An article on the sanctity (and demise) of Amtrak etiquette

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Social Network No-No Part I

- August 8 -

Holocaust jokes on the eff bee dot com? Shit just got super weird.

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born to ride (ponies)?

- July 31 -

This interactive scatter plot by BBC News shows you which olympic athletes share your body profile, as it were. 

Am currently questioning whether I truly was built to be a horse girl. (I spent a few years playing ice hockey in middle school, so this chart is obviously very accurate.)

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- July 30 -

Look and listen. Delicious juxtaposition. 


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algebra schmalgebra?

Hacker’s opinion piece in the NYT this week presents an alternative to the way our educational system teaches—and uses—mathematics. 

Is it too often employed as a decorative academic benchmark? 

"Medical schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins demand calculus of all their applicants, even if it doesn’t figure in the clinical curriculum, let alone in subsequent practice. Mathematics is used as a hoop, a badge, a totem to impress outsiders and elevate a profession’s status."

While the demand for those with STEM skills grows, it shouldn’t preclude others who struggle with, say, algebra, from attaining their own academic and career goals. Success in mathematics as a stamp of intelligence is detrimental to many people’s self-esteem, unfortunately, creating a domino effect that begins with dropping out of school altogether.

A worthy topic for debate. 

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Oddly resonates with me more than Lena Dunham?


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Leptosome

- July 2 -

A person with a slender, thin, or frail body. 

(Via Project Twins’ unusual words rendered in bold graphics.)


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we are all very depressed

- June 17 -

According to a study, the following Internet behavior is correlated with symptoms of depression.

For example, participants with depressive symptoms tended to engage in very high e-mail usage.”

the Internet usage of depressive people tended to exhibit high “flow duration entropy” — which often occurs when there is frequent switching among Internet applications like e-mail, chat rooms and games.”

Hmmmm. They’re missing the part where I watch Felicity on Netflix and eat an entire family-sized bag of kettle corn. 

(via NYT) 

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