In Illinois, a man faces up to 75 years for recording police. This hopefully could be the beginning of the end, of however. A circuit judge has declared use of the wiretapping law unconstitutional a young woman in Illinois was acquitted of a similar charge in what can only be described as jury nullification.

Is a major automaker fudging its mileage numbers? I’d be surprised if it were only one. I was disappointed in the mileage of our new Forester, which wasn’t living up to the posted mileage, but actually determined that the problem was all of the uphill/downhill. Still, that others might be lying is hardly surprising.

Three funky things about sweat. Allegedly, the optimal sleeping temperature is 68 degrees, rending this entire piece suspect. The optimal sleeping temperature is 78 degrees at the lowest.

So a dog walks into a bar… well it can’t. Not in New York City anymore. It was actually already on the books but rarely enforced. I do understand that there are some health risks, but this definitely falls under the category of letting the consumer decide.

So apparently, we should go with our gut.

A good, and surprisingly fair, analysis of density and productivity. Yes, density does increase productivity. And people in the cities make more with wages improving at a faster rate. However, it’s really hard to compensate for the astronomical costs of living.

A couple of articles on decision fatigue. It’s worth noting here that this sort of thing plays a role in weight management. Since dieting (or “lifestyle change”) is a matter of choosing, over and over and over again, not to eat something, the system is prone to break down.

When women want to be romantically desirable, they shy away from STEM majors.

Jon Last has a really interesting article about toys and Chinese knockoffs. When both the originals and the knockoffs are cheap plastic made in China, what exactly is the difference?


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11 Responses to Linkluster SIX-tee-TOO

  1. Samson says:

    Decision fatigue sucks.

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    Women and STEM? The article’s conclusion should of course not be surprising, but… I will say that the longer I have been married the more I see that marrying someone equal to myself in intelligence and ability would have had its advantages. STEM girls can be feminine, too, which I did not used to realize.

  2. Mike Hunt says:

    The optimal sleeping temperature is 78 degrees at the lowest.

    LOL You are silly. The term “room temperature” didn’t come from nowhere. And it ISN’T 78.

    this definitely falls under the category of letting the consumer decide.

    Strike 2. The only place animals belong in a restaurant is in the kitchen. The ADA would force me to make an exception for service animals, but I don’t want the average pooch to be in a restaurant with me.

    for-profit colleges…Rick Perry

    You did this one already.

    decision fatigue

    Well yes, people have talked about being mentally exhausted for quite some time now. You make a good point how it applies to dieting. You have to constantly decide to stick to your diet.

    Samson: STEM girls can be feminine, too,

    This is true only in its most literal sense, i.e. they have vaginas and breasts and XY. Otherwise, not so much. They just seem attractive because of their dearth. In no way can they compete with elementary education majors. In fact, I have heard of a college having an EE mixer, with elementary education majors and electrical engineering majors being invited, since the gender balance is so bad in each.

  3. trumwill says:

    Samson, I remain quite glad that I didn’t “marry down” in terms of intelligence. I hope my wife is glad that she did! 🙂

    Clancy was originally an engineering major. She’s not the most feminine person. Neither are most of the girls in her tech sorority. But I can appreciate strength in a woman so long as the relationship doesn’t become an unending and ultimately losing game of jockeying for position. Fortunately, she and I compliment one another well with counterpart strengths.

  4. trumwill says:

    LOL You are silly. The term “room temperature” didn’t come from nowhere. And it ISN’T 78.

    That was where Dad kept the thermostat when I grew up. Still does. That’s probably a part of my preference, though I don’t like it that hot except when I am sleeping.

    The only place animals belong in a restaurant is in the kitchen. The ADA would force me to make an exception for service animals, but I don’t want the average pooch to be in a restaurant with me.

    Then you should to go a place that doesn’t allow pets (except ADA ones, of course). But there should also be places for people like me.

    You did this one already.

    Woops. There was some swapping around and I forgot to clear that one.

    Well yes, people have talked about being mentally exhausted for quite some time now. You make a good point how it applies to dieting. You have to constantly decide to stick to your diet.

    This is usually brought up in the context of “See! Walmart sucks! The free market gives us too many choices!” I think it important to note the other repercussions.

    In fact, I have heard of a college having an EE mixer, with elementary education majors and electrical engineering majors being invited, since the gender balance is so bad in each.

    See, society should do more stuff like this. Bring the excesses together!

    A geeky club I belonged to in college was invited to a party once. I figured “Why not?” I didn’t know it was an Asian Sorority Party. Despite the stereotypes, it was not a well-done match. Met an old classmate from high school there and a girl from one of my classes who had a crush on me. But I felt even more outsider than usual.

  5. Brandon Berg says:

    I do remember one very pretty, very girly girl in one of my CS classes. I’m really hard pressed to think of other counterexamples, though. There were a handful of kind-of-cute girls, but it’s just a completely different scale.

  6. Mike Hunt says:

    Then you should to go a place that doesn’t allow pets

    As Amy Whitehouse once said: No, No, No. The whole idea of having animals in a bar or restaurant is so repulsive that to even consider it boggles my mind. Hell, by law I have to wear shoes and a shirt when I go inside a restaurant, and you think they should let in filthy animals? Give me a break…

  7. Brandon Berg says:

    What’s the big deal? It’s not like they’re actually touching the food.

    Hell, by law I have to wear shoes and a shirt when I go inside a restaurant…

    I don’t think that this is actually true. I think it’s just a policy that many establishments implemented to keep out hippies.

  8. trumwill says:

    What Brandon said. In places where shoes and a shirt are legally required, they shouldn’t be.

  9. Samson says:

    But I can appreciate strength in a woman so long as the relationship doesn’t become an unending and ultimately losing game of jockeying for position.

    I have come around to this view as well, which I didn’t hold even a few years ago, largely as a result of my own increasing self-confidence, I suppose. And really, when I said “STEM girls can be feminine”, I guess I meant that lady doctors can be feminine, which may be a slightly different thing.

  10. Mike Hunt says:

    Just goes to my point that eating with animals is repulsive, since it is literally illegal in places, while no shirt no shoes is just being civilized. But people in nudist colonies deserve a place to eat too.

    Government has the right to set rules at eating establishments. If one doesn’t like those rules, write to one’s elected officials. The invisible hand is giving you the finger.

    Thankfully it isn’t a free-for-all out there.

  11. rob says:

    When women want to be romantically desirable, they shy away from STEM majors.

    Yeah, but so do dudes…

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