GNXP notes a little common sense from the Dutch. "If you want to live in the Netherlands, you have to adhere to our rules ... and learn our language." I would say the same to immigrants to the U.S. All of them, or course, but especially those from Mexico. I think it is just weird when you get a government document with Spanish-language text.
Ann Althouse: The political structure of academia. "The NYT reports on a study that shows (unsurprisingly) that Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans in academia. The ratio is 7 to 1, generally, 9 to 1 at Berkeley and Stanford." It doesn't surprise me, either, but it is kind of amazing. Is this self-selection? I don't buy the "correlation to IQ" theory. I might buy the "correlation to non-real-work" theory, though :)
This is kind of interesting: Triassic reptiles had live young. "The largest and most diverse group of Triassic aquatic reptiles gave birth to live young, researchers report in this week's Nature. The finding in sauropterygians is the first evidence of viviparity in this group of animals, which lived throughout the Mesozoic era, from 250 to 65 million years ago." Even more amazing than the fact itself is the fact that we can know this!
These landscape photographs from Brazil, by Alex Uchôa, are amazing. Just beautiful. I can't decide which I find more impressive, the subject or the photographs. I guess maybe it is the subject; I knew Brazil was beautiful, but not this beautiful. Please go and check 'em out! [ via Glenn Reynolds ]
Heard about the brawl / riot at the Piston's game last night? Ugly. I have to say, somehow so far this season I just don't care about pro basketball. Maybe because Shaq left the Lakers, or maybe just because... I can see getting excited about college basketball, but not before Spring.
Did you tell Tivo you don't want commercials during fast forward? You did? Good. Matt Haughey reports on an interesting study that shows people pay more attention while fast-forwarding. Yeah, but do they pay more attention while 30-second-skipping? I doubt it. Look, this is simple; most people don't want to watch commercials.