Linky Friday No. 62
[S1] Grantland examines why the world’s best juggler works construction in Florida. If you only read one 6,700-word juggling article this week, let this be it.
[S2] The same goes for this bowling article recommended by James Hanley: “Harry Smith, the top bowler in 1963, made more money than MLB MVP Sandy Koufax and NFL MVP Y.A. Tittle combined.”
[S3] Mike Schilling points us to “the best take ever on why Yankee fans make the rest of us hate Derek Jeter.”
[S4] What do women want to see on the dance floor? The researchers chose a nice methodology for answering this question. Practically speaking though, I just wish this tutorial had been around in my time.
[S5] The NLRB decided Northwestern college football players do have the right to form a union. Kazzy points us to some legal analysis from ESPN. If this judgment stands, it would change everything, which makes me think it won’t stand.
[S6] One of the obvious issues to tackle will be whether this means student athletes should be paid. Winner of the most unsurprising survey results of the week award go to the finding that white people don’t think student athletes should be paid, but non-whites do.
Business and Economics!
[B1] Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has quietly but quickly implemented seemingly subtle, but actually huge shifts in corporate policy. He cut the price of Windows on crappy machines 70% (presumably to preempt Google’s Chrome OS) and has now allowed the release of a version of Office for the iPad that, far from being castrated, is actually getting good reviews. This seemingly robs the Surface of its lone selling point, a sign that Microsoft is pivoting back to software. Any chance they can get a refund on Nokia?
[B2] John Cochrane has a graphic novel on a world without banks.
[P1] Christopher Carr “[finds himself] in the awkward position of defending Vladimir Putin here: leaking private phone calls while simultaneously supporting a leaker does not indicate hypocrisy; nor is the media’s beating of war drums helping with the tense situation in Eastern Europe.”
[P2] Scott Alexander makes a good case that you should reverse any advice you hear. But that itself is advice, which I guess means you shouldn’t.
[P3] “Is today’s left more opposed to free speech than yesterday’s?”
[C1] NPR asks whether doctors or artists had richer parents. I guess I know enough rich people with kids that I found the answer obvious. Still, the article has some nice charts.
[C2] A woman with metastatic breast cancer explains why she hates pink and how little she has in common with everyone else who gets breast cancer. Read the whole thing.
[O]nly about 5% of all monies donated to breast cancer charities end up helping metastatic women.
And, of course, you are aware that only metastatic women die of cancer, right?
Put those things together and you realize nobody is trying to save us.
[C3] James Coulson presents a disturbing but beautiful version of the two lies and one truth game.
[C4] Maybe we could tell which statement was the lie with technology. I’ve been watching the science fiction show Continuum recently, and the heroine has an implant that reads people’s emotions to know whether they are lying. We might not be that far off from having that sort of technology in our phones.
[C5] The Daily Beast investigates how Nyphomaniac Volume 1 got its realistic sex scenes. Spoiler: They taped people actually having sex. Don’t read the whole thing.
[C6] The New Yorker reports on the latest parenting study.
[G1] Radley Balko points out that police officers equipped with video cameras are great til the point that the police selectively lose footage. Missing footage is strong Bayesian evidence that the police are trying to cover something up.
[G2] I have a lot of issues with this article on stop and frisk from this month’s Atlantic, but it still broke my heart a few times.
[G3] Jason Kuznicki’s bleb here at OT concerning the social levers to pull to spur procreation brought up a good point in the comments about whether there was a need to bother, but that hasn’t stopped Denmark from plowing ahead in telling its citizenry to plow ahead (safe, but possibly embarrassing for work):