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  1. Feeding America's Culture War

    Over the years I have encountered all sorts of data and research on the differences between liberal and conservative Americans. I have even seen research suggesting differences in how these two groups access information on the Web.

    Here is a fairly non-scientific but rather compelling look at another aspect of the cultural divide between America's left and right (high resolution image of the graph here).

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  2. The Care of the Self

    We work hard at our jobs, hard at acquisition, status maintenance and status competition. Some say we even work hard at playing and play hard at work. But what is very clear is that there is a general neglect of the body in many advanced industrial societies, including Canada.

    My biggest challenge in life is not to write another book, not to constantly improve my teaching, not to become a better conference speaker, a better friend, a better husband (all of which leave much room for ...
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  3. Dr. Slip 'n Slide

    Fun playing with my buddy's kids and their slip 'n slide (I want an adult sized one about twice as long . . .).

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  4. LinkedIn OvervaluedOut

    I think I joined it once long ago, then unsubed. I do recall just a few weeks ago trying to sign up as someone was asking me to join LinkedIn. I stopped half way through the annoying too-many-questions too-much-personal information signup requirements and left, unsubscribed, in disgust.

    Last year it made a whole $16 million. Wheeee.

    Now it miraculously has a market value of $8.7 billion.

    Barron's nicely highlights the insanity of that market evaluation: ...
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  5. 1,000,000 Key Strokes

    Well, in truth, somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 key strokes.

    That is what it takes to write a 250 page book. I have just started my third one for the University of Toronto Press (and my 5th in total).

    The big picture, thinking of all that work -- is a real buzz killer -- so I start each new book with a numbers game.

    Thinking about 1,000,000, or 700,000 key strokes, or 80,000 words, 550 footnotes, 450 bibliographic sources, or 250 pages is too ...

    Updated 05-20-2011 at 03:35 PM by E-Male

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