May 28th, 2008

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You'd Think They Would Have Installed a Back Up . . . .

According to this article, the single toilet on the International Space Station is broken. While solid waste disposal is still working, liquid waste disposal is now intermittent. No shit, but the astronauts are seriously pissed off. It does not take a whizz to see they need a back up.

Hopefully, NASA will deliver a plumber to the ISS, but I shudder to thnk of what that will do to their budget. Of course, since it happened over Memorial Day Weekend, there is no doubt a serious backlog of service calls.
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Interesting Op Ed from Ruth Marcus

I found this piece fascinating both for the statistical analysis and for the broader question raised -- which is repeated in a number of areas in life.

Speaking from my own experience (which is the only one I have, so take or leave it if it is relevant to you), I made a conscious effort to nurse my ego and self-confidence to ridiculous levels after my experiences until age 18 conspired to squash me like a bug. My "cockiness" (as Marcus refers to the gap in the self-assesment issues) is entirely an artificial structure. And if it is reenforced by reward, it also has been structured to take some very nasty hits.

I anticipate many people will tell me why my ability to do this is linked to my being male. Very true. Which is why my experience may or may not be of value (but it's the only one I have, and as previously stated I have learned to not be shy about puting it out). But I remain fascinated by the connection between the self-construct, the societal reenforcement, and the interaction between them. It also reenforces for me the value of research to target the right problem.
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Anatomy of a feeding frenzy . . .

I highly recommend this pece by reporters at Politico on how the relatively minor story of Hilary Clinton making a reference to the RFK assasination became big news, and implications for news coverage.

My own feeling is: why shouldn't bloggers replace journalists if journalists act like bloggers?