Links, 12/26/09

Christmas was nice and quiet, the way I like it. I’m not one for holidays where things feel forced in the least; I’m not against social obligations, but I think far too many people take on too many of them over the holidays. Don’t you just want some quiet time?

My only regret Christmas Day was that I would have liked to get some reading and writing done, and not because I wanted to “be productive.” It’s more like – thinking well shouldn’t take a holiday, neither should putting good things in one’s head. I did enjoy myself thoroughly, and there might be a blogpost about the two video games I’m addicted to now, if I get a bit more real work done to my satisfaction.

Anyway, a few notable things from around the web:

  • I hope these will be the last links ever on health care reform. I was sick of the issue back in August, and it had been in the wings for months then. The main reason why I harp on it is that there’s a lot of complaints and advocacy Left and Right about proposed reforms (i.e. “death panels,” and to a lesser degree, the “this will save us money” garbage) that are getting significant attention. I know far more reasonable arguments can be advanced. Anyway – Megan McArdle, “Senate Passes Health Care Bill” (lots that’s quotable here, summarizing months of dealing with this issue very succinctly) & Jay Cost, “More on the Parker Griffith Switch” (yes, this is a sign of things to come, and a good sign)
  • A few people shared this with me, I think it’s pretty dramatic to look at – the weather over here recently.
  • David Glenn, “Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style May Not Help Students” (h/t – self-explanatory, but a really good read because it discusses lots of scholarly work briefly and presents both sides of an issue. I wish a lot more articles read like this one.


  1. I just wanted to draw your attention to an article out of Harper’s from September ’09, “Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School” — very interesting stuff.

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