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10/25/2023

Venice’s streets and their strangeness: the general term for these sorts of constructions is “defensive architecture.”

9/13/2023

AskHistorians – What does McCain’s monument in Hanoi say?: I’ve seen American politicians repeatedly go there to pay homage—Biden most recently—but they should not.

2/2/2022

GPS: fantastic, thorough, and interactive explanation.

8/23/2020

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife: the same guy who did The Wave also painted this in 1814.

1/23/2018

How McDonald’s Makes Its Fries: that explains why McDonald’s fries are so good and consistent. {via}

1/10/2018

What are some slang terms a 50 year old dad can say to his daughter to embarrass her?: this is great stuff, even though I don’t understand half of it. {via}

3/25/2016

Baeumer EP (Profiling machine): terrible background music, but this video demonstrates how eggcrate foam is actually cut straight and gets those peaks and valleys.

7/21/2015

A Brief History of Everything: I’m not a fan of deGrasse Tyson, but this is quite well done and fairly easy to understand.

7/20/2015

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences: I figured that it wasn’t part of Alfred Nobel’s original scheme, but I didn’t know that its money came from the Swedish Central Bank. Also, that Fredrich Hayek protested his award: “The Nobel Prize confers on an individual an authority which in economics no man ought to possess…. This does not matter in the natural sciences. Here the influence exercised by an individual is chiefly an influence on his fellow experts; and they will soon cut him down to size if he exceeds his competence. But the influence of the economist that mainly matters is an influence over laymen: politicians, journalists, civil servants and the public generally.” {via}