links for 2010-01-24

24 Jan
  • Matt shows how you can easily add your books from off your bookshelf at home to the My Library feature in Google Books.
    To get started, simply follow the My library link when browsing on Google Books, then click on the Import Books link. Rather than type in the ISBNs by hand, you can use a barcode scanner to read and import the ISBN from the barcode on the back of each hard copy book in your collection.
    Once imported, you can rate them and view these titles in My Library on Google Books. The real power of this tip? You can then use Google Books-powered search to browse just the books in you own home library.
  • Does having good handwriting signal intelligence? No, not any more than it reveals one's religiosity. But many teachers make this correlation: It is called the "handwriting effect."…This is particularly problematic for boys, whose fine-motor skills develop later than do girls. Yet all children are taught at the same time — usually printing in first grade and cursive in third. If you don't have cursive down by the end of third grade, you may never become proficient at it…
    what we want from writing…is cognitive automaticity, the ability to think as fast as possible, freed as much as can be from the strictures of whichever technology we must use to record our thoughts.
  • Once you’ve installed all the updates, uninstalled all the crapware, entered your wifi password, and set your screensaver, it’s time to make that shiny new PC do stuff, and for me the doing starts with installing a pretty fixed list of free applications.
  • You may think, “I’m not addicted, I can quit anytime!” Well if you have more Facebook friends than real friends, something must be done. If you spend more time on Twitter than in sunlight, it’s time for change. If you spend more time working on your LinkedIn profile than doing actual work, it’s time for an intervention. Regardless of your excuse, this is not ok.
  • This offhand comment from the country’s highest judiciary is terrifying. The issue is free speech — not whether Khushboo is right or wrong. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice in our country, the ultimate protector of our rights, values and Constitution. Even if the Supreme Court judges are uncomfortable with what is being said — and it would be tragic if our Chief Justice and others find liberal values undesirable — the right of an Indian citizen to speak her mind cannot be denied.
    Unfortunately, often the state and the courts fail to protect free speech, fearing popular unrest. This lends credibility to mob intimidation. If we value democratic freedoms, free speech needs to be protected more than ever by the state and the judiciary. Neither personal nor popular belief must come in the way.
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