The FREAKest Links: WarCraft Twelve Steps and Thomas the Tank Imprisonment Edition

In light of our recent discussion of Internet Addiction Disorder, let it be known that the London Free Press reports that U.S. doctors are lobbying to have video game addiction classified as a psychiatric disorder. Online Gamer’s Anonymous, meanwhile, is packed with postings from gamers seeking control of their habits.

Via the Wall Street Journal: Parents-to-be are putting more time and energy than ever into choosing baby names, scouring Social Security records and hiring consultants and numerologists to help pick the “right” name.

Following Dubner’s surprise that Thomas the Tank Engine toys are made in China, David Barboza writes in the New York Times of his trip to the Thomas factory in China to investigate the toys’ recall. He was detained for nine hours by factory officials and local police.


bkw

Play video games for six hours a day? Addict.

Watch TV for six hours a day? Perfectly normal.

frankenduf

one step away from classifying nerd as a psych disorder

egretman

China. Must be great to live in a country with a weak federal government. Where business rules the land and safety and human rights concerns are fully considered because it's so good for the bottom line. And they did all of this without graduating 30% of all students as business and/or economics majors.

Maybe that's what is wrong with the US. We have too many economics majors.

EmilyAnabel

No reasonable discussion of baby naming is complete without a reference to Baby Name Voyager at http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html which is an excellent graphical front end for the US Social Security name data. It shows popularity as a function of time in a well-done way. They mention it in the WSJ piece along with its derivative Nymbler http://nymbler.com/nymbler/ , for finding names that have something in common with chosen names.

The typical discussions about the "name your baby for success" methods all fall victim to the classic "correlation does not equal causality," of course! (But not the discussion in Freakonomics...)

Snyds

Numerology? What a wacky superstition... How do we still believe in this nonsense? I guess it makes sense considering we have presidential candidates who don't believe in evolution... How exactly did our country become so successful?

jeffthecheff

You think video game addiction is strange...check out this: http://www.thelocal.se/7650/

discordian

I took a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine at the Strasburg Railroad in PA last week.

Luckily I wasn't in a prison car.

bkw

Play video games for six hours a day? Addict.

Watch TV for six hours a day? Perfectly normal.

frankenduf

one step away from classifying nerd as a psych disorder

egretman

China. Must be great to live in a country with a weak federal government. Where business rules the land and safety and human rights concerns are fully considered because it's so good for the bottom line. And they did all of this without graduating 30% of all students as business and/or economics majors.

Maybe that's what is wrong with the US. We have too many economics majors.

EmilyAnabel

No reasonable discussion of baby naming is complete without a reference to Baby Name Voyager at http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html which is an excellent graphical front end for the US Social Security name data. It shows popularity as a function of time in a well-done way. They mention it in the WSJ piece along with its derivative Nymbler http://nymbler.com/nymbler/ , for finding names that have something in common with chosen names.

The typical discussions about the "name your baby for success" methods all fall victim to the classic "correlation does not equal causality," of course! (But not the discussion in Freakonomics...)

Snyds

Numerology? What a wacky superstition... How do we still believe in this nonsense? I guess it makes sense considering we have presidential candidates who don't believe in evolution... How exactly did our country become so successful?

jeffthecheff

You think video game addiction is strange...check out this: http://www.thelocal.se/7650/

discordian

I took a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine at the Strasburg Railroad in PA last week.

Luckily I wasn't in a prison car.