Linky Friday #83
[E1] From Aaron David: The Atlantic film critic watches all Coen films in order, one every night (a work in progress.)
[E2] From Patrick: How fast can your read GoT?
[E3] From Patrick: And hey, how Epic is that Epic, anyway?
[E4] The Supreme Court may be wading in on a lawsuit between Jack Kirby’s family and Marvel Comics.
[E5] Alexis Madrigal takes aim at sitcoms’ doofus dads. This is one of the areas that both sides feel put upon. Men because they believe it makes them look bad, women because they believe it increases their sphere of responsibility.
[E7] Even Alyssa Rosenberg is disturbed by the blurring of art criticism and political criticism, and that’s her job!
[S1] From Patrick: Curiosity welcomes MOM to Mars.
[S2] From Shane Gillis: Finally, space suits we don’t look like robots in.
[S3] Meteors blazed across the Tennessee sky, and NASA got it on camera!
[S4] Theologians and scientists gather to talk about aliens.
[H1] Is Canada home to the world’s biggest housing bubble?
[H2] Richard Florida gloats about 19 of 51 cities where the cities are growing faster than their suburbs. That sounds impessive, until you remember the base points. By the same numbers, suburbs are actually gaining more people.
[H3] Our next housing crisis may be in the rental market.
[H4] How Japan is rebuilding old Tokyo, away from crowded density and towards higher density.
[H5] America’s fastest growing metro has no crime, kids, or cars.
[T1] From Zic: A study over the 4″ of space folks are fighting about on airplanes. Fascinating.
[T2] Rail boosters point to this, which says that over half of train riders did not have a car to make the trip. Important to know. Also important to know – as we figure out where we should put our transit dollars – the same is true of three-quarters of bus riders.
[T3] After spending so much effort and money trying to get people to drive low-mileage cars, it is rather humorous to change tax laws to make sure that they – who did what everyone was implored to do – pay more taxes and fees.
[T4] HSR booster James Fallows gives space for the arguments against high speed rail. Uncle Steve actually has one of the better counterarguments, which is that HSR isn’t supposed to help Central Valley as much as allow urbanites to more easily avoid it.
[A1] From James Hanley: Rogue taxidermy. Because hipsters are striving to be stranger than fiction.
[A2] Foreign countries are apparently really frustrated with the American government’s demands at access to bank accounts.
[A3] Norton A Schwartz and John K Hurley write of the juggernaut that is the American economy.
[A4] Michael Lind wants to take the Six Californias nation-wide, breaking up all of the states. I’d argue that the reason it’s unlikely that California will choose to split up sheds light on the misdiagnosis: Large states lose in the senate, but they benefit it other and important ways (House delegations, producing presidents) that add significant value.
[W1] Australia is often torn between the costs and benefits between a good relationship with the US and a good one with China. China is, apparently, making their choice easier.
[W2] Adam Ozimek looks at the sharing economy being most beneficial for developing countries.
[W3] Britain has a phantom alien cat problem. Wait. What?
[W4] Alexandru Visinescu is being tried for Crimes Against Humanity for his role in a Communist prison camp in Romania.