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Habit Linky

How to change a habit (flowchart image – the bits of research I know square with this)

Graph the audience grades of your favourite TV show (uses IMDB episode-by-episode ratings out of 10)

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir does some for-real critical thinking about the Hunger Games and Divergent (et al.) – ” They are propaganda for the ethos of individualism, the central ideology of consumer capitalism, which also undergirds both major political parties and almost all American public discourse.” – love to see someone other than Mash thinking this hard about stuff.

Rodger spies some significant, and troubling, gaps in the kinds of books out there for children.

Interview with Antiques Roadshow US expert about how they make the show – surprisingly to me, really interesting!

A brief history of evil finger-tenting.

The Hardy Boys meet True Detective

Lotta discussion of the Atlantic’s feature on whether we’re overprotecting our kids. I haven’t read it yet, but Svend notes: “I wonder how different the world would be if the United States had managed to get universal health care back in the 30s with the New Deal. If you couldn’t sue cities for injuries, would the homogenization of playgrounds have been as severe?” (sorry to quote your email without permission Svend but this is a smart question so I’m doin’ it)

via d3vo, the best nerd rage you will find on Facebook’s Oculus Rift buyout

Four steps to fixing inequality (via James Shaw)

Typecast, a cover of Royals

And finally – sad to hear of the death of Dave Brockie aka Oderus Ungus. (Not that I ever listened to GWAR but.) Here’s the man himself reading Goodnight Moon:

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  1. Alasdair Sinclair | March 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    My rather sketchy understanding is that the way the New Deal was structured was in part what made universal health care an impossibility. Essentially, if I understand correctly, the way it affected labour relations meant that Health Care became a major form of incentivisation for different companies – so a universal healthcare system would have undermined the ability of companies to compete for the best staff. As I say though, sketchy sketchy understanding of the New Deal.

  2. Alastair | March 29, 2014 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Re: The Overprotected Kid. We’re lucky enough to have a large garden (large by NZ standards, absolutely huge by UK standards) and I love it that our two (2.5 and 5 years) will go off and play in the far corner where we can’t see them. I’m hoping that when they get old enough to cross the busy road nearby they can go off and play in the uncultivated land around the nearby fields.

  3. housemonkey | March 29, 2014 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Relevant to the Divergent stuff. http://alicublog.blogspot.co.nz/2014/03/we-do-it-for-kids.html

  4. Svend | April 1, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bMq9Ek6jnA is the Crash Course US History on the time — they talk about the three Rs of the New Deal (Relief, Recovery and Run DMC… which they correct, reluctantly, to Reform). In the view of the video, they suggest that the taint of “Socialism” was one of the big reasons why it couldn’t be put through. Given how hard it was to get the NHS established in Britain, this wouldn’t surprise me.

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