Wednesday, May 23, 2018

World Goth Day was yesterday, but it’s never too late to enjoy some spooky words, courtesy of Merriam-Webster. 

The Order of the Good Death talks about Aztec mothers. Cassandra and I were discussing this and the concept of your afterlife being determined by the nature of your death. (Cassandra: “If you died by drowning, would you just hang out at the beach and wait to help others along?”)

Cities and Memory has a great soundscape project going on. (If you like this sort of thing, check out the Imaginary Soundscape!)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How We Get to Next has a new series, titled A Visual History of the Future, and it looks like it’s going to be fantastic.

Speaking of futures and history, here’s a 1922 concept of color television. Loudspeakers weren’t invented yet, so you have a Victrola-like contraption for audio!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

Happy Friday!

From Julie: Time travelers are welcome at Stephen Hawking’s memorial service in June. 

Also from Julie: Scientists may have found a drug to combat the common cold! 

From Cassandra: Working class people are more empathic. Also more fatalistic. Well, you’ll have that.

From the people behind Retronaut: Freevious, high-quality public domain photographs!

From Twitter: The hockey playoffs have extended to a (friendly) Twitter war between the Winnipeg and Las Vegas public libraries. 

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It’s that time of year when the ranking of baby names comes out! Liam and Emma are at the top. I am pleased to report that my name is getting rarer every year. At some point today there will also be a state-by-state breakdown. 

Here’s something useful on Twitter for those of us in the legal world: Big Cases Bot posts downloaded filings of important ongoing cases. Very helpful, and free!

The Vatican has warned nuns “not to overindulge” in social media. Pfft. Good luck with that.

Bill E. Lytton had the brilliant idea to layer hundreds of photos together to create a visualization of London’s iconic landmarks. It looks like an Impressionist gallery.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Oooo, go check out today’s Google Doodle of Tamara de Lempicka, and then go learn about her, because both the art and the woman behind the art are fascinating.

The world’s first online Sikh museum is on the way!

Did you know about burial shoes? They’re a little different than regular shoes, due to, well, rigor mortis and the like.

Wil Wheaton spoke to NAMI Ohio about chronic depression, and it’s very close to personal experience (except for the fame angle!). Take some time and read it if you can.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today we look at world history, in an oblique sort of way.

In Egypt, scientific instruments have determined that there are no secret passages in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. How disappointing.

In Myanmar, women are educating children about health and hygiene with the help of traditional marionettes. 

Originally from Argentina, Arturo Bonafont’s treatise on cane defense is now available in English!