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The mystery of giant concrete arrows on the American landscape, solved.

If the Fox takeover of Time-Warner succeeds, it could make for some really interesting superhero movies.

The bizarre story of the Dutch cyclist who had tickets to two Malaysia Airlines flights that met with a tragic end.

When someone falls for a joke in the form of a smear, it says more about them than it does the object of the joke/smear. Just own it and move on (like ThinkProgress did).

Maybe sunk costs aren’t sunk after all?

Will Davies makes the case against competitiveness.

Flextime is apparently a nice perk that you should never actually use. Here are some tips for waking up earlier. One of the best decisions I ever made about such things was to never, ever use the snooze button again.

It’s very lucrative to do the dirty work of oil companies. (And I don’t mean dirty in the sense of sweat and dirt or you might get oil on you…)

A new nuclear power plant design floats on the water and could ride out a tsumani.

Privilege I can believe in: The privilege of being good-looking.

Everything you ever wanted to know about astronaut outfitting.

Is the monopoly of copyright a lost cause? It’s sure seeming that way, though it’s hard to gauge all of the implications of that.

Pirates are complaining that the software they are illegally downloading takes up too much space.

WordPress spends considerable money complying with DMCA takedown notices, some of which are not legitimate. They’re demanding $10,000 for a false notice.

I get that smartphone theft is lucrative for the carriers and handset producers, but the most apparent solution would likely involve cracking down on all reselling, which is a cure worse than the disease.

It’s a win for fliers that we can use electronics during takeoff and landing. It’s a loss for SkyMall.

The immigrants of yesteryear were apparently smart to Americanize their name at Ellis Island. Writers, too, should choose their name carefully.

In addition to being careful about your name when you’re looking for a job, you should keep quiet about your religion, too. Unless you’re Jewish, because everyone likes the Jewish.

The case for kissing ass and faking it until you make it.

Either interesting facts about MOOCs.


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Will Truman (trumwill) is a southern transplant in the mountain east with an IT background who bides his time taking care of their daughter while his wife brings home the bacon. You will probably be relieved to know that he does not generally refer to himself in the third-person except when he's writing short bios on his web page.

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  1. says:

    I don’t think it’s really the case that most Americans like Jews as a group. Most people just don’t want to be seen as politically incorrect under less than completely anonymous circumstances. When there is greater anonymity, the hatred, resentment and conspiracy theories come out as can be observed from the comments at blogs and news sites.

    As for hiding Jewishness, it isn’t always possible there is an ethnic dimension to Jewishness. A few years ago when I was paying for groceries in my part of flyover country populated mostly by religious Christians of British and Irish descent, the cashier wished me a Happy Hanukkah after wishing several prior customers a Merry Christmas. She didn’t know my name, and I wasn’t wearing any religious garb. My appearance gave me away.

  2. says:

    Sorry if the comment above seems a bit paranoid. I see that the study examined responses to resumes that indicated religious affiliation and concentrated on employers in the South. That Jews are a rarity in the South and that many Southerners are part of uncharacteristically Jewish-positive and Israel-positive Christian religious streams might explain part of the phenomenon. The responses might have been different if the researchers had focused on the upper Midwest.

    • Trumwill says:

      With regard to the employment survey, what I found particularly revealing about it was that Jewishness wasn’t penalized but Christianity was. That seems pretty indicative of something. My guess? It actually has more to do with the ethnic component than the religious one, that Jewish people do tend to be smart and such. Alternatively, that they are viewed as neutral while Christian groups each and all have their opponents in and out of faith.

      With regard to the political incorrectness, I am not sure that the Jewish are quite the “protected” class that they used to be in that regard, to benefit from fear of being seen as anti-Jewish. I think that statistically they benefit from a “distant tolerance”… not Christian enough to be reviled by the anti-Christian, not atheist enough to be reviled by the vaguely religious, and favorable comparisons to Muslims.

      Anyway, my comment there was a bit tongue-in-cheek. I can understand why you took exception to it. There’s a difference between having a vaguely positive opinion of a group, and being warm to them on a personal level. This is something I am under the impression that Asian-Americans have to deal with quite a bit.

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