Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday Links!

I tried to find some excellent long reads for those of you stuck at work (or stuck with family, if you don't particularly like them).

Leading off, and this is just tremendous:  Devils, Deals and the DEA.

This is a tremendous read as well: An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

I linked to this (seven years ago, incredibly), but it's a great long read: Atomic John: A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs.

This is excellent: North Korea’s Abduction Project.

Here's a long, fascinating read from Steven Davis: The Inventor of Auto-Tune. And this one is just as good or maybe better: Celebrity Hipster Chocolatiers Reportedly Sold Remelted Commercial Chocolate.

From C. Lee, and this is searing and powerful: When my Japanese-American family was treated as less than human.

From Brian Witte, and this is an utterly fascinating read: The cold fusion horizon: Is cold fusion truly impossible, or is it just that no respectable scientist can risk their reputation working on it?

Now, on with the regular links.

This is quite a read: A last lemon meringue pie for the real-life gangster at the heart of ‘The Wire’,

From C. Lee, and if you're interested in VR, this is a must-read: Ars talks with David Braben on the challenges of making games for real VR. Next, metal nano puzzles are all the rage now, and this one is a beauty: METAL TITANIC MODEL nano puzzle.

From 3Suns, and this is just terrifying: Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit - The True Danger of Gamification - Extra Credits.

From Leo M., and this is fascinating: HOST STREETS OF LOS ANGELES.

From Wally, and this is a nice holiday story (with Mel Torme):  My Xmas Story. Next, and this is excellent: Onions At War. One more, and this looks like quite an amazing creative tool: Rijksstudio: Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal. Wait, this is even better (and stranger): Knitters With Hopelessly Knotted Yarn Call ‘Detanglers’ for Help.

Now, from the heartwarming to the grisly, courtesy of Michael M. Please note that this is very graphic but conveys a serious message: Bodies left on Everest.

More from Steven Davis, and this is quite useful: Why Are Projects Always Behind Schedule? Next, and this is so very strange: How Esurance Lost Its Mascot to the Internet. I had not idea (and this is an excellent article): The Risky Business of Bible Translation. This next link is just completely wonderful: Creating The World's Greatest Anagram. Prepare to have your mind blown: When the KKK Was a Pyramid Scheme. Last one from Steven this week, and it answers quite a few questions: ‘Star Wars’ Legacy II: An Architect Of Hollywood’s Greatest Deal Recalls How George Lucas Won Sequel Rights.

From Phil, and the headline says it all: Moose Sex Corridor Expanding.

Finally, with thanks to Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is a great read: Why infectious bacteria are winning.

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