Sample the delights at: "77 Strange, Funny, and Magnificent Book Titles You’ve Probably Never Heard Of" From @foxtosser
(Plus- @SherwoodGregory [Greg Sherwood])
Learning from the long-lived: "Building on Tradition — 1,400 Years of a Family Business"
(Plus- the Titanic, launched)
Clouds of Unknowing: Edward Quin’s (1830) "Historical Atlas." Via the invaluable @PublicDomainRev
(Plus- Mariner 9)
Sometimes profane, often profound, always wonderfully watercolory-- visit the amazing aviary @FalseKnees
(Plus- Jack Kamen)
"How Long is Now?" From @ahmedkabil and The Long Now Foundation, a (wonderfully-illustrated) appreciation of the art of @AliciaEggert and the questions it addresses
(Plus- the eclipse of Thales)
Cool, cooler, cold- Ingrid Rowland on Elizabeth David's Harvest of the Cold Months: The Social History of Ice and Ices: "The Empress of Ice Cream"
(Plus- Root Glass and the Coca-Cola bottle)
What @CarlotaPrzPerez 's theory of economic/tech development suggests about what our future might hold: "Bubbles, Bubbles, Toils, and Troubles," from @AnnikaSays and @divine_economy
(Plus- the last Model T)
The filing cabinet was critical to the information infrastructure of the 20th century; like most infrastructure, it was usually overlooked-- an oversight that @craig2robertson rectifies: "The Filing Cabinet"
(Plus- Malcolm McLean)
Savor smart storage: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/25/pam-this-is-from-corporate-how-many-times-have-i-told-you-that-there-is-a-special-filing-cabinet-for-things-from-corporate-called-the-waste-paper-basket/
How Mesmer's Animal Magnetism became Hypnosis-- and how it birthed an understanding of the Unconscious
(Plus- William Whewell)
The quietly oppositional delight of knowing things you don’t need to know: "The Pleasures of LearnedLeague and the Spirit of Trivia"
(Plus- John McClane)
Revel in the rarefied: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/23/trivia-is-a-fact-without-a-home/
Postal privacy in the past-- "Cracking the Code of Letterlocking": a tale of Black Chambers, lost correspondence, and high technology
(Plus- Bugs Bunny, stamped)
Stunning photos of nature retaking abandoned architecture
(Plus- Hugo de Vries)
Anyone who says they know exactly what’s happening in the economy is lying. @EmilyStewartM explores that uncertainty and what it might mean: "The black box economy"
(Plus- it's National Be a Millionaire Day!)
Contemplate conflicting charts: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/20/the-only-function-of-economic-forecasting-is-to-make-astrology-look-respectable-2/
Addressing inequality in the U.S.: "The Mutualist Economy: A New Deal for Ownership"-- @nils_gilman and @BuddyYakov offer a powerfully-provocative proposal
(Plus- Johns Hopkins)
Rethink what isn't working: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/19/justice-is-not-the-work-of-the-law-on-the-contrary-the-law-is-only-the-declaration-and-application-of-what-is-just-in-all-circumstances-where-men-have-relations-with-one-another/
Dept. of Misinformation: Faulkner argued that "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) offers a timely historical example: "Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Buonaparte"
(Plus- Napoleon becomes Emperor)
Contend with conspiracists: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/18/those-who-can-make-you-believe-absurdities-can-make-you-commit-atrocities/
A proto-modernist memory palace: "Visualizing History: The Polish System"
(Plus- Louie, Louie)
Picture the past: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/17/every-history-is-a-map/
"Oikos vs polis: a new (but old) axis on the political map": @intrcnnctd with a provocative reframing of the political landscape
(Plus- the Medici, temporarily out)
"When a Famous Literary Critic Unraveled Silicon Valley’s Most Sensational Murder Case": in the 1930s, Stanford literary scholar Yvor Winters demonstrated his skills as a detective. From @tedgioia
(Plus- the Cosmic Calendar)
How pineapple broke the internet-- @will_coldwell explains why Hawaiian pizza is the polarizing issue of our times
(Plus- the McDonald's #1 Store Museum)
"The miracle of the commons": we humans have deep capacities for sharing resources with generosity and foresight, as @nijhuism explains
(Plus- the official first U.S. conservation conference)
Come together: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/05/13/what-is-missing-from-the-policy-analysts-tool-kit-and-from-the-set-of-accepted-well-developed-theories-of-human-organization-is-an-adequately-specified-theory-of-collective-action-whereby-a-g/
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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