Hyperspace, tesseracts, ghosts, and colorful cubes-- Charles Howard Hinton and the cultural history of higher dimensions: "Notes on the Fourth Dimension"
(Plus- the walkie talkie)
“Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal”*…
Lessons from the best: "Buster Keaton- The Art of the Gag"
(Plus- Frederick Langenheim)
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot”*…
Trees without trunks: a photographer's celebration of timber's will to life
(Plus- William Tell)
“When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all”*…
How food gets to your home... and some of the bottlenecks and vulnerabilities to which we be wise to pay attention
(Plus- the father of canning)
“First we eat, then we do everything else”*…
High-speed film reveals the details of a young gall midge's loop-and-latch maneuver: "How these tiny insect larvae leap without legs"
(Plus- LSD first synthesized)
Admire the altitude: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/11/16/jump/
The annals of advocacy: Helen Hunt Jackson’s "Ramona" did what her nonfiction couldn’t-- and vice versa.
(Plus- the Liberty Party)
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures”*…
Muse on methods: http://bit.ly/2NGNipU
We'd be well served to face up-- actually, actively-- to the deeply dramatic (indeed, seemingly melodramatic) realities that we face; we're going to live in them. @cascio explains: "The apocalypse: It’s not the end of the world"
(Plus- the Kamchatka quake)
Take care: http://bit.ly/36Vj0r8
A symbol for our times: "The cautionary political tale of Iceland’s last McDonald’s burger that simply won’t rot, even after 10 years"
(Plus- Kurt Vonnegut)
Muse on the message in your meal: http://bit.ly/2X4VHH1
What happens if your uploaded mind lives on the internet forever? Princeton's Michael Graziano explores.
(Plus- the first "entertainment" video game)
Ponder presence: http://bit.ly/2p3WPxN
As of this month, Blade Runner is no longer set in the future: a list of works whose futures are past
(Plus- Hedy Lamarr)
“The future isn’t what it used to be”*…
Adjust your expectations: http://bit.ly/2p1OhYi
Plants communicate, nurture their seedlings-- and feel stress: "Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees."
(Plus- The Bodleian Library)
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness”*…
Contemplate cultivation: http://bit.ly/33tiAWJ
No goods or services are stand-alone. One of the most fundamental dynamics afoot in our economy today, and its consequences: "Bundling and Unbundling"
(Plus- Microsoft, launched)
Contemplate connection: http://bit.ly/2Cl5BdK
The slow-motion, trickle-down social, economic, and cultural threats of automation: "There's an Automation Crisis Underway Right Now, It's Just Mostly Invisible"
(Plus- the commercial prospects of the Web, explored)
“Not with a bang, but a whimper”*…
Think systemically: http://bit.ly/2Nm2CbD
The Internet Archive's massive repository of scanned books will help Wikipedia fight the disinformation wars
(Plus- Will Rogers)
“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”*…
Accelerate access: http://bit.ly/34sX6cD
Neuroscientist (and accomplished comic artist) Matteo Farinella unpacks a serious issue in the practice of modern science: "Scientific knowledge is drowning in a flood of research"
(Plus- Claude Lévi-Strauss)
Honor abduction: http://bit.ly/2BXVb3Q
Counsel for connected cons-to-be-- the Emily Post of prison etiquette: "Inside the World of Prison Consultants Who Prepare White Collar Criminals to Do Time"
(Plus- 96 Tears)
“I made bongs”*…
Do time at: http://bit.ly/32ZeOV4
Is a paradox still the same after its parts have been replaced? A consideration: "Restoring the Ship of Theseus"
(Plus- John Locke)
“One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical”*…
Contemplate change: http://bit.ly/2pjPJW8
With an eye to Thursday's festivities, a collection of photos, circa 1897-1918, of children (from the Bronx) dressed as ghosts: "Costume"
(Plus- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)
Give face to fears: http://bit.ly/2olkJED
A history of the debates over vaccination that asks, can the social contract be protected from a measles outbreak?: "Herd Immunity."
“Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community”*…
Please pull up your sleeve: http://bit.ly/2ojBdNx
In the South of 90 years ago, young African Americans started dancing the Lindy Hop: "Jitterbugging With Jim Crow."
(Plus- Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.)
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”*…
Trip the light fantastic: http://bit.ly/33ZCqc4
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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