Friday, January 25, 2019

The Sex Recession - why are young people having so little sex?

The Sex Recession
  Why are young people having so little sex?

Interesting article that evaluates a smorgasbord of ideas related to the changes occurring in sexual behavior in youth. I enjoyed the "shot-gun" approach to evaluate the many variables that have changed for youth today, and what factors may be playing the biggest role in changing behavior (and the risks these changes may have for the younger generations).  I'm always thinking about how best to raise Arthur when reading these, and if I were to summarize in a sentence: allow for plenty of free and unstructured play. Although after typing that, I can think of a multitude of other things to evaluate, but I think free play is possibly the most important.

A World of Woes - a global tae on a decade of financial crises

A great "book review" (but so much more) of Adam Tooze's "Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World", with an overview and summary of the standard narrative of the financial crises, versus the consequences (especially the political) of the actions taken to stabilize the economy in 2008 and 2009.

If I had had the time, I'm sure the Tooze's "tomb" (700-pages) would be an interesting read.

Digital Vigilantes - if your file's are stolen by hackers, why is it illegal to steal them back?

The story of Shawn Carpenter, a Sandia employee, "hacking back" is remarkable - finding F-22 Raptor and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter blueprints, and eventually linking the hackers using a gateway in Guangdong, China. All as a "citizen" hacker.

The article provides a measured view of the pros and cons of fighting back. As usual, it's a complex situation but hopefully some improvements are on the way.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Morsi the Cat - family life in Cairo during the Arab Spring

New Yorker, May 7th, 2018
Morsi the Cat - family life in Cairo during the Arab Spring
  Raising a family during a revolution
Peter Hessler writes about his twin girls growing up in Egypt. He keeps the writing light and humorous, despite the crazy events occurring.
I envy him and his wife's daringness and adventurousness. Great writing and inspirational. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Blog instead of facebook?

Well, I was thinking about where to post great or interesting articles that I read (mostly from the New Yorker, but sometimes elsewhere). Mostly, in order to log them for myself as I love to have a reference place to find ones I have started to forget.  Since I've fairly against facebook, I'll try blogger instead.