Do we think that the things a person says in public or the things a person writes in private say more about them? I think that’s an interesting question, especially for our moment of Twitter and Facebook. We tend to feel the private is more true somehow.
Posts Tagged: wired
Because Walmart has a company policy letting people park their cars in its lots overnight, it’s possible to find travelers, long-term campers, and even small communities of people living there.
Wired highlights a series of portraits of people staying in the parking lot of a Walmart in Flagstaff, Arizona, taken by photographer Nolan Conway....more
Every day, we collectively produce millions of books’ worth of writing. Globally we send 154.6 billion emails, more than 400 million tweets, and over 1 million blog posts and around 2 million blog comments on WordPress. On Facebook, we post about 16 billion words.
Only a small percentage of blind people commonly use Braille—and that number drops even further when it comes to reading comic books.
With a new Braille-based comic book, Danish designer Phillipp Meyer may have overcome some of the limitations that prevent the visually impaired from enjoying sequential art....more
New technological advances have allowed researchers into an ancient world of secret texts that once seemed nearly impossible to decode.
Noah Shachtman’s article in Wired, titled “They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside,” explores how new computer generated algorithms are opening doors into secret societies....more
The e-book is divided into six parts, each part then divided into smaller, ten to fifteen minute “episodes”, which will be delivered wirelessly to the readers device every weekday for a month....more
“If your child has bookish tendencies, or if you’d like to encourage the development of such tendencies, this is worth a look.”
Thanks, Wired, we love you back!...more
“While Rembrandt was an astonishingly talented artist, our response to his art is conditioned by all sorts of variables that have nothing to do with oil paint. Many of these variables are capable of distorting our perceptions, so that we imagine differences that don’t actually exist; the verdict of art history warps what we see.”
Jonah Lehrer explores how the brain perceives art....more
Wired interviews Guillermo del Toro, whose co-authored vampire book trilogy concluded with last month’s publication of Night Eternal. Del Toro discusses science and religion; vampire myths and folklore; and his current projects, one of which is a video game.
“I feel like science and religion are like a Möbius strip....more
Wired’s got an article on technologically-informed education—Khan Academy, an educational website in which, “Students, or anyone interested enough to surf by, can watch some 2,400 videos in which the site’s founder, Salman Khan, chattily discusses principles of math, science, and economics.”
This website ostensibly aids in solving the “middle of the class teaching,” that neglects the specific needs of students....more
Actually, there’s a lot more to this interview with Alan Moore than just his view on superheroes–it’s largely about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1969, which should be released next month–but I really enjoyed this bit on the problem with today’s superheroes....more
After just five hundred years of movable type and the Enlightenment it begat, we are blinded by how brief our dwelling in the kingdom of print turned out to be....more
When Martin Heidegger wrote his gargantuan Magnus opus, Being and Time, he posited that it was Angst, the fundamental human condition, that brought us into the most authentic relationship with our selves and our surroundings.
Angst, for Heidegger, is caused by coming face-to-face with the inevitability of our own death and is life in the state of agitation, unease—it’s the condition in which we realize just how strange the world is....more
It’s just a coincidence that I’ll be teaching the Wendell Berry poem “Enriching the Earth” tomorrow, a poem which ends with the lines “And so what was heaviest / and most mute is at last raised up into song,” but I couldn’t help but think of Berry’s sentiment about the body being of use after death when I read this story from Autopia about cadaver testing in the auto industry....more
Fred Vogelstein, writing for the Wired blog Epicenter, looks at Facebook’s history on privacy, and points out that we shouldn’t really be shocked at what Mark Zuckerberg is doing.
“Indeed, Zuckerberg’s challenges to conventional thinking about online privacy have become so predictable, it’s starting to resemble Moore’s Law....more
Lots of fascinating science news this week. Here we go.
The IgNobel Prizes were given out last night, and the honored research included a bra that doubles as a gas mask, diamonds made from tequila, and the discovery that an empty beer bottle can cause more damage as a weapon than a full one....more
We begin with death today, specifically the smell of it. Apparently, insects all emit the same blend of fatty acids when they die, and that smell sends them scurrying.
High cholesterol may reduce sexual arousal in women.
Geckos can self-amputate their tails, which is a neat trick, but apparently the tails can twitch and flip for up to half an hour after amputation, serving as a distraction to predators....more
It’s time to release my inner geek. Okay, not so inner.
Behold the cannibal galaxy! Triangulum, your day is coming!
The nonprofit Solar CITIES is installing solar power systems in the poorest parts of Cairo.
Global warming science is complex, and deniers are either co-opted by a dirty energy lobby or just stupid, and this news is going to make refuting them a little tougher....more
I’m starting this Science Saturday in the world of alcoholic consumption, which is a world very dear to me. I am joyful in every study that suggests moderate drinking is good for you, though I weep a bit inside when I read what they consider moderate....more
Earlier this year, a couple of archaeologists pulled a barrel of butter out of a peat bog in Ireland, about 25 miles west of Dublin. It wasn’t the first time this has happened–in fact, it’s not even unusual anymore–but it happens infrequently enough that when it does occur, there’s an air of the “wow, that’s weird” about it....more
In the months I’ve been the Saturday editor, I’ve noticed that a large number of my links and other posts come from science and technology sources: popular magazines, not hardcore stuff. But I rarely have much more to add to these pieces than “ooh, that’s cool” or “look at this picture.” So I’ve decided to start a Science Saturday linkfest, and it should be a recurring event....more