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Friday links

  • Since we’ve been on the subject of writers lately: here’s Megan McArdle on why writers are the worst procrastinators. This isn’t really just about writers, but about fear of failure and the recent “special snowflake” self-esteem generation.
  • And this column about how to get a job at Google isn’t really about how to get a job at Google, either. It’s about creativity. Adaptability. And other good things.
  • Good news for all you who listened to (or played) too much loud rock-n-roll. A cure for noise-induced hearing loss may be on the horizon
  • All hope is not lost. Hungry cougar stalks teenage boy. Cougar gets shot by guess who? Pix here.
  • Very cool! A nifty handle wrap for a boot knife — that glows in the dark.
  • Very odd. Did you know there’s an abandoned Nazi compound in the hills above L.A.?
  • Brigid at Home on the Range writes a heart-rending tribute to her just-departed four-footed best friend.


  1. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 28, 2014 8:06 am

    I can hear things just fine at age 64. It’s the extra ringing, hearing stuff that is not there, that’s the problem…

    From that cougar story:
    “The rancher explained that until recently, local residents were able to keep the cougar population in check by hunting the predators with dogs, but two years ago, the local Legislature outlawed the practice.”

    Almost like Oregon, when the bunny-huggers got that initiative passed to do the same thing. ODFW responded by dropping the tag fees to the same as deer, and by lengthening the cougar season to 10 months out of the years – except in some areas where it is 12 months out of the year. Deer hunters now take most cougars in Oregon. Now if they’d just drop all regulation of cougar hunting…

    It’s pretty amusing the weird fascination that the Brits have with stories like this.

  2. Brigid
    Brigid February 28, 2014 3:16 pm

    Thank you for the kindness and the caring. A lot of dog lovers have visited the link and left the kindest statements of support. Bless you.

  3. jed
    jed February 28, 2014 3:43 pm

    Cool. I’m going to put some Ramones on the stereo and blast it! 🙂

    (Actually, not. By the time that makes it through FDA approval, I likely won’t be listening to anything.)

  4. LarryA
    LarryA March 1, 2014 10:06 pm

    My hearing loss is on the high end, about the frequency of a Huey helicopter transmission.

    Went to the local gun store last week. Noted that electronic earmuffs, of better quality than those I paid $350 for back when I started teaching, are now $29.95.

  5. Ellendra
    Ellendra March 2, 2014 7:15 pm

    Electronic earmuffs sound handy, is the volume adjustable?

    (My hearing is way too sensitive, and my earplugs sometimes hurt. I need something I can wear while running the blender or putting up fenceposts.)

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