Credit where credit is due: For-profit colleges do two-year programs right. Maybe. Their students graduate more regularly. Which we can’t say doesn’t matter, since we often criticize for-profits for failing to have their bachelor’s students graduate.

Farhad Manjoo writes that Windows 8 is going to require a painful transition. Not for me, because I’m going to bypass the interface.

The Economist has great maps on violence, partitions, and traffic routes of drug cartels in Mexico. That Chihuahua is such a violent haven and El Paso remains one of the safest cities in the country is nothing short of miraculous.

A lot of my friends have been passing around the video of the “You’re not special” graduation speech. JohnJ has a good retort for the enthusiasm: People are praising this speech because they don’t think it applies to them. They’re special.

It turns out that robbing banks is a bad career choice.

I know that there would be a certain efficiency to it, but I’m not sure how much I like the idea of a single company becoming an EMR monopoly.

John Dvorak is apparently finally noticing that WiFi mooching has become nigh-impossible. I agree with him that it’s a shame, but it was inevitable when (a) people started bragging about how they were foregoing buying the Internet altogether and (b) people started being held criminally liable for what was happening on their network. Somewhere in here there is a post about community and trust and what happens when it disappears.

According to Futurity, hiding your identity at work decreases your job satisfaction and increases turnover. The methodology, however, does not breed confidence, to the extent that they reveal it. People in an environment where you do not feel free to express your identity is problematic whether you are expressing that identity or not.

Has the Second City become a Second-Rate City?

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5 Responses to Linkuster 114

  1. Scarlet Knight says:

    Of course everyone thinks that it’s the other guy who isn’t special. It’s the other guy who is dumb. And ugly. And fat. If you want to make yourself laugh, read a survey where people are asked to rate themselves on various attributes. On the positive ones, more than half will say they are above average, when only 16 percent should be able to confidently make that claim.

  2. trumwill says:

    Not much to add there.

  3. Scarlet Knight says:

    As George Carlin said:

    People love to admit they have bad handwriting or that they can’t do math. And they will readily admit to being awkward: ‘I’m such a klutz!’ But they will never admit to having a poor sense of humor or being a bad driver. [or being unreasonable-SK]

  4. SFG says:

    What the Futurity article doesn’t consider is the possibility that if you were yourself, you wouldn’t be hired at all. Would Trumwill wear a Green Lantern shirt to work?

    (I did hear a lady teaching the advanced math track say she had dropped a Monty Python reference in front of her class–and had the kids finish it for her. But doesn’t sound like something you’re going to find in Redstone.)

  5. trumwill says:

    Yeah, I assume the coming clean is something you do after you get the job. I actually started going by a different name professionally precisely so that employers couldn’t google my name and know my politics.

    Redstone kids might or might not get a Monty Python reference, but they’d get a Ron White one. I had a kid throw one of those at me and he was stunned when I caught the reference.

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