Garrett Jones is unimpressed by critiques of the meroticracy: "Nostalgia for the comfy old days when insiders ran cozy corporate clubs is wildly misplaced."
Evidence of volcanism on Mars less than 250,000 years ago; before this the most recent volcanism had been dated to more then 2 million years ago. In a region called "Cerberus Fossae," which I suppose means "Hell Hound Ditches."
NY Times photo essay on life in rural Portugal, fascinating.
And on the subject of scientific YouTube, here's an amazing video on the power of the equation xn+1= rxn(1-xn), known as the logistic map.
Possibly the most complex diagram you will ever see: the Roche Biochemical Pathways Map
Women who are secretly relieved to be off the hook for holiday planning this year: “I am looking forward to Thanksgiving Day more than I have in 15 years. I am looking forward to the opportunity to choose how we get to spend the day instead of exhausting ourselves pleasing the extended family.” (Washington Post)
NY Times page listing all of their Ten Best Books of the Year selections going back to 2004. Good place to start looking for something to read.
According to this study, 17% of Americans report having no close friends. These researchers are trying to use their data on social networks to explain something about politics but I'm just blown away by that number.
Remembering American plants that were once domesticated but then abandoned, like sumpweed.
The 2,000-year-old rock-cut tombs of Hegra in Saudi Arabia are now open to tourists.
The way the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma illegally "turbocharged" sales of Oxycontin seems worse the more I read about it.
Training neural networks to recognize archaeological sites and identify artifacts. (NY Times)
The Queen's Gambit and the problem of unsocialized genius.
Long NY Times piece on young, left-wing heirs and heiresses determined to give away all of their family's ill-gotten gains.
It's too late to cancel William Faulkner for racism, since he already worked so hard to cancel himself, fully aware that his personal life and his fiction were completely at odds.
Is failure a steppingstone toward success, or just failure?