Friday, 2 November 2012

More Friday fun, and some education, for you!

A very, very, very fine house
via The National Archives blog by Andrew Janes

I wish this was my house but, sadly, it isn’t. It’s Forty Hall, a Grade I listed manor house now owned by the London Borough of Enfield. It was originally built in the early 17th century for Sir Nicholas Rainton, …
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Same as it ever was. Philosophy no longer speaks to the way we live. Or so its critics claim. But the discipline has always had its share of theoretical thickets.... more

How Sexual Promiscuity Lost Its Evolutionary Luster
via Big Think by Orion Jones
A new theory is forming to help explain why human relationships evolved from promoting sexual promiscuity to today’s pair-bonding. Long ago, when violence and hierarchy determined who slept with who, females were naturally more promiscuous, habitually taking on more men than today’s domesticated partnerships allow.
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9 habits that may do more harm than good
Discover which “healthy” actions might be having a negative impact
By via mnn (mother nature network) The basics of staying healthy seem pretty easy to follow: Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and you should be on the right track, right? Surprisingly, it can be more complicated than that. Often times the very choices we make to benefit our health can be the same ones that hurt us in the long run. Here is the full rationale for each of the items
  1. Compulsively using hand sanitizer
  2. Experimenting with skincare products
  3. Wearing flip-flops
  4. Brushing your teeth after every meal
  5. Doing only cardio when you work out
  6. Skipping meals to “save up” for later
  7. Drinking only bottled water
  8. Cleaning with disinfecting products
  9. Loading up on nutritional supplements
Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Money is an abstraction. Whatever it looks like or whatever it’s backed by, what matters is that people believe in it... more

Neat data viz of 350,000 websites: “The Internet Map”
via Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Ruslan Ekineev created what he calls “The Internet Map”, a graphic that charts 350,000 websites from 196 countries in an clickable “galaxy”. Each website is a “planet”, size is determined by traffic, colour by national origin, and the distance between planets is determined by how often users jump between various sites.
More at KPCC Off-Ramp.

Review of coffee brand boasting “200% more caffeine”
via Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
At The Dropp, Mallory Winstead reviews Death Wish Coffee, which claims to contain 200% more caffeine than “typical coffee shop coffee”. Mallory writes, “Death Wish Coffee Company’s website has a disclaimer stating that ‘this is extreme coffee, not for the weak … Consider yourself warned’. Anyone who knows me knows that I was instantly intrigued.”

Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Promoting democracy might seem like a good idea. It’s not. The world is riven by sectarian conflicts and allegiances. Will we ever learn from history?... more

Cleared for Takeoff: 1911
via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive - Vintage Fine Art Prints by Dave
Cleared for Takeoff: 1911
Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1911
“Flights and tests of Rex Smith plane flown by Antony Jannus”
Aviation 100 years ago, and another look at the biplane seen here and here
Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative
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8 TV Shows All Geeks Should Have Watched
via MakeUseOf by Dave Parrack
Geeks are fairly well represented on television. Sure, some shows – even those listed below – are aimed at the mainstream and therefore represent geeks as being spotty, scruffy ne’er-do-wells that live in their parents’ basements, but in general geeks are shown as role models or important people who give something positive to society. Which, as geeks ourselves, we all know we do.
The following are eight television shows, some from the past, some from the present, that all geeks should have watched. Not necessarily in their entirety, but for one episode at least. Several show geeks in all their glory, while others are based on geeky concepts which necessitate geeky speak and technology.
  1. Doctor Who – 1963-Present
  2. Star Trek – 1966-2005
  3. The X-Files – 1993-2002
  4. CSI – 2000-Present
  5. The IT Crowd – 2006-Present
  6. Chuck – 2007-2012
  7. The Big Bang Theory – 2007-Present
  8. Fringe – 2008-Present
Away you go and choose your video!

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