You Might Like… Snapshots, Maybellene, Thinking, Beauty, Eddies, Mammoths, and More

This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.

Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.


Triposo Labs – A year long snapshots around the world – These folks have taken the date and location data from digital photos from around the world to form light maps revealing who among the 6+ billion of us was taking pics at any given time. There’s a crazy fast flashing movie of a year of global snapshots; but they’ve also broken out stills showing what’s hot on various dates. (The photo above is of you on Canada Day, as it happens.)

The Atlantic – What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success – Anu Partanen – And Canadians. There are no private schools in Finland. No standardized test. And precious little competition in the classroom. Finish scores have soared.

Wired Magazine – The Mystery of the Canadian Whiskey Fungus – Adam Rogers – Sometimes it’s best not to know what goes into your tipple. On the other hand, this is a fascinating story about a mycological mystery just across the river from Detroit.

YouTube – Gesture recognition with contact-microphones – Mogees – A pair of MIT students have made the world sound in unexpected ways. It may be in aid of a better trackpad or tablet, but I suspect some music will come out of it as well.

The Economist – The wisdom of crowds – anon – A look at how we know what to do when things get a bit crowded (but not “turbulent”). Next time you’re on Main Street, try dekeing to the left for a change and see what happens. Remember to say “sorry.”

Make Magazine – Dropping a Magnet Through a Copper Pipe – JamesRB1995 – Described as a “simple demonstration of eddy current braking,” this 45 second film illustrates a physical phenomenon I’d never heard of before, let alone seen in action. Fun spooky.

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Taking Beauty’s Measure – Rachel Shteir – When beauty meets feminism… A review of a couple of books that tell us what happens and what should happen.

Esquire – Chuck Berry Goddamn! – Luke Dittrich – Turns out that the rock and rolling reprobate has not in fact left the building. And it would seem he may have finally caught Maybellene at the top of the hill.

The New York Review of Books – How to Dispel Your Illusions – Freeman Dyson – A review of Daniel Kahneman’s really popular book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The (really popular) physicist says it’ll give you “a joyful understanding of the practical side of our personalities.”

BBC News – Russian scientists to attempt clone of woolly mammoth – anon – This seems like a really bad idea. One lonely orphan mammoth… Fortunately, it also seems highly unlikely.

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