Let’s make like a blacksmith and forge some linkage:
- A detailed examination of how China’s military-industrial complex is making surprising advances. (The Diplomat)
- Chris Blattman reviews James C. Scott’s new Two Cheers For Anarchism. With 30 pages left to go, I can say that it should have been on my “best books read in 2012” list.
- Why do academic job searches take so long? One would expect that given the surfeit of applicants it would take less time now to fill positions, but the reverse seems to be true. (Inside Higher Ed)
- Via many people: Your favorite econometrics textbook is wrong. I find Wooldridge readable, Greene much less so, and I guess I should look at Stock and Watson.
Not timely or political:
- Via Laura Seay: “Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck” (ITV)
- Via Marginal Revolution: Paper towels or air jets? Given my observations locally, the problem with paper towels is not whether they’re more hygienic but whether the automatic feed takes too long to reload. I also wonder whether there is a gender differential in preferences: I certainly like the loud, hot, awesome jet dryers. (I mean: cool.)
- The hipsters of the Middle East: the Mandeans know that John was a baptist before Jesus was the Christ. (Wikipedia)
- Why we don’t fall in love with books anymore (Baltimore City Paper)
- Maybe you can–and should–drink while expecting (The Atlantic)
PS: Late breaking changes to the image, prompted by comments below. I was going for a visual pun, but I think that jokes about MySpace are probably a bit outdated these days.