There's a long thread on worst songs ever made at Ed Brayton's site. That inspired me to poke through the rubble on Youtube where I ran across something I'd never seen before. Not only is the song terrible, but the video is hilariously awful.
My wife, Kimberly Webb Joyner, died this morning in her sleep from unknown causes. She was 41.
She leaves behind two little girls she loved more than anything, Katie, who turns 3 on New Year’s Eve, and Ellie, who was born June 21.
We met in August 2004 and were married on October 8, 2005. She had just turned 35 and I was a few weeks shy of 40 but neither of us had been married before. We shared religious and political worldviews but very different personalities. She was extroverted, sunny, and patient to my introverted, grumpy, and antsy. I almost certainly got the better of that bargain.
Kim was my partner, helpmate, and confidante. Her passing leaves a gaping hole in my life. continue.
Glenn Beck has his own subscriber version of the Daily Show, GBTV. Check out this video. I find it hard to believe that many people actually thought these were jokes, let alone funny jokes. Perhaps, as one Youtube commenter sarcastically suggested, it's supposed to be "super-meta-ironic or something."
I've never made a New Year's resolution, but this year I've got one, sort of. On October 1, I committed myself to several fitness goals to be achieved by January 1, 2012. A deadline somehow seems more motivating than waiting around for a start date. Ordinarily, I'm content to adhere to a sound regimen and let the chips fall where they may, at their own pace. I was already in pretty good shape, considering that I ran into some unexpected health problems, as well as a very long, slow comeback from a serious shoulder injury last year, but I reached a plateau that I thought I could break through with a little extra determination. So I've chosen my ideal body fat percentage, a couple of strength goals, and an endurance/speed goal on the treadmill. It's going well, so far. I feel better, and definitely have more energy than I had 7 weeks ago.
When Abbye Eville wanted to shed some pounds, her then-boyfriend Les Stockton encouraged her to lift weights at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach. The "Queen of the Barbelles" soon was the poster-girl of fitness, and as one wag put it, her nickname, "Pudgy," became "a libel." In the 1940s, she organized the first all-female weight-lifting contest and opened the first all women's gym in the United States. She and Les, by then her husband, later popularized working out on the Sixth Street Stairs in Santa Monica. -- Los Angeles Examiner, 1949
In swing slanguage, this is a "bree" (a fellow) and a "buddy ghee" or "chick" (a girl) doing a "trickeration" (strutting their stuff). They are Willis Hounshell and Tannis Adams on the ballroom floor Jul 2, 1938
Andrew Sullivan offers this bizarre response to criticism of his claim that non-racial intelligence research is being strangled by p.c. egalitarianism:
[R]esearch is not about helping people; it's about finding out stuff.
That's a false dichotomy. Curiosity is a wholly sufficient reason to conduct research, but a great deal of research is intended to help people, and helping people is a perfectly legitimate aim of research.
Relevant to the discussion of IQ research, I would note that clinical psychology, neuropsychology and neurology research aren't activities reserved only for those wishing to satisfy personal curiosity; they're disciplines in which the majority of experts are actually practitioners with research training. In clinical psychology, the primary training model is itself called the scientist-practitioner model.
Obviously, Sullivan is unaware of both the historical and present-day context of research into intelligence as a subdiscipline within clinical psychology. It was, from the beginning, an endeavor driven by very practical concerns. That doesn't mean we should exclude research motivated by curiosity alone, but Sullivan's perception of the research in this area lacks groundedness in the history and predominant focus of the field.
So while I agree with Sullivan that research needn't have a practical application to be justified, he's just plain wrong when he declares that research is not about helping people, especially with respect to research that has been, since its inception, practitioner-driven. Even Arthur Jensen, who Sullivan cites as definitive on the subject of racial differences in IQ, was investigating heritability of IQ to determine why 1960s era programs intended to help children didn't seem to be helping
But aside from these observations, and as I argued in my previous post on the subject, Sullivan is obviously unaware of the amount of non-racial IQ research that is occurring in the field of psychology. I certainly don't favor squelching research because it makes people uncomfortable—that's a legitimate concern—but Sullivan is so bothered by the possible violation of an academic principle he rightly holds dear, that he's making flat-out false statements about an alleged blackout in the field of non racial IQ research. And now he compounds his error with ridiculous pronouncements about the legitimate purposes of research.
In addition to the numerous Google Scholar results I linked yesterday, see also the 23,200 results for neuroscience intelligence research in just the last 5 years. There is no blackout.
With all the gang muggings on the CTA and in downtown Chicago, I decided last year to carry pepper spray—police-strength in the family-size canister. It shoots a gloppy, yellow stream up to 20 feet. It's surprisingly easy to a hit a target.