Linky Friday #77
[C1] Before Carl Weathers was Apollo Creed, he was a B.C. Lion. Better yet, before Dwayne Johnson was The Rock (before he was Dwayne Johnson again), he was a Sunshine Boy in Calgary.
[C2] Don Butler offers a look into the life of troubled Senator Mike Duffy. Once a trusted journalist, Duffy was recently charged with 31 felonies. Then we learn that he might have a Peruvian love child. Duffy has now contacted the woman. And you thought American Senate scandals were interesting.
[C3] This video is from the franchise home opener for Ottawa’s new football team, the RedBlacks. It features (from left to right: the league commissioner, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ottawa football legend Russ Jackson). There are three great things about it: (1) The Prime Minister is just sitting in the stands with everyone else. (2) The Prime Minister knows to get out of the way of a fan with a beer. (3) The fan with the beer walks right past the Prime Minister, but shakes hands with Russ Jackson.
[C4] How a Canadian tree-planting ceremony may have contributed to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
[C5] Former Ontario Premier (and former Federal Liberal leader) Bob Rae tells of his experience as a passenger on a plane targeted by terrorists.
[A1] From Saul DeGraw: The U.S. is no longer an attractive place to open stores.
[A3] What did Warren G. Harding mean when he said he wanted to take you to “Mount Jerry”?
[A4] The politics of the foul ball.
[N3] The Russell Saunders Coupling Scheme.
[N4] Rose writes about Living With Disability in the Dark Ages.
[N5] Kyle eschews his usual pomo stance to look at the interpretation of sexuality by Christian traditionalists.
[N6] Conor (and three non-Conors) muse on the future of education.
[N7] I wrote about the prospects of a new urban village that’s being developed in my neighbourhood.
[N8] Alex Knapp talks about the proven superiority of passive resistance.
[N9] Not everyone might remember this, but Barrett Brown used to write here. He’s now in jail. While living as a guest of federal law enforcement, Barrett is publishing a diary of sorts in D Magazine, The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail. Here he writes about Henry Kissinger and here the proper way to throw a cup of water at a fan while in solitary confinement. Here’s the entire archive. For all his flaws, the man can write. (Thanks to Jason for pointing this out on twitter.)
[U1] How small is too small? You might be surprised.
[U2] How big is too big? Zoning regulations might not tell you.
[U3] This one’s for Chris: Austin has a gentrification problem.
[U4] Car-centric development not only damages a neighbourhood’s walkability (and overall safety), it can also result in a giant gaping hole in tax revenue. But, hey, tacos are yummy.
Sports and Pop Culture
[SPC1] Nathan Rabin apologizes for coining Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
[SPC2] Seattle lost its NBA team to Oklahoma City, but there are still people trying to keep basketball alive in the Emerald City.
[SPC3] Mel Hall was a star and a sexual predator. (As an aside, SB Nation’s longform journalism is absolutely fantastic. You’ll read about a lot of sports you’d think you’d never actually care about.)
[SPC4] From Mike Schilling: The story of the losingest coach in the history of sports.
[SPC5] From aaron david: Timeline of sex slang.
[F1] From Christopher Carr: Yup.
[F2] Two ordained priests are challenging the Vatican… with their vaginae.
[F3] Methodists battle over gay marriage.
Science and Technology
[ST1] From Christopher Carr: How the Blind See Beauty (video).
[ST2] It’s quite possible that your insecurity is shaping your words. Read this article to learn how to hide your own weaknesses… or prey on the weaknesses of others, I guess.
[ST3] I pretty much never get enough sleep. I’m also in a perpetual state of caffeination, so that might contribute. I’m sure there are ways that I could probably sleep better–and, subsequently, be more productive when awake–but, alas, I’m pretty sure I won’t do any of them.
[ST4] Do it. Everywhere!
[ST5] From Mad Rocket Scientist: I Love science! Nutshell: Magnetic induction lights are old tech (Tesla patent; the
inventor, not the car company), but needed heavy duty controls. They are cool running, bright, warm yellow, and very energy efficient, but not fit for household use thanks to the controls. Thanks to cell phone technology miniaturizing everything, we can now use the tech in household lights.
[ST6] From Mad Rocket Scientist: For the environment. I wonder if there are better ways? Although we should just spend the money & figure out how to vat grow the meat such that it isn’t gross (except in our heads). Personally, while I enjoy a good steak now & again, most of the beef I eat is ground (hamburgers, or in a sauce/dish).
Government and Politics
[GP1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: First a warrant for a photo of a minor males erect penis, and now this? And people wonder why I’m libertarian. Even if the initial intent of every law and regulation is right and just, I have no trust in the decency of those with the power to enforce such rules. They will always seek to find every possible advantage granted by the imperfect language of the laws and regulations in the zealous pursuit of whatever ends they imagine.
[GP2] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Very rich guy arguing for minimum wage hikes on the basis of improving the economy. He makes some good points. Perhaps I could poke holes in them, but I have other crap to do. Although I think it’s cute that the revolution will involve pitchforks. Liberals don’t have guns.
[GP3] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Despite this article and the enclosed graphics, I still think we spend too much on our military, but mainly because we have too many units overseas in conflicts that do not directly involve us, not because our military is too big. But in contrast, it’s interesting how un-militarized we really are.
[GP4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Why I oppose more gun control laws: because we already have enough, so many in fact that law enforcement can use them to create criminals where none exist.