Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Courtesy of Rebecca's Pocket, here are a few links worth your time:

Hilarious story on scamming an email scammer.

The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone is have cascading positive effects.

Harlem finishing school teaches life skills as well as social ones.

A 'green' apartment building in Brooklyn isn't just environmentally friendly, it's cheaper to build and maintain.

And finally, reading is down. Sort of. I'm of two minds here. Let's start with this sentence: "As websites and talk radio proliferate, reading is no longer the only way, or even the primary one, of getting information." First of all, how are they getting the info from web pages if they're not reading it? And secondly, isn't this study about literature? How is reading for information related? Those objections aside, though, the writer does a good job of balancing the story, so click away.

Rebecca's got some thoughts on the study as well, mostly revolving around the fact that, as a web tech, she spends her entire day reading, which leaves her less inclined to do so when she gets home.

On a related note, since I came down with a migraine on the way home from Michigan, Christie thought maybe a book on tape was a good idea to keep her occupied while she drove. Here's what the gas station clerks in Joliet had to say on the matter:

Clerk 1: A what? A bookstore? Around here? Nah, we don't have anything like that around here.

Clerk 2: You might try over by Wal-Mart.

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