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link friday: US schools, making the New York Times, baseball [Feb. 20th, 2015|03:42 pm]
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

- You've heard that US schools are only like 30th best in the world, right? Well, it turns out if you exclude schools that have a lot of poor kids our schools rank way better. The root of the problem seems to be poverty. (thanks David!)

- How The New York Times Works - pretty interesting series of vignettes about the people that make the New York Times.

- Frame Jobs - an article about baseball statistics _and_ it praises Brad Ausmus! Short version: catchers really can make their pitchers better.

- In defense of boredom: Why your phone is killing your creativity - yeah, I'm not very good at this...something to work on, I guess.

- Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time - pretty useful stuff!

- Do Gays Unsettle You? Same-Sex Marriage, Republican Scorn and Unfinished Work - yeah, the laws are changing so fast but attitudes change more slowly.

- Nobody Understands Debt - a country being in debt is not like a household being in debt!

- Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep - hooray for naps!

- If you like logic puzzles and/or/math, here's a neat puzzle about, well, information theory.

- The Man Who Destroyed America’s Ego - interesting story about one of the people who punctured the "self-esteem bubble".

- Why Walmart Raised Its Wages - yay! The market works! (today, anyway)