Link Dump 006
August 9, 2019
Articles & Threads
- “King of the Ferret-Leggers”: “What kind of person sticks a ferret down his pants for more than five consecutive hours? Our writer tried to find out.”
- This thread by polymerwitch about using refurbished hardware is great.
- The Bridegroom’s Oak: a hole in a tree serves as a public letter box for people seeking romantic partners.
- “We Must Defend Thanos’s Constitutional Right to Snap His Fingers and Make Half of the Universe Disappear”: McSweeney’s has been churning out especially good satire in the wake of the many, many shootings of the past week in the US. (For those not in the know, there were like four different shootings in a matter of just a couple of days...which is about par for the course for life in 21st-century America.) For more in this vein, see this, this, and this.
- “The 6 Keys to Breaking Bad Habits” is an article written by an insurance company, which is weird. I suppose insurance companies are interested in behavioral economics for financial reasons, but I feel a little icky linking to it. In any case, though, it’s a pretty good article, and it features Dan Ariely, whose work I’ve liked and followed for a while.
- “On Bloom’s two sigma problem: A systematic review of the effectiveness of mastery learning, tutoring, and direct instruction”: Educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom found a two-sigma (two standard deviation) increase in student performance when they were given one-on-one instruction from a tutor. But, of course, one-on-one tutoring isn’t cost-effective in most cases, so educational psychologists have been interested in finding ways to approximate tutoring. This analysis reviews the work of Bloom and those who followed him up. Feel free to skip to the conclusion at the end if you don’t want to read the whole thing.
- “Staring down seagulls can stop them stealing your chips”: This is apparently evidence of seagulls’ theory of mind and ability to read social cues.
- Joplin is “an open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities.” I like that I can choose where to sync it to!
- NixOS is “a Linux distribution with a unique approach to package and configuration management. Built on top of the Nix package manager, it is completely declarative, makes upgrading systems reliable, and has many other advantages.” I’m intrigued but haven’t had the spare time or mental space to try it out yet. Have any of you tried it yet?
- From now on, I will be wearing hooded capes everywhere I go.
- Ladies, here’s a bonnet that’ll make you blush. Literally.