A primer on the dominant measure of economic inequality, and on some alternatives/supplements to it: "Gini coefficient: An introduction"
(Plus- the solstice)
1D Chess-- everything you need to get started. From @DocPop
(Plus- Johannes Zukertort)
(Plus- the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and James Baldwin)
Set to the work that remains: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/06/19/i-do-order-and-declare-that-all-persons-held-as-slaves-are-and-henceforward-shall-be-free-and-that-the-executive-government-of-the-united-states-including-the-military-and-naval-authorities-th/
A new simulation published by the American Astronomical Society suggests that aliens wouldn't need warp drives to take over an entire galaxy in (relatively) short order: @dvorsky explains.
The history of the asterisk: "A Star is Born"
(Plus- the Taj Mahal)
Saving classics from oblivion? Graeme Wood (@gcaw) ponders the news: "Princeton Dumbs Down Classics"
Decline to decline, lest we decline: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/06/16/your-library-teacher-would-say-what-happens-to-a-generation-that-doesnt-read-the-classics-me-im-not-your-library-teacher-but-i-have-some-of-the-same-questions-and-concerns-you-know/
The “Texas 1836 Project” is a state-mandated effort to promote "Texas exceptionalism"-- and counter CRT. But it may not work out as its Rep. sponsors plan... SMU prof @brfranklin4 explains: "The 1836 Project Is an Opportunity"
(Plus- Magna Carta)
Listen for the backfire: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/06/15/we-can-learn-from-history-but-we-can-also-deceive-ourselves-when-we-selectively-take-evidence-from-the-past-to-justify-what-we-have-already-made-up-our-minds-to-do/
The Changing American Diet": the always-illuminating @flowingdata lets us see what we ate on an average day, for the past several decades.
(Plus- Nathan Handwerker, the "Nathan" of Nathan's Famous)
Ponder the perseverance of meat and potatoes: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/06/14/part-of-the-secret-of-a-success-in-life-is-to-eat-what-you-like-and-let-the-food-fight-it-out-inside/
For the philosopher of “hyperobjects”—vast, unknowable things that are bigger than ourselves—the coronavirus is further proof that we live in a dark ecology: "Timothy Morton’s Hyper-Pandemic"
(Plus- James Clerk Maxwell)
From George Orwell (in 1946): "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad"
(Plus- "The Artist's Dream")
From the annals of self-help: "The Psycho-Phone" (TotH to @tedgioia)
(Plus- Mandrake the Magician)
How a grassroots movement of U.S. farmers laid the foundation for state intervention and investment in the economy, challenging the slaveholding South in the run-up to the Civil War: "In the Common Interest"
Guides-- lots of guides: r/coolguides Via @BoingBoing
(Plus- Lefèvre d'Étaples' "guide" to the four Gospels)
"Science fiction novels for economists": wonderful recommendations from the always-insightful economist and social/political analyst @Noahpinion
(Plus- Nineteen Eighty-Four)
The slang of 19th century scoundrels and vagabonds: "Vocabulum; or, The Rogue's Lexicon." Via @internetarchive
(Plus- Beau Brummell)
Edgar Allan Poe’s best-selling book during his lifetime was a guide to seashells, and The Conchologist’s First Book was good enough to elevate the entire field
(Plus- the first drive-in theater)
The marvelous cartoons (and illustrations) of @tomgauld
(Plus- Richard Scarry)
Visualize it: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/06/05/i-suppose-illustration-tends-to-live-in-the-streets-rather-than-in-the-hermetically-sealed-atmosphere-of-the-museum-and-consequently-it-has-come-to-be-taken-less-seriously/
Ancient transportation and travel: "ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World"
(Plus- the first shopping cart)
Mapping movement: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/06/04/all-roads-lead-to-rome/
"Educated voters’ leftward shift is surprisingly old and international": the rise of right-wing populism (plus the rich) and a progressive left. From the always-illuminating Economist Graphic Detail
(Plus- Santa Cruz bans rock)
"One Man’s Amazing Journey to the Center of the Bowling Ball": how Mo Pinel harnessed the power of physics to reshape the core of the ball-- and the game of bowling itself. From @brendankoerner
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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