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Weekend link dump for December 4

“Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, Chief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, believe that if Trump continues to retain ownership over his sprawling business interests by the time the electors meet on December 19, they should reject Trump.” “Those who can only see Obama and Trump’s executive actions in […]

Weekend link dump for November 27

What Larry Summers says. From August but worth reading if you haven’t already: Why Twitter has such a problem with harassment and abuse, and has never figured out how to mitigate it. Homer Simpson Is Now the Subject of a College Philosophy Course. “Politicians do not deserve respect simply on the basis of the fact […]

Weekend link dump for November 20

Making the case for the Detroit Lions as America’s next favorite sad-sack perennial-loser franchise. “Donald Trump is Marion Barry for rural white people.” RIP, Leon Russell, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and songwriter. RIP, Robert Vaughn, versatile character actor best know for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. “According to two sources with direct knowledge […]

Weekend linkdump for November 13

So apparently the Cubs winning the World Series represents a minor plot problem for one of Scalzi’s book series. It’s like that episode of Star Trek: TNG where Picard talks about Fermat’s Last Theorem still being unsolved, an assertion that became untrue five years after that episode aired. The amazing story of a former MLB […]

Weekend link dump for November 6

“More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies are doing as teenagers. The preliminary verdict: The kids are all right.” I Waited 96 Years: Women who were […]

Weekend link dump for October 30

“The 2016 campaign may have reached dispiriting new lows, but voter registration in America has soared to new heights as 200 million people are now registered to vote for the first time in U.S. history.” That’s a 33% increase – over 50 million registrations – since 2008. Who wants a Game of Thrones/Westworld crossover? Some […]

Weekend link dump for October 23

It’s hard out here on a clown. Your Internet-connected devices have lousy default security. You might want to do something about that. President Obama’s list of essential sci-fi movies and TV shows. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown turns fifty years old this Halloween. It’s still as sincere as ever. Robbing banks ain’t what it […]

Weekend link dump for October 16

“Walk-to-School Day also is also a reminder of the many ways we’ve engineered walking out of the lives of children, and how forbidding our culture and environment can be toward walking.” What James Madison said, or at least what he would have said if he were alive today and had a potty mouth. Is the […]

Weekend link dump for October 9

“Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it’s fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust.” […]

Weekend link dump for October 2

The Jerry Orbach Memorial Art Car is a thing that needs to happen, especially if they promise to bring it to Houston for the next Art Car Parade. On being a cafeteria Catholic in American politics. Complete with dissenting view to accompany it. Roger Maris and The Asterisk, 55 years later. What Scalzi and Orzel […]

Weekend link dump for September 25

Density is easier said than done. Beware of ransomware, and know how to protect yourself. If you want to know how much time you’re going to spend watching TV this fall, this can tell you. You’re on your own for how you cope with that information. This is why I don’t plan to see that […]

Weekend link dump for September 18

Two-factor authentication still has its limitations. Deep Space Nine was my favorite Star Trek, too. “So maybe more than any issue right now, Putin has become the ultimate test of GOP loyalty to Trump. Do you agree or disagree with Trump on Putin? That question will separate the ardent Trump supporters from the Republicans who […]

Weekend link dump for September 11

What kids wish their teachers knew about them. “We hear too much about what’s wrong with baseball. We need to hear more about what’s awesome about baseball.” Crime is a big problem at WalMart. “The Beach Boys’ Southern California sound was synonymous with sunshine, but founding member Mike Love remembers when darkness crept into their […]

Weekend link dump for September 4

“I get a lot of emails these days, (a good thing!) and a lot of them involve people sending me links to houses (or pictures of their own) asking me whether or not the house in question is or is not a McMansion. This post aims to explain the important differences between the two.” “According […]

Weekend link dump for August 28

Here are those pictures of cats sitting on glass tables that you didn’t know you needed. The Iron Nun. We are not worthy. “[F]alse confessions happen. They happen all the time. Brendan [Dassey] is not an anomaly.” Behold Rossia pacifica, an adorable purple googly-eyed not-really-an-octopus. “Ibtihaj Muhammad’s message of inclusion—her embrace of an America that […]

Weekend link dump for August 21

“What’s really most important is that each of these people believe that the center of gravity in the GOP is pro-Trump and that their political futures would be damaged by turning against him. That is the big deal, far more important than this or that single person being admirable by bucking the tide.” Meet the […]

Weekend link dump for August 14

Derek Jeter celebrates Ichiro Suzuki and his pursuit of 3,000 hits. Easily my favorite Ichiro story is how he learned Spanish phrases so he could banter with/trash talk Latino players. There’s a new world record for mattress stacking, and it was set in Wichita Falls, Texas. You’re welcome. What Ibtihaj Muhammad says. A-Rod‘s playing career […]

