33 Things: This Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. Yet another instance of art proving intractable to science — now, with more shady dealings!

A long, relaxing retirement may be an artifact of the last century that will apply to only some Americans in this century — those who have held a long-term, steady job with a defined benefit pension plan.For the rest of us, we’ll have to plan to work longer – if we still have a job – so that we can pay more into our 401Ks, and can afford to stay in the home we have. Instead of picking out carpeting for that new golf course villa, we’ll be changing our doorknobs to handles designed for our arthritic hands so we can age in place.

8.      Knowing your children:

Learning to understand my children this way has also improved how I understand my peers. Human beings are complex creatures, and our behavior has complex motivations. But for some reason I typically insist on interpreting other’s actions extremely narrowly, assuming that anything I don’t know about their motivation is unimportant. Adults, like children, need more charity than I by nature want to give them – or would give them, if my knowledge were more complete.

9.      Well, this certainly explains all the SEO spammers in my twitter feed.

10.     What do Silly putty and chicken McNuggets have in common?  More than you ever wanted to know.
11.     Plato: the comic book.  Free!

12.     Kids These Days Sure are Disappointing
13.     Science and/or Faith
“Razib Khan, a blogger for Discover magazine, observed last year, over 50 percent of scientists believe in God or some higher power. And as medical writer Tom Rees noted, the phenomenon isn’t going away: younger scientists are more likely to hold religious beliefs than older scientists. While the finding could suggest that religious people are more likely to leave science as they get older, it could also mean that religious beliefs are growing among scientists.”
14.      The Myths About Mr and Ms
19. One Minute Review: The Last Airbender from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo.

20.      The perils of listening well:

Telephones are particularly tough because a talkative person on the other end never even sees my mouth open and shut, open and shut, when I try to interject a thought. At least face to face, I have a chance of getting my three or four words in.

21.     iphone apps for manly men, and the men who want to be like them.

22.  Christian!  Typography! In church bulletins!!!!1

23.     Photo essay: ruins of a forbidden island

24.   How to make a Hello Kitty bouquet.  Cause you know you need one.

25.     Screwtape on stage

26.     How to write badly well:

Carol stands absolutely still. In front of her, not more than ten feet away, is a fully-grown black bear. The ferns beneath its feet are crumpled and slightly browning, their delicate fronds pressed into the thick, wet mud of the forest floor. Carol hesitates. Slowly, very slowly, she looks around for a possible escape route. The light falling through the canopy of leaves has a pale, thin quality to it and the air is brackish with a faint scent of the stagnant water from the nearby estuary.

27.     How to avoid writing stilted dialogue:

“As you know, we’ll be discussing stilted dialog” said Howard. “We should do something different for the introduction.”

“Let’s speak our dialog tags” said Brandon cleverly.

“We mustn’t forget to include adverbs” said Dan pensively.

28.      Who are the new influentials?

29.     Is the blogosphere dying? Nah.  It’s too big to fail, right?

30.     How to charge a USB device with your bike

31.     The top 25 Conservatives on twitter

32.     Garfield: now with less Garfield

33.   Another 33 Things

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Rachel Motte

Rachel Motte is a freelance writer, journalist and editor specializing in social issues, educational affairs, and international religious freedom. Her work has appeared at CNN.com, The Evangelical Outpost, The New Ledger, the Daily Caller, and in Jonah Goldberg’s recent anthology, Proud to Be Right. She is an alumna of Biola University, the Torrey Honors Institute, the Leadership Institute, and the World Journalism Institute. Rachel may be reached at rachel[at]rachelmotte[dot]com.