friday links

– If I were unhealthily obsessed with my weight, I would say I should get sick more often. But then I remembered I got my hair cut too! I should have kept it to weigh it and correct for growing hair weight…

25 reasons we love Austin – Salt Lick! cupcakes! breakfast! bookpeople! alamo drafthouse!

The Clinton Economic Record and Rising Tides – that first graph was startling. The obvious point is that the poor did as well as the rich under Clinton whereas they did much worse under Reagan/Bush I/Bush II, but everyone did better under Clinton than they did under any of those.

The Futile Pursuit of Happiness – long but interesting article. People generally underestimate their long-term emotional resilience; losing a partner/family member makes our “emotional immune system” kick in and we feel better faster than we think. The “immune system” doesn’t kick in with chronic annoyances (that door that won’t close, that aching ankle) and so they make us more unhappy than we predict.

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