Dave Hackinsack and I were commenting back and forth recently on the redundancy of Ford’s Mercury brand. It looks like Ford is coming to the same conclusion. There is some question about whether or not Ford would lose customers, but why would they since unless they have a Grand Marquis they can get the same car with a different logo on it for cheaper? Besideswhich, Ford’s brand name has never had a better reputation since I got my first learner’s permit. What do to about Lincoln, though. I forget that the brand exists, sometimes.
How student loans destroyed America. Pretty hyperbolic, but there is little doubt that the system has not produced the desirable results. At the same time, I can’t get on board with the notion that those without money should lack options by virtue of that fact. So what to do? Focusing student loans on those students entering areas of study where they are likely to be able to pay them back is one idea. Unfortunately, since we’re unwilling to limit college availability based on academic records, and we’re (rightfully) unwilling to limit college availability based on financial means, we’re kind of in a pickle.
Speaking of college, a while back we were discussing whether or not it is best to go to the most selective school that will have you or whether you should prefer to be one of the smarter kids in the room at a less selective institution. According to Study Hacks (who primarily cites Half Sigma), the former is definitely true. I think that this is very much right when you’re looking at the cream of the crop versus the next one down. I’m not sure if matters quite as much if you’re looking at a state’s flagship university versus its land grant school.
I’m not a very good Episcopalian, but things like this upset me. As much as I would like to have gay bishops if left to my own preferences, there has to be a degree of give-and-take with the Anglican Communion. Without a strong theology, our tradition is one of our key assets. That tradition runs through Canterbury. Just as I don’t want the conservatives bolting the more liberal Episcopalian Church for failure to abide by TEC’s leadership, I don’t want The Episcopal Church bolting (or getting kicked out of) the international church for failure to do the same. Broad Church, people, Broad Church.
From the “Everything Bad Is Good For You” files, being bad at relationships is good for you as is having enemies. In both cases, being put upon helps you learn how to deal with being put upon, in a sense. Part of me agrees, but the other part of me says that this is like saying poor is good for the soul. It’s typically said by people that have never been poor and poor people that are looking for some sort of silver lining.
Some feminists are objecting to Flag Football as a Title IX sport because there is no collegiate-level play. I agree with Christine Hurt that these views are misguided. In some ways, I think that Title IX has really given girls the better deal. Because there are fewer candidates per slot, it’s much easier for a girl for play sports at any given level than guys. In other ways, of course, Title IX does not adequately compensate for what male athletes have. Nor can it, really. I think that there is value in attempted equality, but I also think it’s a mistake to think that actual equality is an issue. My main concern about flag football for girls is if the girls like it. If they’d rather the money be spent on some other sport, go with the other sport.
The End Of The Wii Era? Perhaps, but I still say I have been hearing of Nintendo’s imminent demise since the Turbo Grafx 16 came out. The argument here is the argument I have always heard: the competing technology is better. And it usually is. But is it funner? Some gamers, I think, fail to understand what really makes Nintendo successful. On the whole, I do agree that Nintendo will have to step up its game.
Speaking of video games, do they cause less crime? As we all know, correlation is not causation. Even so, if the alleged criminal-inducing nature of video games were true, things would be looking a lot different now than they do. There are two schools of thought. One is that video games condition violence into the young psyche. The other is that they provide an outlet for natural aggression. It’s something worth keeping an eye on, but not something to get hot and bothered with.
Law & Order’s days are finally numbered and Jon Last writes about what we’ve learned from it. It really had an amazing run and found a very successful formula that automatically compensates for the inability to keep cast members indefinitely. It defined “formula” and yet also kept formula interesting. I shouldn’t even be using the past tense, though. L&O is simply being replaced with a new one taking place in Los Angeles. Besideswhich, there are currently three spinoffs still on the air in the meantime. Kind of odd that they didn’t go one more year to break the record.