Reader's Corner for December 2012

December 29, 2012

When your Jeep spins lazily off the mountain road and slams backward into a snowbank, you don't worry immediately about the cold. Your first thought is that you've just dented your bumper. Your second is that you've failed to bring a shovel. Your third is that you'll be late for dinner. Friends are ...

"At 85 degrees, those freezing to death, in a strange, anguished paroxysm, often rip off their clothes. This phenomenon, known as paradoxical undressing, is common enough that urban hypothermia victims are sometimes initially diagnosed as victims of sexual assault. "

December 27, 2012

I love it when Linus is blunt.

From a 1922 issue of The American Magazine, something that is just as true today as back then. In fact, it probably has even more importance today, given how things — apps and services —...

Another gem from 1922. Worth reading.

A very odd essay from a 1922 issue of The American Magazine that seems to go against the general grain of most of the articles published then. There is also no name attached to it. Why I Quit Being...

This is from 1922, but still strikingly relevant.

December 25, 2012

It was Christmas Eve 1926, the streets aglitter with snow and lights, when the man afraid of Santa Claus stumbled into the emergency room at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. He was flushed, gasping with fear: Santa Claus, he kept telling the nurses, was just behind him, wielding a baseball...


December 23, 2012

Low-income students have long trailed affluent peers in school performance, but from grade-school tests to college completion, the gaps are widening.

Worth reading.

December 22, 2012

On 13 June 1944, a week after the allied invasion of Normandy, a loud buzzing sound rattled through the skies of battle-worn London. The source of the sound was a newly developed German instrument of war, the V-1 flying bomb. A precursor to the cruise missile, the V-1 was a self-propelled flying bom...

People need to read this.

December 20, 2012

This is one of my favorite geek stories of all time. I know I've mentioned it to a few of you recently, and you hadn't seen it, so here it is for posterity. Date: Wed, 27 Sep 89 10:27 PDT. From: "Thomas L. Mc Mahon" Subject: Cuts and jumpers (on a different scale)…

This is really interesting; more so for engineers.

December 19, 2012

This is what I end up doing while tests run: making a huge spreadsheet of games I want to buy.

December 14, 2012

Why we still love board games

This is a good read.

December 12, 2012

1.2 trillion searches. 146 languages. See what the world searched for.

I spent too much time on this page.

December 9, 2012


This is really long, but really good too.

December 2, 2012

Rainbow physics

When San Francisco’s planners recently considered a proposal to build tiny apartments in the city, opponents of the plan began calling the spaces “Twitter apartments.” The name was a reference to t...

The apartments will be used as “crash pads for people who work 24/7 in Silicon Valley and need a place in the city to sleep and party.” .......

“It’s more important to build family and affordable housing than accommodate the needs of newcomers who will come here to have a little box in SoMa and then hop on the Google bus.”

That reminds me of a few people I know.