by syaffolee

Linkage and Some Commentary:

Handwashing Experiment. (Via Monkeyfilter) I wonder if the statistics would be any better if I tallied the habits of the patrons of the medical school bathrooms.

Women’s Magazine Editors. The 2Blowhards also ask why women use so many exclamation points. I don’t know, maybe they want to sound perky? Or maybe there could be a Freudian explanation? At any rate, nobody has complained about my use (or lack) of the trigger-happy punctuation so I’m not going to worry about it.

Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle. These are Elmore Leonard’s rules on writing. I’ve never read any of his stuff (should I start?) but I do find some of the points interesting, particularly 1, 2 and 10.

I Was Kim Jong Il’s Cook. Some excerpts from a chef’s experiences with the current North Korean leader. Both funny and scary.

How Serfdom Saved the Women’s Movement. As Caitlin Flanagan points out, feminism suffers from the differences between its ideologies and economic reality. What I wonder about is: can’t a semi-solution be worked out by having the men share some of the responsibility of taking care of the kids rather than letting the women make the sole decision of either taking care of the kids, pursuing a career, or somehow juggling both? Or am I just being influenced in my views by observing couples in academia?

What’s up with blogging, and why should you care? I can’t believe people are still churning out these articles. Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock the past couple of years, this is akin to writing an essay entitled, “What’s up with websites, and why should you care?”