Linky Goodness – 9/1/2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Translating Bill Belichick’s post-game interview
WEEI writer Dan Guttenplan translates Bill Belichick’s post-game comments, illuminating what the coach had to say about Tom Brady and his horrific hit.

Protecting your child’s privacy
At what point do the stories stop being yours and start being theirs? The New York Times’s Lisa Belkin discusses. I’ve been very careful with what I write here, so I hope that I’ll never have an angry conversation with Sadie or Lucy. I hope that Lucy will not be horrified by how much she enjoyed splashing in the mud…

It’s time to get it over with and declare American royalty
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald is not impressed with NBC’s newest hire.

Bush daughter Jenna Hager becomes ‘Today’ reporter …

They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it. They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. remain a Great Meritocracy because it’s really unfair for anything other than merit to determine position and employment. They can interview Lisa Murkowski, Evan Bayh, Jeb Bush, Bob Casey, Mark Pryor, Jay Rockefeller, Dan Lipinksi, and Harold Ford, Jr. about personal responsibility and the virtues of self-sufficiency. Bill Kristol, Tucker Carlson and John Podhoretz can provide moving commentary on how America is so special because all that matters is merit, not who you know or where you come from. …

Just to underscore a very important, related point: all of the above-listed people are examples of America’s Great Meritocracy, having achieved what they have solely on the basis of their talent, skill and hard work — The American Way. By contrast, Sonia Sotomayor — who grew up in a Puerto Rican family in Bronx housing projects; whose father had a third-grade education, did not speak English and died when she was 9; whose mother worked as a telephone operator and a nurse; and who then became valedictorian of her high school, summa cum laude at Princeton, a graduate of Yale Law School, and ultimately a Supreme Court Justice — is someone who had a whole litany of unfair advantages handed to her and is the poster child for un-American, merit-less advancement.

7 Iconic characters they saved from the cutting-room floor
Cracked reminds me I’m glad we didn’t lose Jack Shepherd and the Joker.

Flying vs. Driving
Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has a (predictably) fascinating analysis about why Americans prefer driving to flying, despite its financial disadvantages. Well worth a read.

Especially interesting for me as I’m pondering doing sales trips down to New York. Should I fly from Logan, take the Acela from Providence, take one of the bus lines, or just drive. I think the winner right now for New York trips is the train, but for Washington trips it’ll definitely be the airplane. I try not to let my fear of flying interface with logic.

Things to do after you break up
This is another site I found in the midst of my librarian work. There’s some salty language, but it’s a really interesting read. Building a catalog of 5,000+ sites I personally like is doing a number on my productivity, though.

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