12/12/15 – Saturday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Blues on Wheels: A writer becomes a carrier for the United States Postal Service out of a long-held love for the mail. What she discovers are screams, threats, lies, labor violations, and dog attacks. (themorningnews)
  • The FDA approved a device that can plug gunshot wounds in seconds. (gizmodo)
  • Costco has one secret that makes it ‘Amazon-proof’ (businessinsider)
  • Why Netflix ($NFLX) would rather spend money on original content than “warmed over” Hollywood fare. (bloomberg)
  • Chicken is likely to be the protein of choice for a more crowded world. (wsj)
  • Americans Attracted to ISIS Find an ‘Echo Chamber’ on Social Media (learning.blogs.nytimes)
  • Baghdad, Arizona: Where Iraqi Pilots Learn to Fight ISIS (popularmechanics)
  • Why Christmas should be celebrated in February. (slate)
  • Inside The Sad, Strange Family Feud That Helped Sink Rand Paul (buzzfeed)
  • Teenagers aren’t getting enough exercise…period. (well.blogs.nytimes)
  • “The Big Short” scalds Wall Street while being a great example of Hollywood film making. (nytimes)
  • What if:Whether to kill baby Hitler might be a political firecracker, but can counterfactuals say anything deeper about the past? (aeon.co)
  • Why do older concert halls sound better? (marginalrevolution)
  • How Adam McKay made the financial crisis interesting (and funny). (fusion)
  • Baidu ($BIDU) is getting into the autonomous vehicle game. (wsj)
  • How Elmo ruined Sesame Street. (kotaku)
  • “The Big Short is the most effective piece of anti-Wall Street propaganda ever made.” (dealbreaker)
  • An oral history of “The League.” (espn.go)
  • Another reason why significant others shouldn’t buy each other holiday presents. (washingtonpost)
  • Chipotle ($CMG) is facing an existential crisis. (washingtonpost)
  • Alton Brown makes the case against single-purpose kitchen gadgets. (slate)
  • The Ties That Bind Jihadists: Scholars explore the culture of radical Islam (chronicle)
  • Adults shouldn’t give each other Christmas gifts. (qz)
  • How the Internet killed late-night comedy. (pastemagazine)
  • A Virginia island is losing the battle against global warming. (scientificamerican)
  • 2015 was a breakthrough year for artificial intelligence. (bloomberg)
  • Why couples argue over sell-by dates for food. (wsj)
  • Kellogg ($K) is busting out the big guns to revive its cereal business. (businessinsider)
  • Global greenhouse emissions actually dropped in 2015. (slate)
  • 95% of Uruguay’s energy is now renewable. (qz)
  • How Star Wars Conquered the Galaxy: The economic power of the greatest movie franchise ever. (reason)
  • More great TV shows from 2015. (nytimes)
  • The 25 best TV shows of 2015. (pastemagazine)
  • The future of medicine is doctors working alongside algorithms. (nytimes)
  • High school girls soccer has a very high rate of injury. (qz)
  • The Long Haul: One Year of Solitude on America’s Highways (esquire)
  • There will be blood: Every year, roughly 40,000 people die in Minnesota. For some, it’s weeks or months before anyone finds them. Meet the crew who comes in to clean up the mess. (minnpost)
  • “The Big Short” is a more coherent “The Wolf of Wall Street.” (wsj)
  • Happy people don’t live longer. (kottke)

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