Since I left the last ‘Weekend Reading’ until mid-week, this one has only a few days’ worth of links. I believe these ones date back to… last Wednesday? Anyway, enjoy this week’s very short list!
Best of the Week – Religion: Blind Faith (Washington Post)
Some disturbing information about religious literacy in the US here – for the most Christian nation in the world, I find this horrifying. For instance, cited in the article is that less than half of Americans know that Genesis is the first book of the Bible, that only half can name even one of the Gospels, and a little over 10% think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. The title of this article is very fitting – what are all these people following?
Psychology: This is Your Life (and How You Tell It) (New York Times)
How you view and retell memories says a lot about you, and can have substantial impact on your thoughts about them. Sad and embarrassing memories viewed and recalled in the third person can actually seem less sad and embarrassing, and the people who recall them that way seem to have apparently learned more from them.
Software/Advice: Firefox Keyboard Shortcut to Retrieve Lost Tabs
The BEST Firefox tip I’ve ever heard. It happens so often to me: I start closing down unused tabs, and accidentally delete one that I really needed. Pressing Command+Shift+T (Ctrl+Shift+T for us Microsoft slaves) will bring back any tab you just closed. No more accidentally deleting the wrong tabs!
Gender/Psychology: Girls do badly at math when told boys do better (Reuters)
A study from the University of Chicago shows that when girls are told that their male counterparts are naturally better at math, they start doing badly on tests. This was also shown to impact achievement in whatever tests or classes they took directly afterwards, and was not limited to just mathematics.
Coffee: Understanding Coffee People
Coffee can be a link category all on its own, who says it can’t? I found this accidentally through Google hunting for myself (you know you’ve done it). These are descriptions of a few distinct “coffee types”… the Addict, the Snob, the Teenager (proud to say I’m not one of them in this context), etc. Which one are you? (I’m the Addict – I like my coffee bitter, black, and lots of it.)
Nostalgia: 15 (Painfully) Unforgettable Cartoon Theme Songs
Ahhh, pre-Y2K cartoons… how I miss that blurry quality that I thought was so awesome as a kid. To think there are kids today growing up without classics like the Looney Tunes. This is a list of 15 memorable cartoon themes (YouTubed and embedded!) from the 80s and 90s. (Some of these I can just barely remember, and some I didn’t even realize had stopped airing. I miss the 90s… I made a Mister Rogers joke to some kids I know and they just gave me blank looks. I shouldn’t have to feel that old yet.)
That’s it for this week!