Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, from Steven Kreuch, one of the most detailed stories I've seen about Action Park: Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park.

This is from Bryan G, and it's amazing! However, be aware that it's a Dropbox file. I've downloaded it and scanned it, and there were no virus issues, but it is a download: .PDF of the Houston Mission Control Center plans originally published in 1965.

From Wally, and this is a staggering read: Subway Got Too Big. Franchisees Paid a Price. The only religion-based military unit in U.S. history: Mormon Battalion.

Such a shame: João Gilberto, Master Of Bossa Nova, Dies At 88.

From Geoff Engelstein, and it's fascinating: New approach could sink floating point computation.

From C. Lee, and it's just in time for summer (plus fall, since some of these aren't released yet): Hot new Japan book releases for the sweltering summer. This is excellent: Literature Versus Utopia: An Ancient Quarrel. This is a disturbing read: The dark side of Japan’s anime industry. Also disturbing: The millionaire day trader, the bunker under his home and a murder conviction. It's a disturbing week: Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones. A terrific read: The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence.

From Meg McReynolds, and this is fantastic: Faces of Iditarod--2019.

I called this fifteen years early (which means I was wrong). From Brian Brown: The world's biggest video game retailer, GameStop, is dying: Here's what led to the retail giant's slow demise.

From Marc K., and it's a touching story: Giants announcer Mike Krukow leans on his service dog, Patriot, for support.

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