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June 2016


I'm not the world's biggest baseball fan, but I really enjoyed this documentary. Nicely explains, among other things, why a 100 mph fastball is so much harder to hit than a 92 mph one and why, despite the testimony of many hitters including Hank Aaron, a very fast fastball does not actually rise on its way to the plate (but also why it's reasonable for hitter to think so).

"What It's Like to Live in a City Without Uber"

Cue Joni Mitchell: "You don't know what you've got until it's gone."

More: "Austin, After Driving Out Uber and Lyft, Launches Sting Operations Against Those Who Dare to Serve the Public with Rides" and "Prop 1 fallout: The Austin fuzz crack down on the working folk".

Still more: "A World Without Uber: Dispatches From Austin".

Recent data obtained from the Austin Police Department would seem to support Acevedo’s narrative. In the first three week after Uber and Lyft left Austin, DWI arrests were up 7.5 percent over the same time last year. City police made 359 DWI arrests from May 9, 2016 (the day Uber and Lyft shut down) to May 31, 2016. During that same period in 2015, Austin police made 334 DWI arrests.

"Shit Academics Say"


There are two types of academics. Those who use the Oxford comma, those who don't and those who should.

Choose a discipline you love and you'll never work a day in your life likely because that field isn't hiring.

How many humanities professors does it take to change a light bulb: Just one, but 700 applied for the job.

You had me at "I read your most recent paper."