Link love

Where is summer going?

F the police never ends.  It really doesn’t.  And of course this one was all over the news.

Which state was the worst for women this week?  Surprisingly, not Idaho.

In case you missed this week’s douchecanoe.  The sex discrimination you don’t see.  Unseen women behind douchecanoe’s Nobel prize.  #distractinglysexy .  Related:  #15 is how I’m feeling now.  Also this related:  this is depressingly true.

Surprise!  Redditor’s harass female CEO after reddit cracks down on harassment.  Also:  guess which employee gets thrown to the wolves by Tor (hint:  Not a male one.)

Giving voice to black youth in YA. Fighting against racist memes. I want a Disney Princess who…

Sesame St. is pretty awesome.

Why flexible work options are so important.

I want to tell all the middle-aged comedians complaining that colleges are too PC for stand-up comedy that that’s not the problem. The problem is that they’re out of touch and not funny or relevant. NPR actually had a couple of really great programs on how humor changes over time. One of them was a book review that gave examples of things that used to be hilarious to audiences but are now offensive or just not funny (think turn of the century cartoons– violence, like wife beating, used to be a lot more funny to people). The other spot they had is this new program that Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are doing– Billy Crystal, btw, I bet isn’t having the problem of not getting laughs at colleges. Because he doesn’t just rely on lame shock value for humor. Granted, the tv show sounds pretty terrible, but there’s a little clip in the interview of Crystal dying in front of a young audience because his jokes are lame for that generation (purposefully so) that really illustrates what is wrong with Seinfeld (and that dude I’ve never heard of who posted the same thing on HuffPo and maybe even a little bit Chris Rock).

Yay Ferguson public library!

Anti-vaxxers allow diphtheria in Spain.

How is this even legal?

HuffPo is not a fun place to work.

Not a wasted word discusses a potential upcoming no-spend challenge.

Dr. Dad is back. Whole Foods rating system. These sound yummy.

Drunk synonyms over time. Awesome prom dress. True things.

This is fun.

Cats

Very cool video and commentary by delagar.

Tapping your inner wolf.

18 Responses to “Link love”

  1. Debbie M Says:

    I enjoyed the Whole Foods rating system article. They do make it sound like a profit grab. I might believe WF saying that it addresses things that organic labelling doesn’t except they also said they know a lot of things about their producers and just want to share that knowledge and that statement seems not true when the producers have to pay and provide additional information.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      People should remember that whole foods is a large company that wants to make a profit (and that has tasty food). Thinking that businesses aren’t mainly motivated by money is a recipe for sad.

  2. Debbie M Says:

    Oh, and on the college costs thing–yes, student services. Some of it is luxury stuff like he implies–my old employer had free internet everywhere and fancy pools including an outdoor one surrounded by palm trees. Some of this is disturbing because it gets students used to a lifestyle that first-year employees often can’t afford. We had real trouble getting students to graduate in four years and why would you want to when you could just stay on and earn another major or three living in luxury?

    But other student services are also expanding like crazy, and it’s hard to say these are all a waste of money. There have always been medical services available (even if refered to as “the quack shack”). Now there are also counseling services and services for special populations (like international students, racial minorities, and LGBT populations). There’s education on things like alcohol use and abuse, drug use, birth control, suicide prevention, rape prevention. There are programs for at-risk students (and many of these programs actually work). I went to meetings of academic counselors (non-faculty ones who knew all the ins and outs of the best order to take courses, what the various drop deadlines where and which ways to drop were best for which situations, etc.), and I was always finding out about new programs I’d never heard of before.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      The biggest problem that he mentions but doesn’t go into detail on, is declining governmental support.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Declining government support at every level, combined with unfunded mandates such as expanding disability services. I’ve had so many students with mental health issues that in the past would never even have made it to college, and now they’re in the classroom and everything has to adjust.

      Alumni lost money in the economic crash, too, and can’t give as much. And more people go back to school when the economy tanks (see Dean Dad). Also, as more and more people depend more and more on the internet for educational and social uses, we need to upgrade technology to support it. And the financial aid rules keep changing, requiring more staff and training…

      • Debbie M Says:

        Unfunded mandates–how could I forget!

        VA benefit rules keep changing, too–a recent one allowed a lot more people to qualify which required more staff (or, in our case, more staff stress).

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Blame agent orange!

      • becca Says:

        I feel like he kinda buries the lead when it comes to college costs. We’re educating more people, and we’re not spending more per student.

        Just as only the willfully idiotic compare our K-12 education spending per student to nations in which most people don’t graduate 8th grade, only the willfully idiotic try to compare colleges today to colleges yesterday. College students today are a broader cross segment of our society, and a lot more people with numerous obstacles in their paths pursue college.
        Our K-12 education funding system, with it’s emphasis on local property taxes suggests strongly that we as a nation have *never* wanted to spend money educating other people’s kids. Land grant universities were always miraculous.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Yes, that is burying the lead.

      • Debbie M Says:

        Hmm, I never thought of that. The school I worked at has had the same number of students since at least 1978 when I toured it as a high school student. (Every time enrollment gets too high, they freak out and changes the rules to get enrollment back down.) Yet it does cost more and more, not even counting that there’s less and less state support and financial aid.

    • Kellen Says:

      It seemed very common for students at my university not to graduate in four years either. I wonder if this is caused by something else–it seems like regardless of swimming pools, university has likely always been a place students would like to linger if possible, because it is not yet the “real world.” I’d be interested to know if this is a nationwide phenomenon–students taking longer to graduate–or just something that seems to be the case when I look at my university anecdotally.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        I had students take longer than 4 years because they worked full-time while raising a family while going to school. But I was at a very not-selective place with limited (it seemed) financial aid.

      • Debbie M Says:

        Where I worked it’s partly because we let people have multiple majors and even multiple bachelor degrees. Students feel this is more valuable than a single major in this scary economy, though it’s probably not. We’re not changing that rule, but are trying to encourage 4-year-graduation by trying to get students to think of themselves as being in the class of 20XX. And the degree audit tries to show them whether they are on track or not. We also now make them pick a major by the end of sophomore year and have lots of ways to help them decide (and even a way to escape a natural sciences degree without wasting too much of their credit mid-calculus). And we have a tuition rebate (of $1000 I think) if you graduate within four years and within 9 semester credit hours of the minimum for your degree. Plus we’re working on the problem of students with lots of credit-by-exam grades making their GPAs look good even when they’re having trouble the first semester (can’t remember if we don’t count those grades anymore or if we have learned to measure student progress in additional ways).

  3. Cloud Says:

    I love the Toy Story 2 story! What it doesn’t mention: how someone came to accidentally type rm -rf in that directory. I’d bet there was exhaustion involved. It is the sort of mistake people make when they’re burned out.

  4. MutantSupermodel Says:

    I’m going to give YOU a Link I love and think you will too! The Mary Sue published a post called Smart Tropes in Sexy Books that I thought you’d appreciate especially as some of your suggestions (Iron Duke, Sara MacLean) are in it! I’m going to post the link in the next comment because I notice that sometimes if I post a link I get slammed as SPAM and it makes me sad :(


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