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Ross, Pynchon, Vonnegut (Part One)

Yesterday, at the end of my discussion of Fran Ross’s Oreo, I promised to do something that I’ll have to do anyway in a couple of months: compare Ross to Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut. (I’ll be teaching the three writers,… Continue reading ?

German Collector with a Conscience

A bull figure from the Bronze Age, which was purchased half a century ago, has been sent to the Antalya Museum from Vienna Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik said a person named Manfred Weinwurm, who purchased the figure from Antalya, sent the historic artefact by cargo. Show More Summary

First Big Predator Was 'Angry' Water Bug

Earth's first big predatory monster was a weird water bug as big as Tom Cruise, newly found fossils show. Almost half a billion years ago, way before the dinosaurs roamed, Earth's dominant large predator was a sea scorpion that grew to 5 feet 7 inches, with a dozen claw arms...

Lychrel Numbers

Let r(n) be the function that reverses the digits of the number n, and let s(n) = n + r(n); for instance, r(281) = 182 and s(281) = 281 + 182 = 463. Repeatedly applying s to the result of s(n) frequently leads to a palindrome; for instance, starting with n = 281, s(281) = […]

Five Most Popular Posts In August

Most popular last month were: 1. Jeremy Corbyn, Stalinism, and the Cold War Boilerplate 2. Who I Voted For Labour Leader 3. Gordon Brown and Power 4. Why I Am Voting For Jeremy Corbyn 5. Some Questions for Jeremy Corbyn Yes, we've made it through August and it's still Jeremy-fest as far as the blog's concerned. Show More Summary

Fall Actually Starts Today, by One Count

It might look and feel a lot like summer out there but it's already fall, at least according to meteorologists. "Meterological fall" begins today and includes the entire months of September, October, and November. Most people consider the autumnal equinox, which happens on Sept. 23 this year, to be the...

Post-doctoral research associate position in ocean modeling

Position Overview Organization: College of the Environment, Oceanography Title : Research Associate Search Number : NN13328 Position Details Coastal Ocean Modeling Postdoc A Post-doctoral research position in ocean modeling is available in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. Show More Summary

Why Does Gender Matter in Sports?

By Sally Raskoff In 2009, I posted a blog about sex categories, intersex, sport, and cultural norms about identity. Has much changed since then? In professional sports, categorizing eligibility to compete as a female is based on testosterone levels. They...

Oo'-tin (Bower Cave) in the Sierra Nevada: Caverns, Lost Pictures, Dances, and the Origin Place of Humans (maybe)

The middle parts of the Sierra Nevada are kind of the great unknown of the Sierra Nevada (at least to me, but I suspect many others, too). It's not that the region between the mostly alpine national parks and the highly touristy Mother Lode is a wilderness. Show More Summary

DVR alert: Drunk History is back tonight!

The new season of Drunk History premieres on Comedy Central tonight at 10:30 EST. I’ve been a loyal viewer since it was on YouTube and while the transition to television was a little awkward — a sketch on the short-lived Funny or Die HBO show — it has found its footing on Comedy Central and [...]

Facts about Mexicans

In 2012, 5.9 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down about 1 million from 2007. Despite the drop, Mexicans still make up a slight majority (52% in 2012) of unauthorized immigrants. At the same time, unauthorized immigration overall has leveled off in recent years. As a result, net migration from Mexico likely […]

Do financial crises lie in Africa’s future?

From the FT: The likes of Zambia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, and Ivory Coast have all issued foreign currency dominated sovereign bonds in recent years. Ghana is one African nation with a history of debt crises (pdf), and also dating back to the 1980s (pdf).  Tanzania was another offender, both current and past (pdf), […]

$79 for an Out-of-Date Book About a Modern NASA Logo

A Kickstarter campaign by two designers aims to bring back a space agency graphics standard book, published in 1976, that reflects “modernist design thinking.”

The artificial tree: the “green” replacement for real trees?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Is the artificial tree the solution to climate change? There have been a number of stories advocating artificial trees recently. Proponents of artificial trees believe that normal trees haven’t got the capacity to deliver the CO2 reductions they want. They insist we should try to improve on nature, by replacing…

Some Evidence Hillary Clinton Actually Opposes Citizens United

From the latest document dump, via Dave Levinthal: … Continue reading ?

Robopocalypse Report #18: Paper Drones Act as Cheerleaders as the 3d Printed Self Driving Cars Drive to the First Robopocalyptical Football Game

(source) Drones and data could significantly help oil fields in the US with the lower oil prices these days. In the interim, there is a new market hunting for for pilots...flying drones. Drones are becoming a problem for those seeking quiet on their vacations. Show More Summary

Liu Cixin Q & A

Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem won the 'Best Novel'-category this year at the just-announced Hugo Awards (all the more impressively for being a replacement-finalist that wasn't even in the running originally), and at Caixin Shi Rui...Show More Summary

Graywolf Press profile

At Vulture Boris Kachka explains How the Tiny Graywolf Press Became a Big Player in Book Publishing in a profile of independent non-profit publisher Graywolf Press. As he notes: Publishing just over 30 books a year, Graywolf has hadShow More Summary

“Campaign Finance Analysis: Deadlocks Are Only Part of Story at FEC”

Ken Doyle for Bloomberg BNA: Partisan deadlocks at Federal Election Commission have been highlighted as the source of dysfunction at the beleaguered agency, but a new analysis of some of the most controversial matters handled by the FEC shows that … Continue reading ?

“The Donald Trump of the Left; Larry Lessig may have the most distorted views of what the presidency is.”

Seth Masket at Pacific Standard: Overall, Lessig seems to be treating the presidency as a symbol, or simply a bulletin board on which to attach his reform manifesto. The presidency may be those things (and has certainly been used as … Continue reading ?

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