Another collection of interesting stuff I’ve learned on the Internet – in this case since about mid September. The previous installment is here.
- A brief overview of linguistic typology. I’ve known most of this stuff for a long time, but this article filled in a few gaps in my knowledge.
- Geoff Pullum on the grammar of “once“.
- Pompeii myth busting.
- I don’t like beer. Nevertheless, I was interested to read this.
- News about fossils improves our understanding of very early animal life, very early land life, and where fish fingers come from. Meanwhile, geological discoveries reveal the world’s oldest rocks.
- I intend to check out ChaosPro sometime. I could use a more modern fractal generation program, and the hook for me is compatibility with FractInt. [Update: I had all sorts of problems with ChaosPro when I eventually tried it out.]
- Some thoughts about milestones in the evolution of humanity.
- Face recognition in crows.
- It seems that agriculture has been around longer than we thought. (I don’t understand half the technical genetic stuff, but I got the link here.)
- In astronomy, gravity from beyond the cosmic horizon. And, closer to home, snow on Mars.
In offline news, I recently visited a bookshop and bought a copy of the 150th anniversary illustrated edition of the first edition Origin of Species. I’ve read bits online, but now I can read it in bed. (If I had an audio edition I could close my eyes, but that might take some compression.)