Linky Friday #35
[H1] Enterprising folks are working on replacing the FEMA trailers with nicer amenities. I am all about cheap housing, so I wonder about the non-FEMA applications.
[H2] Step one, get people to move into cities. Step two, turn out the lights?
[M1] A stripper’s guide to North Dakota. In some ways, the perspective sounds positively Republican.
[M2] According to the WSJ ($), young rebels become entrepreneurs.
[M3] Dave Schuler, and Howard Dean, are skeptical of claims of easy cost savings. Without an overhaul, anyway.
[Ed1] Data systems may be able to predict who will drop out of the school… by looking at them in the first grade.
[Ed2] Private education in Britain is becoming more egalitarian.
Entertainment & Technology:
[ET1] It’s been discussed recently at Not a Potted Plant, but here’s a rundown of why ebooks are so expensive. I would argue that while ebooks may cost as much as regular published books, I am less sure that they have to. That they are working towards a particular price point does not actually mean that the price point is unavoidable. (I’d also add it’s funny to hear about how production and distribution costs aren’t actually all that much, after hearing for years and years about how the rising cost of paper was responsible for the rise in prices of comic books.)
[ET2] Copyright protections may be killing art. Honestly, I doubt this is a case where correlation equals causation. But the ostensible reason we have copyright law does not appear to be panning out.
[ET3] How BitTorrent downloads so fast. It’s truly amazing how much faster BT is at downloading free software than are dedicated servers.
[L1] Walter Hickey thinks pie charts are useless. I was prepared to disagree because there are narrow circumstances in which a pie chart is better than the alternatives, but he addresses that. He spends a lot of time pointing out to examples where pie charts are particularly opaque to make his case.
[L2] Those unimaginative, killjoy left-brainers are arguing that there’s no such thing as left-brainers (and right-brainers).
[L3] It will be a sad day when redheads are no more, if this comes to fruition.
[L4] I might be more comfortable with premarital cohabitation if we could more easily nail down what level of commitment it implies. But we haven’t.
[En2] This seems so intuitively incorrect: iPhones use more energy than some refrigerators. If true, another indication that if global warming is as real and as bad as they say, we’re doomed.
[En3] BusinessWeek has a piece on the dire state of nuclear power in this country. Which some will celebrate, because even though global warming threatens imminent ecological catastrophe, we can’t have nuclear power because something bad might happen. Which isn’t to say, of course, that bad things don’t happen. Albeit not on the apocalyptic scale.
[En4] But if the economics can’t support nuclear, the economics can’t support it. There’s always coal. According to the EIA, by 2040 nuclear will only be supplying 7% of our energy. Renewables? 15%! Yay.
[A1] Connecticut should have a strong economy. Why doesn’t it?
[A2] In Green Bank, West Virginia, you can’t use wireless signals. Which is a draw for some.
[RG1] From Greginak: I thought this! was interesting. I relates back to the discussions of inequality and my suggestion our rates of ineq. relate to the rules being written to favor the rich and the increasing dominance of the financial sector in our economy. Anyway its an interesting link. I would think lots conservatives and some libertarians would dislike it as much as many liberals although the solutions would differ.