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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Sunspots 465

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:
Computing: Wired has some interesting thoughts on replacing car mirrors with cameras.
Literature: A short, but excellent review of the Tales of Goldstone Wood books, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I am reading the sixth one of these at the moment.
Philosophy: A review, by a philosopher and Bible scholar, of God's Not Dead (the movie).
Politics: (sort of) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has produced a Living Wage Calculator. It is apparently adjusted for each county in the US.
From WBUR, in Boston: A report on how increasing income inequality should not be a surprise, based, in part, on Jane Austen and Balzac.

National Public Radio reports on a retiring congressman who says that $174,000 a year is not enough for a member of Congress. He may be right.

Science: NPR on the importance of whale poop to ocean life. It's critical.
 
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2 comments:

FancyHorse said...

I'm not convinced that cameras are better. They do offer some advantages, but I would prefer that mirrors be supplemented with rather than replace by cameras. My daughter-in-law's minivan has a rear view camera, and I still use the mirrors and turn around to look behind me when I'm driving her car.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks. We now have a car with a camera. It does help, but we use mirrors, too.