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April 01, 2006

Around the Net

I am not going to write today. I started to, but lately I have not been doing much reading, and then I end up tossing off these half-considered posts that bother me later on because they always feel unfinished and ill-formed.

My fellow bloggers have given me a lot to think about today and I need time to process it all.

Over at MacStansbury's, Sam has some interesting thoughts on minimum wages and illegal immigration.

Just a reminder: Tartan Day at Absinthe & Cookies is coming! Mark your calendars and don't forget to sign up if you're interested in participating -- April 6th.

Because if it's not Scottish, it's crap.

Last week spd rdr sent me an article that I've been dying to write about, but I didn't really know just what I wanted to say because it seemed to apply to so many different topics. Now, thanks to Fuzzybear Lioness, it seems to have dropped into place like an errant puzzle piece. Grim has a post you should read that I will comment on tomorrow, after I've had time to think some more.

Doc Russia offers a great post that I enjoyed tremendously. Strangely enough, I found myself identifying with much of it. Comments on that tomorrow too.

Grim also linked to this classic by Kim du Toit. All I can say is read the whole thing.

Other interesting things I saw in my travels this morning:

Being a late bloomer may not be such a bad thing:

It usually makes parents proud when their children reach a developmental milestone ahead of other kids. But when it comes to intelligence, researchers say, the smartest children appear to have brains that develop later.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been tracking brain development in several hundred children since the 1980s. The children get an MRI scan every few years and computers analyze the results.

a group of researchers has been studying the cortex, or gray matter that makes up the brain's outer layer. This is where so-called high-level thinking takes place.

Dr. Judith Rapoport says they expected to find evidence that a thicker cortex meant a higher IQ. But they didn't.

"When we looked at the very youngest group, the 4- to 8-year-olds, it was confusing," she says. "It looked like it was telling you that thinner brains had higher IQ."

To figure out what was going on, the team looked at how the scans changed as these children grew up. Rapoport says they divided the children into three groups, according to intelligence.

"The very, very brightest third had a later development of their cortex," she says, "so that at the earlier ages they hadn't started really growing to their peak amount yet."

The cortex in these children started thinner but grew faster and for a longer time. By about age 11 it was actually thicker than the cortex of less intelligent children.

Rapoport says the results, which appear in this week's issue of the journal Nature, challenge an assumption made by many parents.

"People are usually pre-occupied with everything happening earlier, and being able to do things in a precocious way," Rapoport says. "This suggests that there could be some very clear advantages to things happening later."

She says one advantage is that if the brain keeps growing into adolescence, it can be shaped in response to more complicated experiences and ideas.

Interesting, on a lot of levels. On a more frivolous note, I'm glad to note that the Safety Police are on the alert for exploding Boobs in Space.

And speaking of safety, who knew Shania Twain could be dangerous to your health?

A woman accused of murdering her husband of two months, said yesterday that she shot him accidentally as she danced provocatively for him with his shotgun to the music of Shania Twain.

Come on. You know you want to click on the link.

Posted by Cassandra at April 1, 2006 08:06 AM


ah hah! I was wondering why I was getting so many referrals from you :)


Posted by: Ith at April 1, 2006 04:07 PM

Are we talking about Shatner or the silicone?

Posted by: Cricket at April 1, 2006 07:08 PM

I have a snark about premature ejaculation but I think the story says it all and no, I won't click on the link. Some idiocy deserves to die and I want to help it along by ignoring it.

Posted by: Cricket at April 1, 2006 07:10 PM

April 01, 2006 Around the Net
I am not going to write today.

April fool?

You know you want to click on the link.

Ummm...which link do I "know" I want to click?!
('Cause really, I don't know...)

Posted by: camojack at April 2, 2006 03:48 AM

Come on. You know you want to click on the link.

...and lose what little SAN I have left in my poor psyche?

Posted by: Patrick Chester [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 2, 2006 06:31 AM

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