4. The culture that is Wales: “Violent movement would activate a water jet to soak users, automatically open the doors and sound an alarm.”
1. How the life sciences actually work, very interesting.
2. Prophets of the Marginal Revolution: last month I suggested acquiring Greenland.
2. No more hotel room interviewing for AEA (but are suites so different?).
3. Is North Korea losing? (NYT)
4. The most surveilled cities in the world (Atlanta making the top ten is the surprise). I was surprised to see facial surveillance on the Venetian Grand Canal and advertised as such.
1. Why did it take so long to invent the bicycle? (recommended)
3. Italy’s $1 homes.
4. “Milan’s local government says that some 40 per cent of the city’s buildings have been sprayed on, about 40,000 in total.” 2006 link, but I can assure you still relevant.
2. Silent book club.
3. Eli Dourado geoengineering schemes (speculative, literally).
4. “Dragons, they say, should survive on wild deer and pigs, not chickens and goats tossed from the back of a truck by a ranger.” (NYT link)
6. Against petitions (NYT).
1. MIE: Atomik Vodka from Chernobyl.
2. Review of Honeyland, recommended.
3. Claims about Singapore (The Economist).
4. “It was found that both attorneys and physicians are disciplined at a rate at least seven times that of CPAs. While the majority of disciplinary actions are for misconduct directly related to the professional practice, nearly 14% of sanctions were the result of “social crimes” such as failure to pay child support or student loans, driving under the influence, and general unprofessional conduct.” Link here.
5. “Mud is a family business; it has been for more than half a century. For decades, baseball’s official rule book has required that every ball be rubbed before being used in a game. Bintliff’s mud is the only substance allowed.”
1. “A Finnish company is saying that they have managed to create “food out thin air”—and it could be hitting out grocery store shelves within the next two years.
The engineers at Solar Foods have succeeded in making a protein powder using only CO2, water, vitamins, and renewable electricity.
The powder, which they have called Solein, was created using technology that was developed by NASA. It reportedly looks and tastes just like wheat flour, except it is made up of 50% protein.” Link here.
5. “A same-sex couple in Beijing have become the first in the city to complete the process of being named as each other’s legal guardian in what is being seen as a major step forward in the protection of LGBT rights.“
1. Vegan butchers (NYT).
3. Why are Christian Scientists dwindling? (how much lower again is their life expectancy? It’s a huge amount, isn’t it, maybe decades?)
5. Does eviction cause poverty? (maybe not that much)
3. Reputation markets in everything: “The Wall Street Journal’s Erich Schwartzel recently wrote a story revealing that none of these tough-guy actors likes it very much when the characters they play get pummeled on screen. One of them even negotiated limits on how much his character can get beat up. Another has his sister, a producer, count how many times his character gets punched, to make sure he gives as good as he gets.
Today, Erich joins us to talk about the lengths these actors have gone to preserve their ever-so-fragile reputations for macho toughness. And the incentives they have for doing so.”
4. A Straussian take on Kenyan rebellion (song, The Rivingtons, 1962). This was the recording that prompted Dave Marsh to describe Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a Changin'” as a “dull diatribe.”
1. “The style of play is a key factor in the home advantage. Teams that make more two point and free-throw shots see larger advantages at home. Given the rise in three-point shooting in recent years, this finding partially explains the gradual decline in home advantage observed across the league over time.” Link here.
3. Tiebout Twitter.
4. “A giant tortoise has been reunited with his owner after the “world’s slowest police chase”.” Left- or right-wing link?
5. Javier Marías remains “old school.” (NYT)