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<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/supremecourt1.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1052" title="supremecourt" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/supremecourt1.jpg" alt="The Supreme Court of the United States" width="540" height="364" /></a> The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/10/justice/court-affirmative-action/index.html"><em>Fisher v. University of Texas</em></a>, a case that could potentially change the way our country handles affirmative action. Here's the bare-bones facts of the case. Abigail Fisher, a student whose application to the University of Texas was rejected, sued the school for discrimination. She's white, and arguing that if she had been a racial minority, she would've been accepted.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/florida.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1041" title="florida" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/florida.jpg" alt="The Florida State Flag" width="500" height="301" /></a> In its official strategic plan, Florida's Board of Education projected its goals for the next few years. The document set targets for the percentages of students the board hopes will be at grade level in the near future. But then it further breaks down those targets. By race.
I have news that's incredibly disappointing to my younger self, age 3 to 9. Sadly, we'll never be able to build a real-life Jurassic Park, because of the half-life of DNA strands.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/cb12592f2b7e461b1c0f6a7067003efa.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1019" title="cb12592f2b7e461b1c0f6a7067003efa" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/cb12592f2b7e461b1c0f6a7067003efa.jpg" alt="A sample ballot for the 2012 presidential election" width="539" height="366" /></a> <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/262861/">This article</a> from <em>The Atlantic </em>is surely one of the most hotly debated articles I've seen lately. In it, writer Conor Friedersdorf declares flatly that he will not vote for President Obama because of moral objections to (a) drone strikes in Waziristan, (b) the President's "kill" list, and (c) how Libya was handled. In <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/the-responses-to-why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/263057/">a follow-up</a>, Friedersdorf shared some of the responses he received from the article, particularly framed around the question of having certain issues be "dealbreakers" for candidates.
Copyright protection is <em>not</em> Gangnam Style. The most liked video in YouTube's history, "Gangnam Style" by South Korean pop star Psy, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/24/gangnam-style-south-korean-pop">has been given away to the masses</a>.* [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0]
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/rosalindsm.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-993 aligncenter" title="rosalindsm" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/rosalindsm.png" alt="A comic on Rosalind Franklin from Kate Beaton's webcomic "Hark! A Vagrant"" width="540" height="405" /></a></p> <em>Source: <a href="http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=240">Hark! A Vagrant</a></em> The fact that women aren't paid as fairly as men isn't news to anyone. But this is the first time I've seen that stat approached as a highly controlled purely scientific study, and directed at the very people conducting the study.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/9emer.jpg"><img class="alignright wp-image-985" title="9eMER" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/9emer.jpg" alt="" width="324" height="433" /></a> There's an art to designing the perfect college schedule. It's a delicate balance between leaving time for your responsibilities while leaving ample time for a total lack of responsibility. It's a way of spacing things out enough that you don't overburden yourself, but keeping it tightly clustered enough that you can have long stretches of no work at all. Your perfect schedule is a set of fingerprints, totally unique to you. That being said, there's a handful of horrible mistakes I made (or at least observed) when mapping out that elusive perfect schedule, so here's a handful of caveats of things that might sound like a good idea, but really, really aren't. <strong>Don't cluster your classes together (too much). </strong>Here's something that at first seems like a bad idea, then seems like a counter-intuitive great idea. Stick with your first instinct. Some people will try to cram all of their classes into as few blocks as possible, but that's just a one-way ticket to exhaustion. The more you cluster classes, the less downtime you'll have to process information after the class ends.
If you couldn't tell from the name of our company, we're a teensy bit book-obsessed at Bookbyte. And despite how the old saying goes, we're always judging books by their covers. Some of you might not know this, but over at <a href="http://bookbytedigital.com/">Bookbyte Digital</a> we help self-publishing authors turn their manuscripts into books and ebooks through editing; formatting; distribution on Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble; and, of course, good cover design. Sometimes authors give us their own covers and sometimes they ask us to design one for them, but one thing is always true: Good covers sell books.
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/reddawn20122.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-971" title="RedDawn2012" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/reddawn20122.jpg" alt="A still image from the upcoming film Red Dawn (2012)" width="540" height="358" /></a></p> Here's a guaranteed recipe for angry comments: I'm going to review a movie that hasn't been released yet. On your marks, enraged fans!