Linky Friday #70 [Updated!]
[T1] Something I did not know: UPS trucks don’t turn left.
[T2] The Press-Enterprise looks at the future commuting.
[S1] Is crowd-sourcing a potential boon to low-cost housing? (via Mad Rocket Scientist)
[S2] Jonathan McLeod explains that urbanites and ruralians may have common cause against the suburbs and the transportation subsidies thereto and the encroachments thereon.
[S3] According to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, the housing market is at risk because people down the food chain can’t afford them.
[F1] Market forces are an important factor in the marriage gap.
[F2] Are today’s ministries too focused on the family?
[F3] Gay marriage does not, in my view, weaken the institution. Some proposals, I believe, would.
[F4] Conservatives feared that gay marriage would change marriage and/or weaken it. Proponent Jay Michaelson concedes that maybe they were right.
[R1] James Schneider revisits the Ehrlich wager (involving overpopulation). I’ve been listening to Isaac Asimov lately. One of the more interesting bits from Caves of Metal was the criticism of Malthusianism accompanied by a story of a world collapsing under the weight of eight billion people.
[R2] Will the future of nuclear energy revolve around tiny power plants?
[R3] Popular Mechanics looks at myths surrounding natural gas drilling. As is often the case with these sorts of articles, they use the word “myth” liberally. Interesting stuff all the same.
[R4] Energy estimates are often wildly wrong. The most high-profile example in recent years has been the unforeseen fracking boom. It works the other way, though, with far less recoverables in California than previously estimated.
[C1] One way to subsidize the arts, I guess: “Buy” them in lieu of taxes.
[C2] The eternal question of whether we seek out partners like ourselves or complimentary personalities has been answered, according to 538.
[C4] What do they do with the clothes that are produced at the end of (or too late in) their fashion cycle?
[C5] From Christopher Carr: More on Soylent! YAY! Best. Topic. Ever.
[C6] Remember The Wonder Years? It’s coming to DVD. Here’s pictures of what the cast looks like now. Most of them really kind of fell off after the show. Fred Savage went behind the camera. The brother got caught up in the HealthSouth tornado. The sister was pretty fantastic in her run as Vincent D’Onofrio’s nemesis on Criminal Intent.
[C7] Girl Meets World, which stars Fred Savage’s brother and is a successor to the 90’s series Boy Meets World, premiers next month.
[A1] James Fallows says there is a new industrial belt in the American South.
[A2] League alum Jamelle Bouie writes about Hispanic self-perception and the future of race in America. Specifically, we are only looking at a majority-minority future if they do not become considered white over time.
[A4] Aircraft carriers are apparently obsolete, but we’re not quite ready to let them go.
[W1] Sixty pictures that are reported to “perfectly capture the human spirit.” I don’t know about that last part, but there are some really great pictures in there.
[W2] Robinson Meyer explains how maps go viral.
[W3] The Dutch approach to disaster management may be something we can learn from.
[W4] Nobody does listicles like Cracked, and their piece on things people who grew up in Communist regimes know is no exception. Also, how VHS tapes fought communism. And Dr. Zhivago!
Update: C6 and C7 have been added and the link on R4 has been changed. The latter was a too-common error on my part. The former was due to the wrong revision of the post getting posted.