How the Design of Dice Evolved Over Time
An entertaining summary of the evolution of dice over time.
Good nerdy engineering story about solving problems with printing on paper in a continuous process.
This is an interesting perspective on the new Java release process. They're introducing the concept of an LTS, much like Ubuntu and other Linux distributions use. Basically, Java 9 has new features, but your project had best be ready to switch to Java 10 upon its release if you want to keep up with security updates (and you really should).
Tim's mom was a programmer, too! Most impressive.
I did not realize that the bark from the vine is not hallucinogenic on its own, but instead serves to catalyze other plants' parts into hallucinogenic drugs.
A nice collection of instances where regulation, especially taxation, influenced architecture.
A really interesting essay about how Georgian "feasts" feature frequent toasts involving lengthy emotional speeches (and strong spirits).
A good mix of the standard hilarious mistranslations mixed with a thoughtful analysis of translating culinary vocabulary across cultures and languages.
Good luck to 'em! Exploiting generic drugs for major profit has been a major problem in US medicine for a long while.
This a pretty clear explanation of what Meltdown and Phantom are.
Non-primate species using fire as a tool. Impressive!
I'd sometimes wondered where the different words came from.
I'd heard of Laurel Canyon as an abstract place where artists and musicians lived. It's nice to get a more concrete picture of the place.
An interesting sort of thought experiment.
Good old Spice House.
Intriguing profile of a master of Latin who is employed by the Vatican to compose in and translate to Latin. He's described as a one-man Audubon Society for the preservation of Latin.
An entertaining essay on the life of a literary reviewer. It's a classic, I suppose, as the original essay was written by Anthony Burgess in 1972.
Freeman Dyson discussing his long career.
Really long description of the fundamentals of a Fascist movement.
It's still really boring, but now I have a better idea of what's going on in a cricket game.
I've always liked Kids in the Hall, but I don't think I've ever seen Kevin McDonald out of character. This is a good interview!
I'd prefer buttercream.
Did they try to corner the silver market, or were they just dumb?
Entertaining snapshot of "fancy foods".
I now know a lot more than I did before about Yankee Candle Company.
An interesting description of how Feynman Diagrams contribute to modern quantum theory, even though they are not as precise as Feynman had anticipated.
An intriguing analysis of the Divine Comedy with a bonus description of what the Guelfs and Ghibellines were all about.
The story of how hangul was created and managed to thrive despite aristocratic opposition.
Israel now produces more water than it needs using desalinization plants and intensive water conservation.
An eccentric early 19th-century naturalist who pioneered taxidermy as political satire.
Fascinating account of Jewish pirates based in Port Royal, Jamaica.
The story of the invention of stainless steel.
An interesting first-hand account of a dinner with Rasputin.
Tracing human genetics using the Y chromosome.
Start-up reminders: a hoodie and a start-up T-shirt.
Measure words are required in Mandarin far more often than in English.
The shifty world of fancy violins.
Some stats history.
I've never heard of this documentary. It sounds pretty amusing.
An interesting discussion of how languages change and interact (and how they don't).
Forensic archaeology of a Bronze Age battle in northern Germany.
A tale of contact with some of the world's last isolated cultures.
Researchers are analyzing folk tales to trace cultural and linguistic lineage and relationships.
Harold McGee's recommendations for working with herbs and spices.