The original incarnation of today’s puzzle talked about winding a clock but who even knows what that means anymore? Here’s a more modern formulation. While you’re asleep one night, there’s a power outage…
In a mere four minutes, this interactive page imparts some of the most basic rules of good web design. Even if you’re not a web designer, it’s a great investment in 21st century literacy.
Everyone knows the sad story about how John Lennon was senselessly killed on the street in front of his apartment by a deranged fan. This article provides an intimate glimpse into what Lennon’s life was like on that last day.
Let’s face it - 2021 is going to look a lot like 2020. Given that, we’re all going to need more Netflix. Read on to see my new favorite documentary and a list of 40 good things to stream.
As 2020 draws to a close, check out this fascinating summary of things learned this year, from a very inquisitive person.
Check out this beautfully written profile of a woman caring for her husband, who has developed rapidly progressing Dementia in the prime of his life.
If you’re of a certain age, then you remember Pez, the candy, and even more so, the ingenious spring-loaded mechanical dispensers. They were the kid’s equivalent of a gold cigarette lighter.
If you really want to know what’s going on, ask the people on the front lines.
Check out Google’s annual year in search video. What a weird year this has been - so sad, yet so inspiring.
Check out this pleasantly concise and coherent description of how mRNA-based Covid vaccines work.
The study linked below reports on an interesting kind of litmus test for heart health in middle aged men: if you can do forty pushups, you’re much less likely to have heart problems over the next ten years.
The lengths to which this guy goes to stop squirrels from invading his bird feeder is comical, inspiring, and hugely entertaining.
Check out the stunning work of Belgian photographer Sebastien Nagy.
Check out this New York Times photojournal of still-standing vestiges of segregation and racial oppression in US history.
This powerful animated short film takes you inside an ER struggling with the Covid outbreak.
I love the first song in this Tiny Desk Concert. It’s an acoustic version of Black Sun, by Ben Gibbard. Enjoy…
This puzzle is fun and not too difficult if you take your time.
Samuel Wilmot rates benches throughout the UK on Instagram. Seriously, that’s what he does with most of his free time. And his reviews are sincere, thorough, and accurate.
Do men and Women experience dating sites differently? How does someone’s profile affect their experience? These and other burning questions answered in the linked study.
All I’m gonna say is when you watch this, put it into full screen mode.
Watch Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, get owned in the nicest possible way by a ten-year-old British drumming prodigy.
We learn differently at different ages. The learning advantages of the young mind are well established, particularly in the area of language acquisition. But in some dimensions, we may actually learn better at a more advanced age.
I don’t speak a word of Italian and I have very little interest in the culinary arts, yet I was absolutely riveted by this video about how traditional authentic Italian tomato sauce is made.
Here’s some soothing Friday music for trying times. This whole set is great but I especially love the first song, This is the Last Time.
Can you imagine the sort of worldwide panic that would ensue if everyone’s smart phone suddenly stopped working? Something analogous happened thirty years ago when, on January 15, 1990, the entire US long-distance telephone network crashed for nine hours.
I find this animated short film, featuring the words of British philsopher and writer Alan Watts, haunting and thought provoking.
There seems to be a widely held opinion that this election was close.
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