Linky Friday #49

Energy: [En1] The decline of oil. [En2] Smart street lights may save energy. Imagine, of course, what robocars will do. [En3] The media has focused quite a bit on the upheavel caused by the energy boom in North Dakota. David Blackmon explains what its own oil boom means to West Texas and the Texas economy.…

Thanks, Obama

Yesterday our flight was delayed for about an hour and a half. Then, once on the tarmac and runway, we were out there waiting for another hour. It was hot, it was uncomfortable. We eventually took off, flew, and landed. Throughout the entire time, my electronic devices were publicly and visibly on and I was…

The Pols & The Polls

Steven Taylor argues that one of the main reasons that we don’t have a third party is that we have the primary process as opposed to the parties selecting its nominees: Indeed, I would argue that one of the main reasons we do not have serious third parties in the US is that the primary…

Monday Trivia #143 [Caleb Wins!]

From most to least: Georgia, California, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Nevada, Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Virginia, Nebraska, Louisiana, Missouri, Maine, Connecticut, Mississippi, Florida, Colorado, Washington, Arkansas, New York, West Virginia, Minnesota, New Jersey, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Mexico, Maryland, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Iowa, Alabama, Vermont, North Dakota, Kansas, Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Idaho,…

Monday Trivia #141 [Mark Thompson Wins!]

These are the largest 100 cities, in a particular order: Washington (DC), Newark, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, St. Louis, Birmingham, Cleveland, Memphis, Jersey City, Cincinnati, Boston, Norfolk, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Orlando, Kansas City, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, Savannah, Tampa, Los Angeles, Greensboro, Miami, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Winston-Salem, St. Petersburg,…

Captain Killjoy vs The Trick Play

A trick play in California: For those that don’t want to watch the video, the QB takes the ball and starts yelling at the sidelines that there’s something wrong with the ball. What the defense doesn’t realize is that technically the ball has been snapped and the play is afoot. He walks outside the defense’s…

Unpaid Leadtime

Some Amazon employees are suing over unpaid security searches: A Pennsylvania man who works for Internet retail giant Amazon says the company is taking advantage of workers by putting them through daily security checks that last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes — and eat into unpaid hours, before work, after work and during lunch…

The Sandwich, Two Days Later

Once upon a time, if I wanted to go out for a sandwich, I would say “I would like to go out for a sandwich” and I would go out and get a sandwich. Now, if I want to go out for a sandwich, I say “I would like to go out for a sandwich. I think I will, within the next few days, go out and get a sandwich.”

Calling All Stations

I’ve spent the last couple days trying to get my new antennae working. I was hoping that, while my brother was in town, I’d be able to get some NFL games for him. Try as I might, though, I could only get three UHF stations (including NBC, PBS, and Ion/Pax). I moved the antenna here,…

American Football In London

It’s no secret that the NFL wants back into Los Angeles. The two questions have always been “Can we move a team there?” and “If we can’t, where do we put the other expansion team?” On the latter, Roger Goodell says London. I think that would ultimately be very unsuccessful. London couldn’t really maintain sufficient…

Vice Presidential Severance

“For the entire time Cheney was vice president, he had a secret letter of resignation pending. He wrote this letter because he saw a gap in the U.S. Constitution. If a vice president is alive but incapacitated, there’s nothing in the Constitution that allows for that person’s removal. Worried that he might find himself in that position, he created the unprecedented letter.”

Linky Friday #44

Ed note: Due to time constraints and declining interest, Linky Friday will be taking a hiatus after this week. Neat: [N1] The US Army is trying to build Iron Man. [N2] The AV Club has an interesting piece on the lasting impact of Homestar Runner, one of the first successful webseries. [N3] Thirteen gateways to…

For Your Safety and The Very Likely Marginal Safety of Others

“A fair number of accidents on the road may indeed be attributable to car malfunction of one sort or another, and the number would presumably accumulate over a large enough span, but that shouldn’t be the question. The question should be the extent to which an annual (or less) check of certain things reduces them to any significant degree. And whether each thing we are forcing people to address, in itself, would save lives. How many lives, and at what cost?”

Monday Trivia #135 [Don Zeko wins!]

California, New York, Texas. Florida, New York. Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin. Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota,…