A Few Random Morning Links …

A great list of obsolete skills, but “Manually Loading Ink On A Fountain Pen From An Bottle” is not obsolete, I do it every week. (via John D Cook)

PopSci Primer: The German-Style Board Game Revolution

This is a hard-core USB thumb drive

Federal funds flow to clean-energy firms with Obama administration ties – The Washington Post

A crowd-sourced pen?

Chocolate Blackberry Mille-Feuille

Glashütte Original Senator Observer 1911 Julius Assmann also with Grey Dial

The Ramos Alarm Clock looks cool

Tasty Tuesday {Chocolate Chip Cookies}

How cool is this 1971 VW Phoenix Van Conversion?!

Economics is Fun, Part 7: Middlemen

Free healthcare? That’s rich – by Jonah Goldberg: The “accommodation” — the White House rightly refuses to call it a compromise — is a farce. If you’re paying for health insurance — or if you self-insure, as many institutions do — shifting responsibilities to the insurance companies doesn’t shift the costs, just the paperwork. A Catholic hospital would still pay for the services; there just wouldn’t be a line item for it in the monthly insurance bill. That’s not accommodation; that’s laundering.

Milton Friedman’s Century

Zurich Is World’s Costliest City – WSJ.com

Cool Infographics  – Sinking of the RMS Titanic vs. Costa Concordia (via dragonflyeye)

A Carinthian Journey – a visit with Maria Kristina and Richard Habring (Part 1)

A Brief History Of US Anti-Piracy Efforts – Forbes

Lessons from Claremont What the college’s SAT scandal tells us about oversight and accountability

Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain Pen – The Awesome Review

Everything you wanted to know about Pinterest [infographic] (more on Pintererest)

  • Matt Peacock

    Here’s another link for you from my neck of the woods:

    New school food rules see fruits and veggies piling up — in the garbage


    A new federal mandate is in place that requires schools to serve students fruits and vegetables with every lunch as a condition of receiving federal funding. 
    As most parents can tell you, you can’t force kids to eat their vegetables.  Unsurprisingly, a lot of this food ends up in the garbage. 

    “Managing one’s own life is complex enough; managing the lives of others is impossible.”
    -Leonard E. Read