11.15.2010

Lazy Linking, 28th in an Occasional Series


Things I liked lately on the Internets:

* Big big big shout out to fellow BAP 2008 delegate Jared Genser and his organization, Freedom Now, for the release from house arrest of Burmese political activist Aung San Suu Kyi, and let's hope this leads to real change in that country, instead of all the other times. Speaking of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winners, another Freedom Now client is China's Liu Xiaobo, so let's work for a release there as well.

* 20 most common passwords. What's up with "Nicole," "Daniel," "Jessica," "Michael," and "Ashley"?

* If I'm Land Line Magazine and I want to run an article about how to plan ahead for when your truck is stuck and needs a lift, well, yeah, I'd probably also title that article "Avoiding the Tow Jam."

* Speaking of puns, my favorites from this list were the first and the last: 1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent. 20. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

* How about an atlas of recorded accents? [Hat tip to Marginal Revolution.]

* Most cost-effective way to combat climate change? How about making sure girls get educated? [Hat tip: Freakonomics Blog.]

* David Brooks outlines a compelling blueprint for what sort of America will continue to be the world's magnet in the future.

* Megan McArdle, David Frum, and Greg Mankiw on the deficit commission's proposal.

* Will we have self-driving cars by the year 2026? Ryan Avent is betting so, and I am inclined to agree (but am too chicken to actually put money on it).

* Another bookmark for my browser, courtesy of Keith Hennessey: Advancing a Free Society.

* Some are still in a fit that SEPTA took cash from AT&T to rename Pattison Station. Well, Chicago's selling naming rights to anything and everything it can.

* First woman mayor. (Yawn.) First Asian-American mayor. (And?) First mayor voted in by ranked-choice voting. (Wowza!)

* To help prove that casual sex doesn't exist, a biological anthropologist cites a survey in which it was found that 50 percent of women and 52 percent of men entered into a hookup in the hopes of starting a relationship. Hello? To me, that proves the opposite, for it means that 50 percent of women and 48 percent of men entered into a hookup not hoping to start a relationship. (And, am I the only one who thinks most of the 52 percent of men were lying?)
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