News and notes from around the interweb:
- France is buying more shares of Air France KLM so they can be assured of winning a vote that will give them certain control into the future — a rule that shareholders get double voting rights when they’ve held shares 2 years or more.
- Harvard engineering students devise the ultimate barbecue smoker. (HT: Marginal Revolution) My guess is that it is perfect in theory, but it won’t taste anything like this.
- An 8 year old boy was smuggled into Spain inside a suitcase. The greatest gift in life, I think, is being born in a developed country. (HT: Paul H.)
- The Airbus A350 uses more than 1000 3-D printed parts.
- Last month I wrote that Austin could adopt rules that would kill off barbecue in the city with new regulations to fight the smell of barbecue.
“If this resolution passes, we would be forced to close or move,” owner Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, widely considered to be the Austin’s best, told the food website Eater. “It would destroy Austin barbecue.”
…”Our smokers are on the second floor so the smell dissipates before it drifts down, and we make sure our fires have a complete combustion so you don’t get that gross-smelling creosote,” Franklin told the Times. “And we make sure kids in the neighborhood get food for their birthday parties—so the positive emotional associations with the smell of his barbecue get imprinted early.”