Linky Friday: It’s Been Good Knowing You
Cities:[C1] We hear a lot of the bad, but there’s some good happening in Chicago. Even so, Chicago looks over its shoulder and asks, “What about Houston?”
[C2] Go West, young man. You don’t even need to go far. Three cheers for geographical load balancing!
[C5] David Wheeler argues that Silicon Valley has declared war on Snake People.
[C6] Using Lafayette, Louisiana as an example, Charles Marohn explains the infrastructure trap and why your city has no money.
Wildlife:[W1] In New Hampshire it’s ticks versus moose, and the ticks are winning.
[W2] What the hell, Mother Nature?
[W3] But how do they taste?
[W4] Well, this is kind of a cool story. Except for the fox.
[W5] Even if not actually a Wyoming problem, this sounds like a very Russian problem.
[W6] Catfood is the most popular fish for people who don’t like seafood, and combine that with our politics and government being what they are, I guess it’s no surprise they’re a political football.
[W7] I have to say, this isn’t my response to hearing about that kind of animal with that kind of nickname.
Transportation:[T1] Lifehacks to drive more safely in better heated cars.
[T2] Unable to get electric bikes up and running and the existing program being retired, Seattle killed its bike-sharing program. For now, at least.
[T4] An Israeli company is working on wireless charging of electric vehicles.
[T5] Angie Schmitt wants to replace these eight transportation engineering euphemisms.
[T6] this limo really rubs the wrong way for some reason.
[M1] Conor Sen’s words on shopping malls seem true. Having lived around places where shopping malls have closed, it’s hard to overstate the footprint/infrastructure issues (unless the land is valuable for repurposing.)
[M2] I thought about making a Monday Trivia out of this map, but figured it too obscure. It’s really weird to me when any Walmart is not open 24 hours. That’s half of the point of a Walmart.
[M3] Elias Crim argues is concerned about the economic repercussions entangled with the “smart city” and, more particularly, the Uberization of our workforce when better alternatives may be available.
[M4] This makes sense. And portends our doom.
[M5] Alan Moore encourages new writers to self-publish.