Linky Friday #105
[N1] North Dakota has been invaded by monster-sized jackrabbits. I’d say that the University of North Dakota (formerly the Fighting Sioux) has their new mascot, but it’s already taken by South Dakota State.
[N2] Wow, some whales are over 200 years old, meaning they were born before Moby Dick was written.
[N3] The Nereid Under Ice vehicle was deployed to find out who eats whom under the ice.
[N4] Koalas do not exactly make good house pets, if the tale of GumNut is to be believed.
[F1] Vox argues that feminism is the key to Japan’s demographic woes.
[F2] Is feminism leaving behind the disabled?
[F3] Ben Domenech (I assume, with caution) wrote a piece in The Federalist arguing that feminists should get some of the credit for the falling abortion rates.
[F4] Swedish women don’t like the phrase “flying solo” and are looking for a replacement.
[F5] Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Utah… what’s the difference, really?
[F6] Modern feminism apparently can’t compete with targeted marketing, as gendered toys are now more common than they were 50 years ago.
[E1] Even as we experience the Golden Age of Television, we’re also experiencing a sitcom recession. Josef Adalian considers what can be done about it.
[E2] Uncle Steve argues that Hollywood may be less liberal and egalitarian than some think.
[E3] David Sims ponders a Legend of Zelda TV series. I remember how all of my friends thought the 80’s series was really good. I’m glad that I have been vindicated by thinking it was pretty bad. Not sure that they could make a series that I am particularly interested in, though.
[E4] Forest Gump was kind of a screwed up movie.
[E5] Before Batman 3 became Batman forever, the groundwork had been laid for a third Tim Burton Batman. Den of Geek explains why it never happened.
[H1] Barbara Ellen argues that instead of sneering at the overweight, the government should be fitting them with gastric bands.
[H2] Adam Ozimek takes issue with Mark Bittman’s piece on the “true cost of hamburgers.” Negative externalities is quickly becoming one of the economic terms I am seeing used with increasing sloppiness.
[H3] Most Americans now sufficiently ashamed of drinking soft drinks so as to claiming they try to avoid it.
[H4] The BMI is an inaccurate measurement, but the best doctors have got. My understanding is that the BMI is pretty accurate in the aggregate, just not in the individual.
[M1] Birth tourism is a booming business.
[M2] Eunice Park claims to ghost-write Chinese students’ Ivy League admissions essays.
[M3] Salon says smart people aren’t any less racist than other people, they’re just better at hiding it. What Salon means is “smart people aren’t more likely to support our preferred set of policies to combat racism.
[M4] The oil boom in North Dakota brought with it quite a bit of diversity.
[M5] Some Native Americans are hoping to end their language.
[T1] Evan Jenkins argues that it’s time to abolish the Interstate Highway System.
[T2] The good news is that oil prices are down. The bad news is what happens when oil prices go down. This is why I am maybe-possibly starting to come around on CAFE standards.
[T3] I have long considered one of the advantages to self-driving cars that we would not need to own them.
[T4] Autonomous cars are going to require new kinds of digital mapping. The article discusses Nokia’s HERE software. I left that out of my navigation software review because it wasn’t available. I have tried it since and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
[T5] Waze is starting to piss off residents by directing drivers through residential zones. The great part (for drivers, not residents)… Waze can’t be gamed to prevent it.