September 20th, 2009

SSuiseiseki

Sunday linkagery

Berkeley opens a Center for the Comparative Study of Right-wing Movements. Aside from the near-toxic levels of irony, this may actually be a good thing, as Mark Lilla explains. David Horowitz gets a shout-out.

Tyler Cowen compares Arlington & Tysons Corner, the latter being about to undergo a massive redevelopment from horrible high-density snarl of office buildings, shopping malls and traffic jams to even more horrible high-density snarl of office buildings, shopping malls and traffic jams WITH FUTURISTIC NEW METRO SUBWAY! Excellent comments regarding the reasons why Arlington works and Crystal City doesn't as an example of dense urban growth. Also, signs that the redevelopment plan for Tyson's may be collapsing. We can only hope; it's pretty bad as is, and none of the planned changes are going to help one damn bit.

The Grauniad's list of the 50 best places to eat in the world.

Benefits and costs of the much-reviled Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

Go back to Annandale. Seriously, he's right. It's a great place, if only for Ye Chon and Shilla.

All this from Marginal Revolution. You should be reading it!
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SSuiseiseki

I thought Jim Riggleman wasn't completely retarded...

LOL, what?:
"You pick up the paper, you hear things, and a lot of comments get started with, 'The worst team in baseball, the Washington Nationals.' And you know, we're not the worst team in baseball. Unfortunately you are whatever your record says you are, but we've got a good ballclub."


No, no, no...I'm sorry, I love this team, worthy successors to the old Senators that they are, but at 51-98 they are five games worse than the wretched Pirates, nine games worse than the hideously inept Royals, and nine games worse than the hated Orioles, who at least can blame everything on Peter Angelos and have some glimmerings of hope on the horizon to boot. I'm too lazy to crunch the numbers right now, but I'm pretty sure that the team isn't underperforming their Pythagorean Expected Wins, considering that the defense and pitching both suck horribly and the offense doesn't come anywhere near making up for those shortcomings. So while Riggleman might have been trying to boost the morale of his shell-shocked players, he picked a pathetic, laughable way to do it. The rest of us know he's being dumb in public.
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SSuiseiseki

Oh, man...

Watched my second episode of Dollhouse, "Spy In The House of Love" tonight, and have decided I'm going to have to get the first season DVD. Mind you, I'm no diehard Joss Whedon fan, and I didn't have that much interest in La Femme Nikita when it was on the air, but something about this series really sets the hook in me, and it isn't just Eliza Dushku. Although Ms. Dushku is pretty damn awesome all by herself. (Inevitable question: So why haven't you seen Tru Calling yet? A: Shut up.)

Anyway, the most recent episodes and a first season recap are all online, and if you haven't watched them yet I highly recommend them. This is the first thing since House and the Nationals that's even remotely tempted me to plop myself down in front of a TV.
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