Links: Ancillary Justice, TeaBOT, myth, solar, condoms, and more!

* The Subterranean Press edition of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice has been released; unfortunately it’s already sold out.

* “teaBOT Makes Customized Cups Of Tea With The Touch Of A Button.” This is great. I’m slightly more a tea person than a coffee person, but good coffeeshops dominate good tea shops in the U.S. One of the very, very few things I miss about Tucson is The Scented Leaf, which had everything I was looking for and opened right before I left. Something like teaBOT may make tea shops more competitive and enable smaller tea shops to open.

* Mass Transit Doesn’t Cause Gentrification.

* “Unraveling The Myth Of The Alpha Male.”

* “Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism,” which also helps explain why it’s so hard to make money as a generic writer: you are competing with all of these pieces, all of which are online, for free.

* Two months with Soylent. My guess is that Soylent may replace one meal a day somewhat effectively, especially when made into a more conventional, palatable smoothie. That being said it has too many sugars in it to appeal to me.

* Woman attempts to divorce-rape another woman, although that is not the actual title; one could profitably read this story against Real World Divorce, by Alexa Dankowski, Suzanne Goode, Philip Greenspun, Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz, and Tina Tonnu. Incidentally, if any literary agents are reading this blog they should contact the authors.

* Rooftop solar is booming. But it may be more vulnerable than you think.

* “We’ve been cheated out of condoms that actually feel good during sex.” Another of these very important yet totally underrated issues.

* “The incredible shrinking megacity: How Los Angeles engineered a housing crisis: Los Angeles used to be the promised land for America’s homeowners. Now it’s tearing at the seams.”

* “Rising Rents Outpace Wages in Wide Swaths of the U.S.;” national policy focuses on ownership while facts-on-the-ground demand more planning for renting.

* “ Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution: In the past decade, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation has become the most influential supporter of research on IUDs and expanding access to the contraceptive.”

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