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The pen may be mightier than the keyboard

Silly headline, from a University of Washington press release. Second, fourth and sixth grade children with and without handwriting disabilities were able to write more and faster when using a pen than a keyboard to compose essays, according to new research. The study, headed by Virginia Berninger, a University of Washington professor of educational psychology who studies normal writing development and writing disabilities, looked at children’s ability to write the…

Confessions of a Car Salesman

It’s a transparent ploy to get Google rank via incoming links, but it’s also a great piece of investigative reporting. By Chandler Phillips. “We would hire you here at Edmunds.com. Then you would go out and get a job as a car salesman and work for three months.” “Selling cars?” I asked unnecessarily. “Right.” “Where would I work?” “Wherever you can get hired. That would be up to you. We…

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Why Joe (and Kanye and Serena) Won't Apologize

Kanye West has tried to apologize twice, once on his blog and once on Jay Leno. He blew it both times. In each case he referred to having stolen Taylor’s moment. West doesn’t understand that what he did was wrong, threatening and self-centered. He simply acknowledged that his completely narcissistic behavior cut into another celebrity’s moment of self-centeredness! Ms. Williams, having nobody famous to whom to apologize, has yet to…