Linky Friday #75
Energy & Environment:
[EE1] Germany hasn’t kicked its coal habit, which is coming at a cost. On the other hand, they’ve reportedly set a record for renewable power generation (though, according to Patrick, they sort of gamed the statistics).
[EE2] Russ George wants feverishly to stop global warming, and scientists and environmentalists want to stop him.
[EE3] “Carbon caps have not led to emissions reductions or even limitations anywhere. China will be no different.”
[EE4] Coal is still king.
[EE5] Eleven maps on American energy production.
[EE6] From Johanna Aitch: The music of tree rings.
[F1] Hadley Freeman is worried that the fashions of the 90’s are making a comeback. I’ll take the 90’s over the 80’s any day.
[F2] The phenomenon of tattoos endlessly baffles me. Mostly because things change, and they’re so hard to get rid of. Getting rid of them, though, is booming business.
[F3] The Washington Post has a good piece on the history of Dockers pants (specifically their reputation for being Dad pants). I don’t buy them, because I am a cheapskate and Puritan (Walmart brand) does the trick, but I have always loved them dearly.
[M1] Piracy hasn’t lead to less music, because most musicians don’t expect to make much money. I suspect, if piracy or extreme price pressures were to hit books, the same would be true there. It’s film and TV I’m worried about, because it’s hard to justify the expense if you’re not going to make money. And yet… we have simply seen no sign of abatement, yet, and more rather than fewer outlets are creating original programming.
[M2] Ghostbusters! The Infographic.
[M3] How well do you know your fictional world maps?
[M4] It’s become fashionable in some circles to predict the death of the NFL. Aaron Gordon looks at the various scenarios proposed and their (un)likelihood.
[M5] Everyone remembers when Tom Cruise was jumping on that sofa and being all freaky on the Oprah Winfrey show. The thing is, how we remember it didn’t happen. Amy Nicholson explains why this is important to our national popular culture.
[H1] According to Wendell Cox, the vast majority of metro growth between 1990 and 2010 was in the suburbs. In 1990, 82% of metro areas were suburban, and in 2010 it’s 86%.
[H2] Introducing a $22,000 home. Not exactly child-friendly, but pretty neat all the same.
[H3] I’ve found myself wondering about North Dakota scenarios in the event that something happens to Clancy, and specifically what I’d do about housing. It’s surprising how much room they can put into mobile homes, these days. It makes me think of how poorly-managed our regular houses often are.
[Ed2] David Leonhardt sparked a conversation about student debt, citing a study suggesting that the problem really isn’t people that racked up huge amounts of debt and graduated but rather those who racked up smaller debts and didn’t. Peter Coy added on. Cloire Sicha takes serious issue with the methodology. Freddie defends the study and Matt Phillips argues that the skew in coverage (towards graduates with a lot of debt, instead of drop-outs with less) is steeped in class.
[Ed3] People often talk more sciency than they should. Here are ten scientific ideas that are frequently misused. (via Mad Rocket Scientist)
[P1] All reigns must come to an end, and so may it be with Moore’s Law.
[P2] Bill Gates wants to know… have you hugged a concrete pillar today?
[P3] Mozilla is going to sell a $25 smartphone in India. I wonder if it’s a better or worse phone than some of the old smartphones I have around here that I have no idea what to do with.
[P4] Chinese employers are moving to Africa.
[W1] I learned this a little while back in conversations with Jonathan McLeod, but apparently the North Pole has become an expression of Canadian nationalism.
[W2] Even unpleasant journeys often end up looking glamorous.
[W3] Mexico has a vigilante squad of Good Gals With Guns.
[W4] Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry says that Europe’s desire for a “Right to be forgotten” is emblematic embrace of its own decline.
[W5] From Christopher Carr: Fragile States index for 2014
[S1] Statistics can be a great tool of self-deceptions.
[S2] It’s too easy and often overly dismissive to say “Correlation does not equal causation”… but seriously, people.
[S3] These, on the other hand, can be nothing but causation.
[S4] I never miss an opportunity to introduce people to this awesome song: