Chris Mayes

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Chris Mayes

13 days ago

An entertaining summary of the evolution of dice over time.

How the Design of Dice Evolved Over Time

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

14 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

16 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

18 days ago

Go Mary Beard!

The cult of Mary Beard

theguardian.com

Chris Mayes

23 days ago

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

Mary Lee Berners-Lee obituary

theguardian.com

Chris Mayes

23 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

30 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

38 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

39 days ago

Unintended consequences...

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

arstechnica.com

Chris Mayes

39 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

39 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

41 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

41 days ago

An interesting sort of thought experiment.

What Is It Like to Be a Bee?

atlasobscura.com

Chris Mayes

151 days ago

Good old Spice House.

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

thetakeout.com

Chris Mayes

199 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

270 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

314 days ago

Freeman Dyson discussing his long career.

My Life with the Physics Dream Team

nautil.us

Chris Mayes

319 days ago

A guide to (East) Indian breads.

luckypeach.com

Chris Mayes

325 days ago

Really long description of the fundamentals of a Fascist movement.

Ur-Fascism

nybooks.com

Chris Mayes

343 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

413 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

425 days ago

I'd prefer buttercream.

Why the Japanese Eat Cake For Christmas

smithsonianmag.com

Chris Mayes

435 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

452 days ago

Entertaining snapshot of "fancy foods".

Our Fancy Foods, Ourselves

eater.com

Chris Mayes

452 days ago

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

Scents and Sensibility

racked.com

Chris Mayes

534 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.

Why Feynman Diagrams Are So Important

quantamagazine.org

Chris Mayes

536 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

562 days ago

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

The King\'s Letters

damninteresting.com

Chris Mayes

571 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

577 days ago

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

Into the Bewilderness

damninteresting.com

Chris Mayes

590 days ago

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

medium.com

Chris Mayes

592 days ago

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

The Forgotten Jewish Pirates of Jamaica

smithsonianmag.com

Chris Mayes

604 days ago

The story of the invention of stainless steel.

The Father of Modern Metal

nautil.us

Chris Mayes

627 days ago

An interesting first-hand account of a dinner with Rasputin.

My Dinner With Rasputin

longreads.com

Chris Mayes

632 days ago

Tracing human genetics using the Y chromosome.

Human history traced via the Y chromosome

arstechnica.com

Chris Mayes

642 days ago

Start-up reminders: a hoodie and a start-up T-shirt.

Uncanny Valley

nplusonemag.com

Chris Mayes

645 days ago

Measure words are required in Mandarin far more often than in English.

Shop Owner! Bring Me a Sheet of Table!

lastwordonnothing.com

Chris Mayes

661 days ago

The shifty world of fancy violins.

The Greatest Violin No One’s Ever Heard

lithub.com

Chris Mayes

665 days ago

Some stats history.

How the Average Triumphed Over the Median

priceonomics.com

Chris Mayes

665 days ago

I've never heard of this documentary. It sounds pretty amusing.

The Deranged True Story Of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, The Citizen Kane Of Wasted Teenage Metalness

theconcourse.deadspin.com

Chris Mayes

670 days ago

An interesting discussion of how languages change and interact (and how they don't).

Language Leakage: An Interview with Sarah Thomason

theparisreview.org

Chris Mayes

677 days ago

Forensic archaeology of a Bronze Age battle in northern Germany.

Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle

sciencemag.org

Chris Mayes

679 days ago

A tale of contact with some of the world's last isolated cultures.

The Last Island of the Savages

theamericanscholar.org

Chris Mayes

708 days ago

Medieval literature nerds in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo

thepointmag.com

Chris Mayes

720 days ago

Researchers are analyzing folk tales to trace cultural and linguistic lineage and relationships.

The Fairy Tales That Predate Christianity

theatlantic.com

Chris Mayes

737 days ago

Harold McGee's recommendations for working with herbs and spices.

luckypeach.com

Chris Mayes

741 days ago

A good, in-depth profile of the search for gravitational waves with a special focus on LIGO.

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

newyorker.com

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