Linky Friday #38
[S1] We’re apparently making monkeys dumber.
[S2] Our kidney shortage hits the unemployed hardest.
[W2] Eleven words that can’t (easily) be translated into English. Cool.
[W3] The emotional toll of recording your own audiobook.
[P1] Karl Rove points out that the Republicans have ideas for health care, too. You know when would have been a good time to talk about these things and perhaps negotiate these things? When we were having a national debate on health care.
[P2] Andrew Gelmen explains how and why the Democratic Party because the party of Very Serious People.
[E1] Dear Dylan was brilliant. So brilliant that NBC ought to make a sitcom out of it. Their answer to The Big Bang Theory, if you like.
[E2] A Reality Bites TV show? Well, I hated the movie, but it could be fun. I also hate how it’s considered the quintessential General X film. I hope it’s not true because we come out of it looking awful. But… could be fun.
[E3] Charlie Jane Anders asks why Warner Bros can’t incorporate Arrow into their plans for the Justice League. I was skeptical of the idea at first, but I can’t why really come up with a good reason not to do it. The more tying-together the better, probably, unless it sidetracks stories. Which it wouldn’t here, I don’t think.
[E4] It used to be that place-kickers in football were short guys with foreign names usually of poor-ish countries (Latin America, Eastern Europe). That’s changed.
[C1] A new kind of nuclear reactor could lower electricity costs by 40%.
[C2] Amir Efrati updates us on self-driving cars. Google is designing one. On Twitter they’re talking about Google and Apple buying Tesla. They could probably get Mitsubishi for a song right now. They could have gotten Saturn really, really cheap.
[C3] Adweek writes on a Samsung video with terrible, terrible acting. One of the actors responds with why the acting is so, so terrible.
[C4] David Wilezol argues that you can get a good job without college. He is technically right, of course, but that still doesn’t make it a good bet in the current economic environment if you’re the type of person capable of doing the sorts of jobs listed.
[B1] Will fracking undermine Scottish independence?
[B2] The Conservative Party of the UK is going to bat for working mothers.
[B3] Britain’s health care system sometimes seems to be more popular abroad than it is at home.
[A1] The most expensive real estate in New York? Rikers Island.
[A2] We’re #1! We’re #1! At porn website hosting, anyway.
[A3] The waiting list of Louisiana’s online voucher program continues to grow.
[A4] From Vikram Bath: “A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was ‘older than her chronological age‘ and ‘as much in control of the situation” as her teacher’.”