Crime:[C1] For professional clowns, the creepy clown craze is actually rather scary.
[C2] Interesting and counterintuitive: When men outnumber women, crime rates are lower.
[C4] Not a bad gig, if you can get it.
[C5] I will bet money that at some point or another this guy said that his problem with girls is that they don’t appreciate nice guys. Update: Hoax/misunderstanding!
Education:[Ed1] A teenager in Britain who didn’t know what the word “lottery” meant. Or else it wasn’t made clear, in which case he learned a valuable lesson about what people in positions of authority tell you.
[Ed2] Reading? Who needs it! This is actually sort of how I learned to love audiobooks. It may not be the ideal way to consume stories, but the way I do it costs me almost no time.
[Ed3] Gosh, with that kind of money, you could get a football coach for a season.
[Ed4] EducationNext looks at the “teacher pay gap” and finds that teachers aren’t making less than they used to be (but also aren’t making more).
[Ed5] Kay Hymowitz says a new study demonstrating racism on the part of preschool teachers may be more nuanced than reported.
Religion:[R1] James Poulos wonder if Elon Musk is religious enough to colonize Mars.
[R3] Freddy Gray talks about life defending pedophile priests.
[R5] Oklahoma’s governor is urging residents to pray for black rain.
Progress:[P1] It looks like the geeks are giving up on the fake island.
[P2] Meet Moore’s Law’s evil twin.
[P3] Oh thank god.
[P5] “Yes, there are a lot of people who would like to be able to work on a computer at home. But would they really want to carry [a portable computer] back from the office with them? It would be much simpler to take home a few floppy disks tucked into an attache case. For the majority of consumers, a second computer for the home office is usually an inexpensive clone of the one at work. Not only is such an alternative more convenient, but it is more cost effective as well. In fact, one ends up with better technology. ” –NYT, 1985
Energy:[En1] What politicians know that David Roberts apparently doesn’t is that “no more new fossil fuels anywhere” is like saying “No more sin.” I mean, I guess unlike a lot of sin it can be regulated in theory, but in practice if that’s what is required then we need to focus on handling the fallout of the looming disaster.
[En2] Fluctuation problems in a wind farm in South Australia caused some blackouts.
[En3] Wind farms are also killing a wider footprint of birds than we realized.
[En5] Peter Burrows isn’t so sure about Elon Musk’s SolarCity plans.
[En6] The everlasting aftermath of Deepwater Horizon.
[S1] Okay, let’s say we get people on Mars. How do we get them off Mars?
[S2] Watch atoms keep their distance.
[S3] This sort of thing is not helpful to science.
[S4] Gabriel Rossman has some smart words about excessive statistical controls, where if you don’t like the effects of X, you simply control for X.