Previous “Links” posts

The Guardians of Traffic and Now Baseball 

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

As promised back in December, the Cleveland Baseball Club has announced their new name: The Guardians. They recruited renowned Cleveland actor Tom Hanks to narrate their introduction, and I think it’s great. I also like how much of the old name can be found in the new name. But best of all is the way this new name connects to the city and the Hope Memorial Bridge, which features incredible art deco “Guardians of Traffic”.

In related news, Washington, it’s time to quit faffing around.

The Math Says Make It Look Like a Wanger 

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

All rockets are rather phallic, but the rocket which took Jeff Bezos to space on Tuesday was especially so. Just look at it:

A visual of the rocket Bezos took to the edge of space, which looks an awful lot like a penis.
“I don’t know, sir. But it looks like a giant…”

The Guardian dove in on just why this rocket looked especially like a penis.

“Illegal Voting” in Texas and the Need for Bail Reform 

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

This story is infuriating, representing as it does a hideous abuse of power. In March 2020, a man named Hervis Rogers waited over six hours just to vote in the Texas primary, catching the eye of a CNN news crew.

“I figured like it was my duty to vote. I wanted to get my vote in to voice my opinion. And I wasn’t going to let nothing stop me. So I waited it out,” Hervis Rogers told CNN at the time.

Now, a year later, Rogers has been arrested on charges of “illegal voting”. It does appear that Rogers was ineligible to vote last year, as he was on parole at the time. However, a conviction under the law in Texas requires that Rogers knew he wasn’t eligible. It seems rather unlikely that anyone would wait hours to vote when they knew they were ineligible, and even less likely that they would agree to be interviewed on national news.

And yet here we are, with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton boasting about this ridiculous prosecution:

“Hervis is a felon rightly barred from voting under TX law,” Paxton said in a tweet Friday. “I prosecute voter fraud everywhere we find it!” Some have questioned the timing of the arrest that came just as the Texas Legislature was discussing new voting restrictions that Democrats had blocked in May. Some democratic lawmakers say Paxton, and other Republicans, are intentionally targeting minorities.

However, as ridiculous as this criminal accusation is, the part that really sticks in my craw is presented as a mere footnote. That’s the fact that Rogers was held in jail on $100,000 bail. There was no violence here, nor even any chance of Rogers committing this crime again any time soon. And yet the judicial system in Texas determined that Rogers needed to come up with six figures in order to get out of jail. That’s despicable.

Pre-conviction detention is incredibly disruptive, and has the potential for great harm to all of society. As such, it ought to be incredibly rare. Unfortunately, it is not. Fortunately for Rogers, the nonprofit Bail Project provided bail assistance. But such organizations can only do so much. Bail reform is a critical issue in this country, and it’s worth knowing more about.

There Was Also a Hot Dog Tasting Review 

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Just as 10 cent beers were a bad idea back in 1974, $1 “Thirsty Thursday” are a bad idea in 2021. When a beer costs just a buck, it should not be a surprise it becomes a projectile.

Honestly, There’s No Such Thing as an Anti-Sex Bed 

Monday, July 19th, 2021

We may still be in the middle of a global pandemic, but Olympic athletes are still going to get frisky. Not even a cardboard bed is going to stop that

Resurrecting the Gould’s Mouse 

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Upon reading the headline “Mouse thought extinct for 150 years found living on island”, I imagined that back in the 1870s, a mouse decided to drop out of society and never return. Since then, it’s been living that sweet island life. Good for you, little mouse!

A Cheaper Alternative to Gravel Or Sand 

Monday, July 12th, 2021

If you’re constructing a home and live near a bowling ball plant, you might just have an alternate source of building materials.

A Mobile Starlink Dish 

Friday, July 9th, 2021

Honestly, how often to you make a right turn?

At Least You Don’t Have to Pay for Airport Parking 

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

OK, well, at the moment, this is just an airplane, but worse.

Popcorn Pickles 

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Last week, I went to a movie, and it was only a little weird. I would’ve found it much weirder if I’d been able to purchase a pickle at the theater.