A week’s worth of links VII

Another week, another list of things I’ve read online that are worth saving for future reference. But really, it’s mid-February and I still haven’t finished one book this year. So I need to put the PC down and pick up the Kindle.

Metallica: a history lesson

I’m a sucker for thoughtful NCAA takedowns

The silliness of American gambling laws

High school reading assignments

“High-quality revenue has three main characteristics: predictability, profitability and diversity.”

Fascinating piece on Tom Wolfe (h/t Conor Friedersdorf)

The Lumina immortalized on Google Maps

The army’s troop leading procedures

“The only alternative is to humanize our work.”

Medical history template

Apparently, there is a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne (h/t Tyler Cowen)

Hedge funds getting into the landlord business

A week’s worth of links V

OK, I’m done with the long intros. Here are some items I’ve bookmarked over the last 7 days:

“Until the early 20th century, plea-bargaining was widely considered corrupt.”

Condor Friedersdorf on the 2nd amendment (and the 4th and the 5th and the 6th) (h/t Jon Fasman)

“Cats Are Evil” (h/t Farhad Manjoo)

The federal governments oil and natural gas resources may be worth 8 times the national debt

“Frequently, when I travel outside of the USA, my trips to the local McDonald’s are the most genuinely foreign-feeling and disorienting part of the trip.” (h/t Conor Friedersdorf)

Althouse on Republicans on immigration

Pain in the NFL (h/t Ben Walsh)

Advancements in the diagnosis of CTE and the future of football

Duh, I watch Love It Or List It

Climate change: the shift from reversing/preventing to adapting

Sports whose participants have the highest likelihood of truly being “the best at what they do”

“Where are the Bicycles in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?”

I think that was enough, but just for the fun of it, here’s one that’s been on my unread items for six weeks that I finally got to:

The poor economic outlook for working-class men

A week’s worth of links IV

Similar to me posting a weekly summary of asides here, I’m doing the same for links. There may be some overlap between my links summaries and asides summaries, and I am OK with this. Also, just because I’m posting these now, doesn’t mean that they are new. It just means I read them over the last seven days. Some could be old, but so what? They’re still good.

Singular “they” (a concept I fully endorse)

Sports channels are the most expensive on cable systems

“How much value does the finance industry create?”

M.I.T.’s role in the Aaron Swartz tragedy (h/t Ann Althouse)

Immersion criticism

Now that I’m posting the weekly recaps of links I’ve bookmarked on Pinboard, I figured I’d take a look at what I had marked unread. And much like buying one of my favorite movies on DVD was a surefire way to guarantee that I never watched it again, saving unread bookmarks has proven to be a pretty effective way of keeping a list of things I am never going to read. So I’m going to change that. Each week I’ll take a look at a handful of my unread bookmarks. The ones I ended up saving this  week are listed below. Now I guess it’s time to dust off my copy of Almost Famous on DVD.

Tax-managed mutual funds (I won’t apologize for saving the occasional very dry article on some personal finance topic)

“Complexity is here to stay”

A week’s worth of links III

Similar to me posting a weekly summary of asides here, I’m doing the same for links. There may be some overlap between my links summaries and asides summaries, and I am OK with this. Also, just because I’m posting these now, doesn’t mean that they are new. It just means I read them over the last seven days. Some could be old, but so what? They’re still good.

“The Fallacy of the Baseball Hall of Fame”

Seth Godin on taking initiative

Megan McArdle says don’t get an MBA

Student-athletes and the higher education bubble (h/t Tyler Cowen)

Aaron Swartz’s post on his struggles with depression from 2007

RIP Aaron Swartz

NFL parity

“In an LES Dive Bar”

When economists agree, the rest of don’t agree with them

Top 10 domestic beer brands

“Boys stink at school and it doesn’t even matter” (h/t Stephen Hicks)

Cool picture of Chicago (h/t Radley Balko)

How you know something is important

Growth via less sleep? (h/t Tyler Cowen)

Now that I’m posting the weekly recaps of links I’ve bookmarked on Pinboard, I figured I’d take a look at what I had marked unread. And much like buying one of my favorite movies on DVD was a surefire way to guarantee that I never watched it again, saving unread bookmarks has proven to be a pretty effective way of keeping a list of things I am never going to read. So I’m going to change that. Each week I’ll take a look at a handful of my unread bookmarks. The ones I ended up saving this  week are listed below. Now I guess it’s time to dust off my copy of Almost Famous on DVD.

Could deinstiutionalization of the mentally ill be causing the uptick in mass shootings?

Video of Scott Sumner on how to prevent the next financial crisis