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Weekend link dump for December 2

Insert standard plaintive cry about where the year has gone here.

Help the Waltrip High School Band travel to play at President Obama’s inauguration.

Here’s a comprehensive list of people who are paid to pontificate about politics saying dumb things about the 2012 election.

“Tastes like dinosaur”. Sure, why not?

More Congressfolk like Dr. Raul Ruiz would be a good thing.

IBM is retiring the Lotus brand. A moment of silence, please, for those of us who cut our teeth on Lotus 1-2-3.

“Our findings very clearly demonstrate that investing in employees at the bottom can be an advantage both in times of economic growth and during a recession.”

A bit late for Thanksgiving, but How To Make A Schadenfreude Pie is a classic so I’m linking to it.

Would you let your insurance company monitor your driving to get a cheaper rate?

Why banking your frequent flyer miles is a bad idea.

Two words: Antediluvian plushies.

“A cell phone is not a pair of pants”. That may sound silly, but it’s actually pretty important.

Funny how stories about fewer “moderates” making it harder to legislate only get written after Democrats win.

Before you discard or pass on personal technology, make sure your personal information is purged. Or else it may wind up in some artist’s book.

Risk of robot uprising wiping out human race to be studied. Thanks, I’ll sleep much better tonight.

The difference between 2010 and 2012 in re: the Bush tax cuts.

“Don’t be racist” is good advice in general.

Just how old are The Rolling Stones, anyway?

Diversity fail, Republican House style.

The IT industry is strongly Democratic. This explains a lot.

“Within two or three decades the difference between automated driving and human driving will be so great you may not be legally allowed to drive your own car, and even if you are allowed, it would be immoral of you to drive, because the risk of you hurting yourself or another person will be far greater than if you allowed a machine to do the work.

New flash: Bill O’Reilly makes stuff up. I know, I’m as shocked as you are.

“The evidence presented in Thomas Friedman’s column today would lead readers to believe that the economy’s biggest problem is that companies are being run by executives who are so ignorant of economics that they don’t know that the way to attract more workers is to raise wages.”

Bo Jackson is now 50 years old. How old does that make you feel?

RIP, Jeff Millar, creator of the “Tank McNamara” comic strip and longtime Houston Chronicle writer.

“Look, the easy thing to do here is to just have Congress pass a $100 quadrillion debt ceiling.” Assuming you can find anyone who knows what a quadrillion is.

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