Scary and stupid: Pressure-cooker kindergarten
Meanwhile, more and more children are “failing” kindergarten, according to the Alliance for Childhood report — and missing out on the kind of early schooling that does help develop 5-year-old minds. Winifred Hagan is a former kindergarten teacher and a vice president at the Cayl Institute in Cambridge, a nonprofit that sponsors conferences for principals and fellowships for the study of...
Pathetic: Discovery’s ‘Frozen Planet’ Is Silent on...
Calling All Muppets: Goldman Says Buy Stocks
By Steven Russolillo and Matt Jarzemsky Goldman Sachs on Wednesday offered a ringing endorsement for U.S. stocks, calling the current environment a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for long-term investors to switch out of bonds and into stocks. In a detailed 40-page report, Goldman laid out several reasons why the prospect for future returns from stocks relative to bonds are as good as...
Twitter inhales posterous
The posterous web UI revamp is riddled with usability bugs, and tumblr was kicking its butt. http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/8uz8qCm2X10/
Tim Wakefield retires from Red Sox
via boston.com You will be missed!
Packing for the Cure
We've hit "peak oil"; now comes permanent price...
Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class
via nytimes.com An important story that’s getting attention, first from This American Life, now from the Times. I don’t buy Jobs’ assertion that “those jobs aren’t coming back”. That’s a decision companies make. Sure, you can wake up 8,000 Chinese workers in the middle of the night to go build phones. That’s because there are no labor laws in...
1976-86 Mercedes W123 Series article on Beater...
From a strict utilitarian perspective, there simply is no better car than this, by any manufacturer, including Mercedes, at any price. Cars have only gone downhill since, as I was reminded when the oil level light started blinking last night driving home in my wife’s 2008 BMW 528i. I would have checked the oil, only the thing has no dipstick. That’s right – no dipstick. Except the...
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Q: "What happened to life on earth?" A: "The...
“I’M SORRY,” said the UN bureaucrat, a flush of emotion flickering across his perspiring face. “I’m sorry, but this is something that bothers me a lot.” He paused to compose himself. The problem was the Saudi Arabians, who the previous night had threatened to block the passage of a parcel of agreements at the ongoing UN climate change summit in Durban. They were demanding an addition to it—a...
#WallStreet gears up to stop @elizabethforma - The...
Wall Street executives have been quite open about the fact that they really, really don’t want to see Elizabeth Warren get anywhere near the Senate. And it looks like they’re about to ratchet up their efforts to help Scott Brown prevent it from happening — including the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce. via washingtonpost.com
Daily Kos: This week in #science: RIP to a wingnut...
Thorium: World's greatest energy breakthrough?
The Thorium Dream: An Investigation from The...
The thorium documentary above walks you through some of that and introduces you to the key figures of the small but intense group of thorium advocates who are trying to mainstream their issue. via theatlantic.com
Thorium, the New Green Nuke via @wired
via wired.com First of a couple of items on thorium
Revising Thanksgiving Curriculum
via teachingtheindustrialrevolution.wordpress.com From my friend April Merleaux’s blog: The Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion
Pitch Interactive: The Holy Bible and the Holy...
In order to understand a religion, we can refer to its holy book, which establishes guidelines and principles for followers to adhere to. At the same time, followers, both radical and mild, interpret the holy text to provide a deeper and often more complex meaning of a particular verse, often to help explain issues that directly affect their personal beliefs. … ...
Things are about to get better. And there is a LOT...
via gigaom.com Nest sold out their first run of thermostats within 72 hours (I got two). If this isn’t a green light for startups to refactor every interface we live with (and to save the planet along the way), I don’t know what is.
The World At Seven Billion
U.S. Income Inequality Is Frightening, and Much...
The newest economic inequality numbers, which ran counter to the expectations of almost all experts, are frightening. via businessinsider.com
Now we just need the "iPod of Cars"
via nest.com A fitting tribute to Steve Jobs. Just ordered mine.
via codinghorror.com Perfect.
Climate Sceptics Admit They're Wrong
It's official: Epstein resigns and joins Cubs
Theo Epstein has resigned as general manager of the Red Sox to join the Cubs as president of baseball operations. via boston.com
Steve Jobs’s Patents
The 317 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company’s products — from the company’s iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores. via nytimes.com Not an empty suit
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The Upside of Quitting (and Why You Should Do It...
There’s bound to be something going on in your life right now that’s worth quitting, and the commonly recited maxim that “quitters never win and winners never quit” notwithstanding, sometimes quitting really is the best option. Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner discusses the upside of quitting on his bi-weekly Freakonomics Radio podcast (available for...
Wow (if true): Sprint to 'Bet the Company' on...
via online.wsj.com Love the shot of the Apple II from the article.
Adobe Acquires Web Font Pioneer Typekit (and...
via readwriteweb.com Not sure why but my immediate reaction to takeovers like these is: “there goes another good thing” and “get ready for the price to go up and the quality to go down”. See: intuit/mint.
The 99% went to art school
We were fresh out of demons in Boston
via fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com “Multiply those four probabilities together, and you get a combined probability of about one chance in 278 million of all these events coming together in quite this way.”
Robert Reich: Don't Fall for the GOP Lie: There is... →
robertreich: A friend who’s been watching the absurd machinations in Congress asked me “what happens if we don’t solve the budget crisis and we run out of money to pay the nation’s bills?” It was only then I realized how effective Republicans lies have been. That we’re calling it a “budget crisis” and…