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Weekend link dump for October 4

What TV executives think about the new fall shows. Some football physics for your game-watching Sunday. “An experimental glider that could eventually reach the edge of space without the power of an engine had a successful first test flight over Oregon this week, winning applause on Thursday from Airbus, a major backer of the project.” […]

Weekend link dump for September 27

“Japan now has enough women over 100 years old to fill Yankee Stadium”. Freedom of speech, bitches. “In the early days of space flight, menstruation was part of the argument for why women shouldn’t become astronauts.” Giant Arctic mosquitoes: Yet another reason to be concerned about climate change. “If she’s strong enough to handle this, […]

Weekend link dump for September 20

Maybe it’s not that the voters are angry but the the politicians are angry, and the mood is catching. “The surge in [student loan] defaults was largely concentrated among relatively older, lower-income students who attended for-profit colleges.” Your Internet-connected baby monitor may be a ripe target for hackers. Foreseeing the iPad Pro in 2012. Honestly, […]

Weekend link dump for September 13

How could Batman testify in court without jeopardizing his secret identity? “In short, Obama’s Iran policy is the anti–Iraq war.” Why don’t law enforcement agencies use ViCAP more? The kind of questions that the wife of a trans man gets asked. Cecil the Lion’s killer, in his own words. I’m sure it sucks to be […]

Weekend link dump for September 6

“There are many things you can copyright, but a chicken sandwich is not one of them”. All you need to know, more or less, about investing. A brief history of the religious right. Hint: It was race, and not abortion, that got things started. The physics Of Star Trek: Quantum Teleportation versus Transporters. RIP, Dr. […]

Weekend link dump for August 30

Scientists accidentally create an entirely new kind of glass. Of all the things they could have accidentally created, that doesn’t sound too bad. Can DraftKings be sued or not? Don’t get arrested on a reality TV show if you can possibly help it. The Thames River is back to being a body of water that […]

Weekend link dump for August 23

Your 2015 Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners. Two words: Xena reboot. You’re welcome. The original Bavarian beer-making yeast has been found. “The disparity between how the law treats abortion patients and IVF patients reveals an ugly truth about abortion restrictions: that they are often less about protecting life than about controlling women’s bodies.” RIP, Robert “Bob” Farrell, […]

Weekend link dump for August 16

Maybe trying to cure cancer shouldn’t be such a high priority. Better security for your Android phone is on its way. “It’s sort of like reaching the age when you realize your parents are just a couple of folks giving it their best shot in a challenging world. I’m far more intrigued by the guys […]

Weekend link dump for August 9

10 episodes of Angel that show what a great series it was. “68 years after the crash, that identity is in transition, as alien scholars, true believers, devout Christians, capitalist politicians, and exasperated agnostics all vie for a place in their hometown’s history. Welcome to Roswell, New Mexico.” Three words: Water strider robot. You’re welcome. […]

Weekend link dump for August 2

Baby-crawling races are apparently more complicated than you might think. Minivan evolution. Of course, as we know, all minivans were created less than 6,000 years ago. Remains of four-legged snake discovered, strongly suggesting snakes evolved on land. “On every major piece of public policy in which lives are taken needlessly, we don’t limit ourselves to […]

Weekend link dump for July 26

If you can’t read this you are, like me, old. How long will premium providers like HBO allow password sharing for their streaming services? The dark side of barbecue. Excited about the return of Bloom County? Here’s an interview with Berke Breathed from last year that’s worth reading. “Current strategies to tackle obesity, which mainly […]

Weekend link dump for July 19

“Their latest results reveal that descendants of people who survived the Holocaust have different stress hormone profiles than their peers, perhaps predisposing them to anxiety disorders.” Interns are not volunteers and should not be treated as such. How to make color, in three easy steps. Tough times for computer sales. Are you a harbinger of […]

Weekend link dump for July 12

“The most ridiculous no-hitter in history is 25 years old. It’s time to celebrate, marvel and recoil in horror at this game. It’s everything baseball is supposed to be. Just, you know, not all at once.” “In contrast to the fun, empowering experience of watching Channing Tatum body roll on-screen, social scientists seem to agree […]

Weekend link dump for July 5

“This column looks back at Jaws and another shark attack movie that disappeared from U.S. theaters after lawyers sank their teeth into it.” Wait, Ann Coulter is still a thing? Who knew? And sadly, she’s just as horrible as always. Uber is now operating a water taxi service in Istanbul. Please dispose of unwanted goldfish […]

Weekend link dump for June 28

“The real test is whether Francis can convince conservative politicians of the reality, and urgency, of climate change. The reaction so far, at least in the United States, suggests he can’t. John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio—all Catholic—have all dismissed Francis at some point.” Now this is a casting call. “Mainly, though, […]