Weekend link dump for August 7

“Fine. Here is a response to every stupid line in Bill O’Reilly’s slave worker fantasy.” HBO lays off Bob, Luis, and Gordon from Sesame Street, and another part of many people’s childhoods just died. “This is the question that left dissenters need to ask themselves about Hillary Clinton, if they haven’t already: is there anything […]

Weekend link dump for July 31

“There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.” What Mark Cuban says. “[Elon] Musk assumes that transit is an engineering problem, about vehicle design and technology. In fact, providing cost-effective and liberating transportation in cities requires […]

Weekend link dump for July 24

“In the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of […]

Weekend link dump for July 17

You can now get your files back if they have been hijacked by ransomware. You’re going to have to wait a little longer for the final episodes of Game of Thrones. Gotta say, there’a a lot more to Emily Ratajkoski than I would have guessed. Good for her. Also, that link is somewhat NSFW. George […]

Weekend link dump for July 10

How much do some conservatives hate transgender people? Enough to make them abandon one of their core legal arguments about abortion in the service of discriminating against transgender people, that’s how much. There’s a good way to legalize marijuana, and a bad way to legalize marijuana. What Fred says. Don’t eat raw cookie dough. Want […]

Weekend link dump for July 3

“And so we meet again. I know I’ve said this before, but this time I mean it – this is easily, without question, the worst New York Times marriage announcement to date.” How not to get sued over your Star Trek movie. “Figuring out how to build ethical autonomous machines is one of the thorniest […]

Weekend link dump for June 26

From a few years ago, Penn Jillette on the bizarre experience of The Celebrity Apprentice. “Trump, by contrast, is constantly getting massive attention for being a deluded, ignorant, racist maniac. He combines an unprecedented facility to manipulate the modern media environment with gutter bigotry and a complete lack of policy knowledge. If elected, he would […]

Weekend link dump for June 19

The Republican Party can get even worse post-Trump. Speaking of which, The Oatmeal is on point. How reality show villains are made. “In other words, don’t worry, even if Trump is a dangerous sociopath, Republican lawmakers and voters will keep him in line. But by McConnell’s own admission, it remains to be seen whether Trump […]

Weekend link dump for June 12

Meet the family of Syrian refugees that freaked so many people out a few months ago. “After controlling for other factors known to affect health, especially tobacco use and socioeconomic status, marijuana use had no negative effect on any measure of health, except for dental health. People who smoked more weed had a higher incidence […]

Weekend link dump for June 5

An oral history of Cop Rock. Your guide to familiarizing yourself with all of the Clinton crap of the 90s. What A-Rod’s eight-year-old daughter thinks of him. “General principle: Whenever you hear anyone invoke Revelation 22:18-19 in this way, understand that you’re not going to learn anything about the meaning of the Bible from this […]

Weekend link dump for May 29

How to deal with “Your issue is trivial, you should spend more time on what I find most important” arguments. Can changing birth certificates change the bathroom access debate? Maybe get a second opinion before you decide whether or not to have surgery. “Three and a half billion years ago, a mega asteroid slammed into […]

Weekend link dump for May 22

Apparently, John Stewart doesn’t think much of the coverage of this Presidential campaign. “People who think that important legislation gets passed by presidents making opening bids far outside the expected negotiating space have no idea how presidential power works. (And, for that matter, have no idea how negotiating works. If the Mariners phone up the […]

Weekend link dump for May 15

“The 500-euro note, the bill of choice for many criminals looking to transfer large amounts of money without the authorities knowing, is being eliminated.” “Among all these classes of professionals, all these institutions, that whole superstructure of US politics built around two balanced sides, there will be a tidal pull to normalize this election, to […]

Weekend link dump for May 8

I for one welcome our robot monk overlords. “There’s a sickness here. We’re covered with ticks. We call them trolls, and they are, but that’s also a way to dismiss them — as if they’re just cantankerous outliers hiding under bridges.” Two words: Chewbacca weevils. You’re welcome. “Here, then, are several Things I Have Learned […]

Weekend link dump for May 1

Is Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? Signs point to Yes. “The emergence of companies as social activists is complicating traditional attitudes on both the left and the right.” “Wall Street executives would have to wait at least four years to collect most of their bonus pay and could be forced to return money if their […]

Weekend link dump for April 24

At some point, you’d think they’d have to actually find a Bigfoot, right? It’s time for Animaniacs once again. Has Carroll Spinney passed the torch on playing Big Bird and Oscar? You want to claim your product is “all natural”, you’re going to have to prove it. “Today, throughout white evangelicalism and the rest of […]

Weekend link dump for April 17

That Amazon Galaxy Quest project will sadly not be happening in part due to the death of Alan Rickman. A richly deserved honor for Sonia Manzano. I do love a good Joel Kotkin takedown, yes I do. What’s at stake in Texas’ lawsuit against the Obama immigration order, which will be heard by the Supreme […]