Quickies: the End of the $100 Graphing Calculator; Finding Out Your Parent is a Conspiracy Theorist; and Nerdy Birthday Cards
- Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available – This article contrasts a poor, black, single mother who has a housing voucher but cannot find anyone to accept it within an hour-and-a-half of her job, with an upper-class, white, stay-at-home mother who is working to keep people with vouchers out of her neighborhood because she is worried about them “stereotyping” her or something. Wow.
- “Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse – “This is a key point that many people miss when discussing the ‘fake news’ or ‘filter bubble’ problem in our online media ecosystems. Avoiding facts inconvenient to our worldview isn’t just some passive, unconscious habit we engage in. We do it because we find these facts to be genuinely unpleasant. And as long as this experience remains unpleasant, and easy to avoid, we’re just going to drift further and further apart.”
- The reign of the $100 graphing calculator required by every US math class is finally ending – “The company launched in 2011, and its product boasts several benefits over TI’s calculators. It offers a colorful interface, live graphing feedback, accessibility from any computer or smartphone connected to the internet, and—most importantly—a price tag of $0.”
- Relevant To Your Interests: The Nerdiest Birthday Cards I Could Find – Nerds, geeks, and fans of puns will enjoy these.
- How I Discovered That My Dad Is a Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorist – “I call my mother immediately afterward. And in a quick minute, I learn exactly what’s wrong with our country. ‘Ma, I just had the weirdest conversation with my father, you will not fucking believe it.’ And my mother, who votes every time, who organizes, who’s super-informed, has never even heard of Pizzagate. I fear that we have no chance of moving forward if my father can get that far down a rabbit hole my mother doesn’t even know exists.”
- Finding the Right Haircut for Your Face Shape – “For square-faced women, the main risk is appearing too severe. Try softening your look by pulling your hair into a loose chin strap.”