Archive for March, 2013

american utopias

Saw this last night. Not very family friendly, but hilarious and powerful:


jeremy lin’s blanket collection and “i’m asian american”

There are moments that will make you quirk your eyebrows or laugh out loud, like a quilted-up Lin ranking his collection of cartoon-character-themed comforters in order —  “Lion King is my favorite. Garfield is second, Sesame Street is number three” — or belting out a credible version of “A Whole New World” from Disney DIS -1.04% “Aladdin” at karaoke.

(Quoted in the same WSJ article is this parody of a Ben Folds song (Rockin the Suburbs) by Douglas Kim. That’s my colleague Matt Miller at 3:12. Juuuust kidding Matt! One can only hope that the destruction of the cello in the video isn’t real.)

one day

ghosts and eyes

From McCullough and Willoughby’s (“Willoughby!”) 2009 article on Religion, Self-Regulation, and Self-Control:

“Bateson, Nettle, and Roberts (2006) reported a conceptual replication with a sample of 48 faculty members in a British department of psychology who had the option to pay for tea, coffee, and milk in the break room via an ‘honesty box’ that was decorated during alternate weeks with either pictures of eyes or pictures of flowers. Participants donated nearly three times as much for what they consumed during weeks when the honesty box was decorated with eyes than during the weeks when the box was decorated with flowers…

Bering et al. (2005) found that people were less likely to cheat on a cognitive test when they had been led to believe that a research assistant had recently spotted a ghost in the laboratory.”

[Hoping I’ll remember this one next time I teach on Halloween]

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strong family narratives

boston school assignments