What I’ve Been Reading Feb. 16

I didn’t post yesterday (spent the day with two little babies and my sister instead), but I also wasn’t on the computer so I didn’t have anything for my “what I’ve been reading” post.

I finished The Forbidden Daughter yesterday night and started Candide. My tastes are rather varied if you hadn’t noticed.

I read the headlines on the BBC’s homepage. I’m feeling a bit lazy today, so I only clicked a few.

GM’s making lots of money in North America… and losing lots of money in Europe.

Someone wants to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls. Fun? Er, I mean terrifying.

Drunk fruit flies! I’m reading a lot of silly stuff.

Yikes! An e-cigarette exploded in a man’s mouth!

Arsenic levels in organic food – but of course they didn’t keep track of the brands they’re talking about so no way to know if what you are eating is something they tested.

U.S and European cryptanalysts or my inclusion of computer/internet news.

I still don’t understand why people use 5-hour Energy. Oh well.

Another exercise study – this one has an interesting result about “interval” training. 🙂

Finally, an interesting discussion of the Posse program. Dickinson has Posse scholars. I do have to say that I disagree with part of the following quote:

The Posse program offers more support for the existence of stereotype threat.  Maybe one reason that Posse students of color do well is that the Posse brand identity is so strong. “The buzz around the school is that these Posse kids are cool and smart,” said Carlos Salcedo, a Brandeis Posse scholar who is now a vice president in equity derivative sales at Barclays. Perhaps students who are reminded all day that they are Posse scholars find it is a stereotype that lifts them.

I have nothing against Posse, but I don’t think that “the buzz around” Dickinson “is that these Posse kids are cool and smart.” I definitely knew people at Dickinson thought negative things about Posse, but there’s no need to go into that.

Enjoy reading!

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