There is a growing divide in urban crime rates.

Boom! Crush!

The synchronicity of Google products really does make me with Google+ was more popular.

Apple products are apparently quite vulnerable to theft.

A leftist case for sports.

The Economist looks at the costs and benefits of air conditioning. If you read only one of these links, this is probably the one I would recommend.

Lauren Davis asks if Dune ruined science fiction novels.

A tourist’s guide to hell.

Cass Sunstein has a good piece looking at judicial voting patterns. I find it very illuminating that even among jurists, opinions are shaped by peer-environments.

If you like, hate, or are simply old enough to remember Richard Marx, you might enjoy this story.

This is made more interesting as my smartphone word-predict tries to figure out my writing patterns.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Fransisco investigates the relationship between relative status and emotional well-being by looking at suicides (Warning: PDF)

As we tear down the gates of the gatekeepers, the question becomes how we find new music and books. PaidContent argues that online discovery is broken but can be fixed. The Domino Project endorses Kickstarter as a way of taking potentially successful books to publishers.

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8 Responses to Linkluster CLXX

  1. superdestroyer says:

    Dune did not ruin science fiction novels. What has ruined many novelist, science fiction or not, is the word processor. Most novels are much longer because writing on a word processor causes wordiness and multi-thread stories instead of concisely plotted novels. When novels were written on a type writer and edited by hand, they had to be shorter.

    • trumwill says:

      That’s a really interesting perspective, SD. I think there is some truth to it, though I prefer multithreaded stories over the concise plots. It does become a problem when it takes 12 books to become a story, though.

  2. Φ says:

    My pop music taste isn’t very pretentious, but I liked Marx well enough at the time. I didn’t know he had become a punchline. (I didn’t know that AOL was a punchline either.)

    The Atlantic article on crime rates was bizarre. Graphing murder by population is a trivial exercise. Why not graph murder rates. by % NAM, since they were brave enough to bring up the subject.

    I couldn’t make head or tail of the “Leftist Case for Sports”, so I’ll make my own Leftist Case: collegiate sports deflects the attention of otherwise Right-leaning billionaires away from politics.

    I closed my Google Plus account: all it did was generate spam I didn’t really want. Then again, I’d just as soon make calls from a phone rather than a computer, and I still don’t know what a “hangout” is.

    • trumwill says:

      Richard Marx was becoming a punchline by the time I started liking him. I don’t care what anyone says, though, Hazard is a work of art.

      I agree that the mapping raw numbers by population is a waste of an axis. But, it’s Richard Florida, and I always expect him to miss the mark (in another piece, he twists himself into a pretzel trying to demonstrate that liberalism equals general success by looking at everything but how generally successful people vote). I still found it interesting despite that.

      Left-leaning billionaires, too. Two of the biggest donors to my school are a trial lawyer and a liberal software magnate.

      Hangout is how my parents see their grandkid. Very helpful. We could use Skype, but I find Hangout easier. Do you still have an Android smartphone? If so, I can tell you at least one thing it does that even Clancy finds neat and helpful (other than Hangout, it’s the only thing she uses it for).

  3. says:

    You’re a southerner as am I. No argument against air conditioning can defeat the humid miserable southern summer. I’m in a cooler part of the South, and it’s still quite unpleasant from June through early September.

  4. Φ says:

    The one thing being hangout? Except my Android is gen 3 — no front facing camera. So i’d only be able to use voice anyway.

    • trumwill says:

      I was actually referring to Instant Upload. Basically, any picture you take using the smartphone automatically go up to your Google+ account (private, no one else can see it). When I left my phone at the supply store, I didn’t have to worry about losing my photos.

      Come to think of it, though, this is all sort of tied into the importance of pictures which, like Hangout, is tied to the baby. So it may be less useful to you and most people.

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