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Archived Since:August 16, 2008

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Return of the Weekend Linkdump

4 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Gotta do this. Otherwise the links accumulate and multiply like coathangers in the closet.Video of massive numbers of mullets (fish, not hairdos) becoming prey during their annual migration.An introduction to the Paraguayan "Archives...Show More Summary

I'm shutting down TYWKIWDBI

last weekOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Not permanently, but for an indefinite time period, probably extending through the holiday season.On Tuesday, shortly after I wrote that last post, I received a phone call informing me that my 95-year-old mother had fallen and injured herself. Show More Summary

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have uncovered another "vampire grave" dating to the first half of the 13th century:"The skeleton, thought to be of a man aged between 40 and 50, had a heavy piece of ploughshare – an iron rod, used in a plough – hammered through its chest. Show More Summary

The "drinkable book"

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. From the outside, "The Drinkable Book" looks like a normal book. It's about an inch or two thick, with 20 pages. But these pages do a lot more than convey information. Each page also serves as a water filter, a valuable...Show More Summary

Card manipulation

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Not card tricks - just (literally) manipulation of the cards by people you wouldn't want to play poker with. Via Neatorama.

The "salmon cannon"

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. This week John Oliver presented a rather funny send-up of the "salmon cannon." I think the original deserves to be appreciated in its own right.

The downnside of terraforming

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Consider this scenario:A large number of humans have been prenatally genetically modified to live and work in a nonterrestrial location (they require subzero temperatures for comfort, need a different atmospheric gaseous composition, etc). Show More Summary

What constitutes proper subject matter for postage stamps?

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

A couple weeks ago the Washington Post made note of some turmoil in the stamp collecting community regarding the selection of images to be used on forthcoming commemorative stamps in the United States:As the U.S. Postal Service prepares...Show More Summary

Luxembourg tax shelters exposed

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

From The Guardian: An unprecedented international investigation into tax deals struck with Luxembourg has uncovered the multi-billion dollar tax secrets of some of the world’s largest multinational corporations. A cache of almost 28,000...Show More Summary

American plutocracy

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

A new paper by Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics suggests that, in America at least, inequality in wealth is approaching record levels... The top 0.1% (consisting...Show More Summary

How the 0.1% spend their money

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Sotheby's expects the bidding for this watch to reach $17,000,000.A video at the Wall Street Journal, which I can't embed, attempts to explain why this watch is worth that much money. It doesn't address the question of why a person should spend this amount of money on a watch rather than, for example, improving the world in some meaningful way.

Photos by Gordon Parks

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Parks' resulting work appeared in a 26-photo spread in [Life] magazine. "The Restraints: Open and Hidden" stood out among photography of the era because it used color photos to document the day-to-day impact of Jim Crow segregation on...Show More Summary

17th century witchmarks

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

As reported in the International Business Times:Witch markings dating to the 17 th Century have been uncovered by archaeologists at a stately home in Kent and are believed to have been created to protect King James following the gunpowder plot of 1605. Show More Summary

Interesting things about chickens

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Excerpts from an article in the November issues of Harper's:Before World War I, the majority of eggs came from people keeping a few chickens in their backyards in the suburbs. Today, barns of 150,000 hens are run by 1.5 men on average...Show More Summary

Relevant demographics of the mid-term elections

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Two graphs from a Washington Post article. The first shows the age of people who voted in the last ten mid-term elections: The second shows that this trend of an older populace will continue for our lifetimes: A major question is what...Show More Summary

So you think you know a lot about music?

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

For the final exam in this course: "Define, compare, and contrast five of the following musical genres. Be specific." Canterbury scenerock gauchoLithumaniavegan straight edge technical death metalblack sludge filthstep deep orgcore fourth...Show More Summary

Long-neck beer

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Posted at Reddit, where there is a photo of another one:

Fake bomb detectors

2 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Last year The Guardian carried a story about a UK businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to the Iraqis:A jury at the Old Bailey found Jim McCormick, 57, from near Taunton, Somerset, guilty on three counts of fraud over a scam that included the sale of £55m of devices based on a novelty golfball finder to Iraq. Show More Summary

The hands of Jane Seymour

3 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

This is a detail from a 1536 portrait of Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein. Posted not for the hands per se, but rather to marvel at the exquisite detail the painter (or his assistants) incorporated into the depiction of the fabric. How is...Show More Summary

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