Linky Friday #111: Pit-Fight Edition
[A1] As elections in the UK approach, Ben Lauderdale gives a quick primer on UK’s political history.
[A2] Britain’s Labour Party wants to do away with “non-dom” status, which is essentially preferential tax treatment for people whose primary allegiance is to another country.
[A4] Tour a Canadian 80’s-era abandoned mining town.
[A5] Russell Saunders says he “probably” won’t #StandWithPaul, but this sounds like an endorsement to me! (Not really.)
[A7] From Oscar Gordon: I like how they imply that the amendment would sell off National Parks, rather than just transferring some federal land back to the states.
[L2] Ron Hira and Hal Salzman argue that the H1-B visa debates aren’t really about immigration. They’re about jobs, and people being laid off to make room for immigrants taking the jobs that Americans can’t and won’t do.
[L3] Do you single-space or double-space after periods? If the latter, it may be dating you on your resume. I actually grew up right on the cusp of the transition. I single-space.
[L4] Take a look at this trippy Microsoft recruitment video. If it weren’t Microsoft, you wouldn’t think it was from 2008.
[G1] I think there is some truth to this article about Gamergate ultimately being about a sort of cultural colonialism. I saw some of this when anime started to gain cultural traction. A non-trivial number of die-hards responded very unfavorably to the prospect of something not being “theirs” anymore.
[G2] “Dragon Age: Inquisition is easily the most personal, well-designed relationship system I’ve ever seen – and if we learn anything at all from the media we consume, then our awkward, virtual sexual encounters in games like this could maybe shape us all into better, more respectful people.”
[C1] It’s Dawn on Ceres, as we look at the universe’s leftovers.
[C2] NASA is pondering airship cities over Venus.
[C4] Laura Dattaro says that we need to stop babying Mars.
[C5] A former NASA employee says that she saw men walking on Mars in 1979.
[T1] As air travel becomes easier and cheaper, European sleeper trains are retiring.
[T2] Everybody knows that bike helmets reduce bicycle injuries… but maybe they do so by convincing kids not to ride bikes.
[T4] The egalitarian in me agrees with this Kriston Capps article: Airline pre-check status is bull&@#$.
[T5] Matt Yglesias laud’s changes in Houston’s bus transit system.
[V1] From Aaron David: The Mathematics of Hipsters.