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.”

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