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Asian’s Attitude Problem

Anemona Hartocollis:

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.

Asian-Americans scored higher than applicants of any other racial or ethnic group on admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis commissioned by a group that opposes all race-based admissions criteria. But the students’ personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found.

If this discrimination toward Asian is true, our kids have no chance of going Harvard. Oh well, there are plenty of schools to choose from.

Exercise and Standing

Gretchen Reynolds:

Over all, the results suggest that exercise and standing up have distinct effects on the body, says Bernard Duvivier, a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University, who led the new study.

Moderate exercise seems to hone endothelial and cardiac health, he says, probably in large part by increasing the flow of blood through blood vessels.

Standing up, on the other hand, may have a more pronounced and positive impact on metabolism, he says, perhaps by increasing the number of muscular contractions that occur throughout the day. Busy muscles burn blood sugar for fuel, which helps to keep insulin levels steady, and release chemicals that can reduce bad cholesterol.

Read the article at The New York Times.

Gay Kids, Be Careful Online

Jack Turban:

It’s common for gay, bisexual or questioning minors to go online to meet other gay people. It’s normal for these kids to want to explore intimacy. But most online social networks for gay men are geared toward adults and focused on sex. They have failed to protect minors, who simply have to subtract a few years from their birth date to create a profile.

Read the article at The New York Times.

Busy at Work

The past two weeks have been crazy at work. We managed to upgrade to PHP 7.2 on our server for Scalia Law site. I worked with a talented developer who pulled a copy of our current and tested on PHP 7.2 to make sure MODX worked correctly. I am glad we got it done before he left the University to move on to something else.

Today we completed the migration of Scalia Law School’s WordPress Multisites to WP Engine. It was a massive undertaking, but we worked with a vendor to do so.

As far as technical things, we are now in a good spot. I am looking forward to some winding down time over the summer.

Chee’s Proverbs

Karen Chee:

Always look beautiful, for one never knows if one may be seen by one’s father that day.

Read “More Chinese Proverbs by Ivanka Trump” at The New Yorker

Digital Longevity

Zach Leatherman:

Digital content longevity will continue to be highly variable, depending only in part on the file format used. HTML has existed for about 27 years and I wouldn’t venture a guess to say how much longer it’ll go. I can say that a reduction in ceremony around opening and reading a file is better for that file’s longevity. Relatedly, the ubiquity of software necessary to read a file lends to its future proofing as well. And what software has been historically and continues to be more ubiquitous than the lowly web browser? I’m not sure such software exists.

So feel free to keep creating your content in Microsoft Word or in Markdown or using JSX or Mustache templates or in your WordPress database. But if you want the content to live a full and happy life, publish it in HTML on the web.

HTML rocks!

Self-Censorship

When I started this blog, I believed I could write whatever I wanted. For a long time, I did write whatever the fuck was on my head. My inspiration was drawn from listening to hip-hop. If rappers could rap about drugs, sex, and money, bloggers could blog about anything. Sure, I got myself into trouble here and there, but I corrected myself and learned from my mistakes. I was young and vulnerable, but I didn’t give a fuck. My writing was raw and uncensored.

Almost two decades later, that mentality has changed. I am now a grown-ass man with a family. I have responsibilities and I can no longer put myself at risks. These days if I write the wrong thing, I can be called a sexist, misogynist, racist, or even homophobic. As a result, I have to check myself before hitting that publish button. The stakes are much higher these days.

I don’t think I will ever go back to read my earlier posts because they will make me cringe. I don’t think you should either unless you want to dig some dirt on me. Other than what I was thinking at the time, I don’t think there were anything horrific. Why am I writing this post? I have no idea.

Pretend to be a Perfect Couple

David Sedaris:

Guests usually take the train from London, and before we pick them up at the station, I remind Hugh that for the duration of their visit, he and I will be playing the role of a perfect couple. This means no bickering and no contradicting each other. If I am seated at the kitchen table and he is standing behind me, he is to place a hand on my shoulder right on the spot where a parrot would perch if I were a pirate instead of the ideal boyfriend. When I tell a story he has heard so often he could lip sync it, he is to pretend to be hearing it for the first time and to be appreciating it as much or more than our guests are. I’m to do the same and to feign delight when he serves something I hate, like fish with little bones in it. I really blew this a few years back when his friend Sue (ph) came for the night, and he poached what might as well have been a hairbrush.

It is humiliating when a couple bickers around other people. It just shows how bad a relationship is. I guess at some point we don’t need to hide anymore. Just start yelling and throwing things around. No relationship is perfect.

The Dangers of Belly Fat

Jane E. Brody writes in The New York Times:

In general, if your waist measures 35 or more inches for women or 40 or more inches for men, chances are you’re harboring a potentially dangerous amount of abdominal fat.

Subcutaneous fat that lurks beneath the skin as “love handles” or padding on the thighs, buttocks or upper arms may be cosmetically challenging, but it is otherwise harmless. However, the deeper belly fat — the visceral fat that accumulates around abdominal organs — is metabolically active and has been strongly linked to a host of serious disease risks, including heart disease, cancer and dementia.

I measured my belly right after dinner and it is at 37 inches. Last week, I went to bed with a stomach ache almost every night from eating too much. I am now cutting back my portion and getting back to walking and jogging. Last week, I also stayed up late to revise my book. I need to get at least seven hours of sleep again.

The More The Merrier

When I told my former colleague that we are expecting our forth kid, she joked, “You know, there’s a thing called birth control.” I had to reminded her what Ol’ Dirty Bastard said: “Oh baby, I like it raw. Yeah baby, I like it raw.”

All kidding aside, of course I know about birth control, but I can afford to raise another kid. I am not broke and I am not relying on the government to take care of my kids. So it’s good. These days I watch four kids on most weekends anyway so I will be fine. A baby girl might be unexpected, but I know exactly what to do with another boy.