Dollar stores are an easy way to find deals and save money. Learn how dollar stores can afford to sell so cheaply in this article.

Source: What’s the deal with dollar stores? | HowStuffWorks

There’s something special about being the first…

…especially being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. I’m First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

Source: Stories Archive | I’m First

“show business commentators aren’t just ignoring recent female-driven successes when they cast doubt on Ocean’s Eight — they forget a 30-year history of female-driven films dominating Hollywood too. Along with this summer’s Ghostbusters, the upcoming Ocean’s spinoff isn’t so much a departure from the norm as a return to the gender parity that existed onscreen in Hollywood’s Golden Age. From the 1920s until the ’50s, female stars held immense box office power — in dramas and comedies and ensemble films.”

I find it interesting that in Snow Crash the (near) future has gotten completely out of hand, while in Anathem a world is depicted that develops more or less cyclically for thousands of years: after the high point of technology (roughly, today’s age) things stay more or less the same, society and prosperity going down and up cyclically without much news being added. Stephenson’s explanation for this is that most people prefer to deal with technology they can understand and tinker with, like internal combustion engines, rather than the more advanced space-age stuff that most Sci-Fi authors (including Stephenson, see Snow Crash) love to make up. Although nobody seems to object to the ubiquity of cell phones connected to the Internet — they are apparently too useful (for society, or for the plot) to ban.

Source: Neopythonic: Thoughts after reading Neal Stephenson’s Anathem

Debt as an indicator of intelligence is implied whenever someone makes a statement that 17, 18, and 19 year olds should consider their college choices and predict the likelihood of a return on their investments (ROI) carefully. It is ludicrous to expect young adults to make such choices skillfully, especially because trained economists and the possessors of graduate degrees in business administration can’t. If you don’t believe me, take your business degree knowledge and define “intellectual capital”. Yes, you might make the argument that a college education is a commodity, but you can’t resolve the challenges of appraising its value. Just like appraisers can’t put a real price tag on what employees know.

Source: “What is Essential Is Invisible to the Eye” | Duane Sharrock | Pulse | LinkedIn

“The students place these expectations on themselves, but sometimes feel the pressure from loved ones who have supported them through their education,” said Metzger, the psychiatrist. “A simple question of ‘Have you found a job yet?’ can [create] instant panic-like symptoms for graduate students.

Source: Universities May Be Contributing to High Attrition Rates Among Graduate Students – The Atlantic

Source: Is Wisdom So Terrible When It Brings Profits That Are Invisible to the Eye? | Duane Sharrock | Pulse | LinkedIn

I found out about this experiment from the video presentation “Steven Pinker: The Elephant, the Emperor, and the Matzo Ball”,

Steven Pinker asks:

“Why are bribes, requests, seductions, solicitations, and threats so often veiled when both parties know what they mean?”

The article starts….”You want to go to the hottest restaurant in town. You have no reservation.”

Bruce Feiler has a plan for you.

Source: Pocketful of Dough – Tips on Tipping: 2000s Archive :

“Look Back with Accuracy

“Sometimes, rather than compare students to previous groups, we compare them to ourselves. Maybe you were a great student. Plenty of teachers were; we loved school so much we became teachers. But a lot of students in your peer group were not like you; because you were a kid, you didn’t know about all the problems that were being handled while you were out at recess or sitting on the carpet for story time. You didn’t know about all the homework that didn’t get turned in or the other kids’ low quiz scores. And if you were the kind of kid who turned work in on time and never talked back, if your handwriting was neat and your clothes completely free of rips or questionable slogans, you’re in a perfect position to be incredibly judgmental of every student who isn’t just like you were. And that’s a whole heck of a lot of kids.So if that’s the case, instead of thinking about how you were as a student, try widening that lens a bit and remember some of the other kids you went to school with. Not everyone was an excellent student. Not everyone behaved. And now that you’re the one in charge, they are all yours.”

Source: The Danger of Teacher Nostalgia | Cult of Pedagogy