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friday linked list: register to vote!, Windows 10 upgrade, healthy foods [Jul. 22nd, 2016|10:23 am]
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- I'd like to believe we live in a country where Donald Trump couldn't get elected. (here's a fun list of "reasons Donald Trump is a fascist") But he won in the primaries and he's been climbing up in the polls (as of this moment FiveThirtyEight has him at a 40% chance to win, which is not much worse than a coin flip), and I just don't know anymore.

If you don't want to see him elected, be sure to register to vote! This honestly may be one of those moments where you'll want to look back on and say "I did everything I could to stop Trump". (which, because of our politics/electoral system, means voting for Hillary even if she isn't your first choice...just putting that out there)

- Related to "things you should do before you run out of time" (but way more cheerful!), there's only a week left to upgrade to Windows 10 for free - after that it costs $119 or something. (and once you do, check out those sweet gregstoll.com apps! :-) )

- Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree - nice view of the different beliefs between people who know (nutritionists) and the rest of us! (hint: granola bars aren't healthy :-( ) (thanks Emily!)

- How Uber secretly investigated its legal foes — and got caught - Uber is just a shady shady company.

- Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong: Our research was key to the 10,000-hour rule, but here’s what got oversimplified - it's not 10,000 hours for every field, and it takes deliberate practice. Also, it's a logarithmic curve, so spending just a few hundred hours can make you pretty darn good at something!

- How the Internet Saved Turkey’s Internet-Hating President - FaceTime was instrumental in showing that the president was still alive/free!

- The 50 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far - seems a little silly to pitch it this way where we're only 16% through the century, but there are a lot of good films on here. A lot of my favorites are in the top 10, although leaving off Howl's Moving Castle is a controversial choice in the Stoll-Jedlicka household :-)

- The 2016 “Board Game of the Year” nominees, reviewed - surprised that I've actually played three of these! (thanks Alejandro!)

- It’s No Accident: Advocates Want to Speak of Car ‘Crashes’ Instead
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friday linked list: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, corruption [Jul. 15th, 2016|10:53 am]
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- Understanding Hillary: Why the Clinton America sees isn’t the Clinton colleagues know - similar to some other ones that I've posted, but this takes a closer look at how she's good at listening (and why that may help her govern), and how her mistrust of the press leads her to make mistakes.

- Would Donald Trump Quit if He Wins the Election? He Doesn’t Rule It Out - well that's just great. Look, I get that people like how Trump "speaks his mind" and such, but this is just insulting. If he doesn't want to be president then he shouldn't have run. The position he's seeking is the leader of the free world and it deserves some respect.

- I'm a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing - depressing!

- The Dallas Police Force Is Evidence That ‘De-escalation’ Policing Works - hopeful!

- The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile - Between July 2002 and his death, he was stopped by police 46 times. Only 6 of these were for things that a police officer could notice from outside a car. See also: The Senate's Only Black Republican Opens Up About Being Mistreated by Cops

- Is the Supreme Court Clueless About Corruption? Ask Jack Abramoff - yes, sigh.

- Elizabeth Warren’s Consolidation Speech Could Change the Election - ignore the clickbait headline, but the speech is very good and talks about how many industries are less competitive than they should be. (thanks David!)

- 107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs

- The Zero-Armed Bandit - wow, this sounds straight out of a movie, but it's true! If you like bombs, you'll like this article.

- When a Child Thinks Life Is Unfair, Use Game Theory - I like Random Dictator!

- Ranking the Most (and Least) Diverse Colleges in America - wow, Rice is #5!

- How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality

- Russia's Young Spies Just Wanna Have Fun - "Dozens of recent FSB graduates may have blown their cover when they filmed themselves driving expensive SUVs and posing for photographs with drinks." Hah!
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Universal Studios/Disneyland trip recap and pictures [Jul. 9th, 2016|11:38 pm]
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For our babymoon, David and I went to Universal Studios Hollywood (mostly to see the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and Disneyland!

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friday linked list: register to vote!, the fining of black america [Jul. 1st, 2016|10:44 am]
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- How to Register and Vote Early Before the Presidential Election - there's plenty of time to register to vote; do it today! As we saw with Brexit, just because nobody thinks something will win doesn't mean it won't happen. If you don't want to see a President Trump, vote!

- The Fining of Black America - this is pretty terrible. Prairie View is at #56 (which is where Sandra Bland was pulled over), while bizarrely so is River Oaks at #97. Although the River Oaks I'm thinking of is in Houston and wildly affluent (it's where George H. W. Bush used to live), but the median income in that table is $42K, so maybe it's some other River Oaks?

- The Governing Cancer of Our Time - everyone complains about "politics" (myself included!), but the alternatives seem to be either do nothing or be ruled by a despot. It's worrying that compromise is now a dirty word. (thanks David!)

- The “Cobra Effect” that is disabling paste on password fields - I don't run into these too often, but it infuriates me when I do! Web designers: do NOT do this!

- Why Disney princesses and ‘princess culture’ are bad for girls

- When the Eight-Member Supreme Court Avoids Deadlocks, It Leans Left - neat visualization of Supreme Court leanings over time. Although I think a one-axis "left vs. right" view is not the most helpful here - while the court has been leaning left on social issues, it is extremely business-friendly. (thanks Stephen!)

