Links for June

In favour of about one citizen in five hundred, who, by education or practice in scribbling, has acquired a tolerable style as to grammar and construction, so as to bear printing; or who is possessed of a press and a few types. This five hundredth part of the citizens have the privilege of accusing and abusing the other four hundred and ninety-nine parts at their pleasure; or they may hire out their pens and press to others for that purpose.

–Benjamin Franklin, “An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz., The Court of the Press”



America and Americans


Links for May

Any point of a rhizome can be connected to anything other, and must be.

–Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

  • Who fucked up the most in human history? Dr. Thomas Midgley. “He was an ambitious scientist who had the idea to put lead in fuel before we knew how bad it was. Then he created CFCs for refrigerators that we later learned are responsible for eating through the ozone layer. Then, when he was old an bed ridden, he designed a contraption to make walking and standing etc easier. His contraption failed and killed him.
  • Inkjet printers continue to be a strong candidate for Worst Technology Ever: the “ink evaporates out of the cartridge if you don’t use it. In about a year a full cartridge will be empty just from evaporation.”
  • “‘Uncleftish Beholding” (1989)’ is a short text written by Poul Anderson. It is written using almost exclusively words of Germanic origin (Anglish), and was intended to illustrate what the English language might look like if it had not received its considerable number of loanwords from other languages, particularly Latin, Greek and French.” Opening paragraph: “For most of its being, mankind did not know what things are made of, but could only guess. With the growth of worldken, we began to learn, and today we have a beholding of stuff and work that watching bears out, both in the workstead and in daily life.”





Links For December

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Web Roundup: Links for October

They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth… Such are the autumn people.
–Ray Bradbury

It’s October, which implies more links. Last month’s links are here.

Web Roundup: Links for September

Web Roundup: Links For August

  • Useful Science is a super cool website, aimed at summarizing instrumentally useful science. Example from the site: “Thirty minutes of sunlight exposure in the morning makes it easier to wake up early the next day.” Bonus: my software tools to improve writing post is referenced in the site’s style guide.




Health, Exercise, Sports


  • “The idea that men are naturally more interested in sex than women is [so] ubiquitous that it’s difficult to imagine that people ever believed differently. And yet for most of Western history, from ancient Greece to beginning of the nineteenth century, women were assumed to be the sex-crazed porn fiends of their day.”

  • Telegony is the ancient and medieval idea that a woman’s children could inherit characteristics not only from their father, but from all the woman’s previous sexual partners. It was seriously defended right up until the real mechanisms of genetics were pinned down in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” (via SlateStarCodex)


Web Roundup: Links For July


Web Roundup: More Links for June

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.

Web Roundup: Links For June