[links] Link salad eats badly, lives to regret it

Spam for sale — Ah, the magic of self-published ebooks.

Apple vs. the world: App Store showdown looms — Ebooks and more.

What we believe inLanguage Log on the linguistics of belief. Or, as I say from time to time, just because you believe it doesn’t mean it’s true.

Civil War submarine rotated to upright position

Nighttime or violent TV tied to tots’ sleep woes — Science fiction’s very own Miki Garrison is the author of this study. Cool.

Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd — (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

The Hajnal Line — Fascinating bit of sociology.

Fossilized eyes reveal a predator’s sharp vision515 million-year-old shrimplike beast with compound eyes just discovered.

Awesomely weird expanding halo of light seen from Hawaii

Tom Petty’s War On Michele Bachmann

Constantine is dead — Slacktivist Fred Clark on Evangelical Christian morality. A bit inside baseball for this atheist, but still pretty interesting. And a real strong commentary on the Christianist minority who dominate politics on the American Right.

While Fighting To Block SEC Investigation Of Goldman Sachs, Rep. Darrell Issa Bought Goldman Sachs Bonds — All my life I’ve heard that conservatives vote Republican because of ethics and family values, that godless liberals and unprincipled Democrats can’t be trusted. If this is Republican trustworthiness, y’all are fucking idiots. (Snurched from @twilight2000.)

U.S. foreign policy: War fever subsides — Remember the period of time where if you opposed the Iraq War, you were “objectively pro-Saddam.” US war hawks on both sides of the aisle have a hell of a lot to answer for. What most Americans have never understood is that the Iraq War especially was a creation of Republican think tanks for political gain. Despite the vicious faux-patriotic rhetoric, the real, underlying logic for attacking Iraq was never about national defense or 9-11, it was about GOP electoral gains and affirming the conservative worldview. Google “Project for a New American Century”, or “Iraq Study Group” if you don’t believe me. Thanks, GOP. Besides a second term for George W. Bush, what did we get for our $4 trillion and our thousands of dead and the hundreds of thousands of civilian dead?

?otD: Chocolate or bacon?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Sekrit Projekt)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 230.4
Currently (re)reading: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad eats badly, lives to regret it

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding the Hajnal line, I have never heard the term before (though sociology was my minor at university), but the pattern of later or no marriage and childbirth in Western Europe and earlier cohabitation, marriage and childbirth in Eastern Europe persists to this day, though the line shifted westward during the Cold War.

    Because throughout Eastern Europe during Communist times, people coupled earlier and had children much younger than in the West. Though they didn’t necessarily marry, because unmarried mothers, even if they were in a relationship, got lots of benefits in Eastern Europe. And even after the fall of the iron curtain, the pattern still continued and people still had children earlier and without bothering to get married, though the benefits had long evaporated.

    Answer of the day: Chocolate, no question. I don’t like bacon.

  2. Cora says:

    Regarding the raising my kid to be a nerd article, I found it shocking that it is apparently uncommon for US parents to cheer about their kids’ good grades as much as as about their sports achievements. Because in my experience as a teacher and as someone who used to be a teenager, parents cheer about good grades as much if not more as about successes in extracurricular activities such as sports. And the parents who don’t care about grades (sadly, they exist) usually don’t much care about any other achievements either.

    That said, as a teacher I believe that it is important to praise the academically less gifted kids (I teach remedial classes, so I get a lot of those) for whatever they are good at. Because taking their achievements in sports or the youth fire brigade (which is very big around here) or their skills in drawing or crafting or whatever it is they’re good at seriously boosts their self-esteem (which can often be lacking by kids who have been told all their lives that they’re stupid) and in the end boosts their school performance.

    I suspect the US college admissions policy and the emphasis placed on sports may have something to do with many people valuing athletic achievements higher than academic achievements. German universities admit by grade average (and in some subjects such as medicine specific tests) and don’t really care about sports and other extracurricular activities. There are hardly any sports scholarships either. So sports are basically a nice hobby that is good for your health, unless you are good enough to become a pro. And I always tell those kids who want to try for a pro career (I have a few of those each year) that they should have a back-up plan.

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