More pictures of Mars from Curiosity.
There are times when I want to tell my students that if they want to learn anything at college, their first step should be defriending their parents. Write them a nice letter, on actual paper, once every week or so, but on the whole: let go. Stop living in their shadows, and start casting your own.
Read Jennfier Finney Boylan’s essay in the NYT about arriving at Wesleyan 36 years ago and what she sees on the Colby campus today.
The reason it feels like you aren’t getting anywhere is because you aren’t. Look at this breakdown (net worth = assets minus debts) from a new report by the Pew Research Center that explains a lot about the frustration Americans are feeling. For you middle class folks, it might as well be 1992. Except Bill Clinton isn’t in the White House.
And now, for the winners and losers of the last 40 years. It’s better to be old and married, apparently:
How have things changed since the days in the 1990s when Las Vegas casinos were competing to open resorts in Hartford?
The new plan that MGM Resorts International is pitching for Springfield — just up I-91 — looks more like West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. There will be housing, retail and gambling in an urban renewal-style casino project. The Globe has some of the details and a rendering from MGM.
Once again, a city looks to gambling to save its soul. In the absence of anything else, maybe that’s the future for a slowly dying New England city.