Linky Friday #49
[En1] The decline of oil.
[En2] Smart street lights may save energy. Imagine, of course, what robocars will do.
[En3] The media has focused quite a bit on the upheavel caused by the energy boom in North Dakota. David Blackmon explains what its own oil boom means to West Texas and the Texas economy.
[En5] Europe hopes to replicate US success in fracking. Obviously, they don’t read the NYT, which indicates that all fracking does is make everybody miserable.
[C1] It’s not for me, since I have my hair care needs taken care of at chains without so much as the twirling barber post out front, but given that my grandfather was a barber, I’ll always have an attachment to the idea of barbershops.
[C2] We’re along way from Ted Turner’s colorization of old movies. Some of these pictures look pretty realistic.
[C3] The anti-communist propaganda posters of the 20th century were pretty awesome.
[C4] Nameberry presents some of the top names from 1962 that are due for a comeback. I’ll be honest: There are some pretty good names in there.
[Eu1] The French are learning English on train rides. One of my great regrets is that I never took advantage of my long commutes to get a hold on Spanish.
[Eu2] Something I didn’t know: Slovak was once a hotbed of libertarianism. Dalibor Rohac explains how that came to be, and how Slovak lost its libertarian streak.
[Eu3] Spain is preventing a vote on Catalonian independence.
[He3] Our best weapon against heroin addiction is being stigmatized.
[He5] As per usual, reading this list of things that workers at chain restaurants refuse to eat makes me hungry. Great point about the Big Mac, though. This, on the other hand, makes me never want to eat the food discussed.
[He6] Children have an innate fear of plants.
[T2] David Golumbia argues that the left’s embrace of the “digital freedom” movement is a betrayal of lefty ideals.
[T3] Dallas Cowboys owner uses a flipphone. Money is getting tight in the Himmelreich-Truman household and I’ve been considering going back to a regular phone and using the smartphone on WiFi.
[T4] The Star Trek economy.
[T5] A movable city! I’m not sure of the practical utility, but pretty awesome all the same.
[Ho1] I’ve long considered Richard Florida’s “Creative Class” was basically a scam to justify cities spending money on the preferences of its financially comfortable. Richey Piiperinen thinks it might have been something more nefarious.
[Ho2] Introducing, the $20,000 house!
[Ho3] “Despite the recent growth of big city downtowns, there is no widespread shift toward dense, urban living. Instead, the long term suburbanization of America continues.”
[Ho4] I am, on certain things at least, rather cynical. I rarely hear “smart growth” in contexts that lead me to believe that it is a referrence to anything but “limited growth” which is fine as long as you’ve got yours. Owen Courreges argies that easier growth is the real smart growth.
[Ho5] Richard Florida has discovered that suburbs are the new swing states! Actually, they’ve always been. Even so, and despite being written by Florida, it points out some interesting things on the economic factors of suburban politics.
[Ho6] How to have sex in communal living spaces.
[Ho7] How the Big Sort happened.
[Ec1] Michael Strain has some ideas on how conservatives can attack the problem of long-term unemployment.
[Ec2] The Pacific Standard has a really good piece on the rise and fall of Intrade, and its CEO.
[Ec3] Ezra Klein explains the importance of full employment.