Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links!)

I know I've been neglecting my blogging duties, but I'm in the final throes of completing my doctoral exams. I promise I'll be back soon!

In the meantime, here's a quick recap of some of the things I've been reading in the rare moments of study breaks that made me smile (The Good), cry (The Bad), and think (The Curious).

The Good

Have you seen this awesome body paint/parrot picture?

Check out Danielle Vermeer's new Etsy shop for upcycled vintage clothes.

The Bad

In my city (St. Louis, MO), it appears that the police tried to intimidate and threaten a man on probation if he didn't help them plant a gun on someone.

The "No Judgments" gym (Planet Fitness) proves once again that they are all about judging.

This study that says obese women get only an hour of exercise a year? For real?

The Curious 

Some more thoughts (this time from The Chronicle) on why the language of customer service does harm to the function of education:
Education is created, not consumed, but we cannot expect students to believe that when every message from academe itself tells them that they can just buy it.
Have you seen the picture about the "new math" that's being used to show why Common Core doesn't make any sense? Well, this Patheos piece explains why taking a single picture out of context doesn't really tell us much about the pedagogical theory behind it.

The Atlantic has a nice piece on my favorite track from the Beyonce album: "Jealous."

It doesn't take much (just some eyelashes and slightly curlier hair) to turn Disney's leading men into leading women.

I try not to let the ever-changing food trends mean too much (because I will go insane), but I did think this study showing that full-fat milk may make people leaner was an interesting challenge to our conventional beliefs about food and body size. 

That's what I've been reading. How about you?

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