Thursday, March 12, 2015

Link Log for March 12 (#1)

This is the Link Log for what I found this morning; there may or may not be another Link Log this evening. Categories: Books, Food, Least Competent Criminals, News, Obituary, Technology, Traffic.

Books 

Hurrah! A new collection of fiction--a short story sequence, apparently--from Pamela Dean and Patricia Wrede...in paper, so I should be able to read it.

http://pameladean.livejournal.com/165351.html

Food

If the recipes make you drool, run don't walk to Big Stone Gap to buy the books.

https://wendywelchbigstonegap.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/cooking-the-books/

And you might want to buy a few extra cans of this'n'that. Boxes, bags...anything non-perishable.

http://www.tricities.com/news/food-bank-challenge-issued-to-wise-county-attorneys/article_3f8efcb0-c862-11e4-84d6-03f7c77556a9.html

Least Competent Criminals 

Marci Gore reports on Gate City's dumbest, a thief who mistakenly believed that (a) one of the smaller churches in town would have a lot of money or valuables lying around, and (b) he could break into the church in broad daylight without being stopped. I don't know...he has a local name all right, but there's usually a reason why a young able-bodied adult would be in the low-income housing project...

http://www.timesnews.net/article/9085825/citizens-tip-thwarts-gate-city-church-burglary

News 

It's pleasant to be able to agree with Eric Holder about something:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/12/eric-holder-shooting-of-two-ferguson-officers-inexcusable-and-repugnant/?

Y'know, most cats do have the neurological structures that allow their eyes to see colors, and if you really work at training a cat to demonstrate that it recognizes a color it will probably learn to, but cats have little use for color and don't easily learn to pay attention to colors. Likewise, since there's no competing version of the Apple logo on the market, most of us don't remember exactly which of the possible "apple" shapes the real logo uses. So why does it matter whether you remember which way the Apple logo faces, as in yesterday's quiz? Because the fraudulent nonprofit the Washington Post is currently investigating bilked our government for the full price of Apple computers, and bought knock-offs with...hey, that's the mirror-image logo I picked as the correct one.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/nonprofit-contractor-sent-government-11-million-bill-for-parties-and-retreats/2015/03/12/eeadfdf6-c365-11e4-9271-610273846239_story.html?tid=sm_tw

Obituary 

Terry Pratchett died...only 66, but he had Alzheimer's Disease. I didn't start collecting his books early enough. I'll miss him. He had released this statement about his demise...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ltxl7?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Neil Gaiman remembers:

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2015/03/terry-pratchett.html

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/24/terry-pratchett-angry-not-jolly-neil-gaiman

Technology 

Search engines step on their own feet. Some browsers run everything typed into the browser bar, even if it's a complete web address, through a search engine...thus revealing that Americans apparently "search for" things any idjit can remember how to find all by him-or-herself, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Amazon.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/12/what-are-americans-really-googling-this-new-ranking-has-the-answer/?

What about the Internet will change due to the "net neutrality rules"? Read the rules (in PDF, sorry):

http://www.teaparty.org/fcc-finally-unveils-text-net-neutrality-rules-88595/?

Traffic

I care about people, therefore I don't drive. You're welcome.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/11/charging-people-more-to-drive-saves-lives/?tid=sm_tw