Civil discourse-- into the morbid interregnum? "Twilight of the Media Elites" @antoniogm
(Plus- the Zinoviev letter)
Sift signal from noise: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/25/the-crisis-consists-precisely-in-the-fact-that-the-old-is-dying-and-the-new-cannot-be-born-in-this-interregnum-a-great-variety-of-morbid-symptoms-appear/
One of Nature's (many) marvelous tricks: "To survive frigid nights, hummingbirds cool themselves to record-low temperatures"
(Plus- van Leeuwenhoek)
Maps: King George III Topographical and Maritime Collections, digitized by the British Museum
(Plus- Creation, dated... Happy Birthday, Universe!)
Some psychologists are increasingly confident that they can now measure-- and nurture-- wisdom, superseding the "speculations" of philosophy and religion: "The Science of Wisdom"
(Plus- Sartre demurs)
The illuminating (if not appetizing) tale of "A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science"
(Plus- William A. Mitchell)
Visualize the changes between the Cryogenian Period and the present: "This Map Lets You Plug in Your Address to See How It’s Changed Over the Past 750 Million Years"
Habitat, water security, and air quality: New index reveals which sectors and countries are at risk from biodiversity loss @SwissRe
(Plus- Mardy Murie)
One dimension in which more *is* better: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/19/if-we-pollute-the-air-water-and-soil-that-keep-us-alive-and-well-and-destroy-the-biodiversity-that-allows-natural-systems-to-function-no-amount-of-money-will-save-us/
Famously rejected by a host of publishers, it's now-- many, many editions later-- an iconic mystery: "The Agatha Christie Centennial- 100 years of The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
(Plus- A.J. Liebling)
GPT-3, a machine-learning language model, wrote: "Are Humans Intelligent?- a Salty AI Op-Ed"
(Plus- the Great Beer Flood Disaster)
Hail our new robot overlords: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/17/i-am-so-clever-that-sometimes-i-dont-understand-a-single-word-of-what-i-am-saying-2/
Astounding pix at "Photographing the Microscopic: Winners of Nikon Small World 2020"
(Plus- Boss's Day)
Learn why gauging whether or not we dwell inside someone else’s computer may turn on advanced AI research—or measurements at the frontiers of cosmology: "Do We Live in a Simulation? Chances Are about 50–50"
Play the odds: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/15/simulation-is-the-situation-created-by-any-system-of-signs-when-it-becomes-sophisticated-enough-autonomous-enough-to-abolish-its-own-referent-and-to-replace-it-with-itself/
Making better decisions: one of the most prevalent-- and insidious-- forms of selection bias, survivorship bias, illustrated: "How to armour a WWII bomber"
(Plus- W. Edwards Deming)
How John Rawls became the liberal philosopher of a conservative age
(Plus- the White House cornerstone, laid)
Knowledge is where you find it: "I Made a Linguistics Professor Listen to a Blink-182 Song and Analyze the Accent"
(Plus- Sid and Nancy)
Listen carefully: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/12/true-care-truth-brings/
A new interpretation of quantum mechanics suggests that reality does not depend on the person measuring it
Admiring amazing amateurs: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/11/reality-is-that-which-when-you-stop-believing-in-it-doesnt-go-away/
206 projects, and counting-- some supplanted by newer Google services; some outmatched by competitors; and some... well, maybe just not such good ideas to begin with: "Killed By Google" @codyogden
(Plus- A Day in the Life of Cyberspace)
This man has spent quarantine making ridiculously meticulous miniatures of L.A. landmarks
(Plus- the Black Sox scandal)
A 17-year-old built one of the most popular coronavirus-tracking websites in the world, with over 30 million visitors a day. He explains why he turned down $8 million to put ads on his site.
(Plus- the permanent wave)
Prioritizing priorities: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/08/you-are-only-young-once-but-you-can-stay-immature-indefinitely/
"The Slow Suicide of American Science": @AlexBerezow explains (and offers some hope)
(Plus- Fox News)
Listen to reason(s): https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/07/i-have-a-foreboding-of-an-america-in-my-childrens-or-grandchildrens-time-when-our-critical-faculties-in-decline-unable-to-distinguish-between-what-feels-good-and-whats-true-we-slide-a/
A glorious online exhibition: "Data Visualization and the Modern Imagination" @DavidRumseyMaps @infowetrust
Show *and* tell: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/10/06/there-is-a-magic-in-graphs/