You Might Like … a Dalliance With 1812, the 7th Century, Mars, Regent’s Canal, Helena Bonham Carter, 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.

The Walrus – That Time We Beat the Americans
A misunderstood moment, now 200 years old, defines us as Canadians. A citizens’ guide to the War of 1812
– Stephen Marche – Canada as a contingent nation, existing because of . . . retribution, allies, heroes, hubris, etc. You need to know this stuff to entertain your American friends with accuracy.

YouTube – The HemLoft – a secret treehouse, hiding in the woods of Whistler – Joel Allen – This is a whole lot better than soldiers hiding in the woods. And it keeps the Canada theme going. If this video leaves you wanting more, there’s a whole explanatory site where you can read the history of the HemLoft and see a ton of pics.

UofTMagazine – Frye’s Anatomy – Alec Scott – Relax: it’s not actually his anatomy, thank God. But it is a good brief biography of the man who came from Moncton to a niche in the University of Toronto, from where he changed the world — insofar as critics of literature can. And because we offered you text to accompany the treehouse video, we’re offering a video (1973 interview with Frye) to go with this text.

British Library Digitized Manuscripts – The St Cuthbert Gospel – St. John – We leave Canada now for the 7th century and for the digitized (i.e. photographed) copy of the oldest intact European book. Dwell on that statement for a while, book lovers. And then click on the “images” link on the landing page to scroll through, at the magnitude of your choice, a truly beautiful volume. Frye, of course, wrote an analysis of the Bible, so we haven’t strayed too far, perhaps.

High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) – Image Catalog – University of Arizona – If you want far-straying, this is it. This site offers thousands of images of Mars in astonishing resolution. Here you’ll find dust devils, craters, dunes, translucent ice, and more wonders than you can imagine. Best of all, you can download them as wallpaper for your desktop machines.

NPR – The Delights Of Reading Upside Down – Robert Krulwich – The man who brings us Krulwich Wonders offers words on their head here. Familiar with ambigrams? Me neither. But they’re a kind of graphic palindrome. You’ll have a whole new category of things to doodle during meetings after you see this stuff.

The Guardian – The real CSI: what happens at a crime scene? – Craig Taylor – You knew that CSI Miami etc. was bogus, right? Here’s the way it really happens, starting with the discovery of a body in a canal in London — and without that irritating what’s-his-name . . .

London Review of Books – It Was Satire – Mary Beard – Speaking of irritating, and murder, Caligula seems to have done well on both counts. Beard reviews a biography of the young emperor we all love to hate. The satire? His elevation of his horse to consulship, apparently. Maybe not entirely mad, then.

Spinner – Rufus Wainwright, ‘Out of the Game’ Video: Helena Bonham Carter Plays Librarian – Cameron Matthews – Thought I’d forgotten about Canada, didn’t you? Well, here’s a video of the title track to Canadian Rufus Wainright’s latest CD. And I’m really torn here: stoked that HBC is featured; bummed that it’s the old librarian stereotype again. Oh yeah: Rufus sounds pretty good.

Wired – Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were Unleashing on the World – Ryan Singel – “Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP. Most people have never heard of it. But it describes the fundamental architecture of the internet, and it made possible Wi-Fi, Ethernet, LANs, the World Wide Web, e-mail, FTP, 3G/4G — as well as all of the inventions built upon those inventions.” Singel interviews him.

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