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  • don bosch 6:48 pm on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    Megan McArdle: Money Won’t Buy Your Kids a Future

    Having grown up in New York City and attended an expensive college, I invariably came into contact with quite a few people who had sizable inheritances or trust funds coming to them. Over the years, I’ve grown quite sincerely glad that I wasn’t one of them. I can’t claim to have any scientific data, of course, but in my experience, too many of those people were always about to do something but never got to the point of actually having done it. They got jobs but left them when the job proved to be tiresome, or when they had a major setback such as a terrible performance review. They didn’t need to make a career in order to put food on the table, and that kept them from doing the often painful and unpleasant work of getting really good at their jobs. And ultimately, they weren’t happy about that. Their money protected them from the very real miseries of being broke. But it also protected them from the sweet smell of success.

    Broke is fine. That doesn’t mean leaving them unprepared.

  • don bosch 10:02 am on 07/19/2014 Permalink
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    Read better online.

    On screen, people tended to browse and scan, to look for keywords, and to read in a less linear, more selective fashion. On the page, they tended to concentrate more on following the text. Skimming, Liu concluded, had become the new reading: the more we read online, the more likely we were to move quickly, without stopping to ponder any one thought.

    I wonder how being “people who skim” will impact society.

  • don bosch 9:02 am on 07/19/2014 Permalink
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    National Geographic explores Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell.

  • don bosch 9:19 am on 07/14/2014 Permalink
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    Knowledge: The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world

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