Privacy as a public good- @phirephoenix makes a compelling case that we should treat-- and protect-- privacy as a public good, and explains how we might do that: "Left alone, together"
(Plus- the Harvard Mark I)
Think about each other: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/12/arguing-that-you-dont-care-about-the-right-to-privacy-because-you-have-nothing-to-hide-is-no-different-than-saying-you-dont-care-about-free-speech-because-you-have-nothing-to-say/
How Filippo Brunelleschi, untrained in architecture or engineering, built the world’s largest dome at the dawn of the Renaissance
A rebuke of Apple, John Deere, and other manufacturers whose practices frustrate repair by "owners": "FTC Report Finds Manufacturers’ Repair Restrictions Unwarranted." Via @kwiens and @stewartbrand
(Plus- the tomato)
Many of America’s funeral parlors rely on one man to provide the music for their services. Welcome to “semi-spiritual” ambient music and the stuff of contemporary mourning: "Songs in the Key of Death"
30 failed quarantine baking attempts
(Plus- it's National Empanada Day!)
Everything we know about the history of architecture (and the world) is wrong? @zachmortice takes us "Inside the ‘Tartarian Empire,’ the QAnon of Architecture"
(Plus- Michael Hopkins)
The history, design, economics, and psychology of the technology that made modern cities possible-- the lives of elevators: "Up and Then Down"
(Plus the Sack of Rome)
Learning from our ancestors: "Humans Shaped Life on Earth For 12,000 Years, And It Wasn't All Doom And Destruction"
(Plus- Jean Nicot)
Learning from the ways that whales learn: "Sperm whales in 19th century shared ship attack information"
(Plus- The Old Man and the Sea)
NPR as we know it debuted 50 years ago today. Hear its first original production-- the first All Things Considered
(Plus- World Press Freedom Day)
Access to heritage: Scan the World- 3-D printable files of cultural artifacts (since it's inception in 2014, over 17,000, by over 1800 artists/artisans, from over 800 places around the world... and counting)
"If Y2K-Era Movie Theater Carpets Could Talk": behind the ecstatic aesthetic of squiggles, stars, and confetti
(Plus- Citizen Kane)
Settle on the extra-large popcorn: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/01/i-want-people-to-walk-into-a-movie-theater-and-be-transported-to-a-different-world/
One man's quest to park in every space in a Saintsbury parking lot in Bromley (UK) @GarethWild
(Plus- the first Land Rover)
"The Letter in the Window": the wacky and surprising history of NYC restaurant inspections (and by extension, those of other cities) @readtedium @ernie
(Plus- the zipper)
Wash your hands: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/29/god-loveth-the-clean/
"Remember the Office?" As we await the verdict on post-pandemic plans, a look back at 150 years of cubicles, corner offices, all-nighters, and the holiday party
(Plus- The Dark Side of the Moon)
The wonder (and weaknesses) of the workplace: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/28/an-office-is-a-place-where-dreams-come-true/
"Coleridge the philosopher": though largely remembered only as a poet, Coleridge’s theory of ideas was spectacular in its originality and bold reach
(Plus- Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"Mathematics for Gamblers": if philosophers and mathematicians struggle with probability, can gamblers really hope to grasp their losing game?
"The Return of the Harmonica": in the 1970s, Hohner, the world’s largest harmonica manufacturer, changed its flagship model-- and its sound. A few musicians waged a quiet rebellion. And they won.
Plus- Rock and Roll High School)
An immersive experience of the ancient Greek gods: "Virtual Reality Oracle."
Homer mentioned Dodona; soon, you can be there, then.
(Plus- a big day for PCs)
Billions of emerging insects will likely trigger predator population surges: "Brood X Cicadas Could Cause a Bird Baby Boom"
Have helped start lots of orgs (e.g., GBN, Wired, Oxygen); of late, mostly NGOs. Still practice scenario planning, mostly with not-for-profits.
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