Morning Links – Ended

October 7, 2011

  • The Rwandan government has sold its 25 percent stake in MTN Rwanda. (New Times)
  • Rwandans remember Steve Jobs as best they can. (New Times)
  • Mototaxis are technically not allowed to operate after 10 pm, overtake cars, or drive on the left. (New Times)
  • A second Nakumatt, just like Singapore. (New Times)
  • A wait service innovation from Uganda. (We Love Failure)
  • Wherein a development economist has a brief moment of transcendental angst while regressing war deaths in Stata. (Chris Blattman)
  • A year in the hands of Somali pirates with names like Buggas, Son Of A Liar, Red Butt, Red Teeth, and Big Mouth. (NYT)
  • That Apple user is acting like his dad just died. (Onion)
  • Five famous hidden song meanings that are total BS. (Cracked)

And finally, a somewhat less productive way of spending two years:

Arresting Development
  • A juicy recounting of government money mismanagement. (New Times)
  • Ministry of Information is closing today; as long as we can pull up Wikipedia I’m confident we’ll muddle through. (New Times)
  • Rwanda’s paper of record gets around to writing up Jeanette Kagame’s interview from a year ago. (New Times,, Oprah)
  • Attempted assassination of Nyamwasa was plotted in Europe, says witness. (IOL)
  • An estimate of the total number of creatures that have ever existed on earth. (The Virtuosi)
  • Why isn’t cricket popular in America, that former British colony? (Slate)
  • The story of a Cosmo fact-checker. (Slate)

And finally, the best of times:

  • Rwanda is a top ten African investment destination, according to Africans. (New Times)
  • Is Paul Rusesabagina being smeared in a campaign? (Foreign Policy)
  • Flying the friendly African skies. (Economist)
  • Drink chocolate milk after you exercise–and if you’re in Rwanda, drink it warm. (IndiaVision News)
  • Learning to love first class and become a travel snob. (WSJ)
  • Bring back flogging? (Economist)

And finally, the great debate:

  • With 7,000 decorations being given out, you gotta be feeling kinda awkward if you’re one of the ones on the force who doesn’t get one. (New Times)
  • Kagame makes it official: Rwandaful is a word. (New Times)
  • Heineken should be getting about RWF 200 ($.33) cheaper per bottle. (New Times)
  • Florida tomatoes: poor tasting, less nutritious, covered in poison, and picked by slave Mexicans. (Gilt Taste)
  • An indispensable resource for artistes. (Arty Bollocks Generator)
  • Fifteen new words from the 1927 Webster’s International Dictionary. (Atlantic)
  • Six impossible escapes using impossibler methods. (Cracked)

And finally, I’ve found a way I’m below average:



  • The Reverend Jesse Jackson among the diaspora who listened to Kagame speak at the Hyatt in Chicago. (New Times)
  • Theogene Rudasingwa among those who called Kagame a dictator and murderer outside of the Hyatt in Chicago. (New Times)
  • Transport minister urges moto drivers “to be disciplined, observe hygiene and give value to their lives.” (New Times)
  • The airport security checkpoint of the future? (Gulliver – Economist)
  • Vote for your favorite US Civil War facial hair. (Smithsonian)
  • Tells you how to kill your accounts, in case you don’t know how. (accountkiller)
  • On the architecture of a US embassy. (Nomad Lawyer)
  • David Simon will grant the US Attorney General’s request for another season of The Wire if he agrees to revisit drug prohibition. (This Week in Blackness)

And finally, the wires:

  • What Rwandans expect in the upcoming budget… (New Times)
  • …the theme of which is “Ensuring food security and price stability whilst maintaining sustainable growth.” (New Times)
  • Motorcyclists cause 80 percent of road accidents according to police. (New Times)
  • How France lost Africa to the US of A. (Atlantic)
  • The Simpsons quotes for aid agencies. (Aid on the Edge of Chaos)
  • “Never mind the bratwurst and the biergartens, the sign of true integration is being able to get naked with the Germans.” (Slow Travel Berlin)
  • Courtship blunders. (Nerve)

And finally, if my abdomen were clear it would be the color of dark chocolate and red vines:

  • “He added that with the ordinary system, delivery of mails to Europe should not exceed five days, 24 hours for nationwide services and a day within the city.” (New Times)
  • Kigali school partially demolished by the city while in session because construction can’t happen “when pupils are studying.” (New Times)
  • Some of last year’s A-levels had the economics and history scores reversed. (New Times)
  • Sam Dargan has selected this week’s ML: Caption Contest image; send your witty caption to me before Monday morning.
  • Coconut oil, the new healthy fat. (NYT)
  • Movie color strips. (/Film)
  • Six important thing you didn’t know we were running out of. (Cracked)

And finally, tablet-off:

Morning Links – Canned

October 28, 2010

  • One of Don Cheadle’s most memorable characters has been charged in the Ingabire case. (New Times, NYT)
  • The current maximum punishment for sexual harassment doesn’t seem so minimal to me. (New Times)
  • Government selling some of its delicious stakes. (New Times)
  • Mental rehearsal of prices containing numbers with small phonemes results in overestimation of price discounts, just so you know. (Journal of Consumer Research)
  • Thirty best quotes from season two of Jersey Shore. (BuzzFeed)
  • A history of canned laughter. (The Paris Review)
  • Lessons learned from a lifetime of sleazy American horror books and movies. (Popehat)

And finally, the state of films (click to enlarge):

Morning Links – Handy

September 21, 2010

  • “He said one option is to change from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side, the second is to maintain the current right-hand drive system and the ban on importation of right-hand drive vehicles; while the third proposal is to remain on the right-hand drive and lift the existing ban on right-hand vehicles.” (New Times)
  • Doctor sells coffee to help the pygmies, Rwanda’s third wheel. (American Medical News)
  • Maybe this is why accountability for MDGs did not work out that well. (AidWatch)
  • The economist will tell you that, like a banana, the proper way to eat a muffin is to turn it upside-down. (The Incidental Economist)
  • The ol’ business pricing story about razors and blades is myth-riddled. (SSRN)
  • The strategies mentioned in this article about Apple’s pricing prowess should be familiar if you’re one of the tens of people who listened to Hez and me talk motohaggling. (Bloomberg, Arresting Development)
  • The best-dressed movie gangsters. (The Smoking Jacket)

And finally, falling into place:

  • Yep, we did whatever you said, confesses Wee-Bey Brice the two Ingabire co-conspirators. (New Times)
  • WFP guys analogizes a program to having a baby, which is apt since you generally eat babies and/or sell them as food. (New Times)
  • Well at least the Esoka beta site is online. (New Times, Esoko)
  • IHOP introduces cheesecake sandwiched by pancakes as a lame-o physicians protest. (ABC News)
  • Find the best hotels for WiFI. (Hotel Chatter)
  • Tom Hanks forces houseguests to play “World War II” with him–OOO OOO, pick me! (The Onion)
  • Unpublished Dilbert cartoons on the lost 4G iPhone debacle. (Dilbert)
  • And just like that, we’re one step closer to the world of Middle Earth. (NY Mag)

And finally,