Speeding up the process

February 8th, 2016

Deutsche Welle: Germany looks at new approaches for processing refugees. “Germany has 770,000 unprocessed asylum applications. How can the stack be reduced? The responsible authorities have devised an ambitious plan to ensure that everything goes faster, DW’s Kay-Alexander Scholz writes.”

Auf deutsch: Neue Wege in der Flüchtlingskrise. “Es gibt 770.000 unbearbeitete Asylanträge in Deutschland. Wie kann dieser Berg jemals abgetragen werden? Die zuständige Behörde hat einen ehrgeizigen Plan, damit alles schneller geht.”

Earmarked for our next vacation in the US Southwest

February 7th, 2016

Only in Your State: 17 Restaurants You Have to Visit in Utah Before You Die. “Utah has some seriously amazing restaurants, and these 17 should absolutely be on your bucket list. Start checking them off!”

We’ve only been to Café Diablo in Torrey, UT. Actually, we more or less accidentally ended up there in 1999 and then returned for another great meal in 2012. Now there are 16 more places we need to check out!

Link via André.

Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

February 6th, 2016

Vulture: Every Coen Brothers Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best.

I haven’t watched “No Country for Old Men” and “Blood Simple” (nor the new “Hail, Caesar!”), so I don’t have an opinion on those movies, but I would have ranked “Burn After Reading” and “Oh Brother Where Art Though” higher, and I didn’t much care for “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “A Serious Man”. I watched “The Man Who Wasn’t There” ages ago – maybe I should give it another try?

Link via MetaFilter.

Serial Podcast Season 1 Updates

February 5th, 2016

Serial Podcast: Season 1 Update.

“This week, Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a court proceeding that’s been nearly sixteen years in the making. Syed’s attorney will introduce new evidence, and present a case for why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.”

So far Day 1 and Day 2 are available for download.


February 4th, 2016

A student asked me today if you could hear the sonic boom from inside a plane, so I dug up this video about Concorde on YouTube:

Concorde Flight-New York to London with detailed Captain’s commentary 2003.