Links o’ Interest

Arrested Development is back! Season 4 Trailer!

Save the Date

Perspective on Lance Armstrong

Shake your head. Wow.

Cute girl imitates her Celtics Dad

Only 63% of America is working. What are the rest doing?

The oddly terrifying laughing without smiling

Hey Jude in a minor key. These are fascinating. Now it’s melancholy, but still great.

“Here comes the pizza!” – the whole saga

This obituary made me smile and tear up at the same time. This one was interesting in a very different way.

Trying out the virtual roller coaster

Asia’s population

The Durham train trestle – undefeated after 100 years.

Parks and Recreation outtake

Twin engineers at work

Oh Florida… mugshots.

Passengers reacting to acceleration

Dedication page. So true.

A wonderful review of the renowned Dan Brown’s acclaimed new book.

Intelligent life

That’s how they get you

Look at the fast one they’re trying to pull with my favorite cereal. In nearly every situation, stores incentivize you to buy more product by giving you a discount for getting larger quantities. Super-size meals and Costco are good examples. But every once in a while, they count on your being overly inured to that and innumerate.



The small version is $2.99 for 12 ounces. The big box is $4.99. $4.99 is two thirds more price, so they should give you two thirds more food, or 20 ounces. But they only give you 18.8 ounces. You get ripped off by buying the bigger box!!

Our Litigious Society – Ruining Childrens Fun for no Good Reason

Our 4-year old went to a birthday party at HippoHop, a.k.a “The Bouncy Place”. She finished her birthday cake early, and we went out to do some more bouncing. An employee stopped us shortly after we began. We weren’t allowed to bounce anymore.
“Why not?”
“Because she just ate. She might throw up on another child, and then we are liable.”

Oh my goodness. How absurd. How often does this happen, that children vomit on each other. And that it becomes a legal issue. What exactly is the charge, what would HippoHop be liable for? Assault and battery?

And doesn’t t the same logic apply to ordering dessert at a restaurant? There could be vomiting there. Or ordering food anywhere at any time? McDonalds never asked me if just came in from a jog. Six Flags doesn’t seem to care who vomits on who.

In summary – ridiculous.