Linky Friday #80
[S1] A lot of people think that hosting the Olympics is a huge waste of resources. Cities themselves are coming around to this view.
[S2] I thought calling “football” by the name of soccer was a purely American thing, but apparently we’re not alone (and we haven’t always called it soccer).
[S3] First they came for the Redskins. Then, the Cougars! Back when I was in middle school, another middle school opened up and the kids overwhelmingly wanted “Cobras” to be their mascot. It was shot down because admin assumed that it must be a gang thing.
[S4] Two things I did not know: The Iroquois invented lacrosse… and are a current superpower in the sport.
[S5] The AD at the University of Hawaii openly mentioned that closing down their football program is a possibility, albeit an outside one. I comment here.
[E2] I’ve been on Rhapsody for quite some time and still have my MP3 collection. So for Bob Lefsetz first “Rule of Spotify” to come true, the services are going to have to become a lot better.
[E3] An ex-con reviews Orange is the New Black. She wants to know where all the guards are at.
[E4] David Brent is coming back!
[E5] As we know, everything bad for you is good for you, including but not limited to video games.
[E6] God’s Not Dead was filed for two million dollars and has thus far pulled in over sixty. It’s almost as though there is a market for such movies. Surely, with Hollywood being the capitalist beast that it is, scores of them are on the way. Right?
[W1] Crowdsourcing heroism in Australia.
[W2] Of course: Drones are being deployed for crowd control.
[W3] In Iceland, you can’t name your daughter Harriet (or any other name that’s not on a list). Though I am against such things, for reasons freedom-loving and logistical, when I was substitute teaching there were times when I wished parents had less freedom and a list from which to choose.
[W5] When I did my Links Across America thing on July Fourth, I really should have had an entry for Denmark. Also, a 1988 TNR piece on the international reaction to the American Revolution.
[W6] One of those subjects that leaves me entirely clueless on ethics and morality… making contact with isolated tribes like those in Brazil.
[P1] The Google Glass is merely the latest entrance into wearable tech that began with… the pocket watch.
[P4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Usually, that multi-million year computer we live in has figured out some pretty ingenious ways to do things.
[P5] From Mad Rocket Scientist: This would make construction of a space elevator much more cost effective.
[SS1] The government may be moving forward to modernize sunscreen.
[SS2] From Mad Rocket Scientist: I like most of these. The sun screen marker is something I just know my wife will want. The peanut husker is just a variation on a theme (I’ve seen bike powered corn huskers, grain threshers, etc.). So is the solar oven (solar water purifier, etc.). Great ideas all around, but not really Great Inventions; just improvements on existing ideas. I have a friend who is a home health care provider, she’d like the backpack thing. The telltale touch meat packaging is smart! So is the portable incubator. I like the simple water turbine, although I’m curious where the generator is? It must mount on top.