Online for most of the Nycthemeron.

via kottke

via kottke

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A more serious form of inequality

It’s not just the income:

The life expectancy gap between the affluent and the poor and working class in the US, for instance, now clocks in at 12.2 years. College-educated white men can expect to live to age 80, while counterparts without a high-school diploma die by age 67. White women with a college degree have a life expectancy of nearly 84, compared with uneducated women, who live to 73.

And these disparities are widening. The lives of white, female high-school dropouts are now five years shorter than those of previous generations of women without a high-school degree, while white men without a high-school diploma live three years fewer than their counterparts did 18 years ago, according to a 2012 study from Health Affairs.

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How hard could it be to down 100g of crickets?

(Also, the 1:29 mark…)

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Against free public parking

A while ago, Boston changed code for new construction:

Specifically, “in most cases, officials are allowing the ratio to slip to 0.75 spaces per residence,” rather than the one or two spaces that had been the previous rule.

Two spaces per residence!!

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What 40 hours?

A 2008 survey of a thousand professionals found that ninety-four per cent [of Americans] worked fifty hours or more a week, and almost half worked in excess of sixty-five hours a week.

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"I dare you to watch this entire video."

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Claude Shannon, one of those super-important-no-one’s-ever-heard-of types.

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The interesting thing about grief, I think, is that it is its own size. It is not the size of you. It is its own size. And grief comes to you. You know what I mean? I’ve always liked that phrase He was visited by grief, because that’s really what it is. Grief is its own thing. It’s not like it’s in me and I’m going to deal with it. It’s a thing, and you have to be okay with its presence. If you try to ignore it, it will be like a wolf at your door.

Stephen Colbert

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Real-time map of global lightning strikes.

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Celebrity fad diets as still life portraits. Above is Beyoncé:

“Master cleanse diet,” lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, salt, and laxative herbal tea

Celebrity fad diets as still life portraits. Above is Beyoncé:

“Master cleanse diet,” lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, salt, and laxative herbal tea

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Next stop the Supreme Court

Or, at least, that’s where it looks like this is heading:

The case, Vergara v. California, will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court and could set off similar legal challenges in other states. Brought on behalf of nine public-school students in the state, the case challenged a set of laws, including one that gives teachers in California tenure as early as 18 months into their careers. Another requires layoffs on a last-in/first-out basis that excludes consideration of teacher quality.

Students Matter, a Silicon Valley-based group that brought the suit, argued that these policies make it hard to fire “grossly ineffective” teachers and to retain high-quality junior ones, and that low-income minority students disproportionately suffer as bad teachers are shuttled into their classrooms. Judge Rolf M. Treu forcefully agreed in his opinion, finding that five California statues violate the constitutional protection children have in the state to equal educational opportunity.

Nazaryan likes it. Ravitch obviously doesn’t. Yglesias has brief.

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There is zero rotational motion in this picture.
Everything is moving in a straight line.

There is zero rotational motion in this picture.

Everything is moving in a straight line.

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Satan is the best drawn of Milton’s characters. The reason is not hard to find. Of the major characters whom Milton attempted he is incomparably the easiest to draw. Set a hundred poets to tell the same story and in ninety of the resulting poems Satan will be the best character. In all but a few writers the “good” characters are the least successful, and every one who has ever tried to make even the humblest story ought to know why. To make a character worse than oneself it is only necessary to release imaginatively from control some of the bad passions which, in real life, are always straining at the leash; the Satan, the Iago, the Becky Sharp, within each of us, is always there and only too ready, the moment the leash is slipped, to come out and have in our books that holiday we try to deny them in our lives. But if you try to draw a character better than yourself, all you can do is to take the best moments you have had and to imagine them prolonged and more consistently embodied in action. But the real high virtues which we do not possess at all, we cannot depict except in a purely external fashion. We do not really know what it feels like to be a man much better than ourselves. His whole inner landscape is one we have never seen, and when we guess it we blunder.

C.S. Lewis

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