Thursday, January 27, 2005
- Harvard researcher Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan has uncovered some of the secrets of Venus Flytrap [via BoingBoing]
- Paper of the Day: "Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination" by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan, which studies
...race in the labor market by sending fictitious resumes to help-wanted ads in Boston and Chicago newspapers. To manipulate perceived race, resumes are randomly assigned African American or White sounding names. White names receive 50 percent more callbacks for interviews. Callbacks are also more responsive to resume quality for White names than for African American ones. The racial gap is uniform across occupation, industry, and employer size. We also find little evidence that employers are inferring social class from the names. Differential treatment by race still appears to still be prominent in the U.S. labor market.
- William Safire's mordant advice on how to read a political column [New York Times [reg. req.], via Rebecca's Pocket]
- Listening to: El Ten Eleven's "Connie," described perfectly on 3hive as a "two-musician" "Tortoise meets the Cure (at least on this track)" - and that's no small achievement. It's a dreamy little 6:24 chunk of anthemic twilight guitar nirvana
- Careful what you wish for: [Suicidal] Man Accused in Deadly Train Crash May Face Death Penalty
- From Jeff Jarvis' BuzzMachine
"Advertisers: You have lost control of your message. Get over it. VW is going berserk over the parody ad that showed a terrorist blowing himself up inside a small but tough sedan. The company is demanding apologies and threatening to sue. Sorry, guys. That VW has already left the barn."
- Read the full text of The Cluetrain Manifesto: the End of Business as Usual, © 1999, 2001 Levine, Locke, Searls & Weinberger; you may want to start with the 95 Theses.