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LINKS Atlas Obscura: Ghost Dunes on Mars IT’S NOT A GREAT IDEA to sunbathe on Mars. But if you really wanted to, and you lived a few billion years ago, we now know where you might have gone. In a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research, planetary geomorphologist Mackenzie Day and astrobiologist David

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MUSIC Music as a repellant — Bach at the Burger King: Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.” Public administrators seldom

LINKS 4.15.18

CALIFORNIA Here’s What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California: If you think dealing with a dead iPhone and navigating your apartment—which may or may not still be standing—by candlelight is rough, wait until high-pressure gas lines rupture. When they break, they leak gas into the air, which can potentially ignite and cause

LINKS April 12, 2018

FEAR At Social Matter — > The Disenchanted Forest: How We Lost Our Fear Of The Woods: For millennia, people have found in the Wilderness not just God, but demons, demigods, monsters, spirits both benign and malicious, and the human acolytes, hunters, and tamers of these various beings and creatures. Europe in particular is full

Thursday Night Link Experience

BOOKS Daniel Kalder discusses some of the books he’s been reading lately: The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley I read Brave New World in my teens and then again in my mid-20s. Both times I thought, “I really should read more of Huxley’s work,” and then . . . I did not. I came

Strange & Wonderful Things: LINKS 03/07/18

  BIRDS A new photobook about chickens called “Chicken”: CONSCIOUSNESS From OMNI Magazine’s “Interviews from the Vault” — John Lily on dolphin consciousness: I just did a very primitive experiment — a Saturday afternoon-type experiment — at Marine World. I was floating in an isolation tank and had an underwater loudspeaker close to my head

Strange and Wonderful Things LINKS 03/02/18

ANIMALS A secret penguin supercolony in Antarctica  PYGOSCELIS ADELIAE IS COMMONLY KNOWN as the Adélie penguin, after the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville, the man who first documented them in 1840. Though they are not especially uncommon, scientists have been concerned that their Antarctic population has been on a steady decline for the

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/24/18

AMERICA “U.S. secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest and undermine government: USAid started ZunZuneo, a social network built on texts, in hope it could be used to organize ‘smart mobs’ to trigger Cuban spring”: According to documents obtained by the Associated Press and multiple interviews with people involved in the project, the plan was

Information Chaos

Some of the best writing on “sensemaking” online comes via Jordan Greenhall, who runs an assortment of blogs at Medium. Greenhall’s “Situational Assessment” posts are a must-read for anyone attempting to understand the information chaos of our day-to-day lives. The gist of Greenhall’s position seems to be that World War III has been underway for

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/24/18

  AFFLUENCE The world of selling and renting private jets:   DEBT How one couple paid off $44,000 in student-loan debit in one year: We decided we would just basically go all in together, we would have our joint account. We would still have personal accounts for small stuff, but all of our bills and