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Weekend link dump for February 22

On public shaming and its lasting effects. The war on yoga pants is proceeding apace. “Baseball used to be the sport where all you needed was a stick and a ball. It used to be a way out for poor kids. Now it’s a sport that increasingly freezes out kids whose parents don’t have the […]

Weekend link dump for February 15

The modesty rules young girls and adolescents are taught to follow are contradictory and harmful. By making this argument in the midst of a measles resurgence, both [Sen. Rand] Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are trying to have it both ways: to emphasize that, no, they would never dispute the science behind vaccines, […]

Weekend link dump for February 8

Is it time to change the NBA playoff system to ensure the best teams qualify? The problem with (and promise of) word problems. “To put that another way: If you’re unvaccinated, you’re about 35,000 times more likely to die from measles than you are to win at PowerBall.” Great interview with Larry Wilmore, host of […]

Weekend link dump for February 1

Have you checked to make sure all your balls are properly inflated? For those of you who insist on letting ugly facts kill off beautifully constructed Internet hoaxes. Magic secrets revealed by Teller of “Penn and Teller” fame. So long, SkyMall. I never bought anything from you, but I’ll miss you. “Researchers drilling through a […]

Weekend link dump for January 25

“If Westerners can overcome their disgust of crickets—or any bug—as food, the environmental benefits could be significant.” “That’s why the new plan from House Democrats is so encouraging. It seems they are finally beginning to internalize the fact that American workers have been left behind for over a generation, and proposing the kind of brute-force […]

Weekend link dump for January 18

John Travolta will star as Robert Shapiro in the FX anthology American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. This is a thing that will happen. “If we ever build a Moon base, I think we should absolutely build a big swimming pool there.” So what does the E in “Wile E. Coyote” stand for, […]

Weekend link dump for January 11

Just a reminder that commercial air travel really sucks. And there’s not much you can do about it without spending a lot of money. David Duke is now part of the mainstream in the Louisiana GOP. “It was bad enough when [Pope] Francis kept mentioning that Jesus scorned the rich in favor of the poor. […]

Weekend link dump for January 4

New year, same old linkdumps. “Microsoft and Google don’t agree on much, but they’ve presented a united front against the hotel industry, which is trying to convince government regulators to give them the option of blocking guests from using personal Wi-Fi hotspots.” Anyone who really wants to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and abortion […]

Weekend link dump for December 28

It’s almost the year 2015, but where are the hoverboards? We were promised hoverboards! Mythbusters meets The Simpsons. “Researchers are unsure why whales have suddenly chosen to inhabit the city, though they posit it has something to do either with an increase in available food, or the high cost of rent forcing them from more […]

Weekend link dump for December 21

Happy winter solstice, y’all. Now let’s have some longer days, please. The pros and cons of science stories and their pedagogical value. Instant replay in baseball hasn’t prevented managers from getting ejected for arguing calls. It’s about time – way past time, really – that Democrats and progressives paid some attention to state issues. The […]

Weekend link dump for December 14

“Indeed, evidence continues to mount that [Obamacare] is working extremely, even shockingly, well.” “And that’s what I’m writing about here—parents who believe that they need to nurture, protect, and encourage their children, especially when they’re still impressionable and very, very young.” “If there’s intelligent life in the cosmos, it’s probably nowhere we can get to […]

Weekend link dump for December 7

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference. If you’re just now coming out of your Thanksgiving coma, this is what put you there in the first place. This is what oligarchy looks like. Tim LaHaye has been wrong for a long time. How to correctly pluralize your surname for addressing holiday cards, and […]

Weekend link dump for November 30

So how many screens do you have going right now? Some alternatives to Uber that are hopefully available in your town. Please come to Houston, Sidecar. A review of the ways Major League Baseball is experimenting with to speed up the pace of the game. Beware, Sherlock fans: “Tragedy” is coming to the show. Learn […]

Weekend link dump for November 23

Fans of comic art should be sure to check this out. Duck Dynasty: The Musical. Not a joke, apparently. When corn mazes get out of control. Maybe this will help Ted Cruz understand what net neutrality is all about. Republicans don’t have to show they can govern. Anyone who tells you otherwise is at best […]

Weekend link dump for November 16

I was always sure that all six of these things were at the very least rude, but it’s good to write them down and make it clear. Beware Uber’s auto financing scheme. “Most people can think of someone who is a jerk or a pushover and largely clueless about how they’re seen. Sadly, our results […]

Weekend link dump for November 9

What the President’s chip & PIN executive order is all about. “Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job. […]

Weekend link dump for November 2

If you haven’t voted yet, your last chance to do so is Tuesday. “Bewitched: The Next Generation After The Next Generation”. I dunno about that. A constitutional right to vote is something we should have established a long time ago, but better late than never. “It is also possible — and probably more likely — […]

