In the spirit of Internet immediacy, here is a review of what I was reading online last week.
- “Given the deep loyalty football engenders at all levels of play—a far more profound role than boxing ever enjoyed—it’s hard to imagine a comparable decline in popularity, let alone Pollard’s expectation of NFL extinction. Then again, smoking was once an essential rite of passage in America…” via Will Brain Injury Lawsuits Doom or Save the NFL? – Businessweek.
- “Out of about 220 to 230 men aboard, some 50 members of the crew would ultimately be involved in the investigation, 23 of them charged or implicated with a wide variety of riffs on ‘the unnatural crime.’” via ExecutedToday.com » 1816: Four sodomite sailors of the Africaine.
- “Barclay’s dorm had quite a few engineers in it — and engineers, Barclay allows, are a problem.” For one thing, they did not like paying for long-distance phone calls. via Phreaking Out Ma Bell – IEEE Spectrum.
- The filmmaker Werner Herzog on life: “The human race is not sustainable and there are too many things that can wipe us out. Microbes are really after us, and a meteor and a massive volcanic explosion.” via The Talks.
- This sentence struck me as a kind of long-winded koan: “When you look at a competition where one of the inputs of the production function is an exogenously distributed characteristic, players with a high endowment on that dimension have a head start.” via The Best At What They Do « Cheap Talk. Click through if you are a fan of the N.B.A.
So, Don Mattingly said, “I’m saying wake up, lets go! Wake the fuck up!” Then Tom Hallion ejected Mr. Mattingly from the baseballing contest, saying “GET OUT OF HERE! That’s some bullshit. You told me to wake the fuck up!” To which Mr. Mattingly said, “No, I did not!” via Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2012.
- Highly trained technicians picking through millenniums-old trash. “Examining the human teeth and the residue from the cooking pots, Kashyap spotted the telltale signs of turmeric and ginger, two key ingredients, even today, of a typical curry.” via Indus civilization food: How scientists are figuring out what curry was like 4,500 years ago. – Slate Magazine.
- Feminist writing resembles, “most of all, windows streaked with rain. You can’t see much through [it], although you can hear the raindrops falling.” via The End of Feminism? – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Nothing groundbreaking, but several things interesting: Please Feed The Meters: The Next Parking Revolution | Collectors Weekly.
- From an article in the Smithsonian with the headline “For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II” comes this thoroughly modern observation: “…the sin of television, which they encountered at the geologists camp, proved irresistible for them…”
- The original bacchanal: “The use of sexual and love symbols are combined with the traditional folk manifestations.” via Tyrnavos – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
From my 119 subscriptions, over the last 30 days I read 6,028 items, clicked 329 items, starred 0 items, and emailed 14 items.