Could Talking Eliminate the Income Gap in Learning... →
By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn. The gap between poor children and wealthier ones widens each year, and by high school it has become a chasm. But what is it about poverty that limits a child’s ability to learn? Betty Hart and Todd Risley suggest: … the key to...
Last Saturday, I was walking up Sutter when a white van in the street started pulling away from the curb. This action produced a mildly-annoying scrapping sound: the van had trapped a traffic cone under its front wheel. As a longtime cone advocate — both traffic (see below) and sno — it’s my sworn duty to protect cones. (No, really, they make us take an oath over the Code of...
15 people reveal the truth about their work →
“People don’t really know if you’re a real human or not.” - a priest
Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC GM served as a British agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance and was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war. On the night of 29–30 April 1944, Wake was parachuted into the Auvergne, becoming a liaison between London and the local maquis group headed by Captain Henri...
Love-hunting in China →
From across the atrium, a co-worker of Ms. Yang caught her eye and nodded at a woman in a blue dress, walking alone. Ms. Yang had shaken off her colleague’s suggestions several times that day, but this time she circled behind the woman in question. “Perfect skin,” she whispered. “Elegant face.” When the woman walked into H & M, Ms. Yang intercepted her in the sweater aisle. “I’m so sorry...
Fun facts from the København airport →
via whimsikelly: 1. People in the city bike a total of 1.1M km per day, but there were no bike-related fatalities last year. The city’s goal is to have 50% of travel be via bike by 2025. 2. 45% of the food is organic, the highest in the world. 3. The city has the most per capita restaurants and bars in the world. 4. In Denmark, the price of bottled water is made high on purpose to encourage...
The Rise of the Grammar Nazis →
Kyle Wiens: Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re. See too: Match.com’s survey says...
The Sex Ratio
At dinner last week, RB resurfaced an argument he’d apparently been sustaining for some time: more men in power means violence and wars. It’s one version of a notion I’ve suggested in trusted company and with decidedly less eloquent phrasing: “Bad things happen when you get a group of guys together!” I’d slosh, following up with common examples: 1) rape, hazing...
If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to...– Andrew Mason in his goodbye message
When Someone Finally Tells You That the Username...
Geoff: What's your username?
Me: It's geesebot.
Geoff: Oh, haha. Like g-spot?
The Best First Job per Sallie Krawcheck →
I been done said dat.
Dunham shows no comprehension of the degree to which privilege can drive life...– BAM from Silpa Kovvali, The Secret of Lena Dunham’s Success
I didn’t order soup, because I didn’t want to run the bill up. But then everyone...– What was your one biggest fuck up of 2012 (via petervidani)
That’s the girls’ restroom…– Leigh Ann Clapper to me, fourth grade
Here you go, little boy.– Pizza sample lady to my sister, age 7