Weekend link dump for October 26

Placebo power should not be underestimated. You’re no Brooklyn, you know. In her spare time, Laurie Holden, aka Andrea from The Walking Dead, rescues sex slaves. And what have you done this weekend? Are you looking for a good way to ascertain that you are in fact old and out of touch with pop culture? […]

Weekend link dump for October 19

On dealing with horrible bosses, in Hollywood and elsewhere. We’re using less gasoline. This is a good thing. “I have a friend who is a police officer and he never watches police procedurals. Even in the years when the Law & Order franchise owned the soul of NBC he wasn’t ever tempted to tune in. […]

Weekend link dump for October 12

News flash: “Reality” TV is heavily scripted and directed. Film at 11. A look at the extremely warped world of marriage counseling and advice columns of the pre-feminist era. “The prohibition against clause-final prepositions is considered a superstition even by the language mavens, and it persists only among know-it-alls who have never opened a dictionary […]

Weekend link dump for October 5

A psychic tour of lower Manhattan. “Today the media are covering the next part of this story, the inevitable outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, mostly among children who have not been vaccinated.” Congratulations to Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair. “There were many kinds of people […]

Weekend link dump for September 28

Immunization rates in the toniest LA preschools are in line with immunization rates in developing countries like Chad and South Sudan. “In short, mainstream economics – and the concept of homo economicus – recognizes only half of what makes us human. We are undoubtedly motivated by self-interest. But we are also fundamentally social creatures.” I […]

Weekend link dump for September 21

I once had “equinox” played against me in a Scrabble game. On a triple word score square. Needless to say, I lost that game. How to find your tribe, in one easy step. “Rigorous studies tend to find that wellness programs don’t save money and, with few exceptions, do not appreciably improve health.” This is […]

Weekend link dump for September 14

“But if policymakers really want to clean up the tax code, they need to look at tax breaks that are embedded in our system. And the best place to start is with some of the most regressive ones: taxes breaks for homeownership.” Wait, so that silly Budweiser town thing involves a real, actual town? Who […]

Weekend link dump for September 7

Ten things college professors hate. I’m going to guess teachers at other levels don’t like most of those things, too. Some employers are still being jerks about contraceptive coverage. “If we want to write Ulysses, our generation may not be sexting enough.” “A few colleges are doing something else about the problem of campus rape: […]

Weekend link dump for August 31

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a nice little windfall for the ALS Association, but what they really need – what we as a country really need – is a greater public investment in medical and scientific research. Thanks to the stupid sequester and our general fetish of “balanced” budgets, we’ve cut a ton of […]

Weekend link dump for August 24

Have you ever said to yourself “What the world really needs is a Tumblr of motivational cat posters with Samuel Beckett quotations“? Well my friend, you are in luck. Sometimes life really does hand you lemons. “Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their […]

Weekend link dump for August 17

“Late last year, scientists unveiled the complete genome of a female Neanderthal whose 130,000-year-old toe bone had been found in a cave in Siberia. As it turned out, her sequence of some 3 billion DNA letters was not all that much different from mine or yours.” “So, we go from bogus attempts to stifle criticism […]

Weekend link dump for August 10

Now Republicans would like for you to believe that “reproductive health” and “women’s health” are two different things. Don’t trust USB devices. Like, at all. This guy hates being stuck in traffic more than you do. “The [Harry] Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to […]

Weekend link dump for August 3

An older link, but since I’ve been seeing the question come up, here’s why grocery store rotisserie chickens are cheaper than uncooked chickens. A little mockery can go a long way. The state of California is doing just fine, thanks for asking. Dogs get jealous, too. How to raise kind children. “Like I said, I […]

Weekend link dump for July 27

We have nothing to fear but people who fear inflation itself. Take a tennis ball and a soccer ball and blow the mind of some little kids. Three words: Aerosol cake batter. And you “bake” it in the microwave. Or save time and just spray it directly into your mouth, because of course you would. […]

Weekend link dump for July 20

“And that means that the Koch brothers, who spent an estimated $30 million on ads opposing Obamacare, might have actually had a hand in getting people signed up for insurance coverage.” Reading the polls is a little trickier than usual this year. As Neil Gaiman once said, George R.R. Martin is not your bitch. Financial […]

Weekend link dump for July 13

Same-sex marriage may soon be the law of the land, but you can still be fired for being gay, and you can still be discriminated against in a lot of other ways, too. Ted Cruz lies every time he opens his mouth. This is not a surprise. Want more Frozen? It’s on your teevee this […]

Weekend link dump for July 6

News flash: Spending a lot of time on your butt watching TV may be bad for your health. If you’re going to take money from the devil, you really need to do some serious good with it. “How did you know my name was Elsa?” “Well, aren’t most girls your age named Elsa?” What’s the […]