Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Jason Woolf, and this is a riveting and heartbreaking story: The Reckoning: Football, Love, and Remembering Paul Oliver.
From Shane Courtrille, and man, this is a fantastic read: How to explain the KGB’s amazing success identifying CIA agents in the field?
From Steven Davis, and this is an excellent read: How the NFL—not the NSA—is impacting data gathering well beyond the gridiron. Next, and this is terrific: Daniel Thompson, Whose Bagel Machine Altered the American Diet, Dies at 94. Next, and this is one of the best reads of the week, it's The Avenger: After three decades, has the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing solved the case? One more, and it's fascinating: Hit Charade: Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.
Steven sent in so many links that he gets a second paragraph, and this is an excellent analysis: A mucky business: Systematic fraud by the world’s biggest carmaker threatens to engulf the entire industry and possibly reshape it. This is also fantastic: How Much of Your Audience is Fake? Marketers thought the Web would allow perfectly targeted ads. Hasn’t worked out that way.
From C. Lee, and this is entirely wonderful: Shirley Curry plays Skyrim. Next, and there are a limitless number of interesting stories from WWII: Hacking When It Counts: GI Ingenuity.
From Geoffrey Engelstein, and here's the actual academic paper on urinal selection optimization: The Urinal Problem.
This link was sent in to me as "outside solicitation", for lack of a better description, and I always reject those. However, it happens that it's also an outstanding resource, so I"m going to link to it anyway: Artsy: Discover, Research, and Collect the World's Best Art Online.
From Michael Gilbert, and any Action Park link is a good link: After spate of injuries, Action Park told to close water slide.
From John Willcocks, and this video is just stunning: This totally crazy wingsuit video made me stop breathing.
From Brian Witte, and this could be quite a breakthrough: Plastic-Eating Worms May Offer Solution to Mounting Waste.