[U1] Ever want to give a eulogy at your own funeral? Now, maybe, you can.
[U2] You know that round thingie at the end of your laptop charger? Well this is what that round thingie is all about.
[U3] Jan Chipchase looks at unexpected ways self-driving automobiles might play out in our daily lives. An example: [M]asturbating in an autonomous vehicle while driving will be a far more practical use case, but is not something that corporates are going to talk about any time soon.
[U4] When my mother-in-law was last in town, she used MapQuest to map her way to the airport. Apparently, MapQuest still exists! (Their Android App is pretty useless.)
[U5] Here’s an interesting concept. Safety Trucks that allow people behind trucks to see what’s in front of it.
Image by Cesar Mascarenhas
[Ed1] Here’s an interesting idea: An Oklahoma school system seeks to deal with a budget crunch and a teacher shortage by condensing the school schedule.
[Ed2] According to a report from the FRB-NY, federal student loans and grants don’t increase enrollment, but do increase price tags.
[Ed3] Hayley Manguia reports that the class of 2014 is doing alright. Naturally, I’m more interested in the helpful chart about positive and negative outcomes for various majors.
[Ed4] Kristin Wilcox looks at ways liberal arts colleges need to try to sell themselves. (Not sure if I got this from Hanley or I need to forward this to him.)
[Ed5] IJR points out that 68 public university presidents make more than the President of the United States. And yet, university presidents have employees who make a lot more than they do.
[Ec1] War or no war, the Slave Economy was in for a lot of hurt.
[Ec2] The TPP could have some bad consequences for generic drug availability.
[Ec3] Roberto Ferdman is angry at the trend of restaurants wanting to clear plates one at a time (instead of when everybody is finished). I… have no problem with this, really.
[Ec4] You can AirBnB in an igloo in Massachusetts.
[Ec6] Google is repurposing a coal plant in Alabama to be a new data center.
United States of Europe:
[Eu1] This is the #1 reason – and indicator – that it will be a very, very long time before we see a United States of Europe.
[Eu2] Andrew Orlowski is concerned that EU copyright plans will drown Europe in a worthless pop culture. I can sort of understand where he’s coming from, but targeted international release dates are a losing proposition anyway.
[Eu3] Desperate migrants are trying and dying to swim across the English Channel from France to England. I asked Matt Feeney, who gave supplied the link, why immigrants consider the UK so much better than France, and he sent me this.
[Eu5] David Frum makes the case for closing Europe’s harbors to refugees, who are in many cases not that distinguishable from immigrants looking for work.
[Eu6] Dutch immigrants are desperate to have white classmates
United Society & Entertainment:
[SE1] David Whitlock makes the case against foul ball nets in baseball. I think #2 and #4 are especially strong points, and that #2 helps push along #1 and #3.
[SE2] Hollywood allegedly has a pedophilia epidemic.
[SE4] Jon Cryer wrote an autobiography where he talks about watching the meltdown of Charlie Sheen.
[SE5] This is pretty brilliant: Just Another Day In Hell.
[US1] Idaho is down to one full-time federal judge.
[US2] From aaron david: No Irish Need Apply was true, fourteen year old girl discovers.
[US3] Reihan Salam argues that Mexican immigrants have more to fear from the US than vice-versa. Or as Orrin Judd likes to say, we’re importing the superior culture. (An old college professor had a similar line, that immigrants are wonderfully used until we drag them down to our level.)
[US5] John Nova Lomax writes about the deliberate transformation of Texas from a southern state to a western state. I don’t blame Texas for wanting to move past its confederate associations. Would that more states had a way of doing that. I’m far more perplexed by people in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia who seem to feel some allegiance to something they should be trilled that they weren’t (technically) a part of.