Gerry Canavan

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Thursday Night Links

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* We’ve been having some fun on Twitter mocking this overwrought defense of Columbia’s obscenely overpriced MFA program. (Key quote: “It’s for people whose genitals still work, dammit.”) HTMLGiant, via @zunguzungu, has perhaps the definitive takedown.

* Speaking of definitive takedowns, Alex Reid has the last word on digital learning badges.

SCOTUS has issued a temporary stay in the execution of Duane Buck, pending certiorari.

* The Obama disaster has officially reached the “pointing fingers” stage.

“The Citbank incident, and others like it, reflected a more pernicious and personal dilemma emerging from inside the administration: that the young president’s authority was being systematically undermined or hedged by his seasoned advisers,” Suskind writes.

Yeah, that must be what happened.

* Dateline 1937: Science proves blondes can’t drive.

* And, just for fun, one of the weirder stories I’ve read today.

…thanks to an eccentric New York lawyer in the 1930s, this college in a corner of the Catskills inherited a thousand-year trust that would not mature until the year 2936: a gift whose accumulated compound interest, the New York Times reported in 1961, “could ultimately shatter the nation’s financial structure.” The mossy stone walls and ivy-covered brickwork of Hartwick College were a ticking time-bomb of compounding interest—a very, very slowly ticking time bomb.

One suspects they’d have rather gotten a new squash court.