Critical Linking: September 11th, 2013


Percent of U.S. adults who can’t read: 14%

Just….man. Crap.


Exercise both your body and mind. You can now read while on a treadmill or an elliptical machine.

A hardware/software combo that moves the text on your tablet to match your eye movement while running. Kinda silly, kinda cool. 


Turns out, tenured and tenure-track professors underperformed on both the inspiration and preparation fronts. Controlling for certain student characteristics, freshmen were actually about 7 percent more likely to take a second course in a given field if their first class was taught by an adjunct or non-tenure professor. They also tended to get higher grades in those future courses. Taking an intro class with a non-tenure track instructor increased a student’s mark in their second class by between .06* and .12 grade points, depending on controls. The freshmen who got the biggest boost tended to be less academically qualified students, judged by SAT scores and such, in the hardest subjects. 

One of the very weird side effects of tenure, which I’ve seen first-hand from both sides of the lectern.


Celebrated Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s entire body of work – all 90 volumes – along with comprehensive biographical materials has been posted online and will be available for free, a descendant said Thursday.

90 volumes. Tolstoy apparently didn’t suffer from writer’s block.



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