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Weekend link dump for April 23

Meet Jean Afterman, the highest-ranking woman in MLB’s front offices. “So now, 133 years later, in a 7-1 game in the ninth, you have to watch some 27-year-old failed starter huff and puff for 23 seconds, catching his breath while deciding between his fastball and his fastball, all because Pud Galvin and his ilk cheated […]

Weekend link dump for April 16

“Unlike the Golden Globes, where film and TV stars mingle on the red carpet but compete in parallel categories, MTV is all but erasing the barrier between the two.” The number of pedestrians being killed by automobiles is way too high. “The lesson that runs through all these moments is this: if you cling to […]

Weekend link dump for April 9

The original ending for Frozen, in which Elsa was the villain. So why do cartoon characters only have four fingers, anyway? “VPNs can be a useful tool for protecting one’s privacy online. However, it’s important to understand the limitations of this technology, and to take the time to research providers before entrusting them with virtually […]

Weekend link dump for April 2

Apparently, fans of the classic TV show CHiPS are not fans of the movie that they have not yet seen. I will say, if there isn’t at least one scene done in a roller disco, the movie will not be true to the spirit of the show. Beware the “can you hear me?” phone scam. […]

Weekend link dump for March 26

Air pollution denial is the new climate change denial. This is why I always use the Oxford comma. That’s Sir Ray Davies to you, bub. “Did you agree that FitBit owns your information? You probably didn’t think about that when you bought the device.” Sesame Street‘s newest Muppet has autism. “YouTube says it is looking […]

Weekend link dump for March 19

“For the first time ever, solar ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions brought on-line on an annual basis at 39%.” “It comes as no small shock, then, to learn that the supposed empirical bulwark of forensic courtroom science rests on what is, at best, a creaky empirical foundation—and that […]

Weekend link dump for March 12

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on TV 20 years ago. Yes, we are old. “Scientists announced on March 1, 2017 that they’ve identified the remains of 3,770-million-year-old microorganisms, now the oldest known microfossils on Earth. The discovery is in the form of tiny filaments and tubes – formed by bacteria – that lived on iron. […]

Weekend link dump for March 5

Six tips for parenting your toddler President. We may never see another catcher’s balk again. Now this is what one might call an employment benefit. Where to find good data. “In just the last month since the concept of a March for Science went viral online, 287 satellite marches across the globe have been organized […]

Weekend link dump for February 26

Egregious, intelligence-insulting lying by public officials is still a bad thing even if it isn’t illegal. “You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food”. Fourteen TV shows that blazed a path of inclusion for LGBT characters. “Brillian parody Twitter account/depressing vision of our global future President Supervillain—created by D.M. Higgins, […]

Weekend link dump for February 19

Robocop was way ahead of its time, and it’s eerie how accurate a reflection of society it now is. Foreign students tend to pay full tuition at American universities, which helps subsidize things for everyone else. So having fewer of them thanks to Trumpian immigration restrictions will make college more expensive for everyone else. If […]

Weekend link dump for February 12

Meanwhile, in America… Heavens to Murgatroid! That time Bob Uecker used a tuba to shag fly balls before a World Series game. “Lesson: your friendly librarian is better at technology than you, so don’t pull crap like that. I will find you and you will pay.” You’re going to need the latest version of Chrom […]

Weekend link dump for February 5

“Top athletes demand an immediate end to hijab ban in basketball”. “Still, the survival of tax havens, like shipping flags of convenience, is an anomaly. If big, powerful countries and blocs really had a mind to it, they could roll over both in a week.” “But it has long been a trope of Holocaust deniers […]

Weekend link dump for January 29

10 Actions for the first 100 Days. Neanderthals were people, too. “Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening”. The Dallas Stars Jumbotron operator is the best person in Dallas. #Seanspicersays I get more readers than the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal combined. Six […]

Weekend link dump for January 22

Watch this video of 15-year-old Francesca Belibi becoming the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school basketball game. She’s only been playing basketball for 16 months. “Show creator Matthew Weiner and production company Lionsgate have donated the Mad Men archive – including scripts, drafts, notes, props, costumes, digital video and reams of research […]

Weekend link dump for January 15

“As a result, a broader array of financial institutions now are in a potentially powerful position over the incoming president. If the Trump businesses were to default on their debts, the giant financial institutions that serve as so-called special servicers of these loan pools would have the power to foreclose on some of Mr. Trump’s […]

Weekend link dump for January 8

“But none of that will dampen the fact that for these last eight years, the President of the United States actually listened to Native Americans and kept his promises to them. That is historic.” Just so we’re clear, there was no great crime wave last year. I’m sure this is how the inaugural speechwriting process […]

Weekend link dump for January 1

Here’s hoping 2017 doesn’t suck. Hey, remember that movie where Sinbad played a genie? No, you don’t, because it doesn’t exist. But some people insist that it does anyway. Don’t pay ransomware. There’s a better way. The most egregiously George Lucas-ass names in baseball. “All of the condescension of which liberals have been accused can’t […]

Weekend link dump for December 25

May your days be merry and bright, and may all your linkdumps be full of good reading. “Silliman’s piece revisits the stark contrast — or flagrant hypocrisy — between the ardent concern for politicians’ personal ethics that prominent white evangelicals expressed during the Lewinsky Era vs. the utter lack of such concern during the Trump […]

Weekend link dump for December 18

A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda. Honestly, the fact that Pope Francis would use the term “coprophilia” in an analogy about fake news is almost enough to make me want to go to church again. Ten things you might not have known about Hotel California – the album, not just the song. “In […]

Weekend link dump for December 11

“It would suit [hedge fund manager Whitney] Tilson just fine if voters who backed Trump because he promised to rein in Wall Street are furious now that he’s surrounding himself with bankers and billionaires.” Also, too, Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, ran a bank that foreclosed on tens of thousands of people, […]

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 […]