Photo of the day

Rjukan, Norway does not get a lot of sun.  It’s far North and it’s in a valley.  Solution?  Mirrors!  In Focus:

In the town of Rjukan, Norway, people gather in front of the town hall, where sunlight is reflected by giant mirrors (top) erected on the mountainside, on October 18, 2013. Rjukan, a small industrial town 150 km west of Oslo, is situated in the bottom of a valley between steep mountains in Telemark County, and is cut off from direct sunlight for five to six months a year. Now, three giant mirrors mounted on a nearby mountainside will reflect winter sunlight into the valley. (Reuters/Tore Meek/NTB Scanpix)

Quick hits

Assorted interesting links from this week:

1) Really liked this Op-Ed by a former question writer for Who Wants to be a Millionaire

2) Nice post from Jeff Shesol on the GOP’s court-shrinking scheme for the DC Circuit.  Great historical perspective on the sizes of federal courts.  I learned a lot.

3) As NC adopts a new death penalty protocol, NC PolicyWatch looks at the state of capital punishment in NC.

4) Really have not paid much attention to the NYC mayoral race, but was quite intrigued on the political symbolism of the de Blasio family hair.

5) Joss Whedon on feminism.

6) Connor Friedersdorf makes a nice argument that America is not less moralistic than it used to be.  It’s just moralistic about different things.

7) Read a lot about the Richie Incognito/Miami Dolphins NFL bullying and culture this week.  This piece from Brian Phillips was my favorite.

8) Learned about the original Hulu series “Behind the Mask” about sports mascots from Slate’s Hang up and listen podcast.  Watched the first episode and loved it.

9) Chinese versus western culture in pictographs.  So very cool.

10) When a black person shoots a whole bunch of other black people is it news?  Apparently not.

11) People want good schools, they just don’t actually want to pay for them.  Colorado is a great example of why direct democracy is not a good idea.

12) Back in my day, backpacks were all about one strap.  Times have changed.

13) The updated version of I’m Just a Bill.

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