11.06.2011 New York Times Digest

1. “Chirps and Cheers: China’s Crickets Clash”

“If you’re serious about breeding winners, you never smoke or drink near your crickets.”

2. “Tracking Caribou, Shooting Hoops, Winning Trophies”

“They have dominated much larger schools from across the state with sweet shooting, nimble ball-handling and a selfless, team-first approach that residents here say stems from the same shared resolve and cooperation it has taken for their people to survive for thousands of years in such a remote and often ruthless place.”

3. “Andy Rooney, a Cranky Voice of CBS, Dies at 92”

“I don’t like any music I can’t hum.”

4. “Writers’ New Form: Tweet-Up Comedy”

“As the service has gone from novel to necessary, performers and writers up and down the comedy food chain have taken to it. Though for most it’s simply another promotional tool letting followers know about a coming show or book release, many are making Twitter into a virtual workshop, whether they’re stand-ups testing bits and experimenting with improv or behind-the-scenes writers edging into the limelight.”

5. “Idle N.B.A. Leaves Void in Cities Like Portland”

“The lockout has started to pinch local businesses that depend on the teams, as well as city and state governments that rely on the tax revenue generated by players, teams and fans.”

6. “Tweets on Grad School”

“You know you’re in #gradschool when you are typing a paper and Word does not recognize many of the key words you are using (e.g. discoursal)”

7. “Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)”

“Studies have found that roughly 40% of students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree. That increases to as much as 60% when pre-medical students, who typically have the strongest SAT scores and high school science preparation, are included.”

8. “The China Conundrum”

“Once in the classroom, students with limited English labor to keep up with discussions. And though they’re excelling, struggling and failing at the same rate as their American counterparts, some professors say they have had to alter how they teach.”

9. “Lex Luger Can Write a Hit Rap Song in the Time It Takes to Read This”

“It happens about once a year in hip-hop production: someone invents or perfects a sound, someone figures out how to get a weird noise out of some piece of technology not designed to make that noise, someone figures out a way to make a drum machine say the same old thing with a different accent and the whole rap world tilts on its axis. If you manage to change the beat — if your sound drifts upstream from mix tapes to pop radio, if it becomes the only thing anybody wants to hear — you can change hip-hop.”

10. “The Once and Future Way to Run”

“We were once the greatest endurance runners on earth. We didn’t have fangs, claws, strength or speed, but the springiness of our legs and our unrivaled ability to cool our bodies by sweating rather than panting enabled humans to chase prey until it dropped from heat exhaustion. Some speculate that collaboration on such hunts led to language, then shared technology. Running arguably made us the masters of the world.”


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