- Can You Get Over an Addiction? - interesting look at addiction and how we maybe misunderstand it. (thanks David!)

- The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb - trying to understand the "other side"'s arguments is usually helpful, although it's exhausting to do this all the time. (what's the "other side" about Obama birther arguments, for example?)

- How ‘Advantage Players’ Game the Casinos - this sounds like a fun way to make a living. (I'm not sure how I feel about the ethics of this, though)
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friday linked list: three-word addresses, productivity with technology, gun deaths [Jun. 24th, 2016|03:21 pm]
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- Mongolia is changing all its addresses to three-word phrases - this is crazy and awesome. I live near mistress.insect.airship! There's more information at what3words's website.

- Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive - maybe it just takes a while?

- Compare These Gun Death Rates: The U.S. Is in a Different World - that is depressing. Note that these numbers only include gun homicides - if you include suicides, I'm pretty sure the US looks even worse. (thanks David!)

- Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason - This is a bit of a long read (and why isn't the graph of Hillary's popularity near where he talks about it?) but I think there's a lot of truth to this article. It's easy to forget how popular she was when she was Secretary of State!

It's also easy to get distracted by the various "scandals" she's been involved in and think that because of that, she must be fundamentally dishonest. But the article has some good links pointing out that no other politician has a whole industry of people attacking her (except for her husband...)

- Teaching Robots to Feel: Emoji & Deep Learning 👾 💭 💕 - this is pretty cool! Plus you can try it yourself!

- What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

- The anxiety of Father's Day cards - blah.

- Mars Explorers Wanted Posters - ooh, pretty!

- Here's the Physics Behind the 'Broomgate' Controversy Rocking the Sport of Curling
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why I'm depressed about Brexit [Jun. 24th, 2016|10:19 am]
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I haven't followed the campaigns too closely, so take this with an imperial pound of salt, but:

- From what I've seen a lot of the "Leave" campaign was driven by anti-immigrant sentiment. Which is both depressing in its own right and makes me worried that Trump might do better in November than we thought.

- The idea behind the European Union (and its antecedents the European Economic Community and European Community) was to forge closer ties in Europe after they started 2 world wars in 30 years. If the EU breaks up (which doesn't seem terribly likely, but after yesterday who knows?) that seems like a pretty bad thing for global peace and stability.
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friday linked list: Hillary Clinton, basic income, Hamilton rhymes [Jun. 10th, 2016|02:42 pm]
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Election 2016
- It’s time to admit Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician - also, The crushing sexism of young Hillary Clinton's America is a good reminder about how bad things were just 50 years ago.

- The Voting Habits of Americans Like You - cool interactive look at how people voted in 2012 based on age, race, and education.

Basic Income
- The basic economics of a guaranteed income - yup, still gonna keep beating this drum. (thanks David!)

- Switzerland rejects proposals for unconditional basic income by overwhelming majority - ...oh. Hmm. OK, then. I could actually see this being a problem with no limits on immigration, but still, that's disappointing.

All the other links
- The Hamilton musical so excited the Wall Street Journal(!) they put together this look at the rhymes in Hamilton and other hip-hop songs. Surprisingly nicely done! Also: I really like the opening number but somehow I hadn't realized that the reason was the intricate rhyming.

- Barack Obama, Inequality Fighter - but the incomes of top 0.01 percent are still growing way faster than the top 1 percent, which are growing faster than the other 99 percent.

- Machine Bias: There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks - pretty convincing and depressing.

- Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say - very interesting! (thanks David!)

- A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies - TL;DR: maybe allergies are actually fighting toxins?

- In Defense of Being Average (thanks Emily!)

- Today in whimsy: Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum is making a Catbus for adults - hooray!

- The Craziest Black Market in Russia - is for dissertations! (thanks Jessica!)

- Larger than Real Life - an interesting look as what it's like to be 7 foot tall. Crazy stat:
Which indicates, by further extrapolation, that while the probability of, say, an American between 6'6" and 6'8" being an NBA player today stands at a mere 0.07%, it's a staggering 17% for someone 7 feet or taller.
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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World review [Jun. 1st, 2016|10:06 pm]
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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldHow We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fascinating look at six areas of innovation (glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light) and how unexpected interactions lead to advances. For example: the sacking of Constantinople led a community of glassmakers to leave and settle in Venice. The fact that making glass requires high temperature furnaces that would not infrequently burn down neighborhoods led the government to "exile" them on a nearby island, which then became a hotbed of innovation. The Gutenberg printing press led many people to realize that they were farsighted, which popularized spectacles. That technology later led to the development of microscopes and telescopes. And so on and so on.

Good book, highly recommended!

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed review [Jun. 1st, 2016|09:55 pm]
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So You&quot;ve Been Publicly ShamedSo You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking about the public shaming of people that seems to be en vogue these days. He talks about Jonah Lehrer, Justine Sacco, the whole "Donglegate" business, Mike Daisey, and a bunch more.

Highly recommended if you're interested in this sort of thing! TL;DR - maybe don't jump on the bandwagon when someone's being crucified online.

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baseball win expectancy finder gets some love! [May. 31st, 2016|09:43 pm]
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My baseball win expectancy finder got mentioned in an article on the Washington Post!
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