October 19th, 2012

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For Those Who Can Attend

There will be a Shalom Zachar at my brother's place this evening at 8:30 p.m.

The bris will, God willing, take place on Monday at Woodside Synagogue Ahavat Torah. Minyan is at 8 a.m. Bris will be as soon as relatives coming in to BWI get there, or 9:30 a.m. at the latest.
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Turns Out "Digital Native" Generation Are Clueless On Search

Interesting study on how college students search for information and their level of sophistication. In this study, college students were given scenarios and asked to search for relevant information. e.g., "A friend in South Bend, IN calls you frantically Friday Night. The condom broke while she was with her boyfriend and she needs to know what to do." The "ideal" answer in the study is "go to the nearest 24-hour pharmacy and get Plan B (or other Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)). It is available over the counter."

Most students were both not educated about Plan B or other ECPs, but did very poorly in developing Internet searches for information on how to stop unwanted pregnancy in this situation or on how to evaluate the information. My favorite line was about .org being an indicia of reliability because "that's like a government issued website."

Searching for Plan B: Young Adult's Strategies For Finding information About Emergency Contraception Online.
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I decided I like this line

I think I'm going to try to use this more frequently, particularly with some of my colleagues in the public interest.

"Picking a fight you will very publicly lose is not so much 'having a strategy' as 'making a fool of yourself.'"