Saturday, December 22, 2012

Link roundup

1.  Iowa:

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.  
The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an "irresistible attraction," even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote.
(It's ok to fire someone to avoid sexually harassing them?)  Via.

2.  The excellent latest documentary on Double Fine's kickstarter-supported adventure game (subscribers only) is either quite misleading, or an admission that the game won't be made without a significant additional infusion of cash (is that what the HumbleBundle fundraiser was all about?).

3.  This real life parasite is basically just like the Alien, but even worse.  (An old article I was reminded of after reading Carl Zimmer's recent AMA at Reddit.)  Via.

4.  Downloadable paper toy Beastmaster (and animals) for roleplaying.

5. The Dark Knight Rises is a $2 rental at Amazon.