- My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard ← The clichéd description “searing expose” is fitting. Man’s inhumanity to man.
- Step Inside the World’s Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare) ← “…within Alnwick’s boundaries, kept behind black iron gates, is a place where visitors are explicitly told not to stop and smell the flowers: the Poison Garden, home to 100 infamous killers.”
- I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything ← Way, way more interesting than I expected. [Via Reader C.]
- I Tried a Medieval Diet, And I Didn’t Even Get That Drunk ← “I drank diluted wine at dinner, and sometimes at lunch; I ate bread at almost every meal; I sought out richly stewed meat whenever I could. The regimen was not just about what to eat, though, and I also followed its prescriptions for daily life.”
- Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age
- Analyzing the language of Heavy Metal with Natural Language Processing ← The least metal word? “Particularly.”
- New Evidence on Van Gogh’s Ear… ← Now with contemporary medical sketches…
- Candle Flames Contain Millions of Tiny Diamonds
- This Barista May Be the Best Coffee Artist in the World
- Today is the third International #Firgunday, in which participants share compliments and pride for others, mostly on social media. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to say, there’s a Firgunator that will help. According to the founders, “Firgun (pronounced FEER-GOON, פרגון), is a Hebrew word that means an act of kindness performed solely to make another person feel good.” Wikipedia says the word “describes genuine, unselfish delight or pride in the accomplishment of the other,” or “a generosity of spirit, an unselfish, empathetic joy.” I want every day to be #Firgunday.
Links, links, links…from a certain, uncertain mind.
- Photo Sleuth: Early Photo Sleuths In the Dead Letter Office
- A little geeky, but interesting → On creating web sites that exist simultaneously as books
- Lighthouse Traveling Libraries
- A neat little gewgaw… → (Audio)Visualizing the Billboard Top 100 since 1956
- Today is Cinco De Mayo. Celebrated primarily in the United States and Mexico, Cinco De Mayo began as a relatively minor holiday celebrating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War but—like Oktoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day—has become a significant American celebration (often mistaken by we gringos for Mexico’s Independence Day) of Mexican culture. The battle it celebrates, in which 2000 hastily assembled Mexican soldiers defeated more than 6000 French troops was much less important strategically than it was symbolically…and as a rallying point for Mexican morale.