Friday, August 29, 2008

Reading Roundup: Aug. 29

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes. It consists of links to articles and websites that I find interesting but don't have a enough to say to warrant a standalone post.

The Washington Monthly | Political Animal Column
An look at polls and why they should not be trusted as a preview of the book The Opinion Makers. Essentially, polls don't ask the correct question and seek to over-simplify the issue and positions.

Colbert on offshore drilling | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Hrm, a pretty succinct explanation of a portion of the choices in offshore drilling now, later or never.

Pandora may pull the plug on itself - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
Wah! My Music Discovery and internet music source can't survive with the new royalty scheme enabled by the DMCA and other US laws. Guess I should have been paying for the service all those years. Bad Matt.

Bad Science » The news you didn’t read
The news media does a disservice to its consumers by only reporting a portion of the story and effectively misinforming us about our risks.

Zinio: Helping Make Your Magazine Subscriptions Sustainable : Sustainablog
I was just thinking last week about suggesting to some of my magazine subscriptions that they should offer electronic delivery of their products, and then I see this, a way to get that for many. Of course, in reality, for the 3 print mags I get, I read them when I'm not near a computer, so is there a benefit to printing it myself for offline use? Something to ponder (as usual).

Eco Cabs - Emissions and Fare Free Transportation | TriplePundit
Maybe pedaling a cab is my next career? I'd need to find somewhere flatter to live though, you know that in Providence someone is going to want to go up College Hill just to make you work after having a few drinks.

Yakety yak, will Brita take 'em back? | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
There are other filter options besides the plastic based Brita, some are compatible with Brita pitchers. In the meantime, add your voice to asking Brita (Clorox) to institute a recycling program for the cartridges.

Energy at the crossroads | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Good reading/analysis of various energy solution papers by Vaclav Smil. Need more time to read all the backing materials.