Weekend link dump for June 21

“On another occasion, Mr. [redacted] told Ms. [redacted] not to dream of [redacted]’s Chief Financial Officer wearing a singlet wrestling his prom date while naked midgets are cheering for him on the sidelines using Siamese furry cats as pom poms!” “A 30-year-old computer that has run day and night for decades is what controls the […]

Weekend link dump for June 14

She’s a grand old flag, she’s a high-flying flag, and forever in peace may she wave… “Dog lovers in Japan have taken grooming to a whole new level of strange by styling their dogs into perfectly trimmed and symmetrical cubes.” I got nothing. The Patient Zero of music piracy, and the person who identified him. […]

Weekend link dump for June 7

“Duggary” is your new “santorum”. Women’s national soccer teams are in the game at long last. “For today, however, let’s just consider the one answer that really matters for us, the existential one that is very, very freaky indeed: The aliens aren’t here because they don’t exist. We are the only sentient, technological species that […]

Weekend link dump for May 31

In a few years, we should be able to settle once and for all the question of what happens when you raise the minimum wage to a level like $15. “Riots on the whole provoke a hostile right-wing response. They generate attention, all right, but the wrong kind.” “You never, ever heard that in World […]

Weekend link dump for May 24

I’m a white guy, but even if you count the ones I was required to read in school I’ve only ever owned eleven of these 79 books. Many of them I have zero interest in reading, and some of them I’d sooner undergo root canal than read. I am ashamed to admit I’ve never owned […]

Weekend link dump for May 17

You do not have the constitutional right to sing in a post office. Does Ted Cruz know about this? A whole bunch of African rhinos may get relocated to South Texas. “The bottom line is that Brown Recluse spiders are extremely common in some areas but hardly ever bite anyone, and totally absent from vast […]

Weekend link dump for May 10

Don’t buy me any peanuts or Cracker Jack, I’m allergic to them. “This is important, because even if you’re a hard-ass law-and-order type, you should understand that we no longer need urban police departments to act like occupying armies. The 90s are gone, and today’s teenagers are just ordinary teenagers.” Why you can cross giant […]

Weekend link dump for May 3

There’s still work to be done on Title IX. I had a friend in college named Dave. In our senior year, he lived off campus and wanted to have the phone number 520-DAVE. He managed to convince the person who had it at the time to let him have it instead. After reading this, all […]

Weekend link dump for April 26

The war on acronym overuse continues apace. “Universal Television, which developed the project and is producing it, always had been high on Emerald City, initially trying to shop it elsewhere and then taking a new stab at the premise, described as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein […]

Weekend link dump for April 19

Wait, The Rules is still a thing? We are doomed as a species. Also, what Amanda Marcotte says. The Rules was as sexist towards men as it was towards women. Three reasons to be optimistic about the fight to save the climate. Electric cars are getting more affordable all the time. Let’s do the Time […]

Weekend link dump for April 12

There are so many better ways to spend tax dollars than spending them on prisons. “Brand owners are now expected to pay a fee to register the .sucks of their domain, or else face a third-party potentially misusing the domain. Coupled with the pricey per year cost, it’s hard to see ICANN’s confirmation of a […]

Weekend link dump for April 5

Martin O’Malley is running the campaign for president that some folks have been begging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run. A writer/producer for Lost explains in depth what was planned and what was made up as they went along. “LBJ did have some unique abilities that mattered at the margin. But the biggest factor in his […]

Weekend link dump for March 29

There’s no scientific proof that mosquito shield bands actually work. The $500 million art theft you’ve never heard of. Just another reminder that James O’Keefe is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad person. Au pairs deserve better pay. No FEMA funds for you, climate-change-denying red-state Governor. How to draw a better sci-fi or fantasy […]

Weekend link dump for March 22

California > Texas when it comes to business. Don’t tell Greg Abbott, his head might explode. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is as revolutionary now as it was 18 years ago. “This is like watching bad cosplayers fight at the Comic-Con hotel bar, except a person has actually died here.” “We had a lot compared to […]

Weekend link dump for March 15

The Ides of Texas are upon you. Or something like that. “And, he says, if Oakland—with its bloody, costly history of police brutality—can change, any city can.” How Intuit failed at “know your customer” security. “Whenever possible, make gravity the coyote’s greatest enemy“. “March marks five years since the Affordable Care Act was passed … […]

Weekend link dump for March 8

“You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Kardashian family.” So you may as well just surrender now. Be nice to rats, and rats will be nice to you. Dear people 65 and older in America: You are receiving a government subsidy for health care, whether you believe it or not. And it’s a pretty […]

Weekend link dump for March 1

If this were next year, it would still be February. Everything you ever wanted to know about Alex Rodriguez. Unless you didn’t want to know anything about him, I guess. The prospect of Hillary Clinton running for President is helping Democratic recruitment efforts in some red states. Just a reminder, the Duggars of 19 Kids […]

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, […]