Links For July 25, 2015

The Really Big One

We now know that the Pacific Northwest has experienced forty-one subduction-zone earthquakes in the past ten thousand years. If you divide ten thousand by forty-one, you get two hundred and forty-three, which is Cascadia’s recurrence interval… Counting from the earthquake of 1700, we are now three hundred and fifteen years into a two-hundred-and-forty-three-year cycle.


Lost Highways

This means that roads surveyed as far back as the 1790s remain present in the landscape as legal rights of way—with the effect that, even if you cannot see this ancient road cutting across your property, it nonetheless persists, undercutting your claims to private ownership (the public, after all, has the right to use the road) and making it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain title insurance.


How Tumblr and MTV Killed the Neon Anti-Corporate Aesthetic of Vaporwave

MTV and Tumblr’s coinciding rebrands are not merely a case of star-crossed #brands. This, I propose, is a significant moment in internet culture. There’s a distinct sense that we are through the looking glass here: in one fell swoop, both Tumblr and MTV have erased the cynical distance inherent in the digitally-bred aesthetics they champion. And they did this completely separately.


What Stealing Cookies Teaches Us About Young Children and Empathy

It turned out that the children weren’t just concerned about their own precious cookies or toys; they would jump in to assist the wronged puppets, too. Given the opportunity, 3-year-olds would intervene to return items a puppet had stolen to the original owner nearly 60 percent of the time.... 3-year-olds did not seem eager to punish the bad puppets. When given only two options — to leave a stolen toy with a thief, or move it to a place where no one could have it — more than half the tots opted to leave the toy with the thief.


Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money (Explicit)