link friday: US schools, making the New York Times, baseball

– You’ve heard that US schools are only like 30th best in the world, right? Well, it turns out if you exclude schools that have a lot of poor kids our schools rank way better. The root of the problem seems to be poverty. (thanks David!)

How The New York Times Works – pretty interesting series of vignettes about the people that make the New York Times.

Frame Jobs – an article about baseball statistics _and_ it praises Brad Ausmus! Short version: catchers really can make their pitchers better.

In defense of boredom: Why your phone is killing your creativity – yeah, I’m not very good at this…something to work on, I guess.

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time – pretty useful stuff!

Do Gays Unsettle You? Same-Sex Marriage, Republican Scorn and Unfinished Work – yeah, the laws are changing so fast but attitudes change more slowly.

Nobody Understands Debt – a country being in debt is not like a household being in debt!

Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep – hooray for naps!

– If you like logic puzzles and/or/math, here’s a neat puzzle about, well, information theory.

The Man Who Destroyed America’s Ego – interesting story about one of the people who punctured the “self-esteem bubble”.

Why Walmart Raised Its Wages – yay! The market works! (today, anyway)

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