Linky Friday #58
[E1] From Patrick: RIP Egon.
[E2] Ashley Feinberg explains why Ghostbusters is still a good movie even to people without 80’s allegiances, after watching it for the first time after Ramis’s death.
[E4] From Patrick: Did you notice something peculiar about Andy’s hat in Pixar’s Toy Storytrilogy?
[E5] From Patrick: If you’re like Contributor Pat, you have Movie Tourette’s Syndrome and can appreciate the nerdiness that this awesomeness.
[E6] Some people like to be able to say that they listen to music that nobody else does. Here’s a tool to help you with that.
[E7] If you liked the movie quotes graph, you’re gonna love this.
[Sp1] Next week the NCAA will (likely) vote on The Saban Rule, which in true college fashion will call a “delay of game” penalty on teams that move the ball too quickly. Michael Reagan and Robert Charette think it’s a stupid idea and almost three-quarters of coaches oppose it. To be fair, anything that makes Alabama vulnerable must be unfair, right?
[Sp3] There are, and have been, a pretty crazy number of indoor football leagues over the years. Here’s Wikipedia’s list.
[Sp4] Boom, the Metrodome falls. Here’s the video.
[Su1] Introducing the secret origin of masked superheroes and adventurers.
[Su2] Peter Lawler makes the case that Man of Steel was about Plato’s Republic.
[Su3] So there’s apparently a French superhero show called H-Man. Now with Fionna Apple.
[Su4] A Chinese con artist is bilking people… with superpowers! Fake superpowers, of course.
[Sc1] Advanced Cell Technology, which is the only US outfit running clinical trials on embryonic stem cell therapies, is having some financial woes while the US and Japan are achieving a possible stem cell breakthrough (or maybe not).
[Sc2] know at least a couple creationists who will feel vindicated by the news that the Grand Canyon may not be as old as previously suspected.
[D2] Need up-to-the-minute dating advice? Here’s an app that lets you crowdsource your date.
[D3] If you’re a researcher and you’re asking a bunch of teenagers about sex, you might should consider that they are lying to you.
[D4] More online dating data! Use these words to be more attractive to women.
[L1] Lawyers are trying to sort out who owns a married man’s sperm.
[L2] How can we increase trust in driverless cars? I wonder if American litigiousness might result in their appearing abroad before they start showing up here.
[L3] According to a trial judge in St. Louis, we have a First Amendment right to warn drivers about speed traps.
[L4] Note to congress: Pretty much anything that gives carriers incentive or justification to take more control over their phones and phone ownership is a bad idea. And so it is with the kill switch.
[T1] Gordon Kelly argues that Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola was a genius move on par with their purchase of the ThinkPad line, and that this follows Google’s brilliance in purchasing and dumping Motorola as a pressure point against Samsung.
[T2] Apple is looking towards cars and medical devices to ignite growth. Google should have made the former a priority a long time ago. I’ve been wanting to get Android in my car for a while, but it hasn’t been made easy.
[T3] Oddly, Windows XP gained market share in January.
[T4] Just when you think the tinkerers can’t tinker with something because it’s settled, they go an invent a new kind of doo.
[P2] Nuclear power seems to operate in a real sour spot, the anti-Goldilocks. It’s considered more expensive than coal and less environmentally friendly than solar rather than more green than coal and cheaper than solar.
[P5] Pollution from drilling the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta may be a lot worse than estimated.
[P6] In Texas, local residents are paying the price for fracking. Such things are one of my discomforts with fossil fuel exploitation, which I am generally supportive of. Not that there are these costs, as I believe under current constraints they are still outweighed by the overall benefit, but the mismatch between cost payers and benefit recipients is disturbing.
[P7] Kevin Williamson, meanwhile, writes a full-throttle defense of fracking.
[W2] Queen Elizabeth is running out of money? Woah.
[W3] In the face of (religious?) cartels and crime, Mexico is turning to sponsored vigilantism.
[W4] A London court is putting the LDS Church on trial. With our First Amendment protections, the concept seems alien to us. Even over there, their legal experts are surprised.