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,…