first link friday of 2015: 2% inflation target, the American military, unconscious biases

Happy new year! I’m short on time, so you’ll have to organize these in a logical manner for yourself.

BREAKING NEWS (literally as I was writing this post): Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry!!

– A 2% inflation target is pretty universal these days, but I had no idea New Zealand led the way 25 years ago, and the exact amount was pretty arbitrary. Neat!

The World Is Not Falling Apart – a lot of things have gotten better over the past 50 years, not worse. More along these lines: Paul Krugman points out that the federal government did some really good things in 2014: the CDC contained Ebola without widespread travel bans, the economy is getting stronger, and Obamacare seems to be working pretty well.

The Tragedy of the American Military – a loooong depressing article from the Atlantic about how our view of the military has changed over time, and the consequences of that.

– As seen on The Daily Show: some Florida counties are no longer performing courthouse weddings so they won’t have to perform same-sex ones. That is…pretty spiteful!

Social Programs that Work – both the Obama and Bush administration have been measuring social programs and only funding those that have an evidence of success that we can measure. What a concept, no?

Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions – just a reminder that we all have biases, but you can minimize them if you’re aware of them. (thanks Emily!)

Speaking While Female – more unconscious (hopefully!) biases, and ways to deal with them.

If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind – set your deadlines at the end of the month instead of the beginning of the next month, apparently!

– I stumbled across this guide to cold and flu medications to ensure that you get stuff that treats your symptoms without double-dosing on acetaminophen or anything like that.

Every David Bowie hairstyle from 1964 to 2014 – cool!

The Game Outcomes Project, Part 3: Game Development Factors – a survey of game developers and how their answers correlate to project outcomes. Man, if I were more interested in game development, I would be reading Gamasutra all the time – almost every article I find there is interesting!

Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor – forget jetpacks, we’re living in the future now!

Why Stopping #GamerGate And 8chan Is Important For Everyone – Including GamerGate – oh man, another depressing article about how GamerGate is terrible. (because seriously, it’s really terrible)

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