It’s been about four weeks since my last collection of links. And because I have a busy weekend coming up, I’ve decided to publish this installment now, rather than risk missing two publication dates in a row (I normally publish around the 7th and 21st of each month). So here’s my top recommendations from the Internet over the last four weeks.
- How animals adapt to life in cities.
- How the symptoms of paranoia are influenced by the modern age.
- Relative abundance of elements (direct link to image).
- Giant canyon discovered under the ice of Greenland.
- Relatively readable article on quantum physics and retrocausality. Claims of novelty to be taken with pinch of salt. Final section is more technical; treat as appendix.
- Some new ideas on large star formation.
- Alignment of planetary nebulae near the galaxy’s core.
- BBC documentary on automata.
- I like this idea for exploring lunar lava tubes.
- Insect with cogwheels (complementary take).
- Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space, and this time astronomers are confident (complementary take).
- The utility of obscure trigonometric functions. These were never on the same footing as the regular functions; on this ngram comparison I’ve scaled them by a factor of 20.
- The story of Bhutan’s sole psychiatrist. Biographical articles aren’t typically my thing, but this one is genuinely worth reading.
- Sea monsters from a 16th Century map.
- I don’t see myself exhaustively reading the Feynman lectures, but it’s nice to know they’re there.
- Someone with synaesthesia reports on the flavour of London Underground stops. To answer the question I can see in your mind, Mornington Crescent is fruit flan.
- The 20th Century decades that people would most like to visit. Personally, I think it’s not where you go; it’s what you do when you get there.
- The only respectable elevator a treehouse can possibly have.
- I sampled some Youtube videos from the Curiosity Show (1980s TV). One episode I remember from my childhood is this one.
- The blog TYWKIWDBI is showcasing its readers’ bookcases. People who contribute regularly in the comments were invited to send in a picture, and these are being published every few days. Mine is on the queue.
- Pretty exploding flowers.
- Some political articles published before Australia’s recent election:  .
- Video parable on domestic violence. Very evocative. I could feel myself thinking to the husband, “I hope you never experience any emotion but guilt for the rest of your life”.
- Best 9/11 article has to be the one from Cracked. Except that I don’t believe that people (especially under 30s) are as accepting of surveillance as the final section implies.
- Utility for downloading Youtube videos (also links to several utilities for downloading as MP3; I’ve been selecting Music-Clips).
And now some personal updates:
I had some relatives over for tea in late August, including my aunt and uncle from Melbourne. We had plenty to talk about, and it was very nice to catch up.
In the recent Australian election, I voted for the Greens with preferences to Labour, and in the Senate I voted for the Secular Party. (Alone of all the parties I’m somewhat aligned with, the Secular Party did not corrupt their group voting tickets with preference deals, so I wanted to reward that.)
I spent a day with my parents in mid September, and visited to the local zoo. I haven’t been to the zoo since I was a child, so I thought it was about time. Animals that met with my approval included hippopotamuses, giant tortoises, American alligators, poison dart frogs, giraffes, macaws, flamingoes, and African wild dogs.