Chris Mayes

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Chris Mayes

10 days ago

It is, indeed, pretty comprehensive!

The Entire History of Steel

popularmechanics.com

Chris Mayes

11 days ago

An effective cure for scurvy was later scrapped in favor of multiple incorrect theories (bacterial "ptomaines", etc.) about the disease's cause. The Scott Antarctic expeditions suffered from scurvy due to this misunderstanding.

Scott And Scurvy

idlewords.com

Chris Mayes

14 days ago

Clever concept to encode a page's data in its URL.

itty.bitty

itty.bitty.site

Chris Mayes

20 days ago

Asocial bees can be more successful than their social cousins.

When It’s Good to Be Antisocial

nautil.us

Chris Mayes

20 days ago

Adorable, critically threatened Lemurs.

Consider the Lemur

lrb.co.uk

Chris Mayes

87 days ago

I'd never seen a Linotype machine in action before...

Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU - 1978

vimeo.com

Chris Mayes

106 days ago

It is interesting to read about how cruise ship design has changed over time.

The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built

wired.co.uk

Chris Mayes

115 days ago

I know very little about the Shetland Islanders. While whaling has been pretty destructive, it is interesting to read about the Shetlanders' livelihood in the early 20th century.

The last whalers

aeon.co

Chris Mayes

124 days ago

Good book terms. I've even seen some of them...

My Sammelband has Frisket-Bite: A Short Glossary of Delightful Library Terms

medium.com

Chris Mayes

125 days ago

Civilization is one of my all-time favorite games.

The Game of Everything, Part 1: Making Civilization

filfre.net

Chris Mayes

131 days ago

Wild turkeys are pretty interesting.

Talking Turkey

newyorker.com

Chris Mayes

143 days ago

Pearl S. Buck observing how times were changing in China ~90 years ago.

In China, Too

theatlantic.com

Chris Mayes

144 days ago

Frothing lightly salted wine in a blender. Sounds promising!

Nathan Myhrvold, myth buster

1843magazine.com

Chris Mayes

145 days ago

Eminem interviewed by Elton John. Not a pairing that I would have expected...

Eminem

interviewmagazine.com

Chris Mayes

162 days ago

An entertaining summary of the evolution of dice over time.

How the Design of Dice Evolved Over Time

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

163 days ago

Good nerdy engineering story about solving problems with printing on paper in a continuous process.

Why Paper Jams Persist

newyorker.com

Chris Mayes

165 days ago

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).

Java 9 has six weeks to live

blog.joda.org

Chris Mayes

167 days ago

Go Mary Beard!

The cult of Mary Beard

theguardian.com

Chris Mayes

172 days ago

Tim's mom was a programmer, too! Most impressive.

Mary Lee Berners-Lee obituary

theguardian.com

Chris Mayes

172 days ago

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.

Ayahuasca

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

172 days ago

A nice collection of instances where regulation, especially taxation, influenced architecture.

Vernacular Economics: How Building Codes & Taxes Shape Regional Architecture

99percentinvisible.org

Chris Mayes

173 days ago

A really interesting essay about how Georgian "feasts" feature frequent toasts involving lengthy emotional speeches (and strong spirits).

Why the World’s Greatest Toasts Happen in Georgia

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

174 days ago

A good mix of the standard hilarious mistranslations mixed with a thoughtful analysis of translating culinary vocabulary across cultures and languages.

Why Menu Translations Go Terribly Wrong

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

179 days ago

Good luck to 'em! Exploiting generic drugs for major profit has been a major problem in US medicine for a long while.

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

nytimes.com

Chris Mayes

187 days ago

This a pretty clear explanation of what Meltdown and Phantom are.

I read the Meltdown Paper so you don't have to

razorpay.com

Chris Mayes

188 days ago

Unintended consequences...

Mysterious explosion of a deadly plague may come down to a sugar in ice cream

arstechnica.com

Chris Mayes

188 days ago

Non-primate species using fire as a tool. Impressive!

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

sciencealert.com

Chris Mayes

188 days ago

I'd sometimes wondered where the different words came from.

Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea

qz.com

Chris Mayes

190 days ago

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 Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

vanityfair.com

Chris Mayes

190 days ago

An interesting sort of thought experiment.

What Is It Like to Be a Bee?

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

299 days ago

Good old Spice House.

Salt grinders are bullshit, and other lessons from growing up in the spice trade

thetakeout.com

Chris Mayes

348 days ago

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.

The Vatican’s Latinist

newcriterion.com

Chris Mayes

419 days ago

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.

Sensationally stupid – TheTLS

the-tls.co.uk

Chris Mayes

463 days ago

Freeman Dyson discussing his long career.

My Life with the Physics Dream Team

nautil.us

Chris Mayes

467 days ago

A guide to (East) Indian breads.

luckypeach.com

Chris Mayes

474 days ago

Really long description of the fundamentals of a Fascist movement.

Ur-Fascism

nybooks.com

Chris Mayes

491 days ago

It's still really boring, but now I have a better idea of what's going on in a cricket game.

The Complete Guide To Understanding Cricket

deadspin.com

Chris Mayes

562 days ago

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!

Kids In The Hall’s Kevin McDonald on the dark origin of “Girl Drink Drunk”

avclub.com

Chris Mayes

574 days ago

I'd prefer buttercream.

Why the Japanese Eat Cake For Christmas

smithsonianmag.com

Chris Mayes

584 days ago

Did they try to corner the silver market, or were they just dumb?

How the Hunt Brothers Cornered the Silver Market and Then Lost it All

priceonomics.com

Chris Mayes

600 days ago

Entertaining snapshot of "fancy foods".

Our Fancy Foods, Ourselves

eater.com

Chris Mayes

600 days ago

I now know a lot more than I did before about Yankee Candle Company.

Scents and Sensibility

racked.com

Chris Mayes

682 days ago

An interesting description of how Feynman Diagrams contribute to modern quantum theory, even though they are not as precise as Feynman had anticipated.

The Fabulously Fair Feast

quantamagazine.org

Chris Mayes

685 days ago

An intriguing analysis of the Divine Comedy with a bonus description of what the Guelfs and Ghibellines were all about.

Between the Guelfs and the Ghibellines

lrb.co.uk

Chris Mayes

711 days ago

The story of how hangul was created and managed to thrive despite aristocratic opposition.

The King\'s Letters

damninteresting.com

Chris Mayes

720 days ago

Israel now produces more water than it needs using desalinization plants and intensive water conservation.

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

scientificamerican.com

Chris Mayes

725 days ago

An eccentric early 19th-century naturalist who pioneered taxidermy as political satire.

Into the Bewilderness

damninteresting.com

Chris Mayes

739 days ago

Islam and the French Republic: From the Banlieues to Le Pen Land

medium.com

Chris Mayes

741 days ago

Fascinating account of Jewish pirates based in Port Royal, Jamaica.

The Forgotten Jewish Pirates of Jamaica

smithsonianmag.com

Chris Mayes

753 days ago

The story of the invention of stainless steel.

The Father of Modern Metal

nautil.us

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