Linky Friday #76
[S1] Pluto and its moon Charon may share an atmosphere.
[S2] We’re taking a 3D printer to space. Such a thing might have made Apollo 13 a less suspenseful movie.
[S3] Near-earth orbit is getting cluttered with garbage.
[Hi1] This didn’t actually “destroy my understanding of time”… but this list did tickle the mind a bit when considering the various cogs of time whirling.
[Hi2] History may have given Douglas McArthur a bum deal.
[Hi3] 2009: Pravda sweepingly reports that Greenland was going to become the 51st US state! Still waiting…
[Hi4] 1944: Iceland, Greenland, and the United States
[B1] Going cold turkey on opiates while pregnant can result in a miscarriage. Taking opiates – even in a maintenance program – isn’t allowed and will trigger CPS interest. NBC has a good piece on the conflict that occurs when following doctors’ orders is illegal.
[B2] Aaron Carroll writes with nihilism – and truth – on just how bleak the picture is for people trying to achieve permanent weight loss.
[B3] More nihilism: Short of shrinking the stomach, almost nothing works on a scale. (Note: If 95% of people can’t do something, it cannot really be said to work.
[B4] Obesity comes from everywhere and nowhere at all.
[B5] As David Fredosso says, there’s something in this for everybody to hate: Banning Sugary Drinks in Food Stamps Could Slash Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes
[B6] Gizmodo looks at different sports and calculates how much running is involved.
[B7] A 91-year old woman in San Diego ran a 26.2 mile marathon. Which is amazing. She broke a record for her age bracket of 90-and-over, which is even more amazing. Not that she broke the record (good for her on that, of course) but that there is an age bracket with a record.
[M1] A Harvard sleep specialists argues that sleep is more important than practice for championship sports teams.
[M2] Olga points to an office for introverts. With the cubicle having become so standardized, will future generations look at the desire for anything else (other than shared workspaces, of course) as anti-social and Not The Way Things Should Be? For my own part, the open nature of cubes was probably good for the introvert in me, to get me to push my boundaries.
[M3] Extroverts do not want to go to Mars.
[M4] Gamers, it turns out, are quite sociable.
[A1] Noah Smith says that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the world’s best leader. Not bad for a guy who was office barely a year the last time around.
[A2] You know Japan is worried about their age-demographic spread when they’re actually debating immigration. China has a one-child crisis, though it may not be related to the actual policy since other states without the One-Child policy face similar problems. To be fair, though, a number of them have had anti-fertility policies over the years, even if not as dramatic as One-Child.
[A3] Some guy went to North Korea and learned twenty things.
[A4] Japanese guide learning to use the word “fuck.”
[Hp1] New homes are ever-larger than their predecessors.
[Ho2] TechCrunch explores the history of housing in San Francisco, and how it got here.
[Ho3] The high cost of affordable housing: Inclusionary zoning, in effect, provides an annual subsidy to its winners on the order of $90,000.
[C1] Even if you’re not really all that desirable, the romantic marketplace may have a shelf for you. if you’re unique. As Forrest Gump says, “If you can’t sing good, sing loud.”
[C2] Daniel Fincke takes issue with the notion that “You can’t stop teenagers from having sex!” because he was so stopped.
[C3] Ugh. Kids today. They’re so… well-behaved.
[C4] Will Self doesn’t begrudge the smoking bans, but finds himself missing the smoke. There is a solution to that, of course, that is quickly being banned, of course.
[C5] Though we didn’t have one, I tend to think that lavish weddings often get a bad rap. But I have a hard time wrapping my head around the average Manhattan wedding costing $90,000. And, $3,000 wedding cakes?
[C6] The story of Karen DeCrow, the feminist who became a Men’s Rights Activist.
[C7] Katherine Mangu is right: Text from the toilet with pride!