Mashable: Heroic Cat Saves Child From Vicious Dog Attack.
I think much better of cats now. I bear many scars from bicycling by skulking, vicious undisciplined ‘driveway dogs’ who don’t have anything to do but contemplate premeditated attacks … and deploy them with limb-threatening accuracy. I bike near a dog in a driveway now, I turn around before I’m in ‘range.’
PS Mag: When Bad Things Are Noticed by Good Babies.
“For many of us, the thought of living in a random universe where bad things happen by chance is unacceptably frightening; pinpointing blame provides an odd sense of reassurance. If these researchers are correct, this understandable but unfortunate tendency is already starting to show itself soon after we emerge from the womb.”
The Millions: On Labor Day - True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers.
BusinessInsider: High-School Teacher On Snapchat Update.
“Today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had one girl crawl under the table with her phone.” Oh, for heaven’s sake.
Guardian.UK: Chiropractors’ spine-chilling warnings about computers, phones and pancakes.
“Could sending texts KILL you? Messaging may cause heart disease and breathing problems in later life, study claims.” Fear! Panic! Must sell services. This will likely cross the pond and end up in Santa Fe’s healing culture sooner than later.
PsychologicalScience.org: Chopping the Cherry Tree - How Kids Learn Honesty.
“So why would these classic tales of lying and consequences not do their job? Well, the scientists suspected that it might be the nature of the consequences. Both Pinocchio and the shepherd boy experience very negative consequences as a result of their dishonesty—public humiliation in one case, a violent death in the other. Young George’s story, by contrast, emphasizes the virtue of honesty and sends the message that truth telling leads to positive consequences.” Veeery interesting.
Vox: Girls have gotten better grades than boys for 100 years.
Velcro a kid to the back of your neck? I have my doubts.
Vox: Here’s why you shouldn’t take extra-strength Tylenol.
“The FDA safety alert applies specifically to prescription drugs: it tells doctors and pharmacists to avoid prescribing opioid-based painkillers (such as Vicodin and Percocet) that include more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per pill, because they’re no more effective than low-dose formulations and can be dangerous.”
The Cut: Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan.
A great and important read. Don’t miss it.
Olive-Drab: Army Jeep In A Crate for $50?
The myth, debunked.
WaPo: Jenny McCarthy says she isn’t anti-vaccine.
DiscoverMag: Over the Hill? Cognitive Speeds Peak at Age 24.
“It’s not all bad news for those of us on the wrong side of 24, however. Researchers found that older players compensated for their slower cognitive speed by making the game simpler. For example, older players retain their skill by using more keyboard shortcuts to make up for their motor-speed declines.” Makes me feel a little better.
Gentleman’s Gadgets: Audi’s Toy Car for the Big Boys.
Quietly pretend that you’re Tazio Nuvolari.
New York Post: Comic book icon Archie to ‘die heroically’.
Looks pretty good as a 70-some year old corpse, don’t ya think?
Lobo1975.Tumblr: Paint your own mural.
Brilliant. Totally brilliant. One could tart up a kid’s room in an afternoon.
Pacific Standard: Can You Learn to Judge Creativity?
“A new research paper suggests that amateurs can, indeed, be trained to be better judges of creativity — at least when it comes to children’s paintings.” Reminds me of the time when we were using children’s drawings in a particular company’s PR push … the creative director didn’t feel the drawings were ‘right’ and grabbed crayons and drew over the children’s work to ‘improve’ them. I felt that the children’s work should not have been altered, no matter what permissions had been obtained. Bothers me still.
Flickr: The Dinky Toys Pool.
Slate: Electroconvulsive therapy for autism.
[Puts me in mind of the old ‘cures’ for stuttering. Scalding the tongue with a hot iron. Trimming the sides of the tongue. Searing the lips. Putting spiked objects in the mouth to prevent the tongue from ‘resting’. And other whacked-out concepts that work for a day, a week, then stop. When I came of age, I appreciated Francis Bacon’s cure all the more: copious amounts of warm wine laved on the back of the tongue. That works every time!]
FrancisWade: Agent Orange 40 Years On - Heartbreaking Photos inside Vietnam Orphanages.
“I think there’s a lack of understanding about how damaging the effects of Agent Orange continue to be. Remember that the spraying of the dioxin stopped more than 40 years ago, so you’d think it was confined to history, but that’s not the case at all—thousands of children are being born each year with severe deformities that are likely linked to ongoing Agent Orange contamination of the soil and water.”
The Dish: A Bachelor’s Degree In Gettin’ Paid.
Happy to see NM Tech on the list.
The Airship: Today in Literary History - Percy Shelley Thrown Out of Oxford.
More often than ever appreciated, a troubled child becomes a brilliant adult.
Slate: Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, and the Hunger Games: Why teens love dystopias.
Movie review aside; I think young folk admiring dystopias is a positive thing. Still, I’d prefer a MacGyver-ish ‘leverage-what-you’ve-got’ cleverness than the bleak Road Warrior future we seem to be heading for.
Randal S. Olson: It’s impossible to work your way through college nowadays.
Design You Trust: Aston Martin Heritage pedal car.