Robot: All you have to fear...is me
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Lies strangely like truth.
What for, I'm not exactly sure.
So how can we move toward a society in which educational success is not so strongly linked to family background? Maybe we should take a lesson from the rich and invest much more heavily as a society in our children’s educational opportunities from the day they are born. Investments in early-childhood education pay very high societal dividends. That means investing in developing high-quality child care and preschool that is available to poor and middle-class children. It also means recruiting and training a cadre of skilled preschool teachers and child care providers. These are not new ideas, but we have to stop talking about how expensive and difficult they are to implement and just get on with it.
Prairie Home Companion went to Lubbock this week. Apart from its notable cultural significance, Lubbock's a nice place. There's a big university there, and good people, near as I can tell.
Why Americans are Miserable and Broke
Normally I'd be like "what a waste of resources" but...whoa, sweet ride.
From our bedtime reading last night:
‘I cannot read the fiery letters,’ said Frodo in a quavering voice.
‘No,’ said Gandalf, ‘but I can. The letters are Elvish, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter here. But this in the Common Tongue is what is said, close enough:
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
It is only two lines of a verse long known in Elven-lore:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.’
He paused, and then said slowly in a deep voice: ‘This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it – but he must not get it.’
Yeah, back in my day we just called that a lynch mob.
[CNN has redacted the name of the author of the e-mail, and upon reflection that seems to be the right thing to do.]
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Caught myself today, driving the Car Share Prius to the Whole Foods to buy organic cat food for the kittens.
Women shot by LAPD during Dorner manhunt to get settlement...
Bayes' theorem is one of those things most people don't get. Should be taught in high school. Anyway, this is is relevant.
In addition to being almost universally wrong, the theories developed via social media complicated the official investigation, according to law enforcement officials. Those officials said Saturday that the decision on Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet.
Space station passes between the moon and Stonehenge.
Cracked notes that "once upon a time, some director or screenwriter wanted to show the audience how desensitized to death their experienced coroner was, maybe while getting a few laughs at the same time. So they had their coroner eat something right in the middle of an autopsy, a concept that would freak out normal, squeamish people like you and me."
THIS. “This week is so bad that an Elvis-impersonating conspiracy theorist sent poison to Obama and THAT'S LIKE THE TENTH BIGGEST STORY.”— Laura Mitchell (@ljmabouttown) April 19, 2013
It's time to rename it from "The Information Age" to "The Bullshit Age With The Potential For Reliable Information, Eventually."— John Cheese (@johncheese) April 19, 2013
My favorite from the Ellington/Armstrong sessions, "The Beautiful American" is the only new composition, and it's really unique. The Allmusic commenter gets it exactly right:
[A] marvelously modern exercise composed on the spot by Ellington that leaves one with the curious impression that Armstrong has just finished sitting in with Charles Mingus.Not only that, though. There was a bit of separation in the 50s between jazz players who dug bop and those who didn't. This collection of pieces by Basie sidemen is called "Cool Too", suggesting how some of the traditional players felt as the new language passed them by.
New Yorker visualization of income inequality.
These economists largely agree: progressive government policies, driven by the desirability of social cohesion, will be the only thing standing between middle class jobs, a dystopian future and robots.
"Pride", via the estimable Ally Maynard.
Saw it at Newtown, too: The first reports are always wrong. Really large mis-statements are made on national media broadcasts (I'm looking at you Bloomberg). Then the fantasy stories start on Facebook and Twitter.
As we work our way through The Hobbit book - a really distinctive work, charming and less ponderous than the epic to follow - the narrow perspective of the fairy tale structure can be maddening for the adult reader. Many plot points are left open, most of which relate to Gandalf:
Yeah, Krugman again:
Here's an interesting article from the Atlantic about Finland's schools. The crucial point is, um awkward:
Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. "Oh," he mentioned at one point, "and there are no private schools in Finland."
This notion may seem difficult for an American to digest, but it's true. Only a small number of independent schools exist in Finland, and even they are all publicly financed. None is allowed to charge tuition fees. There are no private universities, either. This means that practically every person in Finland attends public school, whether for pre-K or a Ph.D.The late Albert Hirschman explains the logic behind this in Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, which has become the handbook for most of my life activities. The algorithm is, roughly:
Took an internet tour tonight through one ancestral trail, dad's mother Leola Burt, which went back far- surprisingly far, as you'll see. I thought the names themselves were a historical trip. Here are the fun ones:
The only reason you are reading this now is that, for the first time in 24 years, I went back into the archives to find that letter. And there it was. Which is when I discovered that I have been casually slandering Ebert for decades.
BRAINIUS: (in air duct) Can Im smooke inheere ? CRIMER: Whever youm wants . Thers is no Roules.... (turns to camera) ....juste Crimes— Crimer Show (@CrimerShow) April 11, 2013
We all like the terms "a murder of crows" or "a pride of lions"
In a new lawsuit filed by the Republican fundraising and advocacy group, American Action Network, details have emerged revealing that Lady Gaga was reportedly offered $1 million to perform at the GOP convention in August, but turned down the offer.
I am certainly not a Marxist to the satisfaction of any actual Marxist.
Apparently, the last thing a stately old mansion or castle is, before it becomes a ruin, is a girl's school.
Tom Scocca's remembrance of Michael Kelly is one, an amazing combination of indignant observation, honest commentary, and moral censure. And the subject gets the last word.
But more alarming is the way the tar sands industry is undermining Canadian democracy. By suggesting that anyone who questions the industry is unpatriotic, tar sands interest groups have made the industry the third rail of Canadian politics.