Links and Thinks 2011-12-03

1) Why did such a high percentage of rural voters prefer Romney over Obama? Hmmm… might not want to think too hard about that one…

2) Boehner: Obama needs to stop acting like he won the election. Remind me to put Borowitz in my RSS feed.

2) Anti-Kim Kardashian protest in Bahrain. Juan Cole is not happy.

2) The reality of living in Japan. It’s kind of boring and normal, and outside of the big cities, rather technologically backward. I’m not sure why this should surprise anyone. Japan is a country of old people. Last year, the sale of adult diapers exceeded the sale of baby diapers. Old people are conservative, and they don’t like technology. At least the ones I know…

3) Visual effects in the latest Bond movie. I saw Skyfall a couple of weeks ago. Like most people, I thought it better than Quantum… and not as good as Casino Royale. Much of Skyfall – it seemed to me – was about putting the pieces in place for the next run of movies. But I liked that it was very much rooted in England (and Scotland). I was also happy they brought out the old Aston Martin.

4) Speaking of Britain, why is there a naked man sitting on a statue in front of Whitehall?

5) “Nail houses” in China. And now its gone

6) As a fan of 5by5.tv podcasts, I was sad to hear that both Build and Analyze, and Hypercritical are going away. I thought Marco Arment‘s show provided a lot of useful advice – not only to software developers, but also (inadvertently) to people looking to self-publish their books (on the iPad, Kindle etc). John Siracusa’s show was impeccably critical, fastidious and yet, surprisingly generous. I especially recommend the Hypercritical episode on Wikipedia, and the extended review of Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Kieran Healy bids Hypercritical an appropriate farewell. I must also admit that Dan Benjamin’s observations about Korea are, not only cringe-worthy, but enough to drive a person to soju…

7) Drug lords and other capitalists.

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