Linky Friday #57
Filling in for my man @will-truman, I’m happy to present dozens — count ’em, dozens of links of wondrous miscellany from my travels about the web!
[IS1] About thirty per athlete — what happens if they actually use them?
[IS3] Also from Sochi: the Lugevideo.
[IS4] And you thought the Olympics were corrupt: wait till you hear about international cricket.
[IS5] For sale: Alisa Craig.
[IS6] When you think Brazil, you think armadillo.
[ST1] The roots of “Brain Training” as ADHD therapy.
[ST3] One woman’s quest to fix her broken iPad. Spoiler: she succeeds!
[ST4] The circle is now complete.
[ST5] The universe is bruised. Which is somehow comforting since we now know there are no jelly doughnuts waiting for us on Mars.
[ST6] I, for one, welcome our new nanoscopic overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted blogger, I can be helpful in rounding up stories about HIV curing cancer. They will surely influence us more powerfully than our parasites. Or our prescription medications.
[ST7] Using your mobile phone to get a date… in Antarctica.
[GV1] Did you ever notice how often location of origin is used as a conversation starter? It may be more helpful as a political predictor.
[GV2] Virginia boldly stomps in where angels fear to tread.
[GV3] Building a jungle stadium.
[GV5] GDP equivalency, now in convenient map form!
[GV6] Mad Rocket Scientist shares a story about a New Zealand school taking a counter-intuitive approach to the playground. Kazzy wonders if an American school could ever get away with such a plan. Behind the scenes, Mark Thompson expresses doubt but not necessarily for legal reasons. Are the Kiwi’s just upside down on this? Or are we?
[FH1] Every word is true, and they didn’t even get to the chain link fence fetish!
[FH2] So much money they can’t figure out what to do with it.
[FH3] Not taking the implementation of ObamaCare particularly well, are they?
[FH5] “And the APR on that works out to, let’s see here… four hundred and sixty percent. Sign here, please.”
[FH6] People better-looking than you wearing only their underwear out in public. It’s for charity!
[FH8] From Jonathan McLeod — “Sure, let’s be the only law firm in Canada involved in the African arms trade! What could possibly go wrong?”
[AL1] Yes, yes, I’ll get around to it soon.
[AL2] I’ve come across many more convincing explanations than this for the leftward perspective of an apparent majority of authors. Maybe it’s because looking that way is more attractive. Or, more likely, it’s because they never get any time off (and pretty much never get paid for their work anyway, which doesn’t seem well-calculated to environmentally engender conservatism).
[AL3] Matt Y reverse-rationalizes Panem’s economy. And a PhD draws rather more detailed conclusions about the rather more detailed economy of Westeros. Or, if you’re more of a classics aficionado, consider robotics and Star Trekenomics.
[AL4] An aspirant to be the Parisian equivalent of Bansky works in the Métro, where he trapped passengers in their subway car.
[AL5] By day, well-educated but underemployed cubicle drone; by night, pay-per-view camgirl.
[AL6] Tax law incentivizes everything, it seems.
[FF2] ¿Dónde está el carne?
[FF3] The nuts and bolts of operating a profitable food truck.
[FF4] Here’s the sexiest artichoke you’ll read about today.
[FF5] Sexy artichokes sound better than three-year battlefield pizza.
[FF6] In case you were wondering, why do you drink orange juice for breakfast?
[FF7] What a week’s worth of groceries looks like globally.
[FF8] A young couple from Alabama gets seated at the Obamas’ table along with the President of France. They took photos of the food! (I would have, too.) Apparently, they ate better than Ye Lords and Ladies of England, who Lacketh Ye Peanut Butter.
(This set of links and blurbs from Will Truman)
[BH1] The Holocaust Encyclopedia has an interesting article on black folks during the Holocaust.
[BH2] Tanner Colby explains why integration was a bad idea and affirmative action was a plot to deflect racial progress. #slatepitch titling aside, it’s a fascinating look at the history and the reactions from black communities at the time.
[BH3] Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria writes in The American Conservative about the legacy of Booker T Washington and the Atlanta Compromise.
[BH4] The Republican Party may have a stellar candidate in the form of Harvard-educated, African-American former Miss America Erika Harold, if only they didn’t keep trying to keep her on the sidelines. Jonathan V Last wrote about her last year.
[BH5] Howard Bryant argues that MLB needs to punch up its pitch to young black athletes. It has some really good suggestions.
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