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If this doesn't immediately warm your heart, you are not a geek. Jennifer Ouelette of Cocktail Party Physics on why she's engaged to fellow blogger Sean Carroll: "Let's just say that the man has his very own bag of plush plagues, stuffed toys that represent the biblical ten plagues of Egypt."
The media's wild ride continues: "It will require only a slight shift in the economic model for the [Thomas] Friedmans of the world to realize that they don’t need the newspapers they work for. " Read the whole thing by Michael Hirschorn in the Atlantic (brief ad viewing required; hat tip to Kiki).
Northwestern University law professor James Lindgren analyzes General Social Survey data and finds a trend among less sophisticated, or less scrupulous, conservatives: "Those who express less tolerance for unpopular groups tend to favor income redistribution and oppose capitalism." Abstract here, discussion here.
Do you hate apostrpophe mis'use more than fingernails on a blackboard, but can't stop seeing it? Then you'll "enjoy" this collection at Give, Get, Take, and Have (via Boing Boing), which also showcases misspellings and "quotation mark" abuse.