How precision engineers created the modern world: "Masters of Tolerance"
(Plus- Lewis Mumford)
“Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men”*…

Contemplate craft at:

The world of 2045- a manual for the future
(Plus- Babbage)
“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed”*…

Take the long view at:

The shifting causes of death in the U.S.
(Plus- Gertrude Mary Cox)
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”*…

Memento mori:

The Celestial Atlas of Andreas Cellarius (1660)
(Plus- quarternions, found)
“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go”*…

Look to the stars at:

How the universe might die-- "Vacuum decay: the ultimate catastrophe"
(Plus- the man who discovered quasars)
“And so the Universe ended”*…

Abhor a vacuum at:

The history of philosophy, summarized and visualized
(Plus- Hannah Arendt)
“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”*…

Investigate influence at:

Is our universe one island in an archipelago? "The Fourth Copernican Revolution"
(Plus- Greenwich)
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others”*…

Find your place at:

In U.S. politics, "Density is Destiny"
(Plus- International Moment of Frustration Scream Day)
“Things on the whole are much faster in America; people don’t ‘stand for election’, they ‘run for office.'”*…

Get out the vote at:

A pictorial celebration of control panels
(Plus- the search for absolute zero)
“I’ve never seen contraptions with so many dials and knobs before”*…

Twist and turn at:

Early attempts to find the line between life and death: "Who is dead?"
(Plus- Richard Blackmore)
“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague”*…

Check your pulse at:

A truly African philosophy
(Plus- the Boer War)
“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it”*…

Wisdom is where one finds it:

William Faulkner was a pathetic postman
(Plus- Harvey Pekar)
“It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work”*…

Ponder the post at:

A second look at the tuna sandwich’s All-American history
(Plus- Clarence Birdseye)
“Enjoy every sandwich”*…

Muse on a melt at:

The mathematical madness of Möbius strips and other one-sided objects
(Plus- the encyclopedist)
“It might help to think of the universe as a rubber sheet, or perhaps not”*…

Return from whence you came:

The Surrealists' inspiration: "Grandville, Visions, and Dreams"
(Plus- Piranesi)
“What is admirable about the fantastic is that there is no longer anything fantastic: there is only the real.”*…

Revel in the revolutionary:

How Auto-Tune revolutionized the sound of popular music
(Plus- Victor)
“So sa-a-a-ad that you’re leaving”*…

Pine for authentic imperfection at:

Solo colonoscopies, cannibal calories, and more: the 2018 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
(Plus- camels in the U.S.)
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose”*…

Pursue knowledge at:

An American original: Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire
(Plus- the father of the polygraph)
“The Master’s tools will be used to take apart the Master’s house”*…

Find your way through fake news:

The cat meme photographer from a century ago
(Plus- Edgar Bergen)
“What goes around, comes around”*…

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

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