What if you split up and then OkCupid said the person you were most compatible with (98%) was your ex? (NY Times)
Scott Siskind reviews The Scout Mindset, another book telling you how to improve your own thinking and perhaps get other people to improve theirs, too. He also shares his thoughts on what happened to the Rationalist project of the 2000s.
And an amusing Siskind piece on the fake conspiracy theory of Tartaria, which says that buildings and art used to be so much more beautiful because those societies were actually much richer and more advanced than our own, and the history that says we are progressing is just a lie invented to cover up our catastrophic decline. ("A third-rate sixteenth-century merchant would have been ashamed to live in any building as base as Google's new headquarters.") This led to a great debate about architecture in his comments, and he reposted the best of it here.
Video of Hurricane Sam's 50-foot waves from a surfboard-sized floating drone, interesting but with nothing for scale it's hard to get a sense of what you're seeing.
Astonishing arrays of book covers that all use the same images, from Eye on Design.
Paul McCartney as in icon of productivity and career management.
Geo-engineering to fight climate change (NY Times)
Some historic South Carolina plantations are shifting their tourist programs from trying to draw curious white folks to trying to draw the descendants of people enslaved on the plantation. Hard to believe such a good article on a difficult topic ended up on Yahoo; some young journalist is working very hard for little reward.
Loving words redacted from the published versions of Marie Antoinette's letters to her "very good friend" Count Axel von Fersen.
If long-dead composers were earning royalties on Spotify, Bach would get the most at $299,000 a year. Others here.
Biohackers encode a virus in DNA that, if scanned by a DNA sequencer, becomes a computer virus and takes over the computer running the sequencer.
Fully autonomous robot weapons may have killed people in Libya last year. James Dawes thinks this is really bad.
Animals in the Popol Vuh, and in Maya myth more generally. Interesting on the Maya but I find it irritating when anthropologists insinuate that western culture has some sort of monolithic and dismal view of other species.
At the annual Roadworks Festival, the San Francisco Center for the Book uses a 1920 steamroller to print linocuts in the street.
Herds of life sized elephant sculptures installed in London.
Interesting Tyler Cowen interview with Claudia Goldin, Harvard economic professor who has written a lot about gender issues. (Including a study I blogged about here on which women change their names after marriage.) Notable that even though she is a Harvard professor, surely one of the most arrogant groups on the planet, she still says "I don't know" more than any of Cowen's male guests.
Does Ethiopia have a future?
Foundations of one of the first black churches in the US unearthed in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Pair of skis recovered from a Norwegian ice patch in 2014 now dated to circa 700 AD, making them the world's oldest.
The zookeeper who became the husband of an endangered crane.