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Weekend link dump for March 13

High School Musical 4: The Next Generation is a thing that will happen, though not quite under that title.

Rob Gronkowski is your new Mister Rogers. Sort of.

“We found that people who eat chocolate at least once a week tend to perform better cognitively.”

“David Alan Grier has been cast as the first African American Colonel Sanders in the new KFC ad campaign”. Also, I had no idea that three different guys had been playing the Colonel in recent ads.

One possible strategy for searching for alien life: Assume that they’re searching for us in exactly the same way we’re searching for them.

What Leonard Pitts says.

RIP, Raymond Tomlinson, the inventor of the modern email system and the usage of the @ symbol in email.

It’s okay to laugh at the Supreme Court.

How well do you know your financial advisor?

Don’t worry, your right to get bad advice from self-serving blowhards is not at risk.

Meet Casper the octopus, surely a new species and possibly a new genus.

“Brilliant men make for good copy, even when they fail at their jobs. Recently, reports of sexual harassment and assault within science departments at the University of California, Berkeley, Caltech and the University of Chicago have been in the news. Academia will have to respond. A great chorus of formal condemnation shall be lifted up, and my male colleagues will sputter with gall, appalled by the actions of bad apples so rare they have been encountered by every single woman I know.”

CC Sabathia on his addiction and recovery.

Turns out the idea of the designated hitter is a lot older than you think.

This is every baseball card collector’s fantasy.

RIP, Sir George Martin, album producer for The Beatles.

“Somewhat amazingly, Gary Busey has yet to appear in a Sharknado motion picture. That gross oversight will be rectified when the film vet/reality-TV personality plays dad to Tara Reid in Sharknado 4.”

Solar energy is really starting to take off.

Hey, remember when Muslim Americans used to vote Republican? The current crop of Republican Presidential candidates apparently don’t.

RIP, Sir Ken Adam, James Bond production designer.

RIP, Ahn Phuong Nguyen Reiss, Houston obstetrician whose bout with leukemia helped boost the number of Vietnamese bone marrow donors nationwide.

RIP, Keith Emerson, founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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