Cancer genomics

A great article in Esquire on the frontier of cancer genomics. It’s only a matter of time before many wealthy individuals diagnosed with cancer seek out this standard of care. (I’m told that sequencing alone can lead to actionable conclusions in more than a few percent of all cases, even now.) The resulting advances will …

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US economic mobility data

A commenter points me to the Pew Trust study on US economic mobility. I excerpt some interesting figures from the report below, but it is worth reading in full. Much of the data comes from NLSY. Note that mobility data over quintiles does not address the increasing concentration of wealth at the top: see US …

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Big Time Sports the Circus of Our Time

 Big time sports has become the ‘bread and circuses’ of our time. ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a phrase originating in Roman times by Juvenal who saw Roman citizens becoming concerned only with those two issues in life. The circuses referred to were games held to entertain the public, including gladiators and chariot races. Wikipedia suggests, …

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750 Words

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” “In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” Whether you believe in 10,000 bad drawings, 11 lifetimes, or 10,000 hours, it’s commonly agreed: Practice makes perfect. 750words.com seeks …

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There is a tide

This novel reminds of recent dystopian movies and books such as Elysium, The Road, Never Let Me Go and Cloud Atlas. Our zeitgeist recognizes the ever accelerating gap between haves and have-nots, and these novels and films reflect that collective consciousness. The gap always existed between the rich and poor worlds, but now it exists within developed …

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The Presence of the Deceased

I am a major fan of post-mortem photography. If you are not familiar with the fad, it was the practice of taking photographs of a deceased family member, or of the living posing with the deceased relative. The practice became more common after the invention of  daguerreotype photography in 1839, which made taking portraits and photos less …

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Off the Beaten Path: Professional Writers as Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and More

Professional Writing is an undeniably unique program. This uniqueness is manifested in many wonderful ways, but it can be hard to explain, even for a practiced rhetorician. Thanksgivings and family Christmases come around and the less up-to-date family members invariably ask “How is school?” and “What are you studying?”. Then, if you’re particularly unlucky, you …

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Will Allen

January rolls in and it’s time for food icons month again. For those readers who picked up on the Thornapple blog after my discerning coverage of the ice storm in Lansing, the last three Januarys have been “food ethics icon” month at the Thornapple blog. All you have to do to become a food ethics …

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