Linky Friday #44
[N1] The US Army is trying to build Iron Man.
[N2] The AV Club has an interesting piece on the lasting impact of Homestar Runner, one of the first successful webseries.
[N3] Thirteen gateways to hell? Flagged for future fiction.
[C1] Seth Ackerman at Jacobin argues that the popular narrative – The Tea Party being the product of southern and Neo-Confederate animosities – is wrong. They are not the successors of Calhoun but of Hoover and even Madison.
[C2] Liberty University wants to become the Notre Dame of protestants, with the athletics program to match. Baylor is much further along, but Liberty’s strides are actually pretty impressive. I can’t believe that they actually have a billion dollar endowment, though, and I think a university that treats its chancellorship as a hereditary position faces more natural limitations.
[J1] One way to screen job applicants.
[J2] Miles Brundage looks at a study on automation putting people out of the job. He’s a bit skeptical.
[E1] In 1948, smog killed 70 people in Pennsylvania.
[E2] GE is working on a way to solve fracking’s water contamination. I wonder if environmentalists hope that this doesn’t work, if it results in more fracking.
[E3] Nuclear physicist Kelvin Kemm argues that there was no Fukushima disaster.
[M1] America’s retreat from marriage may have hit bottom.
[M2] I don’t know whether indefinite engagements are better or worse than shacking up. Probably better, but more frustrating in their own way.
[S1] Researchers may have found a gene for obesity.
[S2] If you want to get people to follow social norms, zap their brain.
[S3] Hunters and farmers lived side-by-side in ancient times, but didn’t procreate together.
[T1] It’s really quite aggravating that GoogleDocs/Drive doesn’t support ODF file-types. In fact, there is no editor available in Android. That’s a problem and why I will not be using their services any time soon.
[T2] A smartphone charger that sniffs for malware? Consider me intrigued!
[T3] Between my bluetooth earpiece and my interest in smartwatches and google glasses, I want to be a cyborg. So an MP3 player that lives in my ear appeals to me.
[T5] Andres Martinez laments the death of the Blackberry.
[T6] io9 wants to know what the worst technological innovations of all time were. Worst as in LaserDiscs and Smell-O-Vision, not worst as in the nuclear bomb. Here is a list from 2006 which contains my nomination: DIVX.
[T7] I like this idea: Using credit card companies to shut down those icky mug shot website operators. Of course, some people are trying to make that happen with gun companies, which I am less enthusiastic about.