The new digital collection
includes two- and three-dimensional images from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo. Everything is released under a Creative Commons Zero license. Jump down the rabbit hole at the Smithsonian Open Access portal
Ask Polly counsels a women who moved off-grid with an emotionally stunted older man
: “All of these allergies to love are really a longing for love in disguise. You can see that now, right? You haven’t fallen in love before because you’ve never taken the risk of making yourself vulnerable to another human being before. You chose to pioneer with a robot just so you could finally experience vulnerability. AND IT’S WORKING! Isn’t that cause for celebration? I’m serious! Now you finally know how much you value love! Now you realize that love needs to be affirmed through words! Now you know that you need verbal proof that this man loves you!” [more inside]
Roseboro’—she fiercely defended that apostrophe, reserving her family name, Roseborough, for her life on the stage—was more zealous than many a missionary. She was utterly convinced that books were all that mattered in life. She offered to give one promising young writer her ideas “as you put cloves into an apple you are going to roast.” And yet, though she championed voices who are today seen as canonical and left behind a literary legacy with which few other readers and editors can compete, she died destitute, rarely leaving her rented rooms on Staten Island.
From The Strange, Forgotten Life of Viola Roseboro’
by Stephanie Gorton
How to help someone use a computer. Knowledge lives in communities, not individuals. A computer user who's part of a community of computer users will have an easier time than one who isn't.
Phil Agre's classic text on helping others use computers. [more inside]
Headline-writers around the globe fired off some real beauties
in 2014 when a Beverly Hills auction house put a 40-inch coprolite--that's fossilized poop--up for auction. A private collector wound up dropping a hot load of cash, to the tune of $10,370. Soon after, a nugget of doubt
rose to the surface: the purportedly petrified poo-poo came from the Pacific Northwest's Wilkes Formation, known for producing mineral deposits in the form of twisty, knobbly faux-turds. Vertebrate paleontologist Andrew Farke, writing for the at the Integrative Paleontologists blog, was one of many to highlight the likely fecal fallacy
Be a Lady They Said
Your skirt is too short. Your shirt is too low. Your pants are too tight. Don’t show so much skin. Don’t show your thighs. Don’t show your breasts. Don’t show your midriff. Don’t show your cleavage. Don’t show your underwear. Don’t show your shoulders. Cover up. Leave something to the imagination. Dress modestly. Don’t be a temptress. Men can’t control themselves. Men have needs. You look frumpy. Loosen up. Show some skin. Look sexy. Look hot. Don’t be so provocative. You’re asking for it. Wear black. Wear heels. You’re too dressed up. You’re too dressed down. Don’t wear those sweatpants; you look like you’ve let yourself go. [more inside]
Since June 2014, Rattle
has published a poem a week written about a public event that occurred within the previous week. "News cycles rarely last more than a week, let alone a year. One reason poetry lags behind other forms of contemporary media might be this delay—how can poetry be part of the conversation when it enters so late?"
Jan 23, 2018 “Permission”
by Noel Quiñones
When I say Puerto Rico I mean an opening in the skin / where gold turns green under my scalp.
Feb 23, 2020 “Coronavirus in China”
by Anthony Tao
: Masks. Wearing them, / we were more aware / of the other.
Our eyes locked more often, / for longer, searching for provocation, / gauging interest
Dec 17, 2019 “Flown”
by Wendy Cannella
But who can hum along / to a tiny, rushing song?
Nov 17, 2019
by Ori Fienberg
: Most have heard stories of the lead-covered Bibles soldiers of the great wars carried into battle, whose words protected their hearts. But when bibles ran out they used other books [more inside]
Trump has gutted Obamacare for many.
In 2018, President Donald Trump’s administration rolled back Affordable Care Act regulations and allowed so-called “junk plans” in the market. Consumers mistakenly assume that the plans with lower monthly costs will be better than no insurance at all in case of a medical catastrophe, but often the plans aren’t very different from going without insurance altogether. [more inside]
Several high-profile sports teams (USWNT
, Chelsea FC
) have revealed they are using information about athletes’ menstrual cycles to tailor training programs, enhance performance and endeavour to avoid injury. Here are some recommendations for how menstruating people can tailor
to their cycle
. [more inside]
Sampled by more than a few in the land of hip hop, Scorpio
was released by Dennis Coffey in 1971. It has a pretty awesome break at the 1:12 mark.
Totally unrelated, ten years later (or maybe eleven years, depending on how you want to count it), Grandmaster Flash released Scorpio
. Named after one of the band members, Scorpio did ok on the charts.
Fifty-five years ago, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created a character named Mac Gargan. J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man's boss, originally hired Gargan to find out exactly how Peter Parker got those great photographs of Spider-Man. When he failed, Jameson set him up with a mad doctor who gave Gargan the skills and an outfit of the natural enemy of the spider. He is ... the Scorpion
. [more inside]
Do you feel that predatory arachnid links are almost perfect except for their subject’s letter order? Fear not! How to become Coin Pros
. Learn how Cops Iron
. And finally, swoon at Pi Croons
. [more inside]
Nowcasting and forecasting the potential domestic and international spread of the 2019-nCOV virus.
This Lancet article published in late January has proven prescient. "Our findings suggest that independent self-sustaining human-to-human spread is already present in multiple major Chinese cities, many of which are global transport hubs with huge numbers of both inbound and outbound passengers (eg, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen). Therefore, in the absence of substantial public health interventions that are immediately applied, further international seeding and subsequent local establishment of epidemics might become inevitable. On the present trajectory, 2019-nCoV could be about to become a global epidemic in the absence of mitigation...
." [more inside]
Sit back, relax, and watch Dave
demonstrate how to make a scorpion out of wire. [more inside]
"If you follow the Internet chess scene closely you will no doubt have noticed the new kid on the block: Regium
. Purportedly an e-board that can connect to all the major chess websites and play seamlessly with a real physical board, over the Internet! [...] While we want to believe as much as any chess lover, we have a few doubts about these claims as well as the conduct of Regium. Here are some reasons for caution." Lichess investigates the Regium chessboard [more inside]
“...the fastest-growing occupations in San Francisco were taxi drivers, chauffeurs, couriers, messengers, and personal care aides.” The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here And It Sucks
(New Republic) “ “Platforms like this, they exist to twist people who have no other recourse … It’s depressing, and makes it hard to feel like it’s worth getting up in the morning.” Horror Stories From Inside Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
(Gizmodo) Youtube Moderators Forced To Sign Statement Acknowledging Their Job Can Give Them PTSD
(The Verge) “ “Today, I was expected to clean up after 300 people in 10 minutes, alone,” he wrote. “This is not physically possible.” The Usher Uprising
, are movie theaters the next wave of unionization? (Mel) Kickstarter
and Amazon warehouse employees
hold historic union elections, drives. How To Organize Your Workplace (Without Getting Caught) [more inside]
Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Is A Chaotic Cooking Game Set In The Back Of A Food Truck Driven By Cyborgs [YouTube][Game Trailer]
“Cooking food can be a relaxing or even therapeutic activity. But not in Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! That’s because you are cooking in the back of a moving food truck driven by two cyborgs in a dystopian future. In that case, things are a bit more...chaotic. CSD3 is the third entry in the Cook, Serve, Delicious series and it released earlier this week. These games are all about cooking lots of quality food, quickly and accurately. [...] Each day in CSD3 starts with you crafting a menu of different foods and snacks to serve and then you head out to three stops, where hungry people await. On the way to each stop, you can prep food to help make your life easier. ou use various keyboard keys to slap together food. For example, simple food like chicken nuggets has you hit the “N” key a few times to place raw chicken nuggets into your deep-frying baskets. Then you hit the “D” key to dunk the food into the burner and finally, you hit enter to close that window and let the nugs cook.” [via: Kotaku] [more inside]
Mdou Moctar was drawn to music for a long time, first known for his majestic singing of the Koran, then for his unique guitar style, inspired by Tinariwen
(jamming with Red Hot Chili Peppers members in 2012
), an internationally famous Tuareg band who also played "desert blues"
). Regionally renowned, his music was traded around the Sahara via cell phones, before getting broader distribution
). In 2015, he played Prince's role as "the kid" in a Kickstarter-funded
version of “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It”
(previously; short Guardian article; soundtrack on Bandcamp
). Late last year, his latest album, Ilana: The Creator
) was touted as perhaps the most fiery psych-rock of the 21st century
), earning him the title of The Hendrix of the Sahara
in his Esquire interview.