Tuesday News: A hodgepodge of things to make you go hmmm
BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen, 1.0mm, Black, 16ct (MSLP16-Blk) – An oldie but still a goodie. Bic pens “for her,” yields some of the funniest reviews and questions/answers on the site (warning: massive time suck potential).
Someone has answered my gentle prayers and FINALLY designed a pen that I can use all month long! I use it when I’m swimming, riding a horse, walking on the beach and doing yoga. It’s comfortable, leak-proof, non-slip and it makes me feel so feminine and pretty! Since I’ve begun using these pens, men have found me more attractive and approchable. It has given me soft skin and manageable hair and it has really given me the self-esteem I needed to start a book club and flirt with the bag-boy at my local market –Amazon
A Pixar Artist Drew Classic R-Rated Film Scenes And Turned Them Into A “Children’s” Book – Josh Cooley’s upcoming book, Movies R Fun, takes iconic scenes from some of the most popular films and ‘translates’ them into formats you would find in children’s books. The description at Amazon claims that the book is a “sly celebration of the things fans love most about these legendary films (and movies in general),” although I’m hoping that Cooley is hoping to start a discussion about the way in which film provokes particular emotional effects on viewers and how Hollywood handles subjects like sex, violence, race, morality, etc. A Pixar storyboard artist, Cooley has worked on films such as Up, Cars, and Ratatouille. –BuzzFeed
Why bosses have stopped marrying their secretaries: Increasing numbers of high-flyers are choosing their academic equal for their partner – Yes, I know this is the Daily Mail. Still, I’m trying to decide whether this article is intended as parody or not. In some ways it’s pretty hilarious. And horrifying, too. My favorite quote is credited to a John Goldthorpe, emeritus fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford:
“Over the past 20 years women have caught up with men in the proportion going into higher education. They are going in their mating years and therefore universities are becoming big mating factories.” –Daily Mail
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators – There’s a lot here, some of which had me nodding in agreement (it’s very true, for example, that most of the spaces in higher ed right now are in less selective institutions), some of which had me thinking that the explanation was a little glibly, facilely, appealing (the imposter syndrome as applied to people who write for a living). I thought this comment on the nature of talent and challenge from Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck was pretty interesting, though:
“There was this eureka moment,” says Dweck. She now identifies the former group as people with a “fixed mind-set,” while the latter group has a “growth mind-set.” Whether you are more fixed or more of a grower helps determine how you react to anything that tests your intellectual abilities. For growth people, challenges are an opportunity to deepen their talents, but for “fixed” people, they are just a dipstick that measures how high your ability level is. Finding out that you’re not as good as you thought is not an opportunity to improve; it’s a signal that you should maybe look into a less demanding career, like mopping floors. –The Atlantic