Le Linkage #7

Yes, it’s another episode of the sporadic series “Le Linkage.” Begin happy dance… now!

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World’s Largest Nuclear Explosion: “The Tsar Bomb was the largest nuclear weapon ever constructed or detonated. It was detonated at 4000 m altitude the 30th of October 1961 at Mityushikha Bay test range, Novaya Zemlya Island. It had a yield of 50 Megatons.” With video goodness horrifically frightfulness and morbid beauty. I’d post the video here, but I’ve already posted entirely too many videos.

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Zombie Dogs and Lazarus Pigs: These are a couple of blog posts I wrote for the BetterHumans.com, a website dedicated to Transhumanist-related news. Although I don’t consider myself a transhumanist per-se, but I find any news regarding longevity (through nutrition, biotechnology, and cryonics) and cybernetic enhancements supremely interesting.

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A Future in Which You Won’t be Forced to Retire: (This also came from BetterHumans, but was originally posted at FightAging.org) If technology is able to keep working our job/business, immune from the ravages of aging, why would anyone be forced to retire? The essay itself is interesting (covering the medical science itself and the economic factors to take into consideration), but the comments are themselves worth noting. This brings up a couple of questions: What do you consider “work”? Does work have a good connotation to you or a bad one? What do you consider retirement? Is it good or bad? How would economic reality change with a population that doesn’t succumb to aging?

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Cars.com: Ok, I know, this one deserves a post all by its lonesome, and I’m sure it’ll get one, but if you’re in the market for a new (to you) car, then this is the place to go. Research on all makes and models, affordability calculators, listings from all over the country, and advice as to the best auto shops and auto repair places near you. Absolutely a must-know website when looking for a new (or used) vehicle. (Can anyone tell why I would be posting this here now? Hmm…)

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Bus Routes in Fort Lauderdale: I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s noticed gas prices in Fort Lauderdale have shot up to over $3.00/gal for regular unleaded. That’s because Lebanon and Israel have a little scuffle going. But wait, neither of those countries produces oil. Is it relat — nah, probably just a coincidence (right?). Anyway, if you want to save yourself some money, you can always try the Broward County bus system. You can buy a month pass for about $32. Having lived in Hillsborough County — home of the absolute worst public transportation system in Florida — the Broward County options seem pretty nice. The problem: My 20-minute ride to work (each way) becomes a 60-minute ride (each way) if I take the bus. Is it worth it? Actually, maybe. Besides, time on a bus means I get to meet more people and have time to read. (Not related to the link above. Really.)

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