Interesting way of looking at the expansion of the United States over the 18th and 19th centuries: a dynamic map of where post offices are. [HT: Facebook feed]
I just got an e-mail advertising Office 365. Is it just me, or is this one of the most unappealing product names ever? Office 365: Maybe Every Four Years You Can Take A Day Off.
Nate Silver has a great analysis of S&P national debt ratings. The post is worth a read. I won’t summarize it all here, but highlight two points. (1) “if you were an investor looking for guidance on which country’s debt was the safest to invest in, Standard & Poor’s ratings wouldn’t have done much to help you navigate the headwinds of the financial crisis.” And ever better, (2) “The evidence from the past five years suggests that it may be worthwhile to adopt a contrarian investing strategy that specifically bets against S.&P.’s ratings.” It’s also nice to see STATA output in the NYTimes.
Do not believe people who tell you that Caesar’s Palace has sold out its rooms for Saturday night at ASA. If you search carefully online, they still have rooms for $7999/night. (No, that’s not missing a decimal point.) I don’t know if that includes breakfast.
In addition to Shamus’ book, which I’m sure you have by now, I’ll be looking for these titles at the book exhibit:
- Sarah Sobieraj. 2011. Soundbitten: The Perils of Media Centered Activism. NYU Press.
- Jessica Holden Sherwood. 2010. Wealth, Whiteness, and the Matrix of Privelege. Lexington Books.
What else should I get?
Report on research from a CNN.com site:
What do tweens value most? If you are thinking honesty or self-acceptance think again. What they value above everything else, according to a new study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), is fame. Other individualistic values, such as financial success and physical fitness are also high on the wish list.
The study, published in the Journal of Psychology Research on Cyberspace, found children aged 9 to 11 now hold “fame” as their No. 1 value. Fame ranked 15th [out of 16] in 1997.
Curious, I thought. Kids these days. So I clicked over to look at the study. How did they have children rate what values were most important to them? Answer: not at all. Instead, the study was a content analysis of the values important to two of the most popular programs among kids these ages in their respective years. For 2007, those shows were “American Idol” and “Hannah Montana,” compared to “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Boy Meets World.” On that basis is borne the CNN.com conclusion that tweens ten years ago could care less about fame, and now it is the most important thing in the world to them.
If you see me at the ASA, would you do me a favor? Let me know if I have spinach between my teeth or toilet paper stuck to my shoe, okay? Also, I’d love to share a cab from the airport. I’ll see you all at the blog party on Sunday the 21st at 4:30pm in the Seahorse Lounge!