- Building a 70 meter tunnel under a highway in a weekend in fast-motion.
- In 1964, police prevented a group of teenagers from resurrecting Peter Lorre from the dead.
- Generating beautiful icons by semi-randomly choosing photos and sorting the pixels.
- Never give a kid cotton candy.
- 5 Reasons Horrible Dictators Always Catch Us Off Guard - "History books will call dictators "charismatic," but they frame it as if charisma is nothing but the ability to hypnotize uneducated crowds with fancy slogans. It's not. It means they're genuinely likable human beings. You'd probably enjoy their company."
This book is meant to make fun of Leibniz. It's fairly funny and I enjoyed it as a teenager, before I knew anything about Voltaire or Leibniz or most of what this book talks about. Teenage me just enjoyed the raw sarcasm and smugness.
Leibniz has a spotty record as a philosopher, but his contributions to mathematics go far beyond the calculus you normally hear about. His fingerprints are all over pure math and formal logic and computer science and computer hardware and engineering in general. Next time you're in an airplane and it doesn't crash, thank Leibniz twenty times over.
Voltaire, on the other hand, was a rich, sarcastic dickhead whose rants against Jewish and Black people were extremely racist even by the standards of the 18th century. Screw this book.
- Flash wasn't replaced by HTML5. By the time people were through with Flash, no one cared about anything but social media, and people stopped creating things on the internet. I'll take weird old Flash games and artsy Flash sites over awkwardly thinking I'm obliged to share a space with a bunch of neo-nazis. Anyway, this is how we used to apologize.
- In the 1700s, a woman named Anne Wilson wrote a 1615-line poem about the river Tees and its towns. I really like what I've read of it, but I got to a point in the poem where I was hampered by not being anywhere close to the river Tees.
- An article about Susan Kare, who invented a lot of the visual language of modern computing, which most of us learned without realizing it. Her work is still a lot more pleasing and beautiful than the scores of people who've copied her.
- Do you enjoy feeling overwhelmed? To celebrate his 81st birthday, Stanford just released 111 Donald Knuth lectures.