Linkfest 2020-12-11: Eggnog, Risk Tolerance, and Hinges

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The HobbitHouse Ilustrated Glossary of Woodworking terms

Good Thomist that I am, I find a clear set of terms marvelous for clear thinking

Dietrich Vollrath: When did productivity growth slow down?

Total factor productivity, and the lack of growth thereof, is a common theme on With Both Hands.

“O Magnum Mysterium:” The Persistence of Sacred Beauty

The lost language of painting.

Tokyo: a wonder of the modern world fed by its konbini

A look at the convenience stores that serve almost everyone in Tokyo.

General Eisenhower’s 5-Star Holiday Eggnog

I should give this a try. At the very least, it is easier to make than Alton Brown’s eggnog, which ages for months.

Author Interview: Fenton Wood

Fenton Wood talks about his Yankee Republic series, the Kickstarter for the paperback edition has been extended!

Who Killed Peter Mitris? A Lurid, True-Life Tale Of Drugs, Murder, Criminals, and Comic Books

Real life is stranger than comic books.


Mark Zug’s Amazing ‘Dune’ Card Game Art

An interview with artist Mark Zug. I absolutely love his cover for Timothy Zahn’s second Quadrail book, The Third Lynx.


Three Sorry Boys: E. T. The Extra Terrestrial: A Defense


The Infamous E. T. game for the Atari 2600 wasn’t great, but its infamous badness is a tale that has grown in the telling. I know, I had a copy and played it.

The Grumpy Economist: Free Market Vaccines

I think that if you were to somehow make this happen, within a few years you would end up with a system much like the one we have now. The public’s risk tolerance for the inevitable failures of unregulated medicines is quite low. Historical examples are abundant.

Neal Stephenson’s Big U Book Review

This satire of the American university is still as relevant as when it was written in 1984.

The Long View: The Demoralization of Society from Victorian Times to Modern Values

It can be hard to appreciate the Victorians as they were, instead of the vaguely remembered background we define ourselves against.