Learned Last Week (31st/32nd of 2012)

Here are some of the ideas, observations, and insights that others shared over the last two weeks, received via Twitter, Google+, RSS feed, or link round-up. Quotation implies engagement, but not necessarily endorsement.

And it’s amazing the effect writing a grant proposal from scratch can have on your time to make sense of the world.

Week 31 (7/30 – 8/5)

@ProducerMatthew Love the New York Times’ analog website. Terrific support for offline reading. pic.twitter.com/3KZ4T9Hm

@BBCRoryCJ, “Who ‘likes’ my Virtual Bagels?
“It seemed VirtualBagel was hugely popular in Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines, but just about nobody in the US or the UK had any interest.”
ht @GabeG0

@interfluidity, “Trade-offs between Inequality, Productivity, and Employment
“Wealth is about insurance much more than it is about consumption.”

@lisadwade, “Power and the Paradox of Writing Against Inequality
“Coming to our blog is, for these reasons, a scary proposition. Because we sometimes talk about ugly things, there will be ugly things here. Taking out the thumbnails won’t change that; neither would deleting all of the images we reproduce. Deleting all posts that address inequality would, but then we would be silently complicit with the status quo. So, we keep blogging, and we keep uploading, and we keep trying to engage our readers further… for better or worse.”

@ScienceDaily, “Jailhouse Phone Calls Reveal When Domestic Abusers Most Likely to Attack
[A very small sample size — 17 — but opens prospects for more.]
ht @yvessmith

@CarmenNobel, “How Technology Adoption Affects Global Economies
“Comin’s research is striking in what it shows about the historical reach of technology adoption. According to his findings, the rate at which countries adopted new tools hundreds of years ago strongly affects whether they are rich or poor today.”

Virginia Hughes, “What Americans Don’t Get About the Brain’s Critical Period
“What’s disappointing is that the enrichment meme seems to have overshadowed the real lesson of the research on critical periods: that poverty and child neglect often have devastating and long-lasting effects on the brain.”
via +Anna Goldstein

@SusanJFerber, “Turning ‘Plan B’ Into a ‘Plan A’ Life – Manage Your Career
“Temperamentally, it turns out, I am better suited to helping other people improve their writing, and to quietly adding value to a broad variety of works written by brilliant historians, than to being an academic historian myself.”
ht @VersatilePhD

@LoisParshley, “Hot Hot Heat: Why Summer in D.C. is only Getting Warmer
Via H-DC (Washington DC History Network)
“Unfortunately for D.C. residents, the [heat island] effect not only keeps urban areas hotter, it also increases the time it takes air to cool again—sometimes hours, sometimes into the next day.”

Week 32 (8/6 – 8/12)

@dwarlick, “We Want to be Together
“Many of us become excited and energized by the magic of technology — and rightly so. But we must be careful that living and working through networks should never be our preference. It should be the alternative that enables us to bridge gaps, to accomplish things that we never could before.”

Shane Greenstein, via @digitopoly “Does the Clothesline Paradox Apply to IT?
“The sun does not have a firm that lobbies on its behalf. Policy conversation tends to favor existing firms with seemingly big economic contributions, and tends to underestimate the importance of the free.”

@TressieMcPhD “Not Our Kind of People: Why No One Talks To For-Profit Students
“There’s the professor who told me, flatly and repeatedly, in a grant writing session that ‘These people weren’t going to ever go to a real college so make me care.’ ”

@ErickAuld, “Get A Job: The Craigslist Experiment
“At 2:41P.M. on Friday — exactly 24 hours after I posted the ad — there were 653 responses in my brand new inbox. Not wanting to face any more after that, I promptly removed the ad from Craigslist.”

Paul Frysh (CNN), “West Virginia learns Finland’s ‘most honorable profession’: Teacher

@NYTCornerOffice, “Laurel Richie of the WNBA
“I am rarely without a point of view, and so I always tell people to come back three times if they really believe in their point of view. The first time they say something, I might say, ‘It’s a really good point but here’s why we’re doing this.’ If they really feel strongly, they’ll come back again and I’ll say, ‘I really hear you so I want you to know I’m genuinely listening.’ And then if they still feel that strongly, they can come back a third time and say, ‘Remember when you said come back the third time?  This is the third time.’ ”


About David D. LaCroix

Learning and education strategist; Director of Operations at Versatile PhD. All opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent those of my clients, partners, or employers.
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