Thursday, January 29, 2004

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Kevin Drum on the economy:

The sign of of a healthy economy is not so much that living standards are high for the middle class, but that they are getting higher — that people believe their children will be better off than they are. But as income inequality increases and income mobility decreases that's increasingly not the case, and the question at hand is whether we ever plan on doing anything about it. How long does the middle class have to stagnate in the midst of ever more stratospheric wealth for the rich before even conservatives finally admit that we have a problem?

It's a long post, but a good one, with quite a bit of information, such as this depressing nugget: Every state in the United States, except Nebraska and Nevada, has seen an overall shift of jobs from high-paying industries to lower-paying industries over the last three years.

I've mentioned before that I like WIRED because it's really optimistic, a lot of the time, and sometimes I just plain need a good, stiff shot of such optimism. But their unbridled "happy view", in which just about anything that happens in the tech industry is A-OK, sometimes gets cloying -- such as their current issue, which seems to argue in this article that outsourcing is just ducky. A representative exchange, in which the author interviews someone who wants to make outsourcing more difficult:

"But isn't part of this country's vitality its ability to make these kinds of changes?" I counter. "We've done it before - going from farm to factory, from factory to knowledge work, and from knowledge work to whatever's next."

She looks at me. Then she says, "I'd like to know where you go from knowledge."

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Anyone else enjoy brain teasers and IQ-type tests? Here are a few from the International High IQ Society. I've taken several of these types of tests online, but never an "actual" IQ test administered and scored by a human. Have any of you been given an IQ test? If so, how do your scores compare with any you have taken online?

BTW, I was a member of International High IQ Society when it was free. They had some great puzzles and an interesting newsletter, but I just can't bring myself to pay for membership without thinking about Peggy Hill and the "150 Smartest People in Texas."