A few recent observations shared on my Mastodon account.
2022 Books in Review
The list of books we read is more personally revealing than a scattering of curated comments and status updates.
US name androgyny at record high
Androgyny is still climbing rapidly and I thought you needed to know that right away.
Who wants to be Adele, filling the void with an endless emptiness unchained?
The Adele in the video has no relationships other than her "team" at work and her financial advisor. She fills the void with the endless emptiness of a self unchained.
The Takeaway on Gen-Z, rest of the interview edition
The parts that made it into the show, and the parts that didn't.
Names further down the drain in 2021: Alexa, Karen, and Mary
Amazon continued its assault on real people named Alexa in 2021, degraded the cultural value of the name through association with its robot servant product. The trend in girls given the name Alexa is very dramatic: I've been writing about the Alexa trend since 2018. You can see the previous posts here. I would also…
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The pandemic road, with data
Two year follow-up to a post on path dependence.
Talking about generations with Jean Twenge
A good conversation. With transcript and audio.
Inequality and social change, 2022 pontification edition
Perception, reality, trauma and response, inequality and social change. I talked for an hour.
Sambo’s Restaurant: Rise and fall, with Ithaca and Santa Barbara
From an 1899 children's story to the final cancellation of the restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, in 2020. The history runs